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Lil' C Thursday, April 13th, 2006
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month63 of 72 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
6 months
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann A-5
Diablo Mongoose II
Marker Setup: Secondary Marker:
Kingman Spyder MR1 with accessory stock
Spyder ESP electronic frame (semi-automatic, 3-shot burst, and full-automatic modes)Fireball Mountain Delrin double trigger
Scenario Dreams 25g light trigger switch
Dye Sticky grips
Lapco drop forward, gas-thru foregrip (2-stage EC), and grip frame adapter
Custom macroline air setup with Lapco vertical adapter
Custom Products on-off ASA with de-gas
Alamo City Paintball ringless Delrin bolt
Alamo City Paintball ringless composite Delrin/steel striker (lightened)
Armson 8" rifled barrel
Halo Backman TSA LCD hopper (230-round capacity) with Extreme Rage elbow

Primary Marker:
Tippmann A-5 with E-Grip
Dead On Products Delrin front bolt and power tube
BT Paintball rear velocity adjuster
Empire 7-pc barrel kit
Opsgear Fast On Target post sight
Ricochet R-5 hopper
Dye Throttle 70CI 4500PSI HPA tank
Recommended
Upgrades:
Basic Upgrades:
Empire 7-pc barrel kit for Spyder
Alamo City Paintball ringless Delrin bolt
Alamo City Paintball ringless composite Delrin/steel striker (lightened)
Dye Sticky grips

Advanced Upgrades:
Spyder ESP electronic frame (semi-automatic, 3-shot burst, and full-automatic modes
Fireball Mountain Delrin double trigger
Scenario Dreams 25g light trigger switch
Scenario Dreams T-Board with T-Chip upgrade
Strengths: Excellent value
Complete right out of the box
Good-looking
TOUGH!!
Light
Dependable
Upgradable
Weaknesses: Loud as @#%$!
Difficult to mount a usable sight
Accuracy improves with aftermarket barrel
Review: I bought my first MR1 for my stepson right after they came out. I wanted to get him a reliable dedicated woodsball gun that cost less than a Tippmann A-5 and didn't require any batteries. There was no alternative that even came close to the MR1, which I got from Paintball Outlet for $109.

This is an superb basic mechanical marker right out of the box. The feel and finish are excellent. It is light in the hand yet solid, and once you screw on the barrel and stock and attach a cheap gravity hopper, you are ready to air it up and shoot. The MR1 carries nicely and rolls to the shoulder with ease for efficient woodsball-style snapshots. The quality and fieldworthiness of the gun are immediately evident. Because it's a Spyder, its simple construction is intuitive and user-friendly. A complete novice can field-strip and rebuild this gun in a minute -- and actually understand how it works.

Side by side with an A-5, the benchmark for woodsball guns, the MR1 looks and feels every bit as rugged. They both look like you could use 'em to drive nails. The flat black finish is sufficiently hard to stand up to rough play and dragging through rocks, mud, and tree trunks, and there are no superfluous holes or milled openings to collect grime or invite dirt into the internals.

The MR1 did its job for my stepson. It worked reliably with minimal care or maintenance, and it let him save his tournament gun (and its expensive, trouble-prone hopper) for the airball field.

I was so impressed with the MR1, when I needed to replace our "guest gun" I immediately bought another MR1, this time for $99 from Action Villiage. It has become my backup marker when I don't use my trusty A-5 -- and it definitely holds its own!

I got a cheap ESP 3-mode electronic trigger frame for the new MR1, along with a Delrin blade-style two-finger trigger and an ultralight 25-gram switch. With Dye Sticky grips (the stock grips have a great look and feel, but they look worn way too quickly), the upgraded electronic trigger frame took cost me a just a little more than the marker itself, and I now have a real hair trigger with 3-shot burst and full auto modes. The gun shoots perfectly on full auto with a Halo TSA e-loader. I added a gas-through foregrip and an on-off ASA, and now my buddy uses it for suppression fire in the Broadsword position on our woodsball squad when we go out to play most weekends. It also allows a nice, fast two-finger walk for high ROF in semi-auto mode. The gun handles particularly nicely on remote.

If you upgrade your MR1 with an e-frame, upgrading the internals helps the gun actually keep up with the trigger trips it is receiving. I installed a ringless Delrin bolt and a lightened striker from Alamo City Paintball to help increase the cyclic rate on the cheap. The electronic and internal upgrades to the MR1 are less than the difference between the MR1 and the MR2 MSRPs, and the MR1 allows you to use the full range of Sypder-threaded barrels out there, unlike the MR2.

On the occasional chop under sustained full-automatic fire, the MR1 is easy to shoot through. I have yet to get the bolt stuck for any reason, either before or after I installed the aftermarket bolt. I had heard some complaints about the stock bolt shearing off the stock ball detent, so I replaced mine with a black rubber detent from a Bob Long Intimidator as a preventive measure.

The standard 12" muzzle brake barrel is serviceable, but I recommend an aftermarket barrel for improved accuracy. I use an 8" Armson rifled barrel that I got on the Pro-Team Products website; it's great for most paint, although for small-bore paintballs I switch to a .687 or .684 back with a 10" front from my Empire kit.

My only real design beef with the MR1 is that it ought to come with a raised sight rail like its big brother, the MR2. The line of the butt stock is such that it exits high on the receiver and provides no goggle clearance, and options for raising and/or offsetting a sight rail are difficult to find and nearly as expensive as the gun itself -- which is a shame on a marker designed with an offest feed neck and a clear sight picture.

Like all open-bolt blowback markers, this Spyder is LOUD! Full auto fire is VERY LOUD!! Full auto with a really short barrel (8" or less) is EXTREMELY LOUD!!! But I play Dagger, so I don't need no stinkin' quiet paintball gun. If you are looking for a sniper rifle for under $100, keep looking...
Conclusion: The Spyder MR1 is a truly value-laden paintball marker right out of the box, a joy to shoot in stock configuration the day you get it. Even better, it is an exquisite platform for some affordable upgrades that will make it extremely playable for a range of woodsballers without breaking the bank. I don't know of a better marker for under $100.

I'm giving it an 8, but that's a VERY strong 8, with potential to be a super-fun gun and a respectable force on any woodsball field.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 at 1:24 am PST
 

Review Comments
silentbob831 Friday, November 17th, 2006 | 10:56 am PST
6 months of experience and you have all those upgrades? Could you tell me whether or not it's possible to drop a Superfly bolt in an MR-1 because I've heard otherwise. Very nice review :). See mine it should be the newest one.
   

Emorrison84 Friday, April 20th, 2007 | 4:06 pm PST
how is "accuracy improves with an aftermarket barrel" a weakness?
   

benthehunter Monday, April 30th, 2007 | 5:41 pm PST
Dispute:
ITS NOT LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, it's just the barrel
Last edited on Saturday, August 25th, 2007 at 11:14 am PST
   

pbdawg105 Friday, May 18th, 2007 | 3:24 pm PST
maybe it is compared to an a-5. Great review dude, I wish everyone would write reviews this thouroughly.
   

Prop Thursday, May 31st, 2007 | 4:57 pm PST
I dont know what your talking about but like the other guy said...It is not loud
   

supershooter8 Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 | 11:05 am PST
The gun is not loud if you use the standerd barrel, its the little 8" barrel.
   

pdubb Friday, April 25th, 2008 | 6:09 pm PST
lil c,
which alamo striker bolt did you get? vs1, vs2-3, or fatty? got their delrin bolt already (recomend 2 rings), but didn't think their available strikers would fit...
   

pdubb Friday, April 25th, 2008 | 6:10 pm PST
Also, why are people saying it's not loud? All my buds (who i shoot regularly ;p) agree the gun def has a distinct, loud, and most importantly - intimidating blowback signature. personally i love that about the gun as i'm ussually spearheading and keeping suckas pinned and scared.

Def an awesome marker, want to upgrade to an sp-8, but i've got the mr1 absolutley ripping with a just a few mods (e-trigger, fasta hopper, apex, delrin bolt, feedneck, remote, and aim point/carrying strap)... maybe i'll save the money and switch to hpa.
   

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