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Overdryve75 Saturday, February 9th, 2008
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Product Use:
6 months4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Marker Setup: Spyder Fenix - 14" Boomstick barrel; custom drop forward, grips, and tourney board.
Spyder MR1 - 20" Smart Parts Tactical barrel w/ glow sights; custom stock and grips.
Something decent; works well with just about any paint so long as it's not cheap crap.
Strengths: Accuracy, weight, price, and sheer novelty (come on, it's 20 inches!).
Weaknesses: Awkward length
Review: A great barrel for woodsball players with a sniper mentality. It even turned my mediocre Spyder MR1 into a respectable marker. Very good accuracy; I can consistently hit small targets at upwards of 25-30 yards, with decent paint. It's nothing special, but still good enough for me to use as my primary woodsball barrel.

Definitely not for speedball or close quarters... those 20 inches of precision become a serious liability if and when you get bunkered. I recommend carrying a backup (I use a Zeus G1) if your field will allow it, just in case you get cornered. Players who use stocks, especially, should be aware that this barrel will turn your marker into a four-foot-long beast that sticks out of cover, makes fast movement difficult, and provides an attractive (albeit skinny) target for your opponents. An extra-long squeegee is a wise investment, also.

Crazy length aside, the barrel is remarkably light and durable. As for appearance, well... basically, the thing looks goofy. You're sure to get a few stares before games, but people have to respect it when you take them out with single, precision shots. Plus, there's a certain rebellious appeal to it's awkwardness... you'll definitely stand out from the Tippman A-5/Custom crowd.

There are more practical and more accurate barrels out there; but for the price, it's a solid upgrade. And, of course, there's something to be said for being the only guy sporting a 20" piece of hardware... but we won't go into that.
Conclusion: A great choice for casual-to-intermediate woodsball players on a budget.
8 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, February 9th, 2008 at 8:55 am PST

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