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sageashton Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder Pilot
Tippman 98 Custom
VL Triton 2
Marker Setup: MR2
Halo B
J&J 14" Ceramic Barrel
Recommended
Upgrades:
Fast Hopper
Strengths: High ROF
All Metal Construction
Durable
Stock included
Weaknesses: Heavy
Needs break in
Shroud
Feed neck is cheap
Review: After having read all the reviews twice over I decided I would throw in my two cents. I am writing this as an MR2 owner trying to give others a realistic idea of the pros and cons of this marker.

First this is a heavy marker because it is all metal (except for a hard plastic that makes up the forward grip). Thus to like this gun you are going to have to be willing to carry a heavy gun. I like heavy guns so it is fine with me plus I like the durability factor associated with a metal body.

Next you MUST have a high end hopper. Keep that in mind with the price tag. You have to buy the gun and then you have to buy the hopper. I use a Halo B, but tried first with a gravity feed. Gravity feeds will chop paint, ACS or not.

The trigger wobbles from side to side a little but it is not that bad. Adjust the trigger in tight if you like. The trigger is really adjustable which I like.

I hate the square grip of Spyders. Maybe if your 6'4" and have hands like Shaq they would be comfortable, but being under 6' I find them too square and not comfortable. But this goes for all Spyders.

This gun is side fed to the right, which makes it a little hard to site from the right hand side of the gun. Not horrible, just know that the feed is the right which means if you are going to shoot on the left hand side of a bunker it will be a little more difficult.

The stock top bar should be sunken down a bit as you cannot site down the barrel with a mask on (or you have to get a sight that is a little bit high on the gun.

There is no plug made for the back where the stock goes and this opens the bolt up to dirt and paint if you take the stock off. I handled this with some black mesh webbing placing it under the two side covers and clamping it down. This works just fine.

With my gun I chopped the first case of paint I ran through it. I took it back to the shop after several cleanings and had them put a stiff ACS spring in. This worked just great. No longer chopping paint.

The ball detent on mine is the correct one (black) but still allows an occaisional double feed. Get a timmy in there and you won't have this problem, or just a harder spyder detent.

If you use c02 expect wild variances in velocity +/- 50 fps per shot.

Now that I have laid these factors on the table let me tell you the truth about a couple of things.

Weight - If you don't like take some of it off. The side panels are held on by a single screw on either side, remove them and the side panels. They are there to 'look cool' but don't affect anything. The sight rail comes off with two screws and again is not needed unless you are going to use a sight. Remove the front plastic grip and one screw and the shroud comes off. Now you are holding a much lighter gun! And it does not affect the shooting or anything. One of the big positives of this gun is that it is metal. But if you buy it and find out that the weight is too much strip it down a little bit. It's not a big deal.

Field stripping this is quick once you know what you need to take off and what you don't. Basicly, take the stock off, take the sight rail off, take the cocking mechanism off and remove the pin and you have open access to the bolt etc.

I have noticed alot of complaints regarding the shroud and getting barrels to fit. Taking the shroud off MAY help but there is still only a little clearance between the top tube and the bottom tube. Take it to the shop when you are looking for barrels and just make sure it fits the barrel before you buy.

I love the ROF on this gun. I just set on full auto and pull single shots when I want or hold it down when I need to lay down a ton. You can go through a ton of paint real quick. This is awesome for suppression fire.

The accuracy on this gun is decent, but it isn't an angel or ego. I am working on seeing if converting to HPA will help with fps spikes and accuracy. Maybe a c02 reg would also help this. I'll update as I find out.

Also this is a newer gun so finding upgrades is not the easiest thing in the world.
Conclusion: All in all after you break the gun in (and if needed put in a stiffer ACS spring) it's awesome. Again it is not an ego, but it is good. You can lay down paint, pick 'em off, woodsball, speed ball etc. I would recommend this gun, but realize that once you buy it the spending isn't over. You still need the hopper, probably a pressure reg and a decent barrel.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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