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m1gs Friday, December 1st, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
6 months
Similar
Products Used:
Smart Parts Ion (not really very similar though)
Spyder Sonix
Spyder Esprit
Tippman 98C
Marker Setup: Spyder Xtra (beavertail removed)
Smart Parts 14" Teardrop Barrel
Kingman Rocking Trigger 2.0
Delrin Bolt
Ricochet Apache LCD hopper
polished internals
Shocketech Spring kit
48/3000 HPA Tank
(on stock trigger frame: lighter spring taken from a pen)
(upcoming) CCM feedneck
Recommended
Upgrades:
New Feedneck
Spring kit
Lighter trigger spring on stock frame
Strengths: Easy to strip and clean
Very simple and reliable operation
Cheap
good beginner marker
Weaknesses: Feedneck + adaptor + hopper makes for a HUGE profile
no regulator
loud
Review: Before I begin, here's a bit of intro.. feel free to skip this paragraph if you want to.

Although my first time playing paintball was 5 years ago, I had not taken it very seriously until this year, due to the immense costs of playing. Now that I've got a full time job, it's a bit easier for me to justify spending money on this sport. I found out about the Xtra while reading http://about.paintball.com, where the Xtra was listed as one of the best markers under $100.. and so I looked around and purchased a used Xtra w/ a Teardrop barrel w/ a 12 volt revvy for a decent price.

As a semi-auto mechanical marker targetted to beginners, the Xtra is a great deal. It's cheap, efficient, and reliable. I haven't shot it with a stock barrel, but it shoots well with the Teardrop, albeit it's still quite loud. I haven't had much of a chance to test it's accuracy in a range or anything, but it seems pretty accurate judging by how well it performed on the field. I decided to replace the trigger spring, which gave a lighter pull, increasing my rate of fire marginally. I also polished the bolt and striker, as I found that the bolt was getting scratched up from normal use.

Since there is no regulator on this gun, it can get pretty inconsistent when you go to chrono it. I replaced the main spring with one from the shocktech spring kit, and I get very inconsitent readings, from as low as 220+ up to 260+ using HPA. Although this problem isn't so bad when operating at a low rate of fire, it is very noticeable once you've slapped on an electronic frame.

With my Rocking Trigger and ACS Delrin bolt installed, the marker isn't quite as accurate as when firing single shots. Shots tend to be inconsistent, and I've already had a couple of barrel breaks which further exacerbate the problem (especially with the Teardrop). I highly doubt that I'm outshooting my hopper, which feeds about 18-19 bps, and I've tested the paint to bore match, and it fits well. I'm pretty sure if I converted to a lower pressure setup, it might decrease this occurrence, and the eyes would prevent ball breaks, but I've already spent enough on this marker as it is, and I'd rather move on to bigger and better things.
Conclusion: As a marker for beginners, it's a great investment. I've learned so much about the inner workings of paintball markers, as well as troubleshooting and maintenance(the previous owner didn't take care of the marker as much as he should have).

However, as a word of warning, don't bother spending too much money on upgrades. I've learned this the hard way. If you want a Spyder to tinker with and upgrade, find something that is dirt cheap, as most of these Spyders are basically the same anyway, and you'd probably end up replacing the foregrip, bolt, springs, trigger, etc.

I give the marker a 7 out of 10... That's definitely not a low rating, if anything, it should be about average. Most people on this site tend to rate things a lot higher than they should, perhaps to justify their purchase.

The Xtra is a good marker, and a great value. Unfortunately it doesn't really stand out above and beyond the other Spyder markers that are being offered at a lower price point.
Rating:
7 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, December 2nd, 2006 at 10:57 pm PST
 

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