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Coldbourne Friday, May 23rd, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippman 98C
Tippman A-5
BT-4
Smart Parts SP1
US Army Alpha Black
Marker Setup: ::Spyder MR1::
20" Smart Parts Tactical Barrel
Viewloader Revolution FORCE EYE Hopper
CORE Aluminum Feedneck
Spyder Tactical Rail
Piranha Spring Kit
DYE Sticky3 Grips

Recommended
Upgrades:
-Elbow
-Stock
-Barrel, but not a must
Strengths: -Tough as Nails
-Solid shooter right out of the box
-Will shoot ANY paint
Weaknesses: -It is pretty loud
-Not as upgradable as the Tippmans
-Crappy elbow
Review: I am a Woodsballer, and if your reading this review chances are that you are too. That being said, I don't expect a mechanical marker to handle like a Eclipse or a Proto.
These guns favor durability over finese and simplicity over insanely complex systems.
They are going to be dropped, kicked around, banged into tree's and sometimes plunged into snow or puddles. Taking a licking and keeping on ticking, hopefully shooting straight afterwards
Thus being the criteria, the MR1 deilvers and then some. Right out of the box, you can feel the durability. Some have called in heavy, but I found it to be comparable to a A-5. It is heavy duty, well made and screams "durable" as soon as you heft it. Add a CO2 tank and the whole setup is well balanced and manuverable. I dont bother with the stock, though it seems to be tough, it gets in the way IMHO.
I initially played a couple of games with the gun totally stock, right out of the box, shooting some cheapy JT paint. Holy crap does this thing shoot straight. Just dead on with the stock sypder barrel, which is ported and seems to be excellent quality. I played a couple of woodsball scenario's and even a few rounds of speed ball with excellent results. Once I sight in on a target, this gun is gonna deilver paint consistently every time, right on the mark. Add a upgraded barrel (my 20" tactical for instance) and things get stupid. Your range increases noticably, accuracy get's even more dead on and the opposing team starts yelling "s**t!!" and diving behind cover when you take aim.

Enough with story time, here's the skinny:

DURABILITY:
This gun is a tank. You can kick it across the room, hammer a nail with it and then shoot your friend in the facemask right afterwards. Also, I play in Alaska and it rains. Alot. This gun does not rust, nor does it mind to get wet. BUT, you will need to upgrade to an aluminum feedneck vice the plastic elbow. That or change out the elbow every time it breaks. The elbow is the only weak point on the gun and it is a major one.

ACCURACY:
I have never shot a gun so accurate right out of the box. Several guys mentioned how straight I was shooting the first day I brough it out and it quickly gained respect in a few short games. Add a J&J or SmartParts Barrel and you may just reek havok. Add a BT Apex for all the Flatline fun of a A-5.

STYLE:
The gun looks good, real good. Most importantly, it looks different from all the Tippmans your going to be playing with. I love Tippmans, they are solid markers, but when 75% of the people you are playing with have 98C's and the other 24% have A-5's, you just kind of want another flavor of marker.

UPGRADABILITY:
This is no Tippman with a million ways to customize, but there are plenty of options out there for you to choose from. The MR1 will take any barrel threaded for spiders, and there are lots of stock's to upgrade to if you need one. You can mount a reddot or scope on top of the optional Tactical rail also.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a solid, reliable and accurate marker without breaking your bank, look no further. This marker has everything you need, with easy maintenance and plenty of options. This bad boy can easily keep up with the Tippman's and is a viable alternative if you are looking for a tough woodsball marker. Just make sure to UPGRADE THAT ELBOW.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Friday, May 23rd, 2008 at 2:18 pm PST
 

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