Everything else will work fine stock; those three things basically have to be upgraded. An SS manifold and a CCM frame aren't bad ideas either.
Very small and maneuverable
Very little kick
Needs upgrades to be competitive
I traded one my Timmy for a Shocker because I wanted to try one out. I made sure it had bolt/board upgraded because the Nerve board and the stock bolt are worthless.
That's one of the main problems with the Shocker--out of the box, they basically suck. The Nerve board has no FSDO settings and no way to cap ramping. The stock bolt is a joke. The stock detents are trash and easily blown out [which is why I bought a pair of Kilas right off the bat.] Aside from that, and as long as you make sure you've got lots of lube and o-rings on hand, the Shocker shoots really well. It's easy to get it blasting fools, especially with Tadao/Virtue/etc and a nicely set trigger. The size and shape, plus the fact that you can clamp yer hand and thumb over the barrel, means that it's very easy to move around.
Coming from shooting Vikings and Egos, I can't say that I'm especially impressed with the shoddy way that the Shocker is put together. The anno sucks because of the low quality aluminum used [cutting corners, SP...for shame] and the feedneck threads are just begging to be stripped [I epoxied mine in to be sure that I won't have that problem.] The trigger pin needs to be taped in place after taking the trigger out once, because the frame warps easily. The manifold strips easily, which is why my next purchase will be an SS manifold. The stock trigger frame absolutely blows--there's about half an inch for your fingers to fit in. CCM frame FTW.
These problems are all easily addressed given the money, and again, once they are fixed, the Shocker is a lot of fun to shoot. The overall problem is that when you add up the cost of a stock Shocker and all of the stuff it needs to shoot that well, you might as well just buy something else that does the job out of the box.
If you can buy one used with the upgrades that'll make it shoot nicely, and you are willing to deal with the maintenance/consumer anguish of using a SP product then by all means go for it. Just don't make the mistake of buying new and then blowing hundreds on parts just so it's acceptably functional.
6 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, July 13th, 2008 at 7:59 pm PST