Spyder Xtra -Reliable but chops a lot w/o ups
Spyder E-99- Quick, but if you don't install an ACT bolt and/or eye you'll chop like no other. I found myself just about never using the speed it's capable of.
Tippmann 98 (reliable. gotta give it the props.)
1. X-7 Stock, w/HPA tank on remote
Remove those damn rails on the grip!
New mechanical bits for the cyclone feed (explained later)
Feel (When modified)
Control (explained later)
Need a strap to brace against
FREAKING CYCLONE FEED!!!
Okay, so I'm probably gonna get flamed by the Marmon, but I don't care.
I play Woodsball exclusively and for that kind of play this gun is excellent. if you bought this gun and want to play speedball with it, chances are your mother dropped acid while she was pregnant with you. IT'S SLOW out of the box.
It has a single trigger, and I had my reservations about that, but I prefer taking three quick shots as opposed to drilling a trigger.
The feeder is reliable. after suing the questionably reliable spyders, it was a refreshing chage to get that "Pull the trigger, shoots every time" deal. Hey, It's a $225 marker that comes with a hopper (the hopper itself is horribly fragile feeling) and feed system (which I do like) worth 50 bucks. That's 50 bucks you would otherwise have to spend adding ACT to any other marker. I've played with all manner of spyders before, and I must say that even though I was using revvy's, I finally just gave up on my E-99 Avant's ability to sustain rapid fire for more than 2 seconds. The cyclone feed (this is my first tippmann) was a refreshing change of pace from having to clan out my chamber 3 times a game.
For everyone who says that this gun's not worth the price (Marmon) then here's my thought process while buying this gat:
I was origionally not gonna go for the flashy new model and stick with an A-5, but A-5's were selling online everywhere for 230, and when I went to buy tem, everyone wanted to charge me upwards of 20 bucks for shipping, and forget the Player's Edge by my house. (275 for an A-5? come on people) so the price was basically $250 if I wanted to go that route. Now special Ops Paintball (Dodges brick thrown at head) gives me free shipping on the new X-7, which promises lots of upgradability (by the way, A-5 thread barrells and even some a-5 stocks will work on the x-7), so I could go the $250 a-5 route, or the $275 x-7 route. hmmm... that's a tough one.........
Anyways I take this thing out of the box along with the V-Force Shield i ordered with it (YAY! I LOVE BUBBLE LENSES!) and here's my reactions:
I do not like this mag. It's made out of the same stuff McDonalds uses to make it's toys, if I was to judge by its feel. *shiver* terrible. it also sticks past the bottom end of the trigger, eliminating some of the low-profileness. so I leave it in the Puma Bag that I strap on (lol the elastic bottle holders on the side make it a 2+1 air tank pack that can hold whatever I want)
The sights are... questionable. the question is: "what the hell, man?" they're hard enough to use without a mask on... forget it.
I hate those rails on the side of the shroud. I can't Imagine what I'd want to put there, but they're removable and It's nice that SO and Tippmann would have the courtesy to let ME decide what I want on MY gun.
*EDIT* (September 27, 2007)
Okay, so here's the skinny on the x7 after having used it for a while now.
Still a reliable gun, The stock trigger tends to jam until you've taken the gun apart and oiled it a few times. The leaking is no longer apparent after reassembling the marker and using it for a while (Keep it oiled!) Also, as a lot of x7 owners are finding out, Tippmann/SO decided to F*^& us with the cyclone feed. The flipper bit at the bottom that cycles the feed is made of cheap plastic not worth a damn. It broke on me last week. What you need to do is replace it with the Tech T Vortex mod or at least the Tech T lightning rod, or I swear to you it's gonna die. at least now the mods hae hit the market. It was a good idea to start with, but SO really messed up on the releases. I'll fix it, and I'll have a badass gun, no thanks to SpecOps. Kiss my you know what, tippmann. You've lost yourself a customer.
Hey, I'll be the first to admit I'm not a paintball expert, but all encompassing, I really can't dis the gun. It's a nice change for people who don't do the whole Machine gun thing, who'd rather play three-shot Rainbow Six Style. that's me. I'd reccomend having backup in an intense scenario though. you don't have the ability to lay down the paint until the response trigger/egrip come out.
7 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, September 27th, 2007 at 8:14 pm PST
hey nice review. very fair and informative. i think that you should have talked more about the weaknesses in the review. but otherwise not bad. i do assume however that if the a5 was cheaper, you would have went that route. because as marmot said, they are basically the same gun. keep up the reviews, they flow nicely and are informative!
I guess you'd be disappointed if I didn't comment, eh? ;0)
Although we disagree on ratings, this is not a bad review and you deserve kudos for balancing pro's and con's and explaining your decisions. Cool.
We only disagree on whether a mech marker is worth this money: I just think you should get more for $250 or $275. If you've tried high-end markers, you'll know what I'm getting at. But hey, as I've said elsewhere, it is not a crime to buy the X-7 if you really like it: just understand what you're getting.
The high-end marker's are electo. Electro isn't really the best thing for woodsball. Plus, for a $250 marker, there's a ton of mods and upgrades. High-end marker's......new bolts, drop forwards....that's about it.