Ive used Spyders and Tippmanns, niether of them compare to the speed and reliability of this marker.
-Smart Parts Ion
-Stock Barrel (for now)
-45/4500 Pure Energy Hp Tank
-Viewloader Evo II Loader
(I use the Victor II for my backup marker)
-Clamping Feed Neck
-New Barrel (The stock barrel is still decent)
-Low Price compared to other markers
-April 1st 2006-
Ive just bought this marker from my local paintball field and dealer. It came with all the tools you need for adjustment. First thing I did was adjust the trigger to where it was a hair's width away from the sensor point. That way it was easier to walk the trigger during the game. It proved very successfull as long as your careful not to fire it off accidently. When I chronographed it was at a very consistant FPS. It read it at 281, 280, 283, 280. On the field it rips a beautiful stream of paint in every time you use it. The stock barrel is good but not great by my standards. The referees and owners of the field recommend that I buy a freak kit or a evil pipe kit for it. The laser board mounted in the marker works very well, didnt chop a ball even at its fastest fire rate. It is a very light weight marker coming in at only 2.2 Lbs. I played with it's stock parts all day and it was still very reliable. Ive been playing all day against players owning a Dye Dm5, Cyborg, and plent of other Ions, and it still keeps up to speed with even the best markers. The only thing I can find wrong is the feed neck, if you aren't careful the O-Rings inside will latch on to your loader very tightly making it hard to take off after a game. Still This was a very good deal for this marker and I am so very glad I made the decision to choose the Ion as my new set-up.
I will add more to this review in the future as I continue to use my new Smart Parts Ion.
If you are looking for a new feedneck the Smart Parts Q-Lock is a very good one for the Ion. No tools are needed to adjust the feed neck's diameter. The feedneck for the ion is terrible, not adjustable and it should be the first thing you upgrade.