Viewloader introduces the all-new VL Crusader semi-automatic paintball marker Player’s kit for 2005. The VL Crusader is a field grade semi-automatic marker with features that include: a double finger trigger for increased faring rates, machined aluminum barrel for increased accuracy, hi-rise vertical feed port for increased feed rate, field strip pin for quick and easy maintenance on and off the field, an aerospace grade aluminum alloy receiver, a "self-locking" velocity adjustment and laser engraving. The VL Crusader Player’s kit comes complete with a JT goggle system, BE 9 oz refillable cylinder, VL Proflex squeegee, VL 200ct loader and VL Plug Barrel Plug.
The Viewloader Crusader is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
This is an amazing gun. I recomend this gun to all players novice and experts and all ages 1 through 100. I have had this gun for years and i love it. Has amazing power and farely good Speed. If your good and double finger than you must get this gun.
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-A shorter drive spring
-A different gun lol
-Another one to duel wield :)
-Works pretty good as a rental marker
-Deadly FPS (See Below)
-No Forward Grip
-Did I mention the FPS lol
My friend's cousin was coming in from Georgia to play with us, but he didnt have a gun at the time. So his mom said she would pay for him a gun if we would get one within reason. Since he needed a whole kit (and we needed a rental gun) we got this package at Wal-Mart. Now onto the review.
This is actually not that bad of a gun. It is fairly light with the C02 tank and a full hopper. And it is even fairly accurate with the stock barrel (and cheap paint to boot). It is great as a rental or a last resort backup marker, but.......
This thing has DEADLY FPS out of the box! We call this thing the Shotgun bc of 1) The loudness of it 2) The FPS and 3) It's penetrating power. We went and Chrono'd it before our game, with the Velocity Adjuster screwed ALL THE WAY IN, its FPS was 320!!!! So out of curiousity, we took the value out, FPS was over 450!! So I cut the 1/5 off the main drive spring and reassembled it, the FPS is still over 300!! Go look at this pic:
My bud got shot from well over 60 feet away, velocity screw all the way in, drive spring cut, and still got that nasty welp. He still has a scar lol
As long as you can disassembly it and cut the spring (more than 2-4 links!!), it will be an ok marker. I would recommend something better ASAP, but it works if you dont have anything else. If you want something that shoots far and loud, that can penetrate and kind of brush, or if you just need to blow a tree out of the way, this is your gun lol I give her a 6, not the best, but I have seen a LOT worse.
6 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, June 14th, 2007 at 6:25 pm PST
I bought this gun at walt-mart for 80 dollars. The package included: a mask, the marker, a barrel plug, the hopper and the 9oz tank. I used this gun everyday I go to the field and it is a nice gun. It´s light and its good for a front player position. The only thing that is bad about it is the hopper and tank included in the package. I would buy another hopper and a tank with more capacity.
This is a nice gun for a begginer player. The price is not so high and not so low, it´s and average price for an average marker. Just make sure you have more money left after buying this gun cause you will definately buy a new tank and another hopper.
Some kind of regulated gas system. wheater a expasion chamber, reg, or even compress air.
Light , reasonbly short and light tigger pull. competively price.
May not come assemble with all the parts from the factory.
My friend chop paint with the marker and jammed the bolt up and did not know what to do so he gave it to me to fix cause he knew I played paintball.
I'll admit that don't like VL products in general because they don't seem to work well out of the box or they don't hold up for very long. But that could because mostly new players use then and they don't what they are doing yet. I'm a spyder/phriana fan and I am pretty good at fixing them too. Anyhow, I took the marker from my friend and jumped on the Internet to find a parts list before I took it apart. It is built just like anyother open both stack tube blow back.Striker, Bolt, Spring, spring guide, rubber bumper, vale body, vale pin, detent, ect. There all the same. So I took it apart and unjam the bolt because the paint shell was stuck between the bolt and the body. Nothing to surprising. However, what was surprising is that I didn't not see a spring guide. My friend clams he never took it a part. So if that is true, This marker didn't come with one from the factory. Well, I clean it up, oiled it and put it back together and tried using without the guide and it didn't work that good because the FPS was not there. Lucky I work in a machine shop so I turned a spring guide out of alum. Wow, It actually worked!!
To my asment, It preform reasonably well for a unregulated open bolt blow back. It's light, Has a reasonably short trigger pull witch isn't to heavy, Vertical feed, and top cocking with milled back to give a little bit sexiness to it. I only tested it to make sure it worked before I gave It back to my friend, but I'll have to admit that I almost like it more than a cheap spyder (compact, victor, ect.) It has a descent trigger pull on it for a mechanical which is the biggest thing what I hate about the spyder's. The spyder mechanical frame is just too long of a pull to be able to fire quickly with it. The Crusader was reasonably accurate for non regulated marker as long as you kept shooting it. Don't expect to win a one shot check though. It was louder than I like, but that to be expected when the barrel dosen't have any ports. The nice thing is that it is easy to clean the barrel because of the lack of ports.I was using some cheap old blaze paint though so that could of been part of the problem when it came to one shot checking. It was a nice 90 deg. day when I was using it, and I had a crony it and got it shooting around 273 to 282 which was a lot better than I expected. When I got to to crono good, I did not experience any chopping or double feeding which was a big surprise to me, even though I was shooting as fast as I could. One thing I didn't like about the Crusader is that the internals seemed to wear pretty easily so I don't know how well this marker will stand up over time.
When all said and done, If you gat a Crusader with all the parts from the factory, and keep it oiled and clean, you might find out it works reasonably well for a cheap gun.
Far as up grades go's, The only one's you'll need is some kind of a regulated gas system and perhaps a barrel of your choice. My personal experience has tought me that a regulated gas system is better than a barrel by It self. Concincicy in FPS is the key to accuracy with any firearm, paintball marker, bow, Capote, sling shot,or cannon. I would love to bring this marker to a Field and put a Compress air tank on it to see the people laugh at me. But I'll be the one laughing when ther eating my paint. The Crusader is syder threaded so finding a different barrel would be pretty easy. Far as a e-grip gose, you'' be better for getting a different marker that has a e-grip on it already and keep this as a back up for a rainy day.
This would be a good gun for a new player if your lucky enough to get one that works. With my experice, VL has quaity control issuse and because of that, I do not want to see any new player buy one unless they know how to fix them, which is unliky. It's no fun to play with a marker that dose not work. I would strongly recomend a spyder or phriana's cause they just seem to work, right out of the box. As far as a exppericene player gose, If you want to take a chance and buy cause It's cheap, go for it. As long as your prepaird to fix from time to time.
5 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 at 1:18 pm PST
Spyder Pilot ACS 05, custom biult VL Crusader,spyder MR1, Smartparts ION
16" Smartparts proggessive rifled barrel 06'
Metal striker plug
new barrel, metal striker plug if you are only doing this everyonce in a while for woodsball or a backup onw as a main gun or Speedball gun i say take all the internals out and set them aside you need to MAKE all new internals
Cheap, Accurate, Solid, Rarely chops a ball.
The plastic striker plug that comes stock broke on me and will warp over time.
ok basicly for a $80 players Kit this gun is more than worth the money you spend on it. Stock it is has a slow ROF and the barrel is total crap. it has a long triger pull but if you are willing to deal with that the thing is amazing. I have 2 of these guns one which i tore apart complettely and biult all new ultalight internals for as well as fitted a PMI E-Force grip onto it. while my other one was bought as a secondary incase i needed it which i like just as much as my new Spyder Pilot ACS. the facts are is for the price this gun is amazing and for the new player it is more that what you need.
Great begginer gun for woodsball but not for speedball. Reliable and accurate it is a great chose and for the experianced players who want more it is a blank slate for true customization which means making your own parts!!!
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, May 14th, 2007 at 5:40 pm PST
Viewloader Crusader with a smart parts 14 inch spyder threaded progressive barrel, VL200 loader, 20oz CO2 tank with a backup 9oz.
New barrel, expansion chamber, maybe a new hopper, shorter trigger. A DIFFERENT GUN.
Powerful, Loud and easy to disassemble
Chops paint loads, inaccurate, no expansion chamber, loud, leaks gas
I bought this gun off ebay for $50. The package included, a crap JT mask, 9oz Co2 tank, barrel plug, squeege, and a small amount of brass eagle gun oil. Now the review:
This gun is very loud and quite intimidating, perfect for scaring the cocky little kids you usually find at your site lol. Also it isn't very expensive so it's an alright pack for a beginner player.It's also quite powerful, I shot my friend with it after shooting the gun in his back garden, he got a bruise that lasted a week lol. Its easy to dissasemble with the field-strip-pin and to keep the internals in good condition.
The standard 10 inch barrel is totally crap, I can find no expansion chamber to fit the thread that the hose fits into. The firing bolt has loads of friction put on it so after a few uses you would probably have to buy a new bolt. The double trigger is totally useless cos it's hard to fit your finger on the top part of the trigger as well as the bottom part and is to far forward to get up to any good amount of bps. The gun is to loud so it sounds like a shotgun (with the firing speed of one-lol). The gun leaks gas in many places so if your using co2 it will probably freeze up on you. The gun also chops paint like hell when you try to fire to any decent bps, after it's chopped the accuracy goes down a hell of a lot. I've gotten to 5bps without a chop. The feedneck on the gun is to wide so i put some selotape around my VL200 feedneck which helped a bit.
Don't buy this gun, crap gun for a small price, There's hardly any upgrades for it and it chops paint like hell. buy a different gun ASAP. I'm saving for a Smart Parts Ion and for some upgrades for it.
3 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, August 1st, 2007 at 2:29 pm PST
WGP Trilogy Sport - GREAT!!!
VL Trition II - Eh
JT Recon - Sucks
Tippman 98 Custom - LOUD
Install a handle (optional)
Light great for frontplayer
I bought this gun in a player pack for 79 dollars at walmart. When i first took it out i thought it was great. I took it to play and it wasnt all that great. the barrel was alluminum and the sun shined in my eyes. You cannot use most hoppers with this gun. The double trigger is useless.I later sold this gun for 40$ and bought a WGP Trilogy SPort (Which is amazing.)
Great Begginer gun, if you can buy all the upgrades.
vl eggy 2
72/3000 psi tank
Worked better than i thought it would.
For the category it is in nothing.
Alright so a bunch of friends and me were going paintballing. We were 1 short on markers so we took a trip to walmart where i bought this gun for my friend to use and he would buy it off me later. So in the game i let my friend use my evo and i used this. I expected it to be a piece of junk but believe it or not for the price it performed amazingly. I figured it would just be a blender but i was shooting lots of people out.
This marker is pretty good for its category and earned my respect. If you are a beginner buy it.
extreme rage overdrive hopper, 20oz pure energy co2
expansion chamber and new electric trigger
Very short good for getting close to bunkers and also pretty fast.
Feed neck hopper some times twists on you.
When I play it barely chops a ball very durable easy to clean very cheap and it doesn't freeze up with co2 in cold weather it is very balanced at the handle and it comes stock with custom grips with good grip. The hopper that comes loose is easy to fix you just put a small peace of tape around the neck of the hopper and it works perfectly.
I would saw buy it if you don't want an electric marker but if you do you should just spend a little extra for the viewloader high voltage the new gun by viewloader