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Smart Parts
100 Station Street
Loyalhanna, PA 15661

Phone: (800) 992-2147
Fax: (724) 539-2298
Email: customersvceast@smartparts.com
Website: http://www.smartparts.com
The Ion XE has all the proven performance of the affordable Ion but the bolt is removable through the rear of the body.
 Manual: Download the manual for Smart Parts Download
 Release Date: 2007
 MSRP: $224.95
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 stars.
 Reviews: 40
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Smart Parts - Ion XE Reviews
Smart Parts Ion XE Price: $300 (Canadian Dollars) + upgrades you will most likely buy. Alright so this is my first marker, and i got to say it is a great platform. I have fired about 10000 balls so far and i am very...
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C.Falcon
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Join Date: May 2009
Location: Canada
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $300.00
Pros: read below
Cons: read below
Price: $300 (Canadian Dollars) + upgrades you will most likely buy.

Alright so this is my first marker, and i got to say it is a great platform. I have fired about 10000 balls so far and i am very happy with my results. Its very reliable, fast, and easy to use. I rarely chop balls, and i got +/- 15 FPS with almost no tweaking stock. (if you some one tells you thier $1000 dollar gun shoots +/- 1, they are BSing. The pros at my field are happy with +/-10 and they spend hours upgrading and tweaking)

I have not had any major issues and almost no minor issues with this gun so far. The only major draw back was that i had to pay for a bunch of upgrades (another 125 bucks canadian) to complete it. Read my review for details.

Pros:
  • The Price: This gun is cheap. Dollar per quality you really get a deal on this marker. The stock marker is good enough to enter any rookie torunament. *some upgrades are strongly recomended though*
  • Firing Modes + Eyes The stock board comes with multiple firing modes, the 2 you will care about are semi, and ramping. You can also do 3 shot burst and full auto. The board is capped at 17 bps, but show me a rookie or that can pull more than 17 bps on semi... most pros can't do this without some kind of electronic assitance. Also the guns comes with decent break beam eyes stock.
  • Easy To maintain: The maitenece is simple and striaght forward. The back out bolt is 10000 billion million trillion times better than the old ion system. Standard maitence is about 5 minutes. Unscrew back bolt, lube, screw back bolt in. You should do this after every day of "intense play" or about after every case.
  • Very Common Gun: Everyone knows this gun. Most pros carry one as a practice gun or a backup. If you ever run into problems you will more than likely find some one at your local field that can help. That being said, you will not run into many problems. You will more likely ask the local ion experts for help installing your upgrades
Cons:

Required Upgrades Ok, no upgrade is required, but there are many things smart parts "cheaped" out on to keep this gun under 300 dollars.
  • Feed neck +$25. The reason you need this is simple, if you plan on moving a lot on the field, your hopper will fall out or you will wedge it in so tight you will break the hopper. I thought i didn't need to buy a clamping neck. I was wrong. Very wrong.
  • Trigger +$20-$50. Every ion owner i have met has had thier stock trigger break. Its cheap plastic, and if you pull quickly it will eventully break. In my case, i was shot in the trigger from 7 feet and my trigger snapped.

Thats it! Those are all the "manditory" upgrades for the ion xe. Everything else is up to you. The following is a list of optional upgrades that are worth while eventully.


  • QEV, $20 I bought the SP 360 QEV, it was designed for the ion and it was very simple to install. This was the first upgrade i got before the feedneck or trigger. I dropped my dwell from the stock 52 to about 20. This basicly doubled my shots per a tank. Also when I improve my skillz i will able to shoot faster . Definatly worth while.
  • Barrel, $30+++ dollars. The stock barrel is fine, i know some people dont like it, but as a starting point, it gets the job done. This is the kind of thing you wait untill you get a deal to upgrade. You can always find a cheap 2nd hand UL or Stiffi on the forums or at your local field. Just make sure its an impulse threaded barrel .
  • On/Off ASA $40: This is also a nice upgrade to have. It allows you to turn off the air supply at the tank end of the gun. Basicly it makes unscrewing a tank easy and saves o-rings. *when you turn it off the gun may still have air in it* make sure you safely dry fire the gun even after you remove the tank. My foot learned this lesson the hard way.
  • New board. $50+++. This is something you may consider if you want to persue tournaments. I am still using the stock board, and i will continue to use it untill i find a deal on a better board. I dont like taking the grip frame off to adjust the settings but its not that bad.
  • The bolt. I have yet to see a reason to change the stock bolt. I noticed that i was only getting poor air effiency with the stock set up, but the QEV upgrade quickly fixed it. Changing the bolt will not make a big difference, (or so i am told) If a deal comes my way i will probbaly take it, but otherwise the stock is fine. I heard there was a batch of bad sotck bolts, if yours breaks, call SP for a replacnment under the warrenty!
  • The reg. Again, i have yet to see a reason to change the stock reg. From what im told, the stock reg is really quite good. Dont waste your money untill a really nice deal presents itself. Do some research if you want to change this part.



All in all this gun is a great buy. As i said above many pros keep them as back-ups. It a reliable and easy to maintain gun. In conclusion, if you are looking for a good starter gun buy this thing. Keep in mind you will immedaiatly want to spend another 70 bucks on the "manditory" upgrades after you play one round with it stock.


EDITs: Maken my reviews more friendly to read
EDITs: Friend pointed out a minor mistake
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Smart Parts Ion XE ok so my girlfriend bought me this gun for my birthday. i fell in love with it. she bought me a red one for about $200 (brand new). lets start with the bad... its small. i can pull the trigger with...
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Krazy8s
Hardcore
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New York
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $200.00
Pros: Fast, Powerful, Accurate
Cons: Small, Very complicated, Gas guzzler
ok so my girlfriend bought me this gun for my birthday. i fell in love with it. she bought me a red one for about $200 (brand new).

lets start with the bad...

its small. i can pull the trigger with my thumb and finger on my left hand (i shoot right handed, too) i got shot in the fingers many times because the regulator and trigger guard are too close together.

its complicated. its a 4 step setup and 3 step take down. i went to shoot it in my backyard, and i had no idea how to work it. u have to hold down the button, select vision mode, set the gun to the firing mode, re-attach the grips, and shoot. take down is stupid. u have to turn off vision mode, unscrew the tank, shoot the gun, take the tank off, turn on vision mode, then turn the gun off. so if your gunna turn the gun on in combat, your in trouble.

its a gas guzzler. i play scenario, and i have a 4500psi 68ci crossfire tank. i have to fill up almost every time im out, or in my case, every half hour. my other guns last about 2 games on 1 tank, however, it may just be my gun.

now the good stuff...

its fast. with vision mode, it only shoots if a ball is in the chamber. this means it skips every 5-6 shots (i have a halo B victory hopper) but with vision mode off, it shoots very fast on semi. i havent chopped paint at all. the trigger is perfect (the response, not the trigger itself) so if u want to shoot, it will shoot. not too sensitive, not to heavy.

this beast is powerful. when i first shot it, i maxed out at 301 out of the box. i turned it up a bit more just to see what would happen and the farthest i got it to was 311. so this baby shoots VERY far.

its accurate too. i can group a whole hopper 4 inches across from 100 yards. need i say more?

all in all this gun is a great gun. upgrades are important, but its still fine without them...

barrel. comes with a 12 inch. not even rifled. it sucks. get a 14 or 16 (i have a freak insert totally out to 16in.)

new line. the stock line WILL break. get a metal or a good rubber line.

clamping feedneck. the standard neck will fit the hopper, but its very hard to get it on and off. u have to twist and pull it for a good minute. and it WILL break your hopper. get a feedneck. nothing left to say about that

design. the box design is boring. its all black, and seems very boring to me. i bought a good body from a friend (seems to be laser engraved design), got a CP Flame drop foward, metal regulator, new grips, and its all red and black. make sure to pimp it out

board/internals. the box parts are fine. no problems. but to release the beast, u need good internals. try to get a bob long pillow bolt, OLED board, virtue break beam, or a good QEV. i will make an ego look like a tippmann. DO NOT USE Co2!!!!!! it WILL mess up your gun!!! use N2O or HPA!!!

so all in all, its a great gun. no problems except for that its complicated, and it WILL keep up with protoge's, egos, dm9's, and proto's. its great out of the box, but i advise upgrading it to get the best out of it. i strongly recommend this gun.

to all XE owners out there, good luck

oh, and 1 more thing. u NEED an electronic hopper.
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Smart Parts Ion XE This was the first Marker that I owned, served me well for what its worth but I spent waay to much money in upgrading it. Sold the Ion XE to buy my first PE Ego8
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snkp360
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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Napa, CA
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 2.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
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Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $200.00
Pros: Reliable
Cons:
This was the first Marker that I owned, served me well for what its worth but I spent waay to much money in upgrading it.

Sold the Ion XE to buy my first PE Ego8
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion XE great gun with BOB and great for beginers but dont try resellig it and accuracy isnt the greatest. Had a few leaks also tht were hard to fix
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Ion_83
 
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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Crown point IN
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
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Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $264.00
Pros: great for beginers!
Cons: RESALE!
great gun with BOB and great for beginers but dont try resellig it and accuracy isnt the greatest. Had a few leaks also tht were hard to fix
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  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion XE great paintball marker that gives you more bang for your buck compared to other markers in the same price range. cool looking with a lot of upgrades avaliable like sick bodies, barrels, bolts,...
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: West Lawn, PA
Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $225.00
Pros: fast, more bang for your buck
Cons: not alot of firing modes
great paintball marker that gives you more bang for your buck compared to other markers in the same price range.

cool looking with a lot of upgrades avaliable like sick bodies, barrels, bolts, chips, and regulators.

can take a beating due to the hard plastic body and very light.

alot of people use ions on the feild due to smart parts great quality, the speed of the marker and the price.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion XE Appearance: Again, personal preference. Performance: The performance of the Ion XE very good. Not that heavy, so you won't be tired just carrying the marker, and you'll be shooting for a while with...
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Kumdo0770
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Join Date: Jan 2008
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $250.00
Pros: Very affordable first marker
Cons: see below
Appearance: Again, personal preference.

Performance: The performance of the Ion XE very good. Not that heavy, so you won't be tired just carrying the marker, and you'll be shooting for a while with a 68/45 [with the "right" dwell settings]. The main change I like is the bolt-out-back design put into the Ion, really helps with maintenance. The stock barrel is ok, however you should always get an All-American. It'll shoot straighter with a newer barrel.

Reliability: [where the cons are]. The Ion XE that my team-mate had was leaking...REALLY leaking out air, while my other team-mate's Ion XE didn't. There are those "bad batch" of Ions, and I think my friend was the unfortunate one who got it. He eventually fixed it with some tech support, completely new internals, but letting you guys know, it may leak very badly.

Value: For 250, I think it's worth buying, but there are some recommendations for the gun. A new board (Don't need a Virtue...but you can), and perhaps a new QEV. And a new bolt would be preferred as well.
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Smart Parts Ion XE great for starters or people with not a lot of money, good if you plan to upgrade. not a big fan of the trigger, ASA, and feed neck. great out of the box (good batch). its light and the litterally...
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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: delaware
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $205.00
Pros: accurate, light, easy maintenance
Cons: bad feed neck, bad ASA
great for starters or people with not a lot of money, good if you plan to upgrade. not a big fan of the trigger, ASA, and feed neck. great out of the box (good batch). its light and the litterally took me 5 minutes to clean with bolt out the back
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 3.5/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion XE It's my 2nd gun, and i love it. I have it fully upped and to do that it'll cost you a pretty penny but your still spending about the same to make it as good as the higher end guns especially if you...
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rivrfreak
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Location: Coal City, Il
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Length of use: More than 6 months
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Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $250.00
Pros: Cheap, light, durable, easy to maintain,upgradable
Cons: Feedneck & trigger
It's my 2nd gun, and i love it. I have it fully upped and to do that it'll cost you a pretty penny but your still spending about the same to make it as good as the higher end guns especially if you get good deals. It's very durable, bash it off a bunch of rocks and it'll be fine. Very upgradeable, fun to use, easy to use, and very easy to maintain. Lastly, it's a very cheap price for the performance in my opinion.
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  • Currently 3.5/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion XE so i got this gun new i know that this gun is not worth what i paid but i got it to upgrade. so like the old ion it has a crap feed neck. people dont like the trigger on the gun but i didnt really...
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Length of use: More than 6 months
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Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Price paid: $199.00
Pros: upgrades, bolt out back
Cons: feed neck
so i got this gun new i know that this gun is not worth what i paid but i got it to upgrade. so like the old ion it has a crap feed neck. people dont like the trigger on the gun but i didnt really care. a good idea when you by this gun is to go to actionvillage.com and get there upgrade packs for it. um this gun is a pretty solid gun i have only chopped 3 balls but that was in while i was when the tep. was 10 and was using ultra evil paint
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  • Currently 3.5/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion XE this is my first high end dun, and i love it, its easy to maintain, easy to clean, and user friendly. this is one of the best money can buy when your getting into this sport
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ZachCaswell
 
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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Bellwood, Pa
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $225.00
Pros: acurate, good all around gun
Cons: trigger, feed neck
this is my first high end dun, and i love it, its easy to maintain, easy to clean, and user friendly. this is one of the best money can buy when your getting into this sport
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