Feed neck, barrell (if your a frontman), body, speed, reliability
The stock barrel is excellent for a front player. It's lightweight, compact (only 12"), provides excellent accuracy for a stock barrel, and just looks sick. With the stock barrel, the gun is loud, which has the potential to give up your position. If you like to sit by the back bunkers and just throw paint down field, you might want to get a longer, more accurate barrel.
the clamping feedneck is a nice addition. It's nothing to write home about, but at least you won't have to buy an after-market feed neck. Saves you $30, time and keeps your hopper glued to your gun.
This gun is one of the few paintball guns that are strait up attractive. The milling and design of the gun is absolutely beautiful, yet at the same time looks like a weapon that will deal the hurt.
This mo-fo is fast. The rocking trigger does take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it you can practically slice players in half with the swords of paint that will come out of the barrel. Easy speeds of 10-16 bps on this gun for the intermediate player. The biggest challenge with this gun is to learn when you should shoot ropes and when to conserve paint.
The eye system is a big advance over the '05 Electra. This gun is impressively reliable. The day after I got it, I took it to the field and shot 2 cases of low quality, no-name, $35 white box paint through it. 1 chop the whole day. That's real good. 4,000 defect-grade paintballs and 1 chop. The second time I took my gun out to the field, I shot another 4,000 white box balls through it and absolutely no chops. The eyes really work on this gun. The delrin bolt does not chew up the insides of the gun like other Spyders with metal bolts, and keeps everything running smoothly and most importantly, fast.
It's a stock regulator, so of course it's not going to be the best. If your really picky about your fps than pick up an aftermarket reg. With my stock, i was chronoed at 250, 245, 240, 240, 255, 254, 251. 15 fps range.
When battery is installed for the trigger, the grips bulge out, which allows dirt and paint to get into the trigger where the circuit board is. Not good.
10 - 1 loudness, -1 grips, -1 regulator, +2 reliability, +1 speed = 10
The barrell, feed neck and body are not included because all of that stuff comes down to playing style and preference.
Overall, if your an intermediate player who is tired of being out-gunned at the field and dont have a lot of money to spend, and dont want to be "another kid with an ION", this gun is perfect for you. It's a cheap gun with the reliability and speed of a $500 gun.
Nice review, just curious tho since a lot of people don't seem to mention...what PSI are you running at? Again, I have to test it more but I was running at 300PSI stock with no problems at all before I ran out of air and the noise IS quiter than at 800PSI. I imagine a lot of people may be running this thing way higher (and louder) than it needs to be, well yeah just wondering, late. Oh yeah, fix your battery cables man, just line them all up-top, my grip has no gaps around the entire thing.
Last edited on Friday, June 23rd, 2006 at 5:40 pm PST