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fcatman Monday, August 27th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Similar only mind you:
Spyder Pilot ACS
Spyder Rodeo with CAMD frame
JT Protium
Marker Setup: Spyder Fenix ACS
Stock clamping feedneck
T-Board
Trinity Grips
VL Eye-Force loader
J&J Edge barrel kit
Bandit Bolts high flow valve
Alamo City Paintball Supply delrin valve cup seal
SPPS Snapdragon Magno-trigger
SPPS 50 g micro switch (splice type)
Anti-siphoned CO2 (for now)
32 degrees spring kit (stock valve, black main)

Spyder Rodeo
J & J Edge barrel kit
CO2
Zap / Archon Hopper gravity fed
32 Degrees spring kit
Evil Delrin Bolt / Stock bolt with venturi removed
Bandit high flow valve

ACI Griffin with stock everything (Was my backup, but it's worn out)
Zap / Archon Hopper

Syndicate Paradox ELE
Spyder Rodeo stock barrel, maybe my J&J Edge kit
Zap / Archon Hopper (The Revvy on this marker would be ironic)
32 degrees remote thick hose
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel kit. I am a convert on this issue. No question.
High flow valve.
Spring kit.
SPPS Snapdragon Magno-Trigger
Strengths: Fast.
ACS has always saved me.
Old fashioned design will run on CO2.
Weaknesses: Heavier than the ions everybody else will be using at the field.
Review:
GOOD:
-Fast, especially with a trigger and microswitch upgrade.

-Reactive response mode (actually mechanical bounce) allows insanely fast ROF (20 bps capped). Well, sorta. You can shot maybe 8 balls this fast then it gets starved for air. At 15 bps setting, it will keep running and not starve / decock.

-Simple, reliable blow back design.

-Top cocking

-ACS bolt an extra line of defense against chopping. Though I have not tempted fate. I keep the loader cramming the balls into the breach anyway.

-Comfortable to hold / very instinctive to use. (I am used to Spyders).

-Comes with a clamping feedneck.

-Dual ball detents.

-Regulator is decent (better than none).

-Standard holes on bottom of grip.

-Runs fine on CO2 (yes, it is a little inconsistent on CO2).

-With mods listed and enlarging air inlet hole on bolt, I run 400 psi.

BAD or MEDIOCRE:
-Stainless hose fittings have a bizarre gasket flat disk thing.
-Little bit heavy (lift some weights already!).
-Little bit of kick, but not too bad.
-Center feedneck blocks view a bit.
-Delrin ACS bolt allows some blow-by up into feed neck (haven't broken any balls with this yet though. I plan on drilling a vent hole in my feedneck to relieve pressure up the ball stack.
-Grip frame is kind of big and blocky - but you'll get used to it.

After playing with an Autococker for a while, I came up with my criteria for my next marker: Run on CO2, be top cocking, have Spyder barrel threads, have eyes or an ACS bolt, be reliable, be inexpensive. As of August 2007, the Fenix is old news but can be picked up new and fairly cheap (mine for $129.99 including a CO2 tank, extra mask, and misc. goodies).

UPDATE 2-29-08:
Yeehaw! Tuned to 450 psi and using the black (lightest 32 degrees) spring I have a straight, fast shooting marker and no mechanical breakdowns. I have shot about 10,000 balls through it and not one chop, even twice when I started games shooting fast and forgot to turn on the loader. Played last weekend using HPA and I got a nearly unbelievable 830 shot per 3,000 47 ci fill.
Conclusion: If you occasionally need to run on CO2 based on availability and need a reliable simple marker (Such as I needed) and need it to be electronic then get this. It was perfect for me, that's why I rate it so high. This is a rating of 10 out of 10 for LOW END electronic markers, not by any means comparing it to higher end markers.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Friday, February 29th, 2008 at 10:38 pm PST
 

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