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darth massacre Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 98 Custom, A5, Pro Carbine, Pro Lite
Marker Setup: MR2, Alamo City 2 O-ringed bolt, 32degrees spring kit, J&J 1 piece Ceramic Barrel 14" - too much other useless cosmetic crap to list
Recommended
Upgrades:
Sturdier elbow, Timmy detents, "2 O-ring" Alamo City bolt (not the low blow) are key upgrades. A spring kit is also recommended. Other cosmetic upgrades based on your personal taste and budget.
Strengths: Tough, Rugged, Complete package at a low price.
Weaknesses: Loud, needs certain key upgrades before seamless operation.
Review: Initially wanted an MR1 because of my aversion to electronic guns - no power = dead in the water. But I went with it and found it to my liking.

This product is not perfect out of the box. For the price point it comes with, no one should expect it to work like a charm - it will work out of the box, but it won't be perfect until the key upgrades and fine tuning are done. Once you get it the way you like, the MR2 is almost too much fun to shoot. The MR2 chops - even with the ACS - but I really am skeptical when someone tells me their guns never chop. If properly configured, the MR2 will shoot nicely. From my personal experience with the MR2, using HPA instead of CO2 will help with consistency too.

For what you're paying, the MR2 has got almost everything in the box. Good looks, e trigger, stock and a 20mm weapon rail. Although useless for attaching gunsights until additional offset or riser rails are installed - or if the user decides to use it without the stock - the weapon rail opens up all sorts of upgrade possibilities later on.

Slapping on a good, force fed hopper will bring out the full potential of the e- trigger. That however won't come cheap either.

The MR2 is also tough. Not in the sense that you can use it as a club. My MR2 took sand in the breach and still continued to shoot. However having said that, keeping the MR2 clean after every outing at the field is good practice. Having worked on a paintball field and maintained a variety of tippmann guns over the ages, I feel spyders are simply easier to fieldstrip for maintenence over Tippmanns.

Aftermarket upgrades to make the MR2 look more milsim are already out there, one just have to look hard. Its not the only gun on market that can look good - definitely an alternative for milsim players who are not looking at/could not afford an SP-8, X7 or the A5.
Conclusion: I would not recommend this - or any other paintball guns - to anyone who doesn't work to find out how to maintain their own guns. I would not rate this product above or below its competitors. Its a good product, just like its direct competitors. The important thing is for would be owners to find out all they can about different products before sinking in your money - because its YOUR money and all the pro shops out there want a piece of it.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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