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pb_fiend18 Thursday, April 8th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 months18 of 22 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder Imagine 03
Tippmann 98
Tippmann A-5
Spyder Electra
Marker Setup: Spyder VS2
Todao Board w/ upgrade chip
Dye Rotor loader
48/4500 Guerilla Air tank w/ MythG2 Reg
CP 14" .693 barrel, CP reg, CP on/off ASA, CP Sling Trigger, CP feedneck
Shocktech Superfly Bolt, Shocktech spring & shim kit.
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel: Stock barrel is a bit short & loud with its minimal porting(holes). I recomend a 1 piece (non-expensive) just a bit longer than stock: 12-14" with more porting than the stock. J & J ceramic or Custom Products barrels are good for the price.
Barrel sock: don't use the included safety plug... they can scratch your barrel if there is grit in the tip. A sock is great for this marker because it has a handy cut out on the back of the body to hook the sock band into.
Spring Kit: I recomend one that includes a softer trigger return, sear spring, & striker springs of varying tension. usually only costs $6-$10

if using Co2: I recomend upgrading to an expansion chamber foregrip to avoid velocity spikes, or make the switch to compressed air just buy a simple 48ci HPA tank & screw it in.
Strengths: Light & compact
Hex clamp feedneck
Quality milling & threading - durable
body style
price
Weaknesses: Ball Detent (see review)

Overly stiff springs (see review)
Review: Ball Detent is a simple rubber nub. It doesn't fully do its job all the time. So this gun double feeds once about every 20-30 shots on average. If there were dual detents of the same nub style then it would be great, but there's just one on the left side. Larger bore paint helps but it still double feeds sometimes. when I put my Rotor (force feed loader) on this marker it double fed atleast once every 10-20 shots avg. I think I'm going to custom install magnetic detents in this marker because inconsistancies like that bother me. If you dont want to go to the trouble of putting in custom detents, I'd recomend not using a "force fed" loader, but instead an "agitation" type loader or the Proto Primo gravity.

Overly stiff springs: As with most of the newer spyders they have put some hulking strong springs in them... I guess they figure the spring's tension lasts longer that way. The trigger pull is a tid bit strong for my likeing & the bolt was chopping paint because the striker spring was thrusting the bolt too hard onto the balls. I recomend turning your velocity screw all the way in and put a case or 2 of paint through the marker to break in the springs (you will get some ball breaks during this time) then back your velocity screw all the way out and your ready for competitive play. Or you can skip wasting paint on breaking the marker in and just buy a spring kit, but I still recomend breaking-in your marker as soon as you recieve it in order to check for other defects or leaks that might spring up.

Overall a great mech gun other than some inconsistancies that can be fixed. I was impressed the quality of the metal and polymers used... you can tell its not cheap cast metal but actually pretty dense material. The threading is very precision(smooth) and the hex screws are not maluable, cheap metal that will get stripped out easily, but actually quite tough. The feedneck is great...the hex lock is simple, reliable, & fit all my loaders it also has abrasive cuttings inside so that the loader won't swivle or fly off mid-game. The grip nicely fits the hand & is of soft rubber. The body has a good style, I like the cut out in the back that provides a great spot to hook your barrel sock & it looks good.
Conclusion: Great little mech gun for a great price. I enjoy using it from time to time over my VS because of how light & compact it is, and doesn't consume paint and air so fast. Very reliable and easy to maintain. I recomend this marker to anyone who wants to get into the sport, but isnt willing to break bank. This gun also makes a great backup because it is a mech... it will always be more reliable than an electric.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, April 11th, 2010 at 6:56 pm PST
 

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