Smart Parts Shocker, Smart Parts Nerve which are obviously better because they are triple the price
Smart Parts Ion
Redz locking feedneck
Redz Mini Drop on/off ASA
Redz Pepperstick Barrel
Rew Designz Roller Blade Trigger
Smart Parts 360 QEV
Smart Parts Ion Firebolt
Viewloader EvLution III loader
Air America 68-4500 HPA
NXe Avalanche Tank Cover
I would definitely recommend a new trigger, barrel, and feedneck
Value for Money
Poor Stock Trigger
Needs new QEV
I have been playing paintball for over five years now and have tested and used many guns. I have used expensive guns such as the Shocker, Nerve, and DM6. I want to clearly say that the Ion is no where near the performance levels of those high-end guns, but when you are only paying 200 dollars that is to be expected. The gun itself will work just fine stock and many people are happy with that, but I usually play with people who have more expensive guns. I wasn't willing to spend 700-1000 dollars so I went with the Ion. I imediately purchased a new barrel, the Redz Pepperstick. I have played with both the Freak and the Pepperstick and in my opinion the Pepperstick out performed the Freak. I highly recommend it. A new barrel will greatly increase your accuracy. Many people complain about the Ion's shoot-down, which compared to a DM6, it is considerable, but for the average player it is not noticeable. For 20 dollars I purchased a new Smart Parts 360 QEV from actionvillage.com and the shoot-down problem is completely solved. Combined with the new bolt, I was able to lower my dwell drastically and increase my air efficiency. I have shot over 8,000 paintballs through my gun and have not had a single break, which I find very impressive. The stock trigger is crap and for 30 dollars you can get a new aluminum one which shortens trigger pull and eliminates side-to-side wobble. The stock board is slightly hard to use, but only because the instruction manual does a terrible job explaining its use. Just go to google and search something about its use and you will find all the information you need. The stock feedneck will work for you, but if you have a somewhat expensive loader, I have a Viewloader EvLution III (80 dollars), you will want something a little more powerful to clamp it on your marker. The gun is very light at 2.2 pounds which can make a world of difference when playing. A common criticism of the Ion is that it is made of plastic, which is untrue. The frame is made of carbon composite, which is the same thing Glocks are made from(and the police force uses them with no issues) and the body kit is composite which covers the aluminum inside. The gun is also extremely durable and I have heard stories from the local field about people dropping them from trucks and anything else and they continue to work. There is no point purchasing the Smart Parts Epiphany which uses the same board for 400 dollars. You can spend 200 extra dollars on upgrades for the Ion and you will have a gun that can compete reasonably with anything. After all the player makes the player, it isn't the gun.
A great purchase that you won't be unhappy with. The gun will do everything you ask it to and with some extra money you can have an exceptional gun. If you are looking for a value gun or a gun to upgrade, the Ion is what i recommend.
carbon isn't necisarily(cant spell) coal. Think of Carbon Dioxide, which is no where near coal. But yes you are right the frame is made of aluminum. The body kit is made out of the composite material though. Also this is a great review, although personally I prefer the freak with an all-american front.