SP1 w/ Brackheart Board & eyes.
Aluminum Freak Back w/ All American 12" front.
68/4500 pure energy HPA tank.
18v Spyder FASTA hopper.
stick with HPA even though CO2 works
Location of feed
No screw in feed neck
First off... this is basically an "Out of the Box Review"
With that being said, the SP1 is an amazing marker. I have played my fair share of both speedball and woodsball, and this is a gun that I would not hesitate using in both playing fields.
Smart Parts has made a sweet product. I had not major issues while playing with the SP1. The blackheart board is an excellent board for the SP1 as well. The vision worked excellent, and didnít chop a single ball, due to the low force bolt and vision. The SP1 shot efficiently, fast, and accurate. Even with the stock barrel. I play a few games with the stock barrel, and then tried out the freak on it. The freak was definitely better but the stock barrel was not much behind the freak.
I wasnít able to get my HPA tank filled in time, so I ended up using a 20oz CO2 tank for the day, and I was amazed at the efficiency of the SP1 of got over 2000 rounds out of that 20oz tank. And what amazed me was when all the others who were using Tippmann 98's and a5, when they were all running out of air, I will still going. When I finally ran out of air, I grabbed one of there tanks that would no longer work on their Tippmanns, and threw it on my SP1 and kept on shooting.
The Blackheart Board and vision are defiantly worth the extra couple bucks, if you are looking to get an SP1. The different modes and options you can do are great. I played most of the day on semi auto, just to be fair, but it still performed well. The ONLY complaint I have with how Smart Parts set up the board, is that there is NO on the fly mode switching (that I know of) to switch firing mode while in the middle of a game. You have to enter the programming mode, switch the firing mode, and then turn the gun back on. But it really isnít a big deal... Other than that, it works GREAT. And the board will cap at 20 bps (when set to it), but I could only achieve 15bps due the fact that my FASTA canít feed any faster, but 15bps was still fast. I would recommend adding a double trigger if you want to use the SP1 allots in the speed ball field. Being able to walk the trigger in nice.
I also really like how the feed is placed. YES... lots of others complain that they canít mount sights or what not because the feed neck in the way, but letís be honest, how accurate are your sights going to be with a paintball? It is more for looks thank anything. Anyways... the vertical feed neck, in my opinion, is in a great spot. The Way Smart Parts designed the bolt and internals allows for the feed neck to be place much closer to the grip, allowing for a shorter gun. I like this more than say tippmanns, because the feed on a tippmann is all the way at the front of the gun, which can throw the balance of the gun off, and then when you add a 12" or 14" barrel, the overall length of the gun is really long. But not on the SP1, where 6" of the barrel is behind the front of the SP1. This is a nice feature because now you can add a 12" or 14" barrel and run an overall shorter gun. The location of the feed neck also makes the SP1 balance out extremely well. I was using the gun one handed with a full hopper with no issue. Where with a tippmann, it will be extremely nose heavy.
The Reg in the Grip is also designed extremely well. This is the feature that allows you to use CO2 and not risk damaging the internals on the SP1. With built in bleed valves to let out any extra pressure in case some liquid CO2 ever got into the gun. This reg also is parts of what makes the SP1 air conservation so great. And it maintains your FPS extremely well.
One other thing I loved about the SP1 was how quiet it was. This gun is extremely quiet. Some of the others in the game said they could hear my hopper motor more than they could the quiet pop that came from my gun. That is a plus for avid woods ball players who want to be stealthy.
The only major complaint I had were the ball detents. They are designed for the base model SP1 without eyes, and a standard or low force hopper. The hopper some times would feed the balls too quickly, and it would push a ball to hard and would slightly move past the detents and out of the eyes sight, so then I would have to turn the eyes off and clear the breach. Only a couple time, the hopper would feed a ball past the eyes, and another into the breach, just above the eyes, and because the low force bolt work so well to keep you from chopping paint, it would just click, so I had to remove the hopper and clear the breach. But I noticed that as the marker broke in, those issues went away. But I am still going to replace the ball detents.
Smart Parts did an amazing job at designing the SP1. And for the same price you would pay for an A5 or 98 custom, you can get the SP1, and in my opinion, you are buying a much better product. I have owed a shocker for a while, and loved it, and i would say that this SP1 is just as good. Even if you dont want to get the SP1 with Blackheart (which i recomend) the base SP1 is still a great gun. I have owed a 98 custom and bt delta, and i think that the SP1 beats them in quality hands down.
And if you are worried that you can really mod the SP1 to look like a military gun, like you can to the tippmanns, dont be. there are many military looking mods available, and more to come.
The reason I rate the SP1 a 9, is becasue there is NO perfect marker, but i feel that it currently is the best woodsball marker out there.