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pir8aaron Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Period of
Product Use:
More than 5 years7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Spyder Victor
Marker Setup: CCI Phantom VSC - occluded eye gunsight
Tippmann A5 - E-Grip
Spyder Fenix ACS - 14" JJ ceramic barrel
Daisy Wrist Rocket - custom oversized pouch
Recommended
Upgrades:
First and foremost, upgrade the barrel. The stock barrel is, as most are, pretty shabby. Get a nice, lengthy ceramic barrel and this gun will love you back for it.
Strengths: Board/rate of fire for the price
Cheap, available parts and upgrades
Anti-chop
Weaknesses: Stock barrel
Durability suffers with age
Review: Positives:
My Fenix has been great to me. I've had her for years and she never disappoints. With the simple barrel upgrade and a decent feed system, this gun becomes a viable competitor even on the speedball field. Its rate of fire and accuracy are awesome for the price (disclaimer: as this gun is no longer available new, I speak under the assumption that potential buyers are buying used or refurbished markers for around $120, not $370). It even has a few nice features of higher-end guns, such as a double trigger that can be adjusted for length, a board capable of automatic fire at adjustable rates, and knob-turn velocity adjustment.

Negatives:
This gun is far from indestructible. From years of use, I've had to replace sheared screws, a capacitor, and a few other small components. While something breaking down on the field is a total drag, the plus side to this marker is that replacement parts are dirt cheap, and necessary repairs are easy to identify and execute for even fairly new owners.

Conclusion: If you can pick one up at a fair price, I highly recommend this marker. A minute investment in upgrades makes it beastly for the total price. While its reliability is far from that of my Tippmann or Phantom, parts are cheap and repairs are easy.

Note: I give this product a 9 on the assumption that you get it for ~$120. At the $370 posted as retail, this gun would be found wanting.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 7:47 pm PST
 

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