Guns I own: Smart Parts Nerve, WGP Mini E Orracle, Old school Automag, the ORIGINAL Spyder and now a VS3 Spyder
Guns my team mates own: 03 Shocker, DM4, DMC, Timmy, and a bunch of back up guns.
Blue Nerve, 14" Freak with AA tip, Max Flo 68/4500, Shocktech drop forward and VLocity hopper.
Black to Silver fade Mini E-Orracle, SP 14" Progressive barrel, Chrome Shocktech drop forward with silver SP on/off, Chrome Shocktech locking feed neck, Crossfire 70/4500 and an Evy 2 hopper with Z-board.
Spyder VS3 matte black finish, Pure Energy 72/3000, Smart Parts drop forward and a VLocity hopper
I would say a barrel and a drop forward... but those are my personal preferences. The stock barrel isn't to bad, I have seen a lot worse, however a barrel kit would be really nice for matching paint.
Fast hopper is a must. I strongly recommend either a Halo or a VLocity.
The price and what you get for the price.
The marker looks great. It feels like it belongs in a much higher price range. A lot of the features are very nice for the price. The stock setup isn't to bad. I would change a few things for the way I play but my style may be different than yours.
The electronic's are very easy to use. However, I do recommend reading the manual before using the marker, just so you know what the LED's mean.
The adjustable feed neck actually seems to work, which is a major plus. The trigger is easy to get higher BPS out of than most markers that cost more.
I would say this is a very nice marker for the money. I highly recommend it to anyone getting into the sport or for somebody that is looking for a better gun and doesn't want to spend more than $300
While there is room for improvement, it will hang with most marker's at your local paintball fields without a problem in stock trim. You will definitely be able to keep up in BPS, but you may not be quite as accurate as some of the higher end markers if you are using the stock barrel.
I am kind of surprised at how quiet this marker is for having a 12" barrel. It is definitely quieter than my Nerve.
Marker was great in the woods. The rate of fire is awesome and comes in quite useful when pinning somebody down behind a tree or bunker. The accuracy could be improved for long range shots (over 30 yards), but for a stock barrel, it isn't bad at all. I could use it for a while before upgrading honestly.
The rocking trigger is so easy to use. Getting off a 3 shot burst is practically instantaneous. I actually felt kind of bad because it felt like I had an unfair advantage over my competition.
The eye logic is actually pretty good. I had no problems until I used some really old crappy looking Marballizer's. I did break several of those in the gun, but I was basically testing it to see what its limit's were. I learned that it like's new / good paint, I had good luck with Evil and new Marballizer's.
The marker seemed fairly efficient on air. I think I only went through about 800 PSI for around 500 shots.
I have played for 9 years, so I have seen the Spyder change about a hundred times... but this one actually looks awesome, shoots great out of the box, and should cost much more for what you are getting, it is an incredible value.
If you are using it for rec play, I would recommend this over an Ion anyday and I like Smart Parts products.
Kingman really hit a home run with this one.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, November 24th, 2006 at 9:49 am PST