J&J Full Tilt Ceramic Barrel
CP Clamping Feedneck
Barrel ~ Stock one is decent though
I am basically completely new to the sport, so take this review at face value from a person who isn't that experienced.
My first two experiences playing paintball were with a rental gun, as I'm sure most people's are, and as I'm sure most people experience, those guns just can't really cut it. The second time I played with a rental, I really did not enjoy my time whatsoever, the gun would chop the paint all the time, and my shots would never go in a straight line. Looking back, I paid about $40 in paint plus another $40 for the field and equipment rental. Now when you look at the amount of money going into a rental experience, and the actual enjoyment you are going to get out of it, buying an inexpensive gun is a worthwhile investment, even for casual novice players.
I have gone out another couple times with my new VS1 and I've had a friggin' blast. I was able to hold my own and PLAY, now I know why people love this sport! The price for this marker is higher than the ultra cheap paintball kits, but I can say after playing with this gun it was definitely worth it.
Cleaning and maintaining this gun is a breeze, the bolt is very easy to take out to allow full access to the chamber and barrel.
Now when I went to purchase this gun I was really torn between the VS1 and the VS2. They were both being sold for the exact same price, $150. I ended up going for the VS1, simply because I am a more casual player and the VS2 looked more high-maintenance. Many people were complaining about the re-cocking issues with the VS2 and it sounded like it took a bit of upkeep to ensure those problems would not occur. Therefore I purchased the VS1 so I wouldn't have to worry about anything, and so far the VS1 has been absolutely solid for me.
I feel that the accessories I purchased for the VS1 probably outclass the marker. Just in case I wanted to upgrade in the future, I wanted to spend a little bit more on the hopper so that I could transition it with me. So I bought a Vlocity Jr. for $80 almost half the price of the marker! Yeesh. But I've yet to chop any paint, and this could be a huge factor in that. The feedneck the others have listed as a weakness is a JOKE, it literally broke on me the second time I went to tighten down my hopper... now I can be a little overzealous in tightening my screws but c'mon the thing was a plastic piece of junk. I bought a CP clamping feedneck, which dropped the height of the hopper and is much more solid feeling. The barrel is a tad short, I upgraded to a 14" barrel and noticed an increase in both range and accuracy, especially during the 3 burst mode.
The weakest part of the gun that I can see, keep in mind I know pretty much nothing of the internals/regulator, would be the trigger. It just feels flimsy the way it wobbles back and forth, but at the end of the day it gets the job done, so no real complaints.
Looking for a gun that will allow you to go out and PLAY and have a good time? I can completely recommend the VS1 for that.
BTW - why is this website so overbloated with 10 ratings?
8 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 at 2:14 pm PST