Ion with ups...only stock items left are the bolts to attach...oh wait, I got some new ones with this frame.
And yes, I have a tank cover (what weenie puts that in their setup anyway??)
90 degree handle
SUBJECTIVE - The thing is huge
I am a front player. For over a year and a half I have been tweaking my Ion with only two strategies in mind: lighter and smaller.
I ordered this frame because the more I thought about it, the more I realized how "well, DUH!" the concept of a 90 degree grip on a short setup marker would be. Just put your hands up and pretend you are aiming a marker. First, hold your "shooting" hand at 45 and then again at 90. As I said, "well, DUH!"
Anyway, I get the frame and I notice it came packaged with one of the ANS body kits. At first I thought I had gotten a present and was already deciding what I was going to spend my money on when I sold it. Then, I lined up my NDZ body kit. Wow...like 1.5 - 2 inches shorter. Same with stock body kit. I have limited exposure to body kits, but it seems to me that many would not work with this. Well...don't get me wrong, you can get them together, but it is obnixiously obvious that they don't really fit. You have a size 2 body kit on a size 13 frame.
My NDZ breech and chamber lined up without issue. I didn't bother with my CP trigger because I had read the horror stories and ANS was kickasscool enough to ship me a silver trigger. Everything else but the grips was fine. The grips (two different styles of Hybrids and the stock) can be a real, real pain in the wazoo.
So, I am torn on how to rate this. It is well made, packaged well and from a good company. They even went out of their way to swap out the trigger that came with it with another color. Very cool company, no doubt.
That being said, I really do not get at all the philosophy behind this design. It truly seems that the frame and body have two extra inches at the back for absolutely no reason at all. It is massive. I am not exagerating. Put it up to a stock frame and you would seriously wonder if it is for the same model of marker.
But, this is my preference and dependant on my style of play, neither of which is at all ANS's fault. So, I will rate this an 8 because it does what it says. Normally, this would be a 7 in my book (no I do not belive good = 10, sorry) but ANS is such a top notch company that I feel bad for dragging down the rating any more.
If you don't care about size and weight, this frame is really slick. The flow of it is just perfect and I am now fairly confused as to why more companies don't make a 90 grip. If you have a strong preference for light and small profile, this is probably not the frame/body for you.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at 10:47 am PST