iewloader have released a NEW marker - the Lancer - and it's their best marker yet. The Lancer comes with a Blade Trigger as standard for an increased rate of fire and an Aluminium Body and Barrel for reduced weight. Other features include the Field Strip System for ease of on-field cleaning, a Vertical Feed and an Angled Bottom Line Adaptor to give you a more secure holding position on the marker. Viewloader have enhanced the bolt design on this marker to improve consistency and increase the fire rate to approximately 12bps.
The Viewloader Lancer is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
We used this gun for a friend to use one time we played. We expected it to be absolutely horrible but we were surprised. For the price its actually not bad. It has a long pull but its not so big it's a pain. You can shoot maybe 4bps if you pull really fast. The Lancer is pretty tough, hasn't broken or chipped yet. The barrel has no porting and isn't the best but it's usable for just messing around or if you just start and have no money to upgrade but I would recomend not upgrading this gun and just save for a better one.
Good for the money and just for messing around.
5 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, July 2nd, 2006 at 12:18 am PST
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My Spyder TL-X
A 12" barrel
I only shot my friends gun a couple of times, it was garbage and i couldn't hit the target i was aiming at from 30 feet away. The gun might be better with a longer barrel. The target was about 5 feet long and 3 feet high. My friend thinks his gun is one of the best, but he must be blind not to notice how crappy the gun really is!
I got a Blade a couple of years ago.... it "broke" and I threw it away. Turns out all it needed was a new o-ring. Other than that I am a complete and total noob to the sport.
VL 200-round hopper
3.1 oz Air Source pre-filled CO2 cylinder
It doesn't come with anything other than a barrel plug -at least, mine didn't-, so get whatever you feel would be best.
Simple, for us short-bus-riding types.
Bright red...but it's purty.
Uses a fair amount of CO2
Let me first state that I am a squid, newb, greenhorn, whatever you want to ridicule me with, and this is the first gun other than the aforementioned Blade that I have owned or operated. But that means that I'm coming into this review with no set bias.
I've been wanting to get into the sport of paintball for a while now, but simply couldn't afford a half-decent marker. Well eventually my birthday gave me a chance to at least get something to shoot with. I bought this gun as an alternative to one of the big, beautiful babies up on the very top shelf at Wal-Mart (Apparently paintballers are big fans of the store :P) because my mom...I mean, um, "I" couldn't afford a $200 gun that I may not even use that much. The Lancer was on the section of shelves lovingly referred to as the "Poverty Shelf" by Wal-Mart employees at $50. It didn't come with anything other than a barrel plug, and we had to buy a hopper, Co2, 500 paintballs, and a mask to go with it, which ended up coming in at around $100 it was a great way to trick mom...uh, myself into getting something that basically cost the same as the marker kits on the top shelves.
Since it came with nothing and was something we could actually afford, I went home with pretty low expectations. After using a chainsaw to open the packaging (DAMN! Those things take a friggin' government agency to get into without tearing the packaging to pieces!!) I finally got to hold my gun. It felt very sturdy and well-made in my hands, and was a lovely shade of red to boot! I had the thing ready to shoot in 5 minutes, and headed outside. My brother was inside, hiding behind his pillow bunker, so the only thing I had to aim at was a thin tree a good 40 feet away. I fired the trigger, and the paintball flew in a perfectly strait path and nicked the side of the tree. After adjusting my aim a little, I was hitting it in the exact same spot time after time, until I finally decided I'd wasted enough ammo.
Soon I was taking on my friends in the hills, with their big brand-new "Top shelf at Wal-Mart" guns, and I was not only getting hit after hit, but getting frustrated because they would have to stop and fix their guns every round. For once I was thankful for my poverty and I hugged my Lancer. Then they threw rocks at me and I was sad.
The gun is sturdy, reliable, and shoots accurately and efficiently. It comes with a nice field quick-strip pin that will help you fix any problems that you might encounter quickly and with ease. It hasn't chopped a single in the 500 rounds I could bare to part with -we're poor, after all, and can't get paintballs every day- and it shoots far and strait at any velocity. It's red, which isn't good news to us forest-fighting types, but this is easily taken care of with some green construction paper and tape.
This is a great choice for new players or for the budget-impaired. It's sturdy, reliable, and can hold it's own with any "top shelf" gun. And, of course, all this for the low price of $50.
Definitley improved if you used a motorised hopper.
Value and performance. Easy to maintain.
Not too keen on the blade trigger.
Make no mistakes this is a basic marker. However, given it's price point and it's performance aainst other more expensive mechanical markers I really find it hard to be overly critical.
The overall build quality is good and it feels nice to use, the only slight annoyance I had was the squeaky barrel thread but a drop of light oil sorted this out straight away.
The marker has a reasonable rate of fire, I was easily getting around 6-8 bps out of it, accuracy and repeatability is also pretty good. Over a 20m distance with the gun held firm on a solid surface 7 out of 10 balls landed on target the remainder had a spread of no more than 5-10cm. Pretty damn good!
One real bonus I have found with this gun is the ease of stripping down, NO TOOLS REQUIRED! The bolt is held in by a quick release pin which is secure enough to only come out when you mean to take it out, this is great if you are in the middle of a battle and don't want to start messing with Allen Keys etc.
Also the bolt is really easy to use when you have gloves on!
I was pleasantly surprised by the performance and features of this marker. You could spend loads more cash and get a whole lot less.
Note, I have just stripped my gun down (all looking good), cleaned it up and spray painted it a matt black. Now looks pretty damn good (reminiscent of Han Solo's blaster!) and I am all ready for some scenario woodsball this weekend. Without a marker that stands out being bright red!
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 at 8:00 am PST
b.e. eradicator- only tested, was okish
tippmann 98 custom- who hasn't?
barrel, maybe- i dont know about others, but mine sucked
I went to walmart to find a cheap marker to mess around with, and saw this. It appealed to me because it was the last one and it was red and black, so im not sure if it comes in other colors. When i brought it home to try it out, it was pretty nice. Really light weight, felt good to hold. Then i took it apart. The barrel threads sucked, and made it squeak a lot, but a little wd40 and that was fixed. I added a dropforward so it wouldnt be so back heavy, and it worked very well. When you play, the red might stand out, but there are ways to fix that.
I would definitely reccomend this marker to anyone new to the sport, or as a backup, or just fun in the back yard. For 50 bucks at walmart, it's really good.