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Old August 4th, 2012, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Viewloader Charger

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I played my first game last week. Loved it. I new I wanted to get a marker of my own. I did a lot of research and had some ideas for what I wanted to get. I am on a limited budget. I found a place selling Viewloader Chargers for $21 new in box. I looked them up online and couldnt find much about them. Do any of you have any experience with these? I know the viewloader brand seems to be lower quality, but are they worth $21.

From what I could find out its an electronic marker with semi, 3 round burst, and automatic modes which is threaded for Spyder barrels.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 11:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Viewloader guns are very similar to spyders, so that's a plus. However they aren't as well made. For $21, its worth it. You could also probably look around on craigslist and find some local used spyders for $50 or so, and they'd last longer.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 01:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Pretty crappy marker, but it's a steal for $21. Just be ready for issues, and don't let it bring you down about the game. You can get a Fenix for under $100 used though and it will last 10x as long and perform 10x better.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 05:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I did the math and figured out I will break even if I use it twice at my local field and don't have to rent one.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 01:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yeah, but does that include maintenance costs *if* something goes wrong?
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Old August 5th, 2012, 03:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Or the torment of paying for admission/paint/air and it failing after a single game, forcing you to sit around trying to fix it/pay for repairs/and or leave the field and go home, causing mental anguish and the contemplation of punching your fist through a wall and or a person(causing an expensive lawsuit?!)
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Old August 5th, 2012, 04:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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No, I did not consider those. In a former life I was a small arms repair technician for the US Army, so I figure I will do my own repairs as much as possible.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 04:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Just be aware that you will be getting what you pay for. viewloaders may or may not work forever, and use plastic parts, where other companies use polymer or metal.
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Old August 7th, 2012, 09:04 AM   #9 (permalink)
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When you say plastic parts, do you mean the reciever, or are you talking about the internals. If the internals are worth saving then I may have to put my woodshop to use.
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Old August 8th, 2012, 11:57 AM   #10 (permalink)
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UPS tells me it is out for delivery today. I guess I will find out how well it performs soon.
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It arrived. The body is metal, not plastic. The feed neck is tack welded on in two places. Im not sure what the trigger housing is made of. If its plastic its extremely hard plastic. The grips are cheap rubber, and I dont like how they fit on to the trigger housing. They are kind of loose, and I dont feel like they will protect the inside electonics very well. I think I may need to make some more durable and more stiff covers for this.

The marker balances forward without an air tank on it. I need to get a tank, but I think it will balance well. I dont feel like the marker is overly heavy, though I used to be a machine gunner and anything less than 10 pounds seems light by comparison. My only other paintball experience is with a tippmann 98, and this probably weighs around the same. Maybe a little lighter?

The feed neck is dead center of the marker, which makes me wonder how I will aim the thing.

Barrel is no frills. I may drill a muzzle break into it for fun before I replace it with a J and J.

It doesnt have a grip for my left hand, which makes holding it seem a little akward. I dont want to hold onto the gas line. I guess my left hand can fit on the trigger housing? I figure something out for this.
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When you shoulder the marker and sight down the barrel your eyes sort of make the feedneck go away and you get a good enough approximation.
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I kind of like the idea of mounting a red dot reflex sight to the side of the barrel at like a 45 degree angle. With this, I would have to hold the gun with my knuckles facing the sky. Firing on full auto this way would give me massive street cred.
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Looking at the electronics inside the trigger I noticed that there is an electrical component which does not seem like it will last too long. It looks like a long cylindrical capaciter. Its quite large, but there is nothing to support its weight except for the small solder joint connecting it to the board. It bounces around too much for my liking. I am wondering if there is a way I can brace it so it doesnt move around. Perhaps electrical tape? Any ideas?
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You can tape it up if you want, i t shouldnt' have any overheating issues. the board is not screwed into the frame?
Also, if you have any issues witht eh solenoid not activating properly, the capacitor will be the part you need to replace.
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The board itself is attached to the frame, but the one large capaciter is not attached in any way except for the solder holding it to the board.
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Old August 9th, 2012, 01:18 PM   #17 (permalink)
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as long as you aren't putting unneeded stress on the joints, you can probably either add non-conductive wadding, or stick a wall hook or something inside the grip frame to make sure the cap is hoisted to the proper height....

Though - for the price paid for the marker - you may be best off...having fun with it and treating when it breaks as an opportunity to move forward in the marker world.
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I think I will pad it with electrical tape. I know its not worth much. But I have electrical tape on hand and it could help the marker last a bit longer.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 02:18 AM   #19 (permalink)
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shot it in the woods today. lots of mud but the charger fired every time. its amazingly inaccurate. is there any way to improve this?
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better paint?
clean barrel?

that's about it unless you want to buy a barrel
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