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Paintballit

Member Since 23 Oct 2010
Offline Last Active Oct 07 2011 04:52 PM
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In Topic: Arizona Ballers Club

22 September 2011 - 09:20 PM

Hmmmmmmm..... not very many people play in AZ i guess....

In Topic: Why is the Ion disliked?

11 August 2011 - 03:50 PM

Alright sweet.

Thanks for answering and not doing a PBnation all caps "NOOB!"

In Topic: Why is the Ion disliked?

11 August 2011 - 01:04 PM

They're terrible markers stock.

Their feedneck wont fit most loaders, rendering the marker useless.
To maintain or clean the marker, you have to take the entire thing apart (take barrel off, unscrew all 3 frame screws, unhook eye harness, unscrew two banjos, slide out body, unscrew firing can, and you're finally at the bolt)
The ergonomics are terrible. The trigger is terrible, the ASA puts the tank at an odd place, even the button is very difficult to press
They use a regulator that requires non-standard tools to adjust. Yes I know it's just a wrench, but no one I know carries the wrench required to adjust an Ion regulator, and I know an awful lot of paintball players.
The board is terrible, even for recplay. In addition to the lack of modes, it also doesn't have key features like first shot drop off protection or debounce. Combine that with the terrible maintenance and you end up with a headache at the field when you break that first ball.

Overall they're extremely terrible markers. Oh, and I actually own two Ions myself that I use. The thing is, they have zero stock parts. Everything on that list can be changed with aftermarket accessories, but unless your a tinkerer, it's not worth the time. Never buy a stock Ion. Also never buy a half-upgraded Ion. Everything has be changed on it before it becomes actually decent.


The only thing that I am arguing is the board. When the O-rings are maintained the marker only drops off about 5- 10 fps. Good enough for me!

In Topic: Why is the Ion disliked?

11 August 2011 - 01:00 PM

From a practical standpoint, in my opinion:

  • The regulator needs a c-wrench instead of a hex key. This is unique compared to pretty much every other paintball marker. Better hope your field has one at the chrono range or that you remembered to bring yours. If you can't adjust down to field-FPS, you'll be unable to play that day.
  • ASA threads are notoriously shitty and can damage your tank threads.
  • Spool valve without bolt-out-the-back = pain in the ass to lube or clean or maintain.
  • Crappy trigger that's hard to walk and not very adjustable.
  • Stock feedneck is useless.
  • Power button is also terrible.
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  • Fix all those problems, and you've just spent enough to get a marker that's better stock than your upgraded ion.


You just hit the nail on the head.
1. I bring all my tools to the field (just in case... you never know)
2. The ASA works fine if you oil it regularly.
3. Sure it takes a little longer to lube... but I have time. I am only 15...
4. New triggers are cheap.
5. Feednecks are cheap
6. Power button is cheap

Spend $50 and have a little extra time and all those problems are fixed...

If you play tournaments then the stock ion board is bad because none of its modes (other than semi) are tourny legal. Other than that I agree with you. It's an okay gun as long as it's maintained. It's a pain in the butt to maintain though, compared to a lot of other markers.


I play rec and use ~10 bps semi only.

In Topic: Why is the Ion disliked?

11 August 2011 - 12:52 PM

the triggers stock are bad, they are impossible to turn on, maintenance is a nightmare, board is terrible, and the reg is not the best. they also leak like no other and have to be seriously upgraded to function well, oh yeah the feedneck sucks too


I understand about the trigger, feedneck, and the on/off buttion but the board isn't bad (in my opinion) the reg works just fine for me, I have only had one leak issue (hoses aren't the best) and mine functions well...
As long as the gun is oiled, then I get no problems...