MXK8 stock set up with 20oz co2, and PMI remote. Red dot sight
Red dot sight
Color for woodsball/green
Balanced gun when using remote.
Made of plastic.
No upgrades currently.
Everyone wants to shoot it.
I only play woodsball, and I wanted to upgrade from my Spyder XTRA which I started out playing with. I wanted to get a Scenario gun, but something different then an A-5 to use in woods ball. So I after checking out different scenario markers I stumbled onto the JCS MKX8, thought it looked pretty interesting. Checked out there site plus a couple of forums, it sounded like the kind of marker I was looking for. It is based on the MX8 by Heckler and Koch.
The best feature about it that sold me over the Ion SP8, is its a mechanical marker. No electronics! I can easily fix it in the field if something goes wrong. When you break it apart the internal engine, it is easy to figure out, like my Spyder, nothing to complicated about it.
I found this store in Calgary, www.Warheads.ca. It is a brand new store, and the only all scenario store in Calgary. I asked if he would be carrying the MKX8, and he was planning on it. Warheads put in the first order that JCS has ever received from Canada for their MKX8.
My marker is nicely balanced, with a remote, and using the stock, unlike the normal paintball markers, which are back heavy with air. This helps a great deal with accuracy. I highly recommend moving to a remote for balance, not for just looks.
Its noisy for a marker but its not really an issue for me, I would rather kick up a raquett with it any way as its more fun that way, kind of scares the noob's
The barrel is a 15 inch barrel, its made up of 2 pieces. The ball is only in contact with the barrel for the first 8 inches, after that the barrel gets about another 1 or 2 millimeters bigger on the inside.
Hopefully they will come out with new barrel sizes soon. The best thing you can do is find a paint to match up to your bore size, as a new up grade barrel should only help out the accuracy a little bit, but if you match paint bore to the current barrel bore you get really good accuracy.
A good way to match paint if you don't have a kit to match bore size, is if the paint drops and stops in the barrel but you can blow it through the barrel its a good match. If it roles all the way through the barrel its to small. If it stops, but you can't blow it out, its to big. Currently I am using Anarchy paint which is a good match to the barrel bore. Ask your local shop if they can give you one ball of each paint they are carrying, or ask you friends, to try and find a good fit. A decent shop will let you do that if they want your business.
The hopper would be pretty good, but because it doesn't use and elbow you need to jiggle the marker after every few shots to make sure paint is getting in.
I have tried it both with and with out the plastic strip in the hopper, it works better with the plastic, but it is still a pain some times.
I know that marker being made of plastic might be a deterrent, but it keeps the gun lighter, and it is a very sturdy plastic, so I am not to concerned about it except for the feed neck. When I am running, it is bouncing around a little more then I would like it to. I did tighten it so it bounces less. But I don't dare tighten it to much so I don't strip the plastic where you put the screws into to hold the feed neck in the frame.
I like to selector switch rather then the usually safety. I shows semi and full auto. Currently it only works in semi auto. Hoping that in the future one of the up grades will be a full auto trigger, which JCS has advised is a planned future upgrade, but no release date at this time.
The other upgrades they are working on is to have the gun clip fed. Making it a real sim-marker. Plus a full auto setting, but no release date at this time according to JCS.
I like having the little flip up sights, but I haven't made It work for me, as I never took the time to get it figured out. I am now using a red dot sight, which gives it a nice look.
The kit currently include several Rails, but only enough mounting pieces to put one rail on. So if you need more then one rail, you will need to order extra mounting pieces.
I would buy this gun again if some one stole it. I have no regret getting it.
I know everyone loves the A-5 (which is an awsome marker), but its nice to have something no one else has, and is already set up as scenario gun, so no extra money trying to make the marker look like a scenario gun.
The only reason I don't give it a 10 is the feed neck the hopper and no upgrades for it currently.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, October 27th, 2006 at 10:21 am PST