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highdurability Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month15 of 17 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Not necessarily similar products, but…

Ego ‘06
Ion
Spyder Pilot
Tippmann 98 RT
Tippmann A5 RT
Marker Setup: Autococker Trilogy Pro Select Fire
Clamping Feed Neck
WGP Torpedo (drop/asa)
Halo B w/Rip
Single Eclipse QEV (STO ram will not accept 2nd QEV without re-tapping the back of the ram)
PMI 72/3000 HPA
Recommended
Upgrades:
Clamping Feed Neck
Drop Forward
Fast hopper (at least 20bps)
Strengths: Price
Delron bolt
STO ram
4 piece Barrel Kit
Very accurate
Fast
Tourament legal ramping
Weaknesses: Stock feed neck is poor
Cramped trigger guard
Finish (compared to more expensive ‘cockers)
Review: In fairness, I just got this marker, so I cannot speak to its long term durability, but I can tell you that out of the box it is an impressive piece of work. It comes with an instructional DVD that is useful if you have never owned a 'cocker, but a waste of your time if this isn't your first. Also in the box is a 4 piece Mini Karner Barrel Kit. You have 2 bore sizes (.687 & .689) as well as 6" and 8" fronts. With this you can either have a 12" or 14" barrel. I prefer the 14" set up. Another nice thing about this marker when you open the box is that it is already timed. Simply connect your tank & hopper and install a 9V battery and you are ready to go.

Now the good stuff. This thing is fast! how fast? Well how many bps can you hopper feed? If you are not feeding more than 18bps then you will never see this markers potential. You have 4 firing modes on this marker, Semi Automatic, Full Automatic (capped at 15bps), and 2 ramping modes (15 & 18bps). Mine was pre set to the 18bps ramp, and wow! This thing was shooting ropes with pinpoint accuracy. I was putting paintball on top of paintball on top of paintball. Of course ramping is fun, but not always legal, so I switched it to semi auto and was consistently squeezing off 13-14bps, and hitting bursts of 15+.

Edit: I just installed an Eclipse QEV, and wow! This thing cycles ridiculously fast. I recommend this upgrade only if you have a Halo B or an Empire Reloader B. I guarantee that you will out shoot any hopper rated under 20 BPS. Unfortunately the compact nature of the front pneumatics prevent a second QEV from easily being installed.

I went thru 600 rounds of paint the first evening without a single break. The eyes on this marker work very well. As a cautionary note though, the nature of a closed bolt marker is that it must complete a cycle to fire the next round. So when your marker's eyes do not see a ball in the chamber, this does not prevent the marker’s bolt from cycling. What it will do is delay the bolt from moving forward for about a quarter of a second, giving the next ball a chance to drop into the chamber, and then it completes the cycle. I say this because I believe that some markers simply will not cycle if no ball is detected, but that is not the case here. That being said, if you have a slow hopper, this marker will appear to have a very slow rate of fire. The ram on this marker can cycle 25 times per second, and if you are pulling the trigger fast enough to make it do so, and you have a slow hopper, then your gun will try to fire before another ball is chambered and you will constantly face delays between shots. This can be frustrating, but it means that the eyes are doing their job and avoiding chopping balls. This is why I recommend a hopper that feeds more than 18bps.
Conclusion: This is THE 'cocker for the common man. Low maintenance. High rate of fire. Multiple modes on the electronic frame. This marker is good for beginners to intermediate. I am giving this a 9 because the finish isn't as refined as more expensive 'cockers, and the feed neck absolutely must be upgraded. Once the feed neck is replaced so you can actually mount a hopper, the finish doesn’t matter that much because the performance of this marker is so impressive. GET A FAST HOPPER!!!
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Friday, July 7th, 2006 at 12:49 pm PST
 

Review Comments
bjaquayed Thursday, March 1st, 2007 | 4:33 pm PST
Very nice review man. You convinced me to buy this thing.
   

mtrap22 Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 | 6:56 am PST
Hey i see that you have used the spyder pilot. Can you tell me which gun is better. Im looking for a gun that is EASY MAINTENACE. I don't want to keep going to a paintball place to get it fixed and can shoot somewhat fast. not looking for 30bps type quality just enough to light up my friends. Plus accuracy is the spyder less accurate. I would appreciate your help.
   

skyspydude1 Saturday, November 8th, 2008 | 3:44 pm PST
Hey i have a quick question. For some reason i am getting ALOT of chops. Any idea why. I am not a complete noob with markers, but even when i clean the eyes, have them on, am using light colored paint. I STILL chop and yet it barely firing 10 bps any idea why? and also, why are balls just sorta rolling out of the gun?
   

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