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rrwilliams64 Friday, November 13th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Vibe Blackheart
SP1 Blackheart
Spyder VS1
Proto SLG UL
98C Tippy
Marker Setup: 09 Spyder Electra
Smart Parts All American 12" barrel
Halo Invert Too
16 oz CO2 w/ anti siphon
Strengths: well built, balanced
Leap Tadao board
easy change fire modes
Weaknesses: Full auto would be nice
stock barrel just ok
battery space tight
Review: Listen, this is a great addition to the low end electronic niche. Postured basically against the SP1/Vibe, and it does so successfully. Understand it is a poppet valve vs spool valve (the Vibe/SP1) and as such it will be a bit louder and have more noticeable recoil thn the Vibe, but not as much as to be an issue. (and some folks like the "loudness", typical of Spyders). But also, to the good, with the poppet valve design comes a much simpler maintenance wise marker; just a Delrin bolt with one o-ring, as opposed to the multiple o-rings (5 or 6 between the bolt and fire can on the Smart Parts offerings?) Basically, can be safely stated its a a lower maintenance gun than the Vibe at the expense of noise and recoil.
The reg is acceptable, not as nice as the Luxe style reg of the Vibe, but its OK. Firing modes are easy to change, the mag trigger has nice three way adjustment. Barrel? workable, I measured mine at .689. I swtched out to an All American 12" and saw improvement.
I was surprised at how much i enjoyed shooting this gun. Nicely balanced, the PSP ramp mode is well adjusted. The eyes work well, the gun had less "kick" than I expected, and it was a big improvement over some products that have muddied Spyder's rep. (e.g. I own a VS1 to boot. World of improvement)
Conclusion: You'll be surprised at this marker's performance. Just understand its target market and realize you're not firing a tourney level high end marker and dont compare it as such. Against the Vibe/SP1, its a viable competitor (and I own a Vibe and SP1, one with and one without Blackheart). This Electra is my flavor of the moment, as I like the different feel in my hand. Great woodsball gun, have had no issues- and I will note I've been one of the folks that, while I like my Vibe, has had my share maintenance, o-ring issues galore, etc. The Electra seems to be less "fussy" (..and I love the on/off ASA)
So far, all smiles, and this gun has dropped in price and used models can be found on eBay nicely. You wont be disappointed
10 out of 10

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