Barrel is decent. I like it better than my stock Imagine barrel, but should still be upped.
If you are breaking paint, barrow a faster hopper and see if that helps. If it does, get one.
The mini expansion chamber is a joke. Get a Regulator.
Nitro/HPA eventually. It runs good on CO2 though.
Venturi bolt sucks. Get a new one or modify existing one.
Get this if you are a hardcore player. Recreational player just have fun with what you got.
Color for woods
-The greatest strengths it has is that it comes right out of the box ready to go. Stock barrel is extremely accurate compared to other stock barrels. The other great strength is the -price. It's pretty cheap, but not cheap in performance.
-This bad boy is almost as rugged as chuck norris' beard. It can take a beating. Very durable.
-It is very reliable. Hardly ever breaks balls. Can play in hot humid conditions as well as cold. Don't go to the extreme though unless you have HPA and reg or you could hurt someone.
-If you can't figure this thing out, then you won't find a paintball gun that you can.
-The color is awkward in the woods, but this is a gun for a newbie so he will probably be spotted for something else besides gun color.
-It's rate of fire is nothing compared to higher end guns, but it doesn't matter in the woods.
-The trigger itself is nice. The pull is a long one though. Perfect for woods IMO. I could tell you how many sensitive triggers that have gone of next to my foot.
-The mechanics are loud. I personally like the chink, chink when I shoot.
-The bolt actually restricts the airflow with that star thingy. I think it's in the manual. There are mods on the internet to show you how to get rid of it I think.
-Does have occasional jamming more than ball breaks, at least for me.
I can't tell you how gas efficient it is...never really paid attention.
Don't remove the sights even though they are useless as sights. It protects the cocking beavertail.
Performance: 6 out of 10. A realistic score. Don't be discouraged by this. Many other markers would get less than a 4. Only $1000 dollar guns get 9 and 10. It has bolt issues (easily remedied), Slow ROF, long trigger pull, and loud. All are acceptable! It is highly reliable. Mine occasionally jams, but I've had it forever and played often.
Appearance: 7 out of 10. Blue ones get an 8, 'cause the are sexy. I don't really like their looks, but that's a preference right? (You might as well substitute your own score here)
Value: 10 out of 10. The price compared to performance is perfect. Tippmann 98c is a little more expensive with nearly the same performance. I think the stock barrel is more accurate on Xtra, but 98c is more reliable.
Reliability: 7 out of 10. It will still shoot good in bad weather. Not Tippmann reliable, but close. I recommend renting a brass eagle for your first couple of times...you'll never complain about a gun again :)
6+7+10+7=30 30/4= 7.5 People can say it rounds up...but I don't care. It stays were it is, which is what it deserves in it's category of low end mechanical. This is a realistic score! I'm sorry if it offends you. But if you see a 10 out of 10, then they are not being honest. There are so many perfect guns on this site. I wish it were true, but it's not.
If you are new to the sport and want to get in, this is a perfect gun for you. You'll be pleased. I am at least.