Definitely a barrell, it makes more than 100% difference in performance
Great beginner gun
Not sure what to say here. for those who know paintball, its a stingray
This was the first gun i ever owned and used. It was purple which was interesting as far as field comments go. As i said, i consider this a great gun for a beginner. it does what it needs to and in many cases it does it reliably, though there are some out there that kinda suck. If your gonna use it, you have to get a barrel for it. I started out with it and to say the best of my skills, i sucked. Might have gotten 2 kills at the most. Then i bought that barrel and my game improved in vast amounts. It doesnt increase accuracy as the stock stingray doesnt have any. The barrel will enable you to hit things you shoot at. One thing that might be considered a weakness of the gun is that its made of plastic. however, its pretty durable for a plastic gun. itll take some beating to break it. I cant really say its a gas hog nor is it efficient as all stingrays vary i have found. Also it isnt a high maitnence gun which is good for beginners. It doesnt have a high rate of fire (maybe 5 at most if you can pull really hard and fast). but then again, how many beginners go out blazing. The tank connects to the gun differently than anyother guns, short of some similar BE's. I kind of like the long setup with the tank and barrel. It gvies you somethin to mount on the shoulder. It makes a good backup gun for woods ball. In my case, we sometimes let younger kids and friends come in and play. This gun is great for loaning to someone to play with. You know it will work for their puposes and wont be a disaster if it breaks.
In conclusion let me say i dont think i would have ever paid 90 dollars for this gun even brand new years ago. But you can find them pretty cheap today and they make awesome beginner guns. No, its not a brilliant piece of machinery or in any way comparable to most other guns. Im gonna give it a seven based on the numerous stingrays ive used and as use for beginner gun. Thats important for you reading this and who may disagree. A beginner gun. It got me into a sport i really love.
7 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, April 24th, 2005 at 9:47 pm PST
Anything from Spyders and Tippys to Cockers and Angels.
Spyder Imagine- 12v revy, HPA, Palmers Reg, J&J Ceramic Barrel, CP Drop, CIP Sweet Spot Trigger, 50g Switch, DYE 3's, Bandit Bolt
04 Vert Cocker- Freak Barrel, HPA, Empire Reloader B, E blade, Macdev Reg, CP Drop Dye 3's
Trilogy Sport- HPA, DYE Xcel Barrel, WGP Double Trigger Frame, Prostock Reg, 12v Revy, System X Drop, DYE 3's, JAM Bolt
Anti Siphon CO2 or HPA
Polish up those internals
Acrylic Ball Detent
Better Hopper (Like a VL200)
MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE
Great Beginner Marker
Easy to clean/repair
Factory ball detent eats up bolt
Trigger pull a little hard
Great gun for a beginner, easy to work on though the pins make it a little difficult to strip down quickly. With a few upgrades this gun can easily compete with lower end Spyders. Brass Eagle has recieved a lot of bad press about this gun, but I feel that it performs great for what it is (now all those non-believers do to after I marked their Cocker toting rear ends with this "cheap, plastic piece of junk").
Good gun for cheap, easy to find on ebay for ten bucks. If your just starting out, or want to build a fleet of guns for you and friends to use on ocassion, this is a great gun.
-Doesn't chop balls
-Good sniper gun
hard to cock
eats Co2 alive
this gun is a very good entry level gun but if you want to play speedball you need something with faster response. this gun if you are a sniper like me is ideal with a silencer but if you are up front where the action is than leave it as is. I would suggest a new barrel though (stock barrels stink anyway).
Overall this is a very reliable gun. Because you could throw it on the ground and it still last. (not recomended)
Longer Barrel w/ holes, Bigger Hopper, 9 oz. air or higher for maximum velocity.
Performs great after fine-tuning and proper maintenance.
Out-of-the-box is inaccurate, bad range unless high air pressure used.
Ok, so I see a lot of different reviews and post about the adv/disadv of owning a Stringray. I'll say that the 'Ray was my first gun, and I've played with it up until now, and I don't plan on stopping unless a win a million dollars...then I'll just upgrade the thing.
When you buy a Stingray, first thing you need to do: strip it (be sure you know how), and oil every joint that has no lubrication. Then, go out and PRACTICE shooting it. The more you shoot and the more you fine-tune the velocity, the more accurate it's going to be. If you pull it out of the box into a game you're going to be disappointed. After every session (day of playing), clean it the way you should every marker. After about every 5 sessions strip it and clean out the housing, it gets messy. Lube everything with a clear oil (like you lube parts for lawn equipment), not grease, to keep it working and it won't fail you. Keep it out of humidity! A lot of posts are talking about the indent ball rusting...it won't happen if you clean it before storing it in a cool, dry place!
There's the advice, here's my opinion of playing with it. I've played with it for a long time, it's old but trusty. I've tuned it to be the most accurate gun I've played with. The only problem is, when I use the small gram air canisters, I usually find myself on the front lines because that's the only way I'm gonna hit effectively. But it lands where I aim. Also, it's a great gun to root out opponents from bases because if you need it to shoot short-range when it counts, (such as 3 players not knowing you're flanking them) it won't fail you. In the five+ years I've owned it, I had an o-ring break before my game last week, luckily I came prepared and fixed it easily. A lot of players have been impressed with the work the Stingray has pulled off during tense games.
Upgrade the barrel and air tank, spend some time adjusting speed, calibrating the aim, and getting used to it. Holed barrels reduce sound, longer ones will help your accuracy even more. I've found great success with mine, and with proper maintenance and care, you should too.
Talon(only fun when everyone has one for backyard use)
14in. Teardrop barrel
Adco Hot Shot Red dot sight
*Empire reloader coming soon*
A new gun, I rather throw paintballs than use this gun.
Gets people into the sport
and so much more read review.
First of all I know how some of you guys only have a walmart. But please walmart carrys better guns than this. I even see know Walmart has the 98 power pack.Well this was my first gun even know it didnt even last long enough to even play a game with. So it opened my eyes to this great sport(BMX still rules though).So i put in my 9 ounce tank shot some targets and it was extremely inaccurate. First of all you don't even screw in the barrel it just has two prongs to hold them in, the barrel wiggles. So I said atleast i got it for cheap. So next time I went target shooting I screwed in the tank and the cocking bolt flew 15 feet.So after an hour of looking for the bolt i put the tank back in and realized it required alot of force, then Co2 started spraying everywhere. After all the co2 was let out and took the tank out the threadings were all stripped.By the way it wasnt me or the tank cause i know how to put a tank in and i still use that tank sometimes. So with my broken stingray gun I took it to the pb shop to get it fixed but he said basically "its no good" and even this 70 something year old man who has been playing since pb started couldn't fix it.So I saved my cash after testing my cousin's a-5 with response and said Im getting a Tippmann. And so I bought the 98 custom with factory installed response and its incredible. And you can upgrade anything for the gun. Only difference with a-5, is the a-5 has basically an agitated loader built in the gun which runs on c02 instead of batteries.But tippmann or if you cant afford that get a Victor for 70 bucks.
Dont buy it. I know that a lot of people's only source of paintball shop is walmart but even walmarts are selling tippmanns now so don't buy this.I heard the Spyder Victor is pretty good and could be found for $70 at mcsports so if your low on the dough get that over this it might be 20 bucks more but it makes alot of difference and they actually work.But if you have $140 go with the 98 custom anything you dislike about it can be "customized" to what you want it to do. Only reason im giving it a three is cause it gets people into the sport which is good.
Spyder Aggressor XT with VL200 hopper and 9oz tank, new barrel on the way
polish internals, barrel, foregrip, trigger mod, bottomline, new bolt
Strong, Reliable(Can get the crap beat out of it and still work), Modifiable
no accuracy(stock barrel), loud, CO2 in awkward place
I was given this this marker from a friend for free and immediately began modifing it. If you do some of the basic mods, buy a new barrel(which are very hard to find except on Ebay), get a bottomline, and put in a rear cocking kit; you'll have a pretty good marker. Ya I know it's alot of work, but it all evens out in the end. This marker is NOT for newbies unless they were dumb like me and just wanted it. I use my modified one as a secondary gun and it works great if you know every single part on it. Go ball and automaggot today!
Great marker for the tinker or advanced player, but NOT for newbies. Not a bad marker as it will go and go forever and the parts cost nothing to replace.
Blue black fade Piranha E-Force EXT Pro 2k4
12v Empire Reloader 2
A new barrel didnt help at all
-Extra gun for friend
-throw this thing on concrete and it will be fine.
-Holy crap its loud
-Breaks o-rings easily
-Get laughed at
My first paintball marker. After about 1 hour of play on my first day, it started to leak co2. It busted an o-ring after only 20-30 shots! I had played about 8-9 rounds, and many rounds I didn't even fire a single shot, and it still broke a brand new o-ring. Every time you fire it makes a very loud ping sound, almost like you took a thin metal piece and hit it against another thin metal piece. Rate of fire is a joke, 3-4bps is the max you will get out of this thing. My friend had a 12 inch stingray sniper barrel lying around. Took my old 8 inch barrel off(it was loose as hell, plastic pins hold it together), put the 12 inch on, and had no improvement in accuracy. After about 2 months of using this thing I bought a used autococker 2k1 for 200 bucks, and gave the stingray to my friend a few houses away for free. Really, it was that crappy. Amazingly, 2 1/2 years later, the gun still works after many of my friends playing a total of about 30 hours with it. It has broken about 7-8 o-rings, but it still works. Thats why I give it a 6 for lasting all that time. Its really useful for friends that don't have guns.
If you can handle the laughs, the inaccuracy, and o-rings busting, its actually a pretty decent buy for 50 bucks. Use marker oil it to keep it running smooth. But its best just to buy a better gun online.
6 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, December 23rd, 2004 at 10:38 pm PST
Sting ray is a good marker but there are better but it it shot's like a tippmann but not as Fast but still a good marker for new poeple but it's a good sniper gun . but i would Probly just buy a tippmann but i like the sting ray because it's cheap and loud .
You can get these about 20 buck used .
I gave 5 cent's for mine used but i had to buy a barrel .
Make sure you oil it alot .
Cheap buy it for a freind .
8 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 at 8:50 am PST
The penny trick, VENTURI BOLT, LONGER BARREL (get those, it increases accuracy dramatically), remote or bottomline, red dot sight, do what you want
-Accurate when tricked out
-Can look a lot like a rifle
-CO2 tank decreases accessibility to get sight
-Needs to be oiled a lot
I personally love my ray, get a venturi bolt and a longer barrel, that will increase accuracy insanely. the stingray was built for newbs, but is good enough to be used by pros, I'm always gonna have my ray and ill always love it. you always have to oil it to keep it in good shape, beautiful gun and would recmonend it to any one.
Get the gun, itll never let you down, as long as you have the skill to use it
Black Dragunfly Mech., black magic reg, A+ autococker bolt, Halo tsa backman, 68/4500 centerflag w/ hyperflow, Dye stickies, and 14" J&J cermic
It is build strong
doesnt shoot very straight
almost impossible to cock
This was my first marker and i bought it ( I actually got a stingray 2) at walmart. It started me out in paintball but when i played a few other kids i couldnt get close enough to hit them because of the swerve on the ball. but it never broke except for the hopper. When I was dueling with a friend he put 2 shots right through the hopper and i had to get a new one but that wasnt bad. I am now 15 and i can still barley cock it but it has been sitting in my room for about 3 years.
It's good it ur just starting paintball and need something that will work every time
6 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, December 5th, 2004 at 5:46 am PST