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agurish Monday, October 8th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Tippmann 98 - The MR-1 is superior in all respects in it's stock configuration.
98C - pre-ACS - The MR-1 is superior in all respects in it's stock configuration.
98C - Post-ACS - The two are about the same.
A5 - The A5 is superior, but only because of the Cyclone feed system.
Other Spyders (pre-06) - The MR-1 is superior to every previous mechanical Spyder.
Other Spyders (post-o6) - The MR-1 is about the same as the newer line-up, may be a bit easier to upgrade/mil-sim due to the Weaver/Picatinney/1911 rail.
Spyder Clones - (VL/BE/Etc) - The MR-1 is superior in most respects, holding it's own against even electronic markers of the VL and BE vintage.
Marker Setup: Spyder MR-1 - Stock valve, valve pin, springs, cup seal, detent, etc.
20 inch J&J Performance barrel
20 oz CO2
Viewloader Eggy II w/ Y board (stock), w/ 3 paddle propeller mod
As with most markers, get a new barrel. The stock barrel was loud, and inaccurate & had a tendency to chop. The J&J is much quieter, wayyyy more accurate, and rarely chops.
Strengths: Ease of use
Ease of upgrades
Mil-Sim ready out of the box
Weaknesses: Not for everyone
Mechanical, not electronic (get the EMR-1 for that)
Review: Upon winning my MR-1 at EMR Paintball park this past spring (Spring, '07), I have put it through it's paces, and fired roughly 6000 to 8000 rounds of paint through it. Here is my review:

Receiver/Body - The body itself is very durable, mine has a matte-black finish which is very non-reflective. A definite plus. The finish will withstand moderate abuse (I keep mine in the trunk of my car w/o any obvious damage).

Barrel (Stock) - The barrel included is loud, inaccurate, and will chop. The first upgrade I recommend is an aftermarket barrel, preferably from J&J (they are very nice). The stock barrel has porting on the last 1 to 1.5 inches, and makes a very loud report when fired. The accuracy of the stock barrel varies with paint quality, but poor quality paint shoots extremely poorly in the stock barrel.

Trigger Frame - The frame is a double-trigger, and is all metal w/ rubber side panels. The panels have a tendency to react poorly to abrasion, but I haven't seen this in my own experience. The frame does not have the "spyder offset" mounting holes, it has standard inline holes, so upgrades to the drop are a breeze. The drop itself is above par, fitting a 20-oz CO2 canister easily. Most, aside from the largest , HPA tanks should fit as well. Firing rates vary according to player skill. Expect normal STBB (stacked tube blow back) marker firing rates lower than 10 bps.

Fore-Grip - The foregrip is cosmetic, and does nothing other than act as a place to put your hands. Make sure all the screws are tightened, as with anything else that isn't loc-tited down, they will work themselves loose during play. The hose used is a black coated stainless-steel hardline, eliminating any worries about burst pressures.

Feedneck - The feedneck is high-density plastic mounted onto the receiver w/ three metal screws. Under the feedneck is the rubber-nubbin ball detent. The feedneck is angled to the right, and requires the use of an elbow to mount any hoppers used. No hopper is included stock, but either an agitated, or force-fed hopper is highly suggested, in order to avoid chopping, or missed shots due to balls jamming in the hopper.
Conclusion: Overall - The marker assembles, and fires much like previous offerings from Kingman Spyder, which is a definite plus. It is more of an "evolutionary" step as opposed to a "revolutionary" one. Albeit, this step appears to be in the direction of mil-sim and or scenario players, and primarily woodsball players. The marker does not fire fast w/o upgrades, and is definitely a beginner's marker in it's stock configuration. It is a perfect platform for more experienced players, as the inclusion of a weaver rail allows for nearly limitless upgrades. Adding a barrel shroud, and other cosmetic upgrades transforms the look of this marker drastically, and adds much to it's appeal. I give this marker a 10 out of 10.
10 out of 10

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