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fcatman Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months12 of 14 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
LP Spyder Fenix ACS
LP Spyder Rodeo
SP ION (Don't flame me! see review)
Marker Setup: Sypder Electra 08
J&J Edge Barrel Kit
VL Eye Force Loader
PMI 49/3000

Autococker Trilogy Tactical SF Camo
Shocktech lever clamping feedneck
Shocktech bolt pin
Alamo City PB Delrin bolt
VL Eye Force loader

Spyder Fenix ACS
T-Board Version C
Stock clamping feedneck
VLocity JR loader
J&J Edge barrel kit
Bandit Bolts high flow valve
Alamo City Paintball Supply delrin valve cup seal
SPPS Snapdragon Magno-trigger
SPPS 50 g micro switch (splice type)
HPA and CO2
32 degrees spring kit

Spyder Rodeo
J & J Edge barrel kit
CO2
Zap / Archon Hopper gravity fed
32 Degrees spring kit
Evil Delrin Bolt / Stock bolt with venturi removed
Bandit high flow valve

Autococker Trilogy Pro SF (sold it)
ACI Griffin (sold it)
Syndicate Paradox ELE (sold it)
Recommended
Upgrades:
Feedneck
Barrel
Strengths: Weight
Simplicity
Eyes
Speed
Standard fittings
on/off
Weaknesses: Feedneck (see review)
Price (see review)
Barrel (mixed feelings, see review)
Review: Okay, first of all, I will try to keep my review objective to the stock marker and within the perspective that this category is LOW END electronic markers.

I got my new bundle of joy and eagerly unwrapped. Visually, the marker looks no better or worse than the online photos. So use your own sense of beauty or ugly to judge it. I think it looks better than the VS series but still a little "awkward". I don't care for the looks of the trigger and you could nearly wear boxing gloves inside the trigger guard.

In trying to install a battery, I found that a standard 9V fits inside the frame nicely. BUT- I had to take off both grip covers and carefully re-route all the wiring, as there was no apparent fore thought of battery installation at the factory. No big deal though. A word of advice - get a rechargeable 9.6V battery as soon as you can. Regular (Energizer) 9V quickly ran down to the point where it wouldn't reliably trip the sear.

The grip covers are not standard 45's but they are pretty nice. They are dual durometer and the trigger frame has grooves that the grips fit nice and tight into. I think they'll end up sealing out paint pretty good.

The manual was kind of sparse.

The two piece barrel that comes with the marker was pretty nice but noticibly louder than my J&J. About a 20 fps gain with my new Palmer's brass barrel. The stock barrel did seem pretty accurate, but I did not shoot enough rounds to measure shot groupings before I moved on to the dead-on-accurate PPS barrel. One nice thing about the stock barrel is that the back portion is "squared off" to make gripping it for unscrewing really easy. Great engineering thought there, props to Kingman.

The shooting modes are easy to access through the membrane pad and the display is foolproof. Though the modes may seem limited, semi is the only mode allowed where I play. No, I don't play tournaments.

Although I think the trigger is unattractive, I was able to modify my walking technique and get a very steady stream of paint. No ROF numbers yet. The magnetic trigger feels great. Way better than any stock Kingman trigger I've shot. Similar in feel to the Snapdragon magnetic trigger I put on my Fenix, but not the scythe shape that I Iove. The trigger is adjustable for tension, front slack, and rear slack, so anybody should be able to set it to their liking. The micro switch feels pretty heavy and seems to have a fairly long travel.

There is no blow-by up the feed neck.

The feedneck, though clamping, leave something to be desired. As soon as I figure out what threading it is (impulse?) I'll be looking for a lever-cam locking type. I just couldn't get it adjusted right for my Eye Force without over tightening the base or not getting the loader in tight enough.

How did it shoot? Here's the part where I want to remind the reader that I am striving to be objective, Okay? It felt a lot like shooting an Ion. About the same feel and recoil. I think that's actually pretty good for a STBB factory set at 350 psi. The internals are "old school" Spyder, not even fancy balance valve and all of that. The recoil was very nominal and didn't affect aim much at rapid fire. The marker is comfy to hold too. Just the right length with bottle for me (medium to tall build). It was definitely louder than a VS2 and seemed to have a bit more recoil, but the recoil was very smooth as previously mentioned and did not affect shooting perceptibly. I am a real Autococker nut and am very particular about recoil and smoothness of operation, I did not find it unsatisfactory.

The on/off is pretty unsophisticated but was easy to use. It did a quiet job of releasing pressure when removing a bottle. Just remember that air will be held between the reg and the valve. One shot should discharge the remaining pressure.

Weight and dimensions? So much lighter than my Fenix or my Autococker. And compared to the Fenix, which I would call a "standard" Spyder body, the feedneck is about 1.5 inches further back and the VA is also about 1.5 inches further back, making for a much more compact marker. In the spirit of the VS series, no drop forward is included (I have come to prefer no drop).

All the tools and replacement o-rings that you will need for regular maintenance are included; allen wrenches, open-ended hex wrench, cup seal, o-rings, etc... and a barrel sock too.

Conclusion: Buy it if your $199 and allegance are sworn to Kingman. I believe that it may be their best STBB marker yet, or at lease close to the RSX. This price range is a little crowded, so do your homework.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, July 20th, 2008 at 8:34 pm PST
 

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