Spyder Vs2 w/ Virtue Board
Smart Parts Tear Drop Barrel 16"
Pure Energy 68cu/3000 psi Nitrogen Tank
Empire Reloader B
I would recommend a new barrel for this marker. While the stock isn't too bad, it isn't the most accurate either. Accuracy counts in this sport, so if you have the money, consider purchasing a new barrel.
One other upgrade you might want to consider is a new feedneck. The twist-lock feedneck is fine, but my personal preference is a clamping feedneck, it just seems more stable. It's more of a personal preference, however.
Easy to clean
Twist Lock feedneck isn't the best (Personal preference)
ASA can wiggle
Alright, I've used a Spyder Imagine for years now. I poured money into it and upgraded a ton of things, but I decided that instead of investing more money into it, it was time to look for a new marker.
I like Kingman because of reliability. The fact that they sell their product line out to Walmart and hurt the Paintball dealers isn't good, but their products do tend to be reliable. After seeing the Vs2 in a PB2X magazine, I decided to look more into it. After about another year, I decided that the prices had gone down enough to buy it. I went to ebay and bought a new Vs2 that a guy was selling after he won it at a tournament.
When I got this marker, the box was a little beat up due to the fact that it had been stored with a bunch of other products at a tournament. The marker, however, was in perfect condition.
The packaging for the box isn't the best. None of us like the little pieces of styrofoam all over our floors. It would have been nice if Kingman could have made the box a little nicer so you could actually store your marker in the box and carry around, but I wasn't expecting that in the first place.
Back to the gun (after all, that's why your here, isn't it?). When I pulled the marker out of the box, I immediately noticed how nice the grips were. In the past, Kingman has used plastic grips that were just plain el cheap'o. The grips were rubber and were very comfortable. The milling was nice as well, but I also noticed the weigh. Sadly, the marker does lean on the heavy side, about 3 pounds. With a tank and loader, this marker can weigh up to 7 pounds (depending on what tank and loader you use). However, in the heat of battle when your adrenaline is rushing, you shouldn't notice the weight.
After installing the battery and turning the gun on, I tested the trigger. The trigger did tend to move sideways just a little bit, but after some tweaking the trigger has a nice solid feel. The design of the trigger is such that you can get three shots just by running your finger over the trigger lightly in one direction (it takes practice though, and you wouldn't do that in a game). In short, the trigger is fast! I was able to consistently keep up with my father's PM5 that is set to 15 bps ramp. The factory rated 25bps may be a little steep, but with some practice it certainly is possible!
After airing up the gun and filling it with paint, the first test began:
Accuracy - Accuracy with the stock barrel wasn't very good, but after switching it out, the shot pattern was much more close. *Note: Remember that the accuracy doesn't always depend on the barrel, but also on any paint inside the barrel and what grade of paint you're using.* Accuracy can be ranked 7 out of 10.
Efficiency - At first efficiency was very low. Because I did not mess with the velocity or pressure out of the box, the efficiency for the test was very low. However, after playing for a day and messing with the pressure and velocity, efficiency increased tremendously. Before I couldn't get more than 3 pods out of a tank, now I can get about 6-7 or about 1200 shots per tank. Air Efficiency ranked at about 8 out of 10.
Speed - This marker is fast. I've had some people ask me whether I'm ramping or firing single shot, so it can keep up with faster markers. If you really want fast, however, upgrade to either a Tadao board or a Virtue Board. Speed ranked 9 out of 10.
Eyes - I did come across some breaks during some games, but this had to do more with the air pressure I was running at and the grade of paint. A further test is needed to see how well the eyes really do. Eyes cannot be ranked at this time. *Edit: After playing for a day with a higher quality paint, I had no breaks whatsoever! So the eyes can be ranked at 10 out of 10. You should never have any chops unless your air pressure is too high or your paint grade is bad.*
Overall Performance - Overall, this gun performed very well for the first time on the field. After tweaking some things and testing, this gun does well on both the scenario and speedball field. Overall Performance Ranked 8 out of 10
Edit - Alright, I went ahead and bought the universal Spyder virtue board for $70 off of Ebay. After installing, this thing RIPS! My gun has now surpassed both my Father's and brother's guns. The advanced eye logic is amazing and makes the stock eyes look like nothing. The different features of the board means that I can keep up with even the best markers out there. If you like your VS2 now, go ahead and buy a virtue board and watch your eyes light up as you completely dominate the competition!
For a newer player who doesn't have much money to spare, go ahead and consider picking up this marker. It is one of the few markers with eyes for under $150 that is actually decent and has the potential with a few upgrades to compete with a higher end marker.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, January 12th, 2009 at 8:44 am PST