AGD Minimag, level 10'd
Automag RT, level 10'd (Best Mech Ever)
Dragun Autococker (could never get timed right myself)
STO Autococker (could never get timed right myself)
Purple Fade bob Long Defiant I
Blue Bob Long Defiant
ICD Blue BKO (garbage)
ICD Bushmaster B2Ks (various generations including the Bob Long Defiant version)
ANS Razor Ion, Ninja Tank, Egg
Great shooter out of the box.
Provides nearly 90% of the performance of more expensive guns.
Old school internals difficult to maintain
So I've been playing pball for about ten years now. I've never played tourneys but enjoy solid playing at my local fields around tristate NY which consisted mainly of Top Gun, Skirmish and Liberty and Cousins. All pretty good fields in general.
I've never reviewed any of my equipment. Mainly because my main markers were made by ICD and AGD whose B2K series and Automag markers had serious devote followers including myself. With the demise of ICD and my B2K4 in need of a serious tuneup and parts I decided to part ways with it in 2010.
I'm fairly young at 34 and have a mortgage to maintain. In my 20s my expendable cash situation was fantastic and I would buy and trade markers and keep them for a spell and get rid of them accordingly for the next flavor. I always avoided Smart Parts guns because I did not like their corporate tactics in trying to maintain their business. This was despite having been a devote user of SP All-American barrels for all of my markers.
It actually took a lot for me to change my mind and purchase a marker for them. But after all the research and all the new guns out I had narrowed down my choices to between the Autococker SR, Proto SLGUL, Dangerous Power Series. Or if buying used an Automag RT or Bob Long Alias.
I decided on the Ion because of all the features it contained while having a design that has turned the ubiquitous electro marker into an affordable accesible instrument to sling paintball for the masses. Kind of like what Tippman and Spyder did for the paintball industry in their heyday. You can argue all you want about this moot point in some other thread.
In any regard, the powedercoated ANS frame (I bought 2 of the ANS Razor Ions from ANSgear.com when they went on sale for 200 bucks) in yellow to black dust fade has no imperfections in it. Internal hoses did not leak and the fit quality was fabulous. The only issues that I have are that the breach threading look iffy and I may have to replace the breech at some point in the distant future and that one of the grip frame screws was longer than the other 3 screws that were on the 2 markers. I am thinking it might have been turning off my board on occasion. I swapped it out for the right screw and problem fixed.
Peformance wise I was able to get 6 (140 round) pods off of a 61/3000 tank and still have around 500-750PSI left in it.
The ANS Razor frame with magnetic roller trigger is a 90 degree configuration that will be hit or miss for you. The frame with its magnetic roller trigger performs admirably, putting you in a tucked and tight position for firing especially if you are kneeling down and firing from the hip out of a corner somewhere. With this said I don't know if I will ever get used to it as I might prefer 45 degree grip frames in terms of feel. Basically try out an Angel and if you like the feel you'll like the way the Razor Ion Feels.
Its a tad on the heavy side compared to alot of the smaller markers out there. Its a very good looking marker, it draws attention from everyone including owners of the Egos and Minis and Bob Longs wondering just what the heck is that marker after they see me firing volleys of paintball accurately. I know it shouldn't matter but it does, and I could have modded an Ion Xe over this marker but there is something about composite frames that look cheap to them.
The marker fires straight and quick in semi auto. I suspect if I adjust tthe marker settings like Dwell and Fire rate I might be able to get it to shoot even smoother within its stock board cap, but I'm not going to bother. The flight trajectory is very straight and the barrel is remarkably good for a stock barrel. The marker is somewhat loud until it breaks in and the o rings and everything seat and then quiets down. It doesn't shoot as smooth as my poppet valved Bushmasters and not as quiet as an Autococker but its a solid marker. I am only posting this beacause of all the Ion flamers on the internet. The ANS is basically a stock Ion with QEV and 90 degree trigger frame and roller trigger so if I had to guess they shoot similar with a couple of parts put into it.
Profile wise the grip frame and overall gun is a bit on the big side afterall this gun was designed several years ago and not in 2009. My girlfriend who plays pball with me said that her complaint was that it doesnt feel right and that the grip was a little too big or her liking). However the Razor Ion to her was shooting so straight and accurately she said by the end of the day she was using less balls to get people out and I have to agree.
This goes back to the 45 degree frame point you either like or you don't. I have to say I never liked Angels because of this reason but I can live with it on the Razor.
Break down of this gun sucks, its the one true weakness. But its an older design so one has to accept this compromise.
SInce my girlfriend plays and she is getting her MBA in accounting right now and we have a mortgage to pay for I just can't drop 500 bucks on a marker for myself as I have to get two of everything.
I am very happy with my choice of getting one of these markers, I can't think of another marker that turns head, is reliable and accurate as an ANS Razor Ion for $200 new in box shipped.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, March 7th, 2010 at 9:32 am PST