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moodyman117 Saturday, October 17th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
1 year4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
SmartParts Ion-Similar Performance
Invert Mini- Aside from the Infrared Eye system, the only difference is that the SP-1 seemed more accurate and smooth.
Tippman A-5 with E-Trigger-In comparison, very heavy, very loud, VERY clunky performance, less accurate, more complicated and less reliable.

Marker Setup: SmartParts SP-1 w/ Select Fire and Flow Max R Vertical Regulator
SmartParts 16in Tactical Barrel
Invert Reloader II sound activated Hopper
Pure Energy 50ci/3000psi HPA tank
32 Degrees coiled remote
CAR-M4 Stock for Tippman 98c with adapter plate
Recommended
Upgrades:
If you are into scenario/woodsball, I recomend getting a BT Apex barrel
MUCH better performance on HPA
Select Fire trigger-Free from smartparts and generally included in new markers
Really needs a good hopper- a $3 one wont cut it if you plan on firing more than 2 rounds before shaking it.
Strengths: Light
Durable
Fast
Ergonomic
Easy Maintenance
Accurate
Very Smooth
Low-Force Bolt
Relatively Cheep
Air
Weaknesses: Screw-in Feedneck
Stock Barrel
Vertical Feedneck

Review: Ok, time to explain the strengths/weaknesses, plus add a few more:
-Pros
Light- Holy Cow this thing is like a feather! You could defiantly use this for speedball, and its easy to lug around for scenarios

Durable- The SP-1 is made out of high impact plastic polymers, the same used in Glock handguns. This means that you can drop it, throw it, knock it on a tree, step on it etc, and it just keeps firing. Rain isn't an issue, and with the added plus of being able to support it on a wooden bunker without worrying about messing it up. Mine doesn't have a single scratch on it.

Fast- Although the advertised speed is 11bps, i personally think it is closer to 13. This may not be accurate, but it is pretty frickin fast man.

Ergonomic- This gun feels like it was molded to fit your hands. The regulator/forgrip is a perfect fit, and the rubber hand grip clings to your hands. The trigger pull is very crisp, as it has a magnet inside it, so the trigger basically has just two positions, on and off. Great feel. Also, the trigger is very adjustable to your preferences.

Easy Maintenance- Disassembly is very quick, just two screws and the bolt. The body is one piece, so you don't have to have a work bench to do field work.; you can grease/clean it on a paper towel. Takes maybe 5 min to clean.

Accurate- Well, as accurate as a paintball gun gets. It fires consistently, and there is absolutely no recoil, so all your rounds go to the same spot without you fighting the normal rise of the gun.

Very Smooth- As I said before, there is no recoil to speak of, as there are no springs or blowback parts. The only moving part of the gun is the bolt, and that is aircraft grade aluminum and isn't even noticeable. The gun fires as soon as you tap the trigger, and there is very little gas discharged form the barrel, and if you are using HPA, there is no white discharge of gas at all. Also, this marker is extremely quite. These two factors, the lack of discharge and the low noise level, make this unbeatable for scenario games.

Low Force Bolt- The low force bolt system is excellent; I have never chopped a single paintball. This is saying something as I have gone to scenarios and sent over 6000 rounds through the barrel. In the life of the gun, I have fired upwards of 25,000-30,000 rounds, and every one made it out the barrel in one piece.

Relatively Cheep- I got a package and spent around $330 on this gun. I have spent more on upgrades. However you can find them for much cheaper. I personally Believe that this is much better than anything on the market for a similar price. You would find it difficult to find a better gun for under $500. I have used both tournament and milsim guns such as the Tippman X-7 and the Invert Mini, and i will always go back to this one.
As an added bonus, you get a gun that is excellent for both woods and speedball. You might get some odd looks if you had it in a 3 or 5 man series, but it can easily compete with speedball markers. Plus it has a tournament semi-auto lock for real competitions.

Air- It is compatible with both HPA and CO2 without any modifications. Use CO2 for starting out or long scenarios. USe HPA for consistent accuracy and velocity. The included MaxFlo regulator is excellant. It protects the gun from liquid CO2, and it gives a very high number of shots per fill, HPA or CO2.

And now the negatives:
Feedneck Feedneck Feedneck!- The included feedneck is a screw on. This takes time and the screws can come out and be lost. Also, the feedneck is vertical, so sighting or mounting a sight (not at all necisary, but cool for milsim) is difficult. On the plus side, you dont have to worry about your hopper sticking far out and being shot.

Stock Barrel- the included 8in, although it looks cool, is not good for long range engagements. The 16in Tac Barrel is much better.

This may be just my fault, but i have had a problem with the screws rusting slightly. This is not really bad at all, as they are still completely intact, but it just looks annoying.

Getting really picky, the pica-tinny rails are a pain to clean.

The gun doesn't have a strong blowback, so grav feed hoppers don't work AT ALL








Conclusion: I STRONGLY recommend this marker, not just to people starting out, but to anyone. It is a great gun, with strong sturdy engineering and great looks as well. I never play a game without someone commenting on how cool, or scary, my gun looks. It is enjoyed by players of many skill levels. The local paintball dealer ( who i am not allowed to mention) owns and uses one, and he is a retired pro paintballer. All the complaints i listed are really nitpicking, and are just minor inconveniences. Exceptional Marker
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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