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Number of Reviews: 1
Average Rating: 10.0 / 10
Manufacturer Website: Click here
Suggested Retail Price: $400

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Strange ION Features
- Removable end cap for easy bolt access.
- Custom milled 3D aluminum body.
- High gloss anodized finish.
- Strange Jewel Sticker
- Plastic is for TOYS!
Product Availability 
The Strange Ion is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
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shakman119 Monday, May 15th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
1 year9 of 14 people found this review helpful.

4 years
Products Used:
Shocker, Timmys of all sorts, proto matrix, An ecocker, and a few blowbacks
Marker Setup: Bob Longs 2006 alias Intimidator (rare blue/red factory anno)
Freak back and All american Front
Frenzy 116.5
Shocktech bolt
Empire rail/on off
Alias stick trigger
Clamping feedneck
06 torpedo
Rare Miami Raiders Ion (Rare verson of the strange)
Bolt out back operation
Torpedo regulator
Shocktech Drop #1
SP protouch grips
PSP board
Superman color scheme:
Blue body
with red proagresive barrel
and red macro
Reloader B Dimond edition
Totally agg revy 9volt
P/E 72 4500 stubby
Dye tank cover

New reg and barrel, and your ready to mow fools
Strengths: Price preformance accurate fast everything you want
Weaknesses: Its concidered a noob gat and the stock reg is incosistant
Review: Before I begin reviewing the gun, I will post a bit of info from a site called ZDS Paintball, The operator is a wonderful tech, and he knows his stuff, so I give him my respect.

Enter the Ion, one of the cheapest and best performing platforms in the entry-level price range. The Ion is a small and compact single-bore marker which uses only one moving part: the bolt. It is also a fully-electropneumatic design, meaning there is no sear to trip and no springs to tighten. Everything is driven by state-of-the-art electronics and a special solenoid valve designed specifically for the gun. The Ion is prized to perform out of the box, ready to go.

The ion is the blood successor to the impy. Cheep when stock, but it could be tricked out to hang with the big boys.

The idea behind this was not only to show that Smart Parts doesn't operate off propaganda and hype, but also so that competing manufacturers wouldn't be able to move to adjust their products so they would compete directly with the new Ion. The Ion delivers great performance for next to nothing when compared to other markers in its price range, and even now (several months later at the time of this writing) the value of nearly every other paintball marker available has gone down as a result of the massive support for the Ion.

The purpose behind the Ion is to put aside the massive price markup that is found throughout the industry, and actually deliver performance for low cost. Not too many other markers have been able to claim the same. The Ion is geared for all players, regardless of budget or standing. The hope is that perhaps other companies will develop their own additional low-cost, entry-level markers as well. From now on, players everywhere will question the thousand-dollar pricetag on markers that cost only a few hundred dollars to manufacture (ie. nearly every other paintball marker in production).

The Ion uses an open bolt electropneumatic blowforward design similar to that of the Automag, Freestyle, or Mayhem. In brief, the bolt is blown forward during firing, at which point air passages in the bolt become open and air is released down the barrel to fire the paintball. The bolt is pushed back and held there by pressure from the solenoid when idle.

the Ion uses a transmissive (aka. beam-break) anti-chop eye system instead of the reflective eyes used in the Shocker and Impulse. Beam-break eyes are more reliable and easier to work with than reflectives (generally).

The Ion's stock board is equipped with semiautomartic, rebound (ROF ramping), three-shot burst, and fully-automatic. Three-shot burst and fully-automatic available in the US only.
Ok, now on to the review:

I picked up my strange Ion from a player on Jacksonville raiders, The price was a mear 250$ for one brand new. This is 50$ more than a stock ion, which is a great deal.

People ask, why do this? Well, because with this you get bolt out back operation, and the metal body kit. No more, IONS ARE PLASTIC NOOB! And you dont have to fiddle around with banjo fittings either,

The board ramps up to 17 bps, which is wonderful, because I use 15bps ramping. The ion give me more than I actually need. Wow. Accuracy is great with the stock barrel, but upgrading it will only make things better. The eyes see all types of paint, and even with nasty stuff I dont chop. On my backup tank 48 3,000 I get a solid hopper off of 1,000 psi. The marker has a nice feel, and is small, and easy to menuvener. The trigger is snappy and magnetic. It is not loud, and you hear a cool sounding Thwuck when you shoot.

The stock reg is week, causeing incostant shot to shot velocities. Get a torp, or a Cp reg and you will be cool. Also, an on off and clamping feedneck.

With some sanding it is easy to get your hopper to fit perfactly on to the stock feedneck.

Recently, I had my first issue with the ion, which happened to be it was not turning on. The bat harness wires were pinched, and moving them around solved the problem. Ions are easy to work with, and people know them, which is another plus of being an owner.

Conclusion: So, 250.00 thease days gets you a ramping board, and a bolt out back body, and full electro operation with eyes.

Sign me up

The most bang for your buck ever.
10 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, June 13th, 2006 at 9:13 pm PST
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