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austinpbguy Friday, January 25th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

3 months
Products Used:
Tippman A5
Marker Setup: Stock. I have a low blow blot on order.
Fast Hopper (Fasta/Magna/Qloader), sniper barel (J&J Ceramic 16" or 20"), backspin bolt (low blow bolt from alamo city) or barrel (Spyder threded Apex), T-Board VerC (from scenario dreams).
Strengths: OK default electronics, tough body, easy to use out of box.
Weaknesses: Manufacturing problems with valve pin/valve body.
Review: Great, solid performing marker for the price. I got mine for $180 (including shipping) off ebay from famousguy paintball store ( This was the lowest price I could find anywhere, so if you're interested in this gun check out his store. He gives great customer service and ships fast!

Unfortunately, my first experience with the gun was disappointing. After firing my first 10 shots something in my gun exploded and all the air drained from my tank! :-( So I had to use rental equipment for the rest of the day (very disappointing). I took my marker to the local pb shop and found out that Spyder has a long history of manufacturing bad valve pins/valve bodies. The guy at the shop stripped my gun down and found that there were no blown O-rings, which is what I was expecting, but noticed that I had a bad valve pin/valve body. For $20 he replaced it with one that came in the replcement parts kit, which came with the gun and it was working great. There is a replacement part you can get from Alamo City (
s.html) that uses a tapered valve body instead of the standard valve body with a valve pin. This new design eliminates the problems with the poorly designed Spyder parts. I have used the gun twice since then and it has been flawless. As mentioned in several other reviews, the gun is great with the default setup but there are a few upgrades that will bring this marker up to speed with some of the high-end guns.

First, get a good hopper. Weather you use it for this gun or some other gun you get later on, a good hopper is a must for any paintballer. The Empire Magna, Spyder Fasta 18v. and the Qloader are all great hopper options for this marker.

Second, the stock barrel is good but an upgrade barrel will improve your accuracy and shot distance. The MR3 will not accept all Spyder threaded barrels, so be sure to select a barrel that is specifically for the MR3. Most J&J's will fit the MR3. The Apex barrel will give you the flatline feature, along with hook shots and a bunker buster shot. However, the barrel is just as short as the stock barrel and I want to use a longer sniper style barrel. I decided to go with an upgrade bolt, from Alamo City ( that will put backspin on the balls and will also allow me to use a 16" or 20" sniper barrel. The bolt is on order, so I will provide additional information on its performance after I get it installed and use it.

Third, not having eyes in full auto just plain sucks and makes no sense (boo Spyder!). Fortunately the guys at scenario dreams offer the T-board VerC for the MR3 ( This is how you make the MR3 equal in performance to the Mini's and the Ego's out there. It gives you features like full auto with eyes, ramping, response trigger, burst mode and PSP (just to name a few!). Check out the link for the full feature set.

Last, if you like to play with your air tank on the gun, spend the extra cash for a carbon fiber tank. The lighter weight will make handling the gun a lot easier. I have a steel tank and use a remote line, so there is no additional weight added to the gun. I prefer this setup over having the tank attached to the gun.
Conclusion: Great senario marker with even better upgradable options! For the money, it's a no brainer. Buy this gun!!!
9 out of 10

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