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saberZedge Thursday, September 18th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
6 months9 of 14 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
I have used/owned a Spyder Imagine (very good), Smart Parts Impulse (fantastic). Both have drop forwards, nitro tanks & Progressive barrels. The reliable Tippman M98 got sold. The Impulse is my son's marker. The Imagine is a "backup" marker. The Electra is mine.
Marker Setup: -Spyder Electra
-J&J 14" barrel
-SP Teardrop 14" barrel
-Check-it trigger
-Vaporworks vertical feed
-Revi w/ x-board
-Psyco Ballsitic deep drop forward
-20 oz. co2 with on/off valve and anti-syphon
-68/3000 Crossfire nitro tank
For recommended upgrades see my setup. I prefer the J&J barrel over the Teardrop. It self-cleans like the company claims. It seems to work better with co2, especially in humid weather. Otherwise both barrels are excellent and perform about the same No need for more pricey barrels. The Checkit trigger is a must. It is cheap, easy to install, and WAY faster than the stock trigger. A deep drop forward is better for balance and control of the marker, especially with big tanks. Vaporworks Vert feed is awesome. The always breaking plastic verts are crap and any after market aluminum vert feed is better. Spyder/Java makes one, too. It slips over the existing Spyder vert. Vaporworks replaces the whole mess. A Revi, or any eletronic hopper. is a must. Types & styles are definintely user preferences. Although nitro is superior to co2, everybody needs a co2 tank. Upgrade your co2 with an on/off valve and an anti-syphon tube. Nitro is a must because all markers prefer air, except Tippmans.
Strengths: My buddy, who owns a paintball shop, uses his Electra even in tournaments.
Weaknesses: Needs a few upgrades, but don't all guns? It's a little bit heavy.
Review: The Electra might be, or shall I say is, the best $200 gun on the market. It has never failed and is simple to maintain. The stock internals are great. They have been cleaned and lubricared after each use, and are not scratched like the Imagine's which has had the same treatment. It is easy to upgrade without a shop's assistance. One thing that is a little problem: when adding /changing elbows/ fittings to upgrade drop forwards be careful of Kingmans prefrence to use inch vs metric thread sizing. Look on the Kingman forum for advice about your marker (Look there for Otter's website. It's great for advice, too). The trigger, vert feed, and barrel upgrades are a must.. Get a deep drop forward if you like to tuck in. NItro is the way to go with this and any marker. With these recomendend upgrades it will easily keep up with $500+ markers.
Conclusion: A great marker for any PB style game and ability level. It's dependable, it looks cool, its fast shooting and easy to upgrade.
10 out of 10Last edited on Friday, September 19th, 2003 at 5:13 am PST

Review Comments
koolkat Friday, October 24th, 2003 | 1:29 pm PST
Kool review, Dude.

Paintballkiddd Tuesday, February 10th, 2004 | 3:00 pm PST
Yah and the checkit trigger makes the stock trigger look like $hit i cant walk the stock.

pbfreak21 Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 | 8:03 pm PST
"Yah and the checkit trigger makes the stock trigger look like $hit i cant walk the stock."

theres no point in upgrading the trigger of a spyder.. all u'll do is chop.. and u cant walk a spyder..

koolkat Wednesday, April 28th, 2004 | 10:13 am PST

The checkit is a great upgrade. The pull tolerance can be set to near 0 for a very fast single pull shooting. And a spyder with a checkit can be walked. With a fast loader balls wont break. It wont rip like timmy or impulse, but it CAN be walked as fast as the board will let it.


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