This is my first experience with a blow-forward type marker. I've been using a Spyder TL+ for the past two years, which was more than adequate for the rec ball we always played. The TL+ is a good gun, but the Fox Deluxe is in a whole different league.
I only bought the Desert Fox Deluxe a few weeks ago, so I haven't upgraded it at all aside from an Air America 68ci nitro tank. I bought the deluxe model with the intention of not having to upgrade, as it comes with everything you'd need, except the barrel.
I'm researching the best barrel (this includes value) to buy for this gun, so if anyone reading this has a Fox and a barrel they like, email me and let me know. By the way, I do not have 80 bucks to spend on a boomstick or something similar :-)
There is nothing subtle about this gun. It is solid, powerful, loud, and quite accurate. In a world of fancy electro and $1000 custom created guns, the Fox is proof that simple is best, moreso that it only costs around $315. You will not find a more powerful gun for the price. I am very impressed with the overall appearance as well. Not flashy by any means, it has a rugged appearance, like a paintball gun SHOULD look, in my opinion. The picture that pbreview has used hardly does it justice...go to the icdpaintball site for a much better look at the Fox. The gauge is quite useful as well, especially since the gun comes with a manual including the recommended reg pressure for your type of propellant (CO2 or Nitro). Indian Creek is one of the best companies out there for customer service. Don't hesitate to call them.
It's heavy. Loud. Things that make it good can also be seen as liabilities. I really need to get a drop forward, to try and center some of that weight. I'll admit, it does get tiring by hour four of running around the woods. But there's no doubt in my mind that no amount of use can hurt this gun. I don't know if a new barrel will help, but this gun is seriously loud. Kind of intimidating, but expect everyone to know where you are when you blow some poor sap away. Had a tendency to increase velocity, but not lately...maybe it just needed to break in. Still, if you're using this gun for tourny play, be VERY careful that the gauge is staying where you had it set. You'll be in deep sh*t if they catch you shooting hot later in the day. Carry a quarter with you to adjust the screw if needed.
I love this gun. Pure function, pure power. It's what paintball is all about in my opinion. The blow-forward style means VERY few internals to worry about, less than mags or other comparable styles. It field strips in no time flat...you have to see it to believe how easy it is to clean and inspect the Fox. Email me if you have any questions, I'll try to help.