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XxIBTrayxX Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
Tippmann A5
Spyder MR1
Tippmann 98 Custom RT
Marker Setup: Spyder VS3 w/ ShockTech drop forward, J&J 14in Barrel & Halo V35 hopper
Tippmann 98 custom RT w/ Expansion Chamber, APEX and Tippmann 16in barrel & Empire hopper
Fast loading hopper a MUST!!!
Drop forward is my preference but without it the marker is very unbalanced
Also, my preference is a new barrel
All my recommended upgrades I have on my marker now and you can view the brands above
Strengths: 30bps
Easy maintenance
Light weight marker
The 'eyes' & Rocking e-trigger
Weaknesses: Hopper sits high
Hard to find some upgraded parts
Barrels have to be thin
Review: The main concern I had about switching from a M98 to a VS3 was the electronics and the reliability of the board and battery. This marker has given me no problems and should not until you stop maintaining it. The speed is incredible with the rocking e-trigger. The drop forward was a pain to find and install on the VS3; However, any inline drop forward should work as long as it does not include a built in On/Off switch and is compatible with the dove tail. I used my stock ASA to mount on the drop forward and it works fine. The feed neck is a bit big for a halo hopper and possibly some other hoppers but is an easy fix with a small bit of tape around the bottom of the hopper. The accuracy is amazing for being so quick of a marker. The 'eyes' in the chamber prevent the release of the bolt until there is a ball securely in the chamber resulting in less chopped paint. Maintenance is a breeze on or off field, not that this marker chops balls and needs it on field though. The battery is $20 USD for a replacement and is a Spyder brand rechargeable 9 volt. This marker will fit any 9 volt battery with a very tight fit but is not recommended. The firing modes are semi auto and 3 shot burst with the ability to easily fire 30 bps in this semi auto mode. In semi auto you can turn the 'eyes' on or off. 3 shot burst is slower firing than semi auto and the eyes are automatically turned off in this mode. There is a removable chip on board removing the 3 shot burst for regulation tournaments.
Conclusion: This is a great marker for speedball or woodsball alike. If you are like the far too many Tippmann lovers out there that I was a part of, open your mind, this marker will not fail your expectations. I give this marker a 9 due to the amount of time I spent searching for a drop forward and installing it.
9 out of 10

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