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Extropian Thursday, July 27th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month14 of 15 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 98 Custom Pro
Pro-Carbine
Marker Setup: Kingman Spyder MR2
Empire Reloader
50ci 3000psi JT HPA tank
14" J&J Performance Ceramic Barrel
Recommended
Upgrades:
* Aftermarket barrel that fits such as J&J Ceramic or CMI Tru-Flight
* Fast Electronic Hopper
* New Feedneck. CCM is releasing a feedneck adapter for the MR series.
Strengths: * Built like a tank
* High rate of fire
* Ergonomic Mil-Sim look & feel
* Versatile performance
Weaknesses: * Heavy vs. all plastic markers
* Volumizer shroud limits barrel options
Review: The first thing I noticed while handling the new MR2 is the ergonomic design. With one hand on the triggerframe and the other on the foregrip the weight of the gun balances nicely between the tops of my two hands (with or without the included stock) and it feels natural to hold and aim. The MR2 is almost entirely metal and has a very solid feel to it. I mention this because I notice that many guns bred for mil-sim are replicas of guns that were never meant to be rigged for paintball so end up feeling awkward. The MR2 is a paintball marker first and a milsim second.

I've tried running the MR2 on both Co2 and HPA and it functions fully with either, though I would recommend using HPA if you plan on firing quickly. After a volley of quick shots testing out the burst and auto modes the metal was frosted over and sweating, though the gun never froze up on me (I did this test on a hot day). With HPA I was able to fire with impunity and at times outran my hopper, forcing me to recock. I test-fired a case of Brass Eagle Monster Balls and did not chop or break any balls with either Co2 or HPA.

One problem I had was when bringing the gun into the local field to be chronographed I could not adjust velocity beneath 300fps. I ended up trimming the spring to get it to code which wasn't a problem but I had to order a spring kit so that I can swap it out in colder weather. After the quick snip the gun adjusted fine.

At the field I used about 1500 rounds of the brass eagle paint (it was on sale =)) and again had no breaks or chops throughout the day. On the field (woodsball and speedball) I did not outrun my hopper and fired bursts pretty consistently throughout the day. The shoulder stock is comfortable and aids aiming in woodsball fields but got in the way during speedball. It is held in with a single screw that is quickly detachable with the allen wrench. The field was predominately Ion and other E-spyders as well as a few higher-ends like shockers and the MR2 held its own very well.

The MR2 comes wil a relatively good 12" stock barrel but like any stock I was quick to seek a replacement. The volumizer shroud won't fit fat end barrels, like other reviews have mentioned, so it can take a bit of research to find what barrels will fit. I equipped mine with a 14" J&J Ceramic which dramatically increased accuracy and reduced sound (the stock barrel is quite loud). I'm also told that the barrel self-cleans through breaks but I've yet to see this since I've not chopped or broken a ball yet with this gun, despite only buying the cheapest paint I can find. Another friend of mine with an MR2 has opted for a CMI Tru-Flight barrel.






Conclusion: All-in-All I am very satisfied with the MR2. If you want a dependable electro with a stylish metallic military body that can hold its own in any type of paintball game and comes standard with nice features so you don't have to sink an arm and a leg into upgrading it: try it out.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, July 27th, 2006 at 10:51 pm PST
 

Review Comments
B_Manz Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 | 1:16 pm PST
You said that the J&J Ceramic dramatically increased your accuracy. I bought a 16" for my MR2 and i think the accuracy decreased for some reason. Do you know why it would do this?
   

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