Spyder Rodeo - Solid starter gun, but it's mechanical so it's in a completely different league
Tippman 98 - Only used it as rental, meaning it was in crap condition. A bit too long for speedball
Spyder Fenix ACS
-12 oz CO2
-14 inch Linear barrel
-New barrel (But what gun doesn't?)
-Fast hopper (15-20 BPS, faster if your getting a new board)
-GRIPS!!!! (Extremely important, stock grips leave a huge opening that can get paint on the board)
- Pretty fast
- Pretty unique (they're discontinued)
- Nice for speedball
- Solidly built
- No chops
- A little loud
- Stock grips have huge openings
I picked this gun up at a clearance sale for $200, and I'd say it's well worth it. Here's the breakdown.
- Speed. Then stock board maxes out at 20 bps on semi-auto (13 if you use full-auto), which I find to be about perfect. There are faster guns, but you really don't need to shoot that much paint. The Fenix lets you put enough paint down the field to get the job done, without the paint costs burning through your pocket.
- Looks. It's all opinion, but I like the look of the Fenix, and it's almost guaranteed that you'll be the only guy at the field with one (compared to ATTACK OF THE IONS!!!) It's silver, which means the gun isn't a good idea for woodsball, but it's meant as a speedball gun anyway.
- ACS. As long as you take decent care of the gun, you'll never get a chop. I've shot a couple cases of paint since I bought the Fenix and only had one break (because I forgot to turn the hopper on =?)
- Sound. Honestly, it's a rather loud gun. A new barrel helps, but the sound is still a bit above average (Depending how you play, may or may not matter)
- Stock grips. When you buy this gun, before you walk out of the store, make sure you pick up a new set of grips. The stock ones don't quite fit, and stick out a ton, leaving huge openings on either side of the frame, meaning paint can just shoot straight onto the board, and set you back a good $60.
- Weight. As with most Spyders, it's a pretty heavy gun (A little over 3 pounds) Depending on you and what your used to , this might be a problem. (9 year old + a loaded Fenix isn't a good idea) but for the most part, you'll probably do fine. Heck, I'm used to heavy guns, so anything lighter is actually feels worse to me.
Overall, I'd say this is a very nice paintball gun, for both Rec play and small Leagues. It has a few weaknesses, but they're the trivial kind of things that don't really matter.
If you find one on sale, and are looking for a good beginner to intermediate gun, then pick it up. You won't be disappointed.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, May 24th, 2007 at 5:41 pm PST