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Joe Mac. Thursday, October 15th, 2009
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
6 months3 of 6 people found this review helpful.

1 year
Products Used:
Broken Tippmann 98 custom, Smart Parts Epiphany, 98 custom w/ 20in barrel and stock. I used all of these for a short time, like 1-2 days of paintballing.
Marker Setup: Smart Parts Ion XE(Black),
Shocktech USA Superfly Bolt(Silver),
Virtue Board Redefined,
Redz Pepper Stick 14in Barrel .689 back,
Custom Products Ion Rake Trigger{Red),
Custom Products Flame Drop Forward(Black),
Viewloader Evlotution 3 hopper(feeds 23bps)
72 cu steel Pure Energy compressed air tank,
Smart Parts Defender Jersey(Gray),
Barrel, stock one is short and pretty inaccurate, I recommend the Redz Pepper Stick or Freak barrels. Some people like short barrels but I don't see why.
Bolt, will make gun overall more accurate and efficient.
Board if you have the money.
Strengths: Fast,
Pretty accurate compared to similar markers,
Decent range.
Weaknesses: Trigger sucks. I don't like the shape and mine just broke.
Review: When i first started paintballing I used my friends model 98 then bought a broken(which I wasn't aware of) Tippmann 98 custom from another friend. They were nothing compared to this. My dad uses a sweet 98 w/ 14in Invert rifled barrel and stock which is pretty good, but I'd rather use my gun. When I first got it it was pretty good. If I was aiming at a guys chest it would hit it and the air around it, but now that I have a better barrel and bolt I will hit almost exactly what i want. It does this at speeds of 17bps too(or a lot faster with Virtue). This gun isn't built for accuracy and range but it will perform decent at both and can fire at high speeds. I got mine for only $225 and you could probaly get it for cheaper. The EOS(next SP marker up) runs around $400 bucks and fires at the same speed. The main difference is that it comes with a Freak Jr. and Firebolt. After I got my barrel and bolt I only paid around $300 and I feel my gun is better than the EOS. I used my friends Epiphany(older EOS) and wasn't overly impressed, the only thing I liked better was the sturdy fang trigger. Assuming you want to buy a Smart Parts gun(why wouldn't you? they're the best for the price) I would go with the Ion XE. The vibe is pretty good but the XE is much better. It's really the best buy.

See comment page to understand this( and in response to the comment: of course the balls don't roll out of the barrel in different directions. I only meant that compared to other guns such as Tippmanns it isn't as good in range or accuracy. The primary function of this gun is a high bps rate. Yes any gun at a velocity of 270 will go the same distance and accuracy is about paint and various other factors. I was saying with a stock barrel most paint shoots well and with just about any after market barrel will shoot even better. Also range can be increased with a longer(be careful with 20in, it'll use a lot more air and can be jumpy) or rifled barrel. Why would people even get different barrels if range and accuracy couldn't be improved. My review is accurately stateing the performance of this gun with stock compoents and also giving upgrade suggestions.)
Conclusion: Buy it. Great gun for great price.
Note:I recommend not buying the old Ion over this because of the price. It chops and everything about the XE is better.
10 out of 10Last edited on Monday, November 16th, 2009 at 8:54 am PST

Review Comments
SodAlmighty Saturday, October 17th, 2009 | 2:18 am PST
Reviewer states that the marker has good range and accuracy.
Range determined by velocity, any marker at 270fps will shoot as far as any other marker at 270fps, barring the use of Apex or Flatline.
Accuracy is determined by barrel and paint among other influences, the marker has little or nothing to do with accuracy.
Also states the gun isn't built for range or accuracy... Are you kidding? Do the balls just roll out the barrel in different directions? Noob

JohannW Monday, December 28th, 2009 | 2:57 pm PST
People like you piss me off. you dispute some person's well-thought-out review just because you don't know what the hell you are talking about.
RANGE and DISTANCE are two different things! while it is true that barrels cannot alter DISTANCE without backspin, they can alter the RANGE. RANGE is the accuracy at a certain DISTANCE.
EXAMPLE: gun with barrel A shoots 10 balls at a velocity of 300 fps at a target 200ft away. the spread on that volley of balls is 10 ft. wow not accurate.
now, the gun with barrel B shoots 10 balls at the same velocityof 300 fps at the same target 200ft away. now the spread is 2 ft. much better.
Barrel B obviously has better RANGE, which is ACCURACY at a DISTANCE. neither barrel affected the balls DISTANCE but barrel B inreased the RANGE greatly. the author of this review never said DISTANCE was affected, the author just said that the RANGE and the overall ACCURACY was different. to sum up:
ACCURACY = how precise the shot is
DISTANCE = how far the shot goes
RANGE = how accurate the shot is at a certain distance.

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