A high performance all aluminum semi-auto paintball marker featuring a double finger trigger, bottom line hose with drop forward, vertical feed, and a fitted wrap-around gel grip with lots of upgrade capabilities.
The Zap ZXS 500 is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
easy to field strip, solid design, looks cool, powerful, cheap
chops paintballs(not alot), barell is kinda odd
this is a great gun, i have had a few problems with it but were easily fixed, it is cheap and easy to maintain, its done well playin with it through winter in the mountians in canada, it does chop paintballs but every paintball gun does, the barrel is cool, the ZAP company should come out with upgrades for it such as: new barrel,e-trigger,
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I have used an orion viewloader
-zxs 500 dosen't come with a fore grip
-zxs 500(of course)
-smart parts fore grip
-viewloader 200 round hopper
-9 oz Brass EagleCO2
not bad power low accuracy with balls other than zap's
barrel,thats about it
This gun is not a bad starter gun for your money's worth. Just get a fore grip and it'll be fine. It's not bad on gas either so as long as you have zap paintballs it will work. Try it out a few times to get the feel for it. It gets the job done at an afordable price. Maintence for it isn't bad either.
If you want to get a good starter gun at an afordable price this is it.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, January 12th, 2004 at 2:42 pm PST
Nothing really worked on this gun.
The paintball all burst.
I think that I got 10/50 shots that actually didn't break in the gun.
On my second game the trigger spring busted and now it wont fire.
I don't like the way that the manual says that Zap is determined on bringing us quality products.
WARNING: do not buy this gun
My recommendation is to root around a garbage dump before buying this gun.
Everything, I dont even think you can get ups for these.
* Stock barrel is worthless
* Feedneck is spot welded
This marker is a worthless POS. I mean, the first day I played with it, I shot a few rounds and noticed it has quite a bit of kickback and all the balls were curving and chopping and jamming inside the gun. I was getting really frustrated. Once, during a game I had a jam so I tried to take off the hopper and the whole feedneck came off with the hopper! That just shows you Zap's quality.
I dont recommend this to anyone. A tippmann will easily out preform this marker in every way. DO NOT GET IT DO NOT GET IT
Not a spyder frame, stock barrel is light, but quite loud
Out of the box this gun was compairable to an orion. but my friend got this for his sister, and there was no way he would leave her with a gun like this, as it was. so he put a Syder (yes a spyder barrel will work) quiet riot barrel on it, along with a six stage EXP Chamber, and some nice grips, he thought about a new bolt but it works fine with the stock one. it is funny, cuz people at the park think that the girl on our team has a bad gun cuz it says ZAP. but it outperforms most of the spyers at the park, the mechs, anyways.
Its a good cheap gun, but put a barrel and EXP chamber on it
Double feeds alot. There are more than normal chops that come from this gun.
I got this gun about 3 years ago and I though oh man this is awsome. But I really wanted a Spyder Victor. But in may ways this is just like the spyder Victor. This is a fairly good gun no better than average really. There arnt really any good aspects of this gun just the fact it is cheaper than most others are. I wouldt really say bothering getting many upgrades because it would be wiser in the long run to just get a better gun. But if you just want to get use to paintball or don't know if you really want to play it all that often, then maybe this is exactily what you need. I got this gun with a mask hopper and barrel cleaner and it was 100 dollers. I would say that the gun is worth about 50 brand new coming out of the box by itself. But isnt very reliable. I did hoever play a few games with it and it worked well. The gun worked for me when I first go it but in later days didn't come in handy very well.
So if you want a cheap gun to get use to paintball or decide wether or not you want to continue paintball get this. But I would Recomend that you find somthing better befor refering to this. But it worked when I had it as a novice so it was nice for the period of use. But after it had many problems not fixable, choped, double fed, and didnt aim well.
PMI R6 worse
98c way better
04 vert(prostock) cocker E2
sto kaner barrel kit
Empire reloader b
Super fly bolt
Pursuit custom shop quicker ram with QEV's and micro rock lpr
Dye attack pack
Lock lid pods
Shocker black 05
Stiffi 14 in .689
NDZ stinger bolt
NDZ roller blade trigger
full stock (so it looks like and MP5 or SP89)
none it would defeat the purpose of buy this because its really cheap
I bought it for my friend to use because I wanted to get him into paintball
goes off every time
for how cheap it is it has good accuracy, weight and size
can put sight on and sight rail for people who like them but its not accurate enough to be able to use a sight.
reg but not very good one better than none
non matt finish (I just hate mate finish)
low to no mateinace besides cleaning
air use age only like 550-600 shots off a 20 oz
hard to clean
plastic scratches easy
tall with drop
coughed when fired
hard sloppy trigger pull
Good beginners marker but if you ever want to upgrade just get a new marker
6 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, October 13th, 2005 at 8:13 pm PST
buy a new gun... this thing is.... just... oh my god.... don't buy it!!! and if you are too poor or crazy to buy another gun, get a new barrel, a new bolt, expansion chamber, forgrip, trigger, grip ( feels so cheap... and it is!), and take off the stupid sight rail, since it does nothing at all!!!!
the barrel is fun to hit people with. That's about it.
Just look below ... jeeze...
this gun is a worthless piece of scrap metal, my brother took the hopper off, and the feed neck came off with it, I paintballed with it for like 3 hours, and it broke, it chops balls like crazy, the ball detent tears good paint, so you have to get the crappy thick stuff which makes it even more inaccurate (if possible), you have to cut the ball detent in half with scissors or else it won't work at all, the bolt is the worst you can get, extremely uncomfortable, its got this cheap plastic grip that gives you blisters even with gloves, I ran into some dirt, and it screwed the gun up really bad, some of my shots were curving up and going behind me!!! overall, ZAP SUCKS!!!
Buy a new gun... don't even bother with this gun. it is truly disgusting. buy a Spyder Imagine or a Tippmann 98c, they'll do awesome.... please do not waste your money!!