Smart Parts SP-1, Smart Parts Ion XE, 3 of the Spyder MR series markers: MR1, MR2, MR4. My new Inspire marker is extermally very much like the SP-1 I used to own, both the similarities really stop there.
Inspire BFG SMG w/ AK kit w/ no accessories. An MR4 is my backup.
Its quiet. Its fast. Its efficient. Its cool looking.
No clamping feedneck from the factory, no current fix.
The marker is cool looking, and really has a lot of nice features, and its built solid but due to the fact that the stock feedneck is unusable (and a true clamping feedneck that really fits the threads isn't being sold here in the US) you will have to rig up some kind of ugly fix (one person used car hose clamps and extra plastic drain fittings) to even use the marker. I simply cannot recommend this marker to anyone because you are unable to get the proper clamping feedneck from the manufacturer because they claim they have them but cannot sell them in the US due to legal issues. I've tried a matrix threaded feedneck, they do not work. I've tried tape, it just comes loose in the hot sun. And I am tired of my loader spinning around (one time even fell off when I ran). This design flaw and a lack of fix currently makes this a very, very disappointing buy. Until its addressed here in the US I recommend that you avoid buying this marker.
You cannot currently get Inspire to provide you with the proper threaded clamping feedneck to make this marker useful. The stock feedneck is so poorly designed that the loader simply will not stay put. I am very disappointed with this design and the fact that I cannot get a usable feedneck. Potential buyers, avoid this product because you will have the same problem that I am having with it. Unless you wanna jury rig a fix and make the marker look very ugly you will not be able to functionally use it. I was initially told that a matrix threaded feedneck works on this marker as an alternative so I bought one and the threads are completely different. Beware! If you try to screw a matrix threaded clamping feedneck on this to solve the current issue you will damage the marker!
4 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 4:33 pm PST
Shrimpy, this is not true. Inspire does not market a clamping feedneck in the USA due to patent restrictions. So I challenge you to post the link to the feedneck, because after speaking to one of their distributors (the guy who sold me mine) I was told less than a week ago that the best fix would be a cut down piece of plastic tubing and an automotive clamp because no clamping feedneck is yet available here in the US.
Hi Cornfedkiller, I am in Canada and purchased 3 through Badlands Paintball, since they are the only ones that carry it in Canada. When I first opened the box, it had the original feed neck that you are concerned with. I put my VL on it and, as you have said, it was loose. I was trying to think how could I modify the marker so I tore it apart not looking further in the box. Then to my surprise there was an extension with a clamping feed neck in the box which, as I said previously, looked like the SP-1 feed neck. They might have worked out some of the patent restrictions since you purchased your marker.