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KingKnutz Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

4 years
Products Used:
Tippman 98C
Marker Setup: Kingman Spyder Sonix 2009(stock)
Strengths: Short range accuracy, agility, weight, setup
Weaknesses: Long range accuracy, occasional ball breaking/chop
Review: I've been playing paintball recreationally (speedball primarily, some capture-the-flag) using the Tippman 98 Custom indoor/outdoor for a while under 'rental' status - however after playing more frequent recently I've decided to save money and get more serious. The reviews posted here encouraged me to purchase a Spyder Sonix as a easy to use, setup and beginner marker.

I've used the Spyder Sonix frequently and done many tests on it to see how it performs under stock conditions (although I have already preordered parts for upgrades).

The gun is extremely well for beginners looking to get more serious in paintball - offers a very easy to clean, repair and setup system. All listed descriptions below are all in stock model.

Barrel: the barrel is a 10" micro ported barrel that feels good and looks good - however the range it offers is usually quite exceptional within shorter distances approximately around 50ft - 100ft. You come within 5"-7" of your target which is quite well when shooting at another player on the field or just practicing for a marker at this price and level. However at longer ranges 100ft+ it tends to slowly react to gravity and wind speed/environment starts to greatly affect accuracy.

Body: the body feels great and looks great when you're holding it with the barrel removed. The rubber grip with the engraved Spyder logo provides an excellent grip and feel when used in action or just for practice.

Trigger: the trigger isn't the best aspect of the marker. Although it does feature a two finger grip meant to look like for the 'double-tap' firing method to increase rate of fire - it works extremely poor with gravity fed hoppers such as the stock one it comes with. The 'double-tap' method does not work with this hopper since the trigger is too far from the handle. Although it is still easy to fire quite fast since you have two fingers going at once increasing response and reaction time, there is a limit you must keep yourself to. If you pull too fast for the gravity fed hopper to put a paintball in it tends to chop/break the paintball in the barrel and sends it back up the elbow to the hopper creating a mess inside as well as the barrel. This I find a common problem from reviewers with more experience with higher grade markers such as the Dye NT and electro-pneumatic guns. You can fire fast, but you can only fire so fast with the Spyder.

Hopper/loader: I would definitely not recommend gravity fed hoppers for this product. Although for beginners it is better than the guns you're usually given from rentals that have often long lived their quality. The 2010 GXG gravity fed hoppers usually load fast enough to allow you to fire 12bps or slightly less - but for those expecting something more this is something you should look at. Based on my research and some experience with other higher grade markers - I would recommend a force fed hopper for an upgrade. Gravity fed hoppers often jam paintballs above the elbow/tube causing the jam. Force fed hoppers are usually used in more professional guns for efficiency loading and reduce jamming.

Tank/propellant source: this gun supports both CO2 and HPA - but I recommend CO2. CO2 tanks often use less PSI for approximately the same amount of balls that can be fired and also last a while when stored correctly.
Conclusion: This gun is a must for beginners looking for something around $100-$150USD (pending on retailer) and wanting to get more water into their beak in the sport of paintball.

I recommend an upgrade to the barrel and the hopper - preferably the 16" barrel Spyder offers as an upgrade for around $30USD and a force fed hopper to reduce ball jamming/chopping as well as increase bps.

The foregrip that comes with the gun is great for beginners that want to look more intimidating on the field to rentals. The gun looks intimidating itself to rental players and you can enhance your playing image if you have more gear such as pants/jerseys and mask.

When playing with this gun at local fields use .68 caliber paintballs, and I recommend a belt with a tank hold as well as a remote coil to supply air/CO2. A 20oz tank often loosens the gun more when firing and used.
8 out of 10

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