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#1 User is offline   agentM192 

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 08:54 PM

If anyone is questioning the reliability of an Ion or SP8, well here is a story for you;

Today I had three friends over to my house for some paintball in the backyard. Matt and James don't have any paintball experience, and limited airsoft experience. James has a Brass Eagle Striker that he bought a while ago and never really used. Matt has never played paintball. Danny plays paintball occasionally and has an A5 with flatline, stock, and remote. It was fairly cold out, I would say around 37 F with frozen and icy snow on the ground. The Brass Eagle, well wasn't working period. Whoa big suprise! Forget that thing. James tried playing with it but it kept busting paint and uncocking. I didn't want this to discourage his paintball experience so I lent him my SP8 and he had a blast with it. My SP8 was thrased around in the snow and didn't break one ball the whole day. Matt was using my brother's Ion and same deal; no busted paint; nothing. Not one problem. I used my Tac 8 which didn't fair too well; it's not the easiest on paint but I managed to hit Matt with a crazy corkscrew shot. Danny's gun was an outright blender. The Flatline completely butchered paint as much as the Striker! But all day, 37 F, icy snow, Rec Sport paint; no problems at all. I hope this helps to clear up any notions going around saying Ions or SP8s don't do too hot in the cold.
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 10:49 AM

I've played with the same 2 markers for the past 3 years now, either my virtue'd ION or the SP8... and they haven't skipped a beat. I always laugh at people claiming the markers aren't reliable, when more often than not these people have never used them. If they can put up with the amount of torment a season with delta can throw at you, I'm fairly sure they're reliable.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 06:30 PM

I have put about 5500 rounds through my Smart Parts Ion and broke.... 2 balls in the barrel?

As long as you keep up the service and mait. on this marker, it cant be busted.

Edit: Also I tend to play during the colder months between 35-55 degrees with no issues.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 05:28 PM

Flatlines are hard on paint anyways the inside of the barrel is like sandpaper I never broke a ball in mine but wasn't happy with the way it performed.
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:32 PM

yeah i had a flatlined tippmann 98 and would up trading it for a stock ION becasue the flatline preformed so bad and i had a lot of problems with my 98, the trigger assembly was replaced 7 times in 4 years, sense i have had this ION i9 have not had 1 single problem
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:36 PM

Yeah no problems with my ion either only time I have broken paint is in the hopper.
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:37 PM

Are we really suprised that an Ion shot nicer than an A5 and a Striker?

Striker is made by BE....nuff said.

The cyclone on the A5 is notoriously bad on paint and the flatline is too.
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:42 PM

thats all true the main point is the reliability of the ion and sp8 <same guts
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 11:45 PM

ive had faith in sp guns. who cares about anything other than the finshed result of a product. i broke like 6 or 7 out of 100 in my 98c in like 25 degree weather
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Posted 22 December 2007 - 06:19 AM

This is where people can get confused. While one person might be talking about how great their marker is with a new board, barrel, gripframe, trigger etc. But how long have anyone of us gone and played paintball with our Ions boen stock???

And even so, how many players actually care???

There are many players out there who buy a marker and wish to make it "custom" with aftermarket parts? ( just like high school kids and civics)

I am almost certain that 2/3s of us out there bought a clamping feed neck, new barrel, new trigger even before taking the thing to the field.

Ah well... whatever. What do I know.

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 12:55 AM

The Ion is a damn good marker. Myn hasnt failed me yet. I think they get a bad rep just because they are mad by Smart Parts.
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Posted 29 December 2007 - 01:49 PM

View PostDracallo, on Dec 22 2007, 07:19 AM, said:

This is where people can get confused. While one person might be talking about how great their marker is with a new board, barrel, gripframe, trigger etc. But how long have anyone of us gone and played paintball with our Ions boen stock???

And even so, how many players actually care???

There are many players out there who buy a marker and wish to make it "custom" with aftermarket parts? ( just like high school kids and civics)

I am almost certain that 2/3s of us out there bought a clamping feed neck, new barrel, new trigger even before taking the thing to the field.

Ah well... whatever. What do I know.



I bought my ion and got a new barrel and loader right off, a redz pepper stick and a Vlocity Jr. right off the bat it's true, but my ion is still the most reliable marker I have ever laid hands on, more that 3 cases and not a chop. It eats through air alittle fast for me but I don't care, because air is free! :-)
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