DP G3 iQ
Redz pepper stickz
68/4500 N2 tank
Where to start...just about everything on this marker needs to be upgraded for it to become the tournament gun it is advertised as.
It has potential.
It is to expensive to make it a tournament gun
Alright im going to try to make this as fair of a review as possible. Im not going to compare the ion to the highend guns ive owned because it is unfair to compare a 200 dollar gun to a 1200 dollar gun. And on top of that these markers were designed for totally different purposes. The ion was designed to give newer players a decent chance at having fun in our sport. And the Angels, Egos, and Matrixes were designed for the older and more experienced players to win world cups with. Although skill in any sport is always more heavily dependent on the ability of the player, the tool being used will always somewhat effect performance.
For the beginner, this is an excellent marker. It is very easy to figure out how to turn it on and off and matinence is not that complicated. In addition it gives new players the chance to feel what the game of paintball is without being completely trampled by the people who dont care if our sport grows or shrinks.
For the more experienced/tournament player, the ion is a bad decission in a box. It has a very low cap (17bps) out of the box and the plastic parts can get cracked and broken very easily during rough play such as diving and sliding. And if you want to upgrade it, well, have fun throwing your money away simply because it takes roughly 3-400 dollars to turn the ion into a tournament ready high-end marker.
Personally, the ion is not my gun. Right now, ive never been happier with the G3. Its fast, accurate, and reliable.It is perfect for rec play with a tourny every now and then. And it didnt cost half the price of an used car like some of my other guns/previous guns did.
My final recommendation is dependent on what you want to do with the gun and what kind of player you are.
For the newer player who is still trying to figure out where to screw the tank in i would rate it a solid 7
And for the player who is getting fairly serious about paintball and maybe getting into tournaments i would rate it a 2, and that is only because it has potential.