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kragshot Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
2 years17 of 17 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
AGD Minimag
Worrgame Minicocker
Palmer Pursuit Stroker
Sheridan VM-68
Sheridan PGP
Tippmann 68 Carbine
Tippmann SL-68 II

I know none of these are even remotely similar to the SP-1, but they all go splat.
Marker Setup: J&J Edge Elite barrel kit
Redz Pepper Sticks barrel kit
Trinity T-lock feedneck
Invert Reloader II
BT 45 degree mount
Barska 50mm red dot sight
modified gas thru T-stock
CP coiled remote
Crossfire 88/4500 HPA tank (LP reg)
Hogue finger groove 1911 grips
Gear Sector sling mount
Recommended
Upgrades:
barrel kit with multiple bore sizes
Invert Reloader II (plenty fast for this gun and the narrow battery/motor profile leaves room for a sight)
BT 45 degree mount (if you plan to use a sight)
rechargeable 9.6v NiMH battery
Strengths: Price
Simple Operation
Light Weight
Accurate
Low Recoil
Quiet
Trigger
***Relatively Low ROF
Weaknesses: Owners Manual Lacking Important Details
Top Dead Center Feedneck
Weak Mounting of Side Rails
Review: To be honest, the main reason I considered the SP-1 when I started shopping around was that it was one of the few current markers offered with a conventional single trigger.

The price at $150 almost caused me to dismiss it entirely. I was using the Minimag with about $400 in accessories at the time and was still in the "if it costs more, its got to be better" mode of upgrading. So glad I was wrong in this case.

To adjust your settings only requires the trigger, power button, and the battery. No need to remove anything more than one grip panel. No need to access the board and no DIN switches.

Weight - After lugging around a fully loaded Minimag for 12 years, no comparison

Accurate - The stock barrel was much better than I expected, but even with my old Redz Pepper Sticks and red-dot this thing will pull headshots all day long out to about 25 yards.

The barely perceptible recoil came as a nice surprise. For down and dirty speedball and CQB it becomes a huge advantage.

With a 14"-16" ported barrel it's extremely quiet. Using the stock barrel, not so much.

The trigger pull is crisp and light without being overly sensitive.

***Relatively Low ROF is a plus - I know most of you are already spinning up to call BS on this one, but for anyone who started off with single shots, pumps, or simply makes an effort to aim, 11 BPS is more than enough to get the job done (ROF is usually inversely proportional to the shooter's skill level). It also means your old loader can still keep up with your new gun. Not necessary to spend an additional $150 to run at peak performance. When playing recball it helps to minimize overshooting and keeps things friendly. Makes it a LITTLE easier to keep your paint bill lower than a car payment.

The four mounting rails on the sides of the marker are almost a cosmetic add-on. They're glued to the body and the screws only go in about 1/8" into plastic. I would avoid attaching anything heavy or loadbearing (like a sling swivel or big scope) to anything other than the top rail. The position of the feedneck (I've always used a red-dot) is my only other gripe about the SP-1 itself, but several key subjects were not included in the owners manual. Like an exploded diagram, parts list, or how to change between:

-HPA / CO2 settings

Disconnect battery
Press and hold power button
Connect battery
-One flash = CO2
-Two Flashes = HPA


-Tournament (semi only) / Select fire modes

Disconnect battery
Press and hold trigger
Connect battery
-One flash = locked semi only
-Two Flashes = select fire (semi, tri-burst, and full auto)

To change either setting repeat the process


Tips:
A flap of dark tape over the power button will make you a little harder to spot, especially when in burst or full auto modes (blinky blinky).

Some closed cell foam or some other padding in the grip will take care of any battery rattle.

Get some extra grip screws (6-32 x 3/8" button head socket cap) for your tool kit. If you ever change a battery at the field, sooner or later you're going to lose one.
Conclusion: Excellent all around marker. Good for the woods as well as the speedball course. Seems to be more rugged and durable than other more expensive electropneumatics.

New guys, spend a little more and pass on the flashy junk.

Experienced players, don't be fooled by the "entry level" price tag.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Monday, July 5th, 2010 at 5:10 pm PST
 

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