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Unregistered User Friday, December 28th, 2001
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
2 years
Products Used:
Stock Spyder TL+ Frame.
Marker Setup: Java TL+, Armson Elbow, 9vt Revy (soon to be Ricochet AK), TKO Drop, PMI 48ci 3000psi N2 tank (soon to be Crossfire Fiber wrapped 48ci 3000psi tank), Vigilante reg, aftermarket SS hose and fittings, MAKO Storm frame, Planet bottomline offset converter, TKO nipple cap. DYE 12" Ultralight barrel, Shocktech Cocker beavertail, and maybe an SS valve and some kind of new bolt.
Strengths: I was using the newer, Mako Storm frame for this review. Well, this is my first electro, so it seemed very fast! It was a little longer than a mouse click, but less resistance. The trigger is very wide, which makes it very comfortable too. I could get up to about 9 bps on my gun. The adjustability of the rates of fire and bps were extremely easy to program on the LCD. It has very user friendly options, and make changing bps or rof (Non-fire, Semi-Auto, Burst rounds, Full Auto, and turbo Fire) very quick and painless, plus, there's also a tournament lock option. I must say, even though it's not allowed in games, turbo fire is the best firing mode idea in existence. It allows you to be conservative on paint, like in semi, but when you are in need to shoot very fast, for cover fire or for something else, the frame switches to full auto for you! The LCD also has a shot counter and game timer-not necessary, but fun things to have. Plus, it's very easy to take the frame apart and adjust the solenoid. I'd also like to point out, that the frame came with a battery, and it fit nice and tight, but not too tight, which was nice. that was partly due to a long screw I was using though. For an electro, this also gives you more control over how much paint you shoot than you might think, and the manuel was also very comprehensive-I learned all the controls in no time.
Weaknesses: Well, it did have it's problems though: First off, I noticed, this frame can't use Dye Sticky grips, because the screws are too far apart. That's really too bad, since I was planning on using those. Second off, the plastic grips make it feel cheap, which I do not like-why couldn't they have used rubber wrap around grips? For that poor choice in options though, a good pair of gloves will fix it. Second off, since the gun was originally designed for semi auto only, it's got a bit more kick than guns that are electronic stock. So, when rapid firing, there's tons of kick. You get used to it though. I also had to buy a new bottom line screw, because the rear screw was so long, that it interfered with the electronics. For that, you can conveniently go to home depot for. I found a 1/2 in. screw works best for the rear screw hole. But a 3/4 in. (or 1/2 in.) screw will work fine with the front hole. Then there's also the battery life thing, while they do give you a brand new one, these things only last a little time. Mine only gave me about 3500 shots. So when you go PBing, be sure to carry an extra with you. Other than that, I have no real complaints.
Conclusion: Well, before you buy this, upgrade to N2. Try to get a Crossfire if you're going cheap, because the PMI tanks will not recharge fast enough. Most of the problems are fixable, and the ones that aren't, are minor ones. When you get on the field though, the problems virtually disappear, because now you can have power over those high end guns. Personally, I think it's great buy if you're willing to put up the money. I'd probably give it an 8.5 if you could, but you can't, so I'll round up to 9.
9 out of 10

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