compared with this product....all the classic BE's (stingray, Avenger, ect) This gun is much better, and longer lasting than any of the BE's I've used. Its as fast or light as my vexor but i still dont know how long that will last.
Gameface Vexor w/ 14in 32degree Nightstick barrel
Zap 400 (Winchester Durango...same thing) w/ 12 in Millenium Barrel and bottom line
Brass Eagle custom Tigershark Sniper (yes, a pump) 14in Nightstick barrel, tank w/ buttplate (and thinkin about adding fiber-optic sights
...just depends on what kind of mood i'm in
*The major upgrade this marker needed was a new barrel. The piece of pipe they sell with the gun curves as soon as it leaves the barrel. For this gun, you need ANY spyder-threaded barrel that does not have a very thick base to it (as in, barrel isnt very big around on the outside.) For me, i'm using the stock barrel from a Bob Long Melinium(sp) that i bought from a friend for $20 when he got his new barrel. As soon as i got that barrel, the value of this gun went from worthless to priceless. I'm not a BPS person and depend way more on accuracy, and maybe its just my gun, but that barrel did the trick.
*If your gun does not come with a bottom line, get one, it definitely balances the gun out
*i need to take a look at it, but i'm sure there's a way to change the trigger setup. If there is, thats something that would improve the gun as well. The whole spring-loaded single-finger trigger thing isnt good
*I took care of some of the ugly issue (and a little weight) by taking a bench grinder to the dovetail on the back of the gun and grinding it down level with the rest of the gun and then did a custom paint job on the body to hunter green. It kinda reminds me of a polymer version of a spyder compact
Durable, cheap, can be turned into a good marker
Bad barrel, little heavy, kinda ugly, needs a lot of oil
I've never been a fan of dropping a lot of money on a gun. Some can afford it but i cant. Its much less expensive for me to buy a cheap marker and make minor upgrades. I'm not a tourney player, just enjoy hangin out with friends and havin fun. If i need to lay cover fire, i can put a steady 4 or 5 bps downrange with this gun which is plenty for me. After a couple minor (and fairly inexpensive) upgrades, this gun is a mainstay in my arsenal. I just used it last week against a group playing with some of todays nicer semis and had no problem keeping up with them (and taking them out, though i am a firm believer that the player is more important than the gear). It does have its weaknesses but is much more durable than any other marker in its class from my experience.
Do not pass up the chance to pick up one of these markers for cheap. Tune-up kits can still be found, and bottom lines as well. With the massive assortment of barrels out there, i know you can find one that fits, and for under, oh, $50, you can have a pretty decent marker.