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malJohann Monday, February 25th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month10 of 15 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder Victor II (vertical feedneck not ideal for sighting)
Tippmann c98 (though not enough to give comparison)
Marker Setup: Spyder E-MR1 (olive)
Spyder 20oz Co2
Standard Gravity Hopper (at first)
Viewloader VLocity Junior (current)
Recommended
Upgrades:
At least an 18-20 bps hopper (necessary)
A J&J Ceramic or Stiffy barrel (preference)
Grips that seal the electronics (upgrade)
The CCM aluminum feedneck (upgrade)
Strengths: Well priced
Solid construction
Electronic modes
Minimalistic design
Downward slanting stock
Loud, decent kickback
Weaknesses: Exposed bolt
Useless open sights
Useless mounting rail
Stock adjusting screw
Grips don't seal
Review: The good:
This marker is a real value-for-money piece of kit. You get a well built electronic marker with a decent firing rate and selectable firing modes for about the same money as a Tippmann c98. Also, if you're like me and like a marker that doesn't look like the Swiss-Army knife version of a Christmas tree, this will suit you perfectly as it has nothing it doesn't need and more nothings that won't get in the way. Another good point about it is the downward slanting stock, which is also length adjustable, so it does'nt get in the way of your mask when aiming and you can set it to the perfect length for your arm. Something I forgot to mention is how loud it is. This marker let's everybody on the field know you have arrived, good if you're an aggressive player, not so good if you're an aspiring sniper. The last thing I want to mention that's good (to me) is that it kicks back quite a bit, enough to leave marks on your shoulder when using the stock. I just love this aspect of the marker as it makes it feel alive in my hands.

The bad:
I had to clean a lot of grit from my bolt on the first day, since the exposed top-cocking bolt lets in water, dust and pretty much everything else which is small enough and happens to fall from above. The open-sights are also useless since they are so low-profile that the cocking-pin blocks the sight-line. Also, the cocking-pin pretty much renders the mounting rail useless without an aftermarket riser if you want to mount something like a red-dot sight. My stock also gives the problem that if I adjust it the adjusting screw at the back vibrates loose during a game, but I'm going to fix this with some thread-locker so it's not a biggy. The grips also seems to be sub-par quality, as it's already starting to peel away exposing the electronics to possible water damage.

The ugly:
This part is for things I would have liked Kingman to have done differently. First and foremost is the cocking-pin, which should have been done the same as the MR2 and MR3. This way no grit could reach the bolt through the top, you could actually mount a sight on top without fuss and if you prefer open sights, the standard ones would have worked just fine. Second I would have wanted the stock to attach via a quick-strip pin instead of an Allen screw.

Upgrades:
The first three games I played with this marker I had a couple of chops, which was due to me using a gravity-fed hopper. After getting a force-fed (> 18bps) hopper I haven't had one chop. You don't need an ACS bolt, just a good hopper. Other than this I plan on getting a barrel set which will allow me to get a good paint match at any field. I can also see either Trinity or Dye grips as a future upgrade to protect my board and a CCM aluminum feedneck as the standard plastic one seems very flimsy.
Conclusion: I would recommend this marker to anyone that wants a good entry-level electronic marker. If you are not too fussy, this marker will keep you happy ad infinitum.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Monday, February 25th, 2008 at 6:14 am PST
 

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