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zdmechanic Friday, March 29th, 2013
Period of
Product Use:
2 years
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
JT Excellerator 3.5e/5.0
Spyder E-markers
Marker Setup: ICD FSP
X7 Phenom
AT Shadow
Recommended
Upgrades:
Feedneck, 9.6v Battery and dual ball detent.
Strengths: Good on air, easy to maintain, takes most spyder parts.
Weaknesses: Circuit board, regulator and feedneck.
Review: This is a nice starter electronic marker. It is a spyder clone, made of very good material. As a matter of fact, this is some nice quality machining for a marker. It's older than many of the same style by now, but it still works well to get on the field and play. It is no problem to get different barrels because of spyder threading, but I found the stock 12 inch to be fine for what it's worth. The bolt leaves a bit to be desired, because it's heavy and flat faced, meaning it doesn't cup the ball so it's a bit harder on paint even though it is a venturi.

The regulator doesn't seem to regulate that well, even though the design seems good enough. It may need to be rebuilt, but if you're that serious about pressure then one of a different make would be better. It is nice that there is an air gauge on the block though.

The biggest downfall is the board. It NEEDS a spyder style true 9.6 volt battery or else it will not work well. The extra functions are neat, but use more battery juice so it's not really required. Plus, there are no other firing modes or ways to cap the bps.

The feedneck could use a replacement, since it's a tall stack (before force feed) however the threading is very short and will need someone who can machine for it to work. A second ball detent would help greatly, but for it to be completely useful you would need to not only drill and tap for one, but also machine the bolt so it won't pinch the detent. A worth upgrade if you want to run with it nowadays.

It isn't light, but I will say that is is a comfortable marker to hold and shoot. The grip frame is large, but very comfortable. The weight isn't noticeable while holding the marker in a game.
Conclusion: It's not bad, but for the couple of upgrades that it would need to run strong in today's game you would need to find someone with some machine background. No eyes, so a force feed loader would be a much, and to do that a 2nd detent is needed along with some bolt modifications and a new feedneck.

If you're not new, this would be a fun simple project, but if you are new then might as well give it a try, it was pretty good back in the day!
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

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