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Number of Reviews: 1694
Average Rating: 8.9 / 10
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Suggested Retail Price: $200

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Our most affordable marker ever. We're proud to have produced a paintball marker like no other. The Ion was built to be the marker for anyone who loves the game: simple to maintain, easy to use, designed for winning. It takes abuse like a rental gun, but throws paint with the best of them. You'll get the accuracy, range and rate of fire the Pro's enjoy for just a little more money than an entry level marker. The days of having to spend tons of cash to get what you want are over.

Our Features Presentation

� 17 balls per second semi-auto rate of fire with 3 shot burst, 10 bps full auto and our Rebound firing mode.

� Break-beam Vision Anti-Chop System Reliable and durable, the eyes are mounted on a separate board for perfect alignment and not affected by paint or body color. Just clean and replace (in minutes).

� A Featherweight Prizefighter At 2.2 pounds, the Ion is among the lightest high-end markers made, and it�s tube design imparts an ultra low profile.

� Reliability The Ion was engineered to stand up to the demands of professional players. It will outlast what used to be considered high-end and won't break down the minute you get it home.

� Improved Ball Detents Approximately 10 times the service life of current detents.

� Great Efficiency Expect a reliable 1000-1400 shots from a 68ci, 4500psi bottle without any modifications.

� Accuracy & Range The trademarks you expect from Smart Parts.

� Body Kits A first for paintball. High-quality aluminum internals are protected by composite shells, allowing you to instantly change the color or look of your body. Tired of blue? Switch to red. Or black. Or yellow. And there are more body styles in the works...

� Feed Tube with O-Ring Seals Fits a wider range of hoppers than most guns in this price range.

� Tools 1/8" Allen wrench is all you need for primary disassembly--and it�s included, along with trigger and velocity adjustment wrenches and a handy parts kit.

� Impulse Threads Take advantage of the barrels and feed tubes you may already have.
Product Availability 
The Smart Parts Ion is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
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yoggie Saturday, February 19th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested68 of 76 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Vision Shocker, Tboarded Drallion, HE Freestyle, Spyders etc...
Marker Setup: I use a 2004 Drallion, T-Board w/bouncebeam eyes, systemx reg and on/off drop forward, shocktech valve rat valve, tickler lpr, ccm delrin back block, otp style barrel kit, zenitram blade trigger and 50g switch, z boarded egg.
Recommended
Upgrades:
Maybe a new reg, clamping feed neck, trigger when it comes out and a barrel kit for sure.
Strengths: VALUE ($285), looks (personal opinoin), pretty fast (17bps), breakbeam eyes, multiple firing modes, tourney legal.
Weaknesses: Not exactly field stripable. The trigger leaves just a little to be desired.
Review: Just as any player who has gotten used to the solid feel of a high dollar tourney gun in their hands; I was skeptical about the ion. I had heard rumors about it being plastic. Let me say its not some cheap plastic talon. This marker is actually really solid feeling. The only part that is not aluminum is the body and that's good now that I think about it. The reason I say that is if you ever need to dive or beat on your gun you can do so without fear of a costly fix. The "plastic" is actually a very tough composite material and the rest of the gun is quality aluminum. The programing is a bit tricky at first, but it's easy once you get the hang of it. When I aired it up for the first time I checked for leaks and there where none. I took it to the chrono and was shooting at 278 with about a +/- 6... not to bad. After shooting the gun my first impressions where this: very light and easy to snap shoot, good accuracy (room for improvement with barrel kit), fast with rebound. However I felt like the stock trigger was hindering me during semi-auto fire. Me and the owner removed the magnet and it really helped. I did notice a little shoot-down at high rates of fire, but not that bad. The eyes work great and I didn't have a single break all day. My only real gripe was that the marker has to be completely taken apart just to clean it. Besides that it was awesome. All in all, I have done a 180 on this gun and plan on adding one to my collection.
Conclusion: This is a great buy for the rookie player looking for a great bang for the buck value. I'm sure this gun will be getting plenty of help from the aftermarket guys soon and with that help it could be one smokin little paint slinger. Is it truly the "high-end" gun sp said it was?... kinda. It won't be replacing my e-cocker yet, but who knows. Regardless this is still a great little bundle of joy for only $285. For it's price range I give it a ten... for it's actual performance I give it and eight so... 9
Rating:
9 out of 10
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superrocker Friday, February 18th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month15 of 22 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Timmys,Angles, Mech Cockers, E-Cockers, Shockers, Imps...Ect.
Marker Setup: Stock
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel, reg
Strengths: Light
Accurate
fast
price
Weaknesses: People think it sucks...Really doesn't thouggh
No upgrades yet
Review: This Marker is one of the better i have seen in a while. For its price it is pretty wicked. I am in turnys and i think i would use this in the game, not just rec. ball. People think it is plastic but it really isn't doesn't look it in real life either. Also people think it is a shocker clone... i Agree.. a really, really good clone though. I don't really like shockers they feel weird but this feels nicer than one. Not like a cheap spyder or a mongoose. It Has a nice trigger frame. Reminds me of the e2 kind of. Great gun.
Conclusion: I recommend this marker to anyone who wants a $300 gun that works.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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ChaChuShady Friday, February 18th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month16 of 18 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
dragun tes upped to the max,tippmann98c
Marker Setup: SP ion
all stock except unimount and 12v revvyX
Recommended
Upgrades:
barrel(if u feel like it although stock is good)on/off is a must,
Strengths: Feedneck
Barrel
Ion maxflo
Shells
Weaknesses: Needs an on/off
Hard to dissassemble
Review: The ion isnt seen as a high end marker but it sure shoots like one!The eyes are very outstanding,didnt chop once shooting 10-11 bps with a revvy.The gun is lightweight and small.There will be a lot more aftermarket parts later on so its alllll good.
Make sure you turn ur psi to 0 before u gas it up.
Conclusion: Conclusion-buy one,the price is very good for the marker

Rating:
10 out of 10
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BottleRocket Tuesday, February 15th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested34 of 105 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
2k3 Mech Cocker - Slower, more accurate
2k2 Worrbladed Black Magic - Faster, more accurate, slightly heavier, more efficient
Lasoya Timmy - Faster, equally efficient, less accurate
2k3 Matrix - Faster, equally efficient, heavier, more accurate, LESS KICK
Rat Impulse - Equal speed, less efficient, less accurate
Marker Setup: Stock
Strengths: Size, price, shells
Weaknesses: Sock parts, upgradability
Review: Recballers, this is for you. I know how it felt to go out there with a rental gun back in the day and be next to a guy with a timmy and see 6 or 7 balls of his fly for every one of mine. it is depressing. dont waste your time on spyder clones, give this a shot.

This marker will enable people to get into paintball and level the playing field among other rec players. For woodsball I still would recomend an A5 before this gun, but for all around recball, this is a great marker. its better then most markers in it's price range, and better then all of them at what it does. It is fairly light and easy to handle, big advantages for beginners. This marker will allow new players to have a fast marker to help them keep up with the big guns for cheap. It might not be as nice, as fast or as consistent, but its a hell of alot better then spyder clones, impys and other low end electros.

As for tourney play, I dont recomend this as a primary gun. Go for something that has an established aftermarket and reputation. The ion is a good marker, but just not cut out for Novice or higher level playing. It would be ok to use to try out tourney style play, but not if you want to stick with it. Invest in a DM4/5 or a Proto.

However, there is not enough of an aftermarket. it is cheap feeling compared to other markers i have used. stock parts arent the best. I'd compare it to the WGP Trilogy in that it is somewhat like a stripped down Shocker like a Trilogy is a bottom of the line cocker.
Conclusion: I'd recomend this marker to anyone looking for a start in the sport without spending too much money. Sure you can go out a buy a used angel for $400, but that is older, worn out and has no warranty. The Ion is a great marker for what it is built to do. As for SP's claim that it is a "high end marker for $300", i have to disagree. I say it is among the upper of the low end electros with the impys.
Rating:
7 out of 10
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