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Nicholi Byron Monday, July 14th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months2 of 3 people found this review helpful.

1 year
Products Used:
Marker Setup: Stock 98 Custom
Stock Spyder Pilot ACS '05
Replace the o-rings
Oil the whole gun top to bottom
Replace the Barrel (Spyder Threads)
Strengths: Cheap
Weaknesses: Cheap
Lots of useless plastic
Review: I needed a backup gun for other people to borrow and this came with the whole kit so I got it. First reaction the finish coat makes this gun feel even cheaper then it is. Its fairly light and sturdy and seems like it will do the job. I noticed a number of things that I wanted to take care of right away before I even shot it. I took it apart oiled it. Some of the o-rings were a little on the small size so I upgraded them. I also noticed that the stock barrel was apparently make by cavemen with rocks... As much as I dont like spending money on cheap guns I bought the VL carbon fiber Barrel for this and it fit great.
NOTE: Add a second thick o-ring on ANY barrel that you add to this. They didn't allow enough space in the threading so you squish some of the barrel.
I also took some superfine sandpaper and cleaned up every seam in the gun.

Remove the stock hopper and never use it again. It holds less paint and attracts far more then a normal hopper. Get a VL Elbow with the liner and remove the liner to make it fit. The feed Neck is slightly bigger then normal and makes replacing the hopper difficult.
I also made a PVC stock and fitted a front foam grip. Now, with maintance the gun works great and we use it on most weekends. The rate of fire is just low enough that I haven't had any ball chops Though I did break a few in the barrel before I upgraded.
Conclusion: If you like to tinker or need a backup gun this is a good gun for the money. But if you dont plan to change it at all buy a refurbish Spyder victor or an Icon X because this gun is no good stock.

Upgraded I would give this an 8 but stock its only a...
6 out of 10

Review Comments
slog63 Saturday, July 19th, 2008 | 8:16 pm PST
Hi, I have a new T-Storm... how did you make the PVC stock?
I'd appreciate any info on this...

Nicholi Byron Thursday, August 7th, 2008 | 10:02 am PST
I made the PVC stock by removing the RVA (Rear velocity Ajuster) and drilled 2 small holes into the top of it. I think cut 2 small nails down to the right hight and inserted a peice of PVC about 4in long into the back of the gun just above the RVA. Using the nails I peiced them together and put the whole thing into the gun and reinterted the holding pin. THe gun now has a small peice of PVC sticking out the back. Now I just used the next size up of PVC and make a simple stock. Pics to follow. Also the front grip was just Pipe insulation with electrical tape. Here's a hint. Find the right size foam thats slightly too tight. Take it back off the gun and warp it in tape (Gaffer tape is best but duct tape or electrical tape works too) then put it back on your barrel. This will make sure that the foam grip its tight on the barrel.

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