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electronmaster Sunday, March 19th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

3 months
Products Used:
Nothing, last gun was a Talon
Marker Setup: Spyder MR-1
J&J 2 Piece Ceramis 14" Barrel
Upgraded Springs
Viewloader Gravity Feed 200 Round Hopper
Remote Coil
Remote coil is nice
Strengths: Very Reliale, easy to disasemble and reasemble. Looks cool.
Weaknesses: Hard to find parts right now to upgrade without improvising. Loud.
Review: Lets start off by saying I am relatively new to this sport, which made this gun appealing to me. My previous gun was a Talon pump gun, so even this is a big jump up. And I have had it for more than one month, but not quite 3 months, but there is no option for that. I have played 4 seprate days of at least a few hours a game each day with this gun.

I was recommended by my friends to pick out a spyder because they are easy to use and very upgradeable. I went down to my local paintball shop and saw it on the wall. I paid $119 for it, with the stock, so if you paid more and didn't get the stock, you paid too much. My first game I played with it completely stock, except for a medium spring upgrade. It performed very well, or, well enough for me. I thought it was very accurate, so I let my friends shoot it a few times, and they agreed with me on the accuracy. Over a longer distance, the balls seem to curve, but I believe this is just because of wind.

It seems to be very reliable, and low maintenance. I have only chopped one ball, which was earlier today, when I was just seeing how many shots I could get off in a second. Other than that I have been through about 2000 balls, 1300 or so on stock barrel, and 700 or so on upgraded 2 piece J&J performance ceramic barrel I tried today. with the stock barrel, it really is pretty loud. With the upgraded barrel, it quiets down quite a bit.

Upgrading this gun does not look as though it will be as simple as my friends suggested. This is because with this gun, they made a number of changes. It is a top cocker, and the pin that attaches the bolt to the striker is remove-able, none of my friends spyders has a bolt like this. I am having trouble finding a replacement bolt, which I really am in no need for now, but it would be comforting to know they are out there, just in case.

I have another upgrade problem as well. The semi- auto frame that came with it does not have standard mounts for the drop forward that came with it. they are inline, instead of offset, like every other spyder I have seen. So, I am assuming I cannot upgrade the trigger frame unless I change the drop forward, which a new one seems to come with expansion chamber kits anyway, but, the appearance of the gun will be completely different when all this is done.

Those are my only gripes with the gun. When I look at reviews, I usually just want to know the bad stuff, and figure the good out myself. I am happy about not chopping a ball when it counts. I have never needed to rip off the barrel under fire and run a squeege through it, like my friends are always doing.

O yeah, the sight rail sucks. You have about 2 inches of usable rail, but unless a scope or laser is mounted up high, it will do you no good, because the screw to fasten the elbow to the hopper from the gun is clearly in the way, so it wasn't designed well if you are looking for it to be a real senario gun by adding a scope.

In the cold, like today (33 degrees before a reasonable wind that made your fingers turn white) was the first time I got to check the fps. I hear CO2 (remember I'm a noob) does not perform as well in the cold. The first shot was 252, the second 251, and the third, which was the only one this low, was 232. I didn't notice any problems on the feild though.
Conclusion: I would reccomend this one to really anyone who is looking for a great gun that will be dependable for either starters or really anyone. Great gun to learn on. It is damn good looking you know.
9 out of 10

Review Comments
likmypaintballs Sunday, July 30th, 2006 | 4:11 pm PST
hey what kinda spyders do ur friends have?

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