I bought this as my first marker in about June. I have not been let down. I have played with people who have all kinds of markers, Tippmanns, Autocockers, Piranhas, Orions, etc. (I guess to lots of you, "Low end markers") Anyway, I have spent a total of about $120 on this marker, and I am very happy with this gun for me, a "beginner".
This marker has only chopped paint once out of about 5000 paintballs, and that's when I was firing as fast as I could, and it hardly affected the accuracy or performance.
It "only" fires 7bps tops, but all it takes is one hit to eliminate your opponent.
I hihgly recommend this marker for a beginner to intermediate. I'm sure if you buy the gun and spend $200-300 upgrading it, you could get to the "professional" level. But for most of us, it will do. Compared with other guns of the same class, I'll give it an 9.