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Smart Parts - Ion Information
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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
Ion
 Manual: Download the manual for Smart Parts Download
 Release Date: 2005
 MSRP: $174.95
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 stars.
 Reviews: 294
 Rating Summary:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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  • Currently 4/5 stars.
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
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  • Currently 2/5 stars.
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  • Currently 1/5 stars.
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Smart Parts Ion The color choice for these guns is cool because they have multiple to choose from. It is also a very light gun which helps for tiny guys like me. The vision eye system in needs a little bit more work.
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w!lly707
 
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: IL
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: $150.00
Pros: Lightweight, color choice
Cons: vision
The color choice for these guns is cool because they have multiple to choose from. It is also a very light gun which helps for tiny guys like me. The vision eye system in needs a little bit more work.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 2/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion my ion has a gen x red and black flame body kit empire voodoo grips 14 inch redz pepper stick barrel and stock parts and tools with the original box its for sell for $190.00 or best offer i got...
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wesleyt14
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: durant oklahom
Length of use: More 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: $165.00
Pros: redz barrel,flame body kit,empire grips evil neck
Cons: trigger
my ion has a gen x red and black flame body kit empire voodoo grips 14 inch redz pepper stick barrel and stock parts and tools with the original box its for sell for $190.00 or best offer i got about 300.00 in this gun sellin cause i got out of p-ball its a great gun email me at troxtellwesley@yahoo.com and ill send you pic if interested cya
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 2/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion the ion is a great gun to start with. It is easy to maintain and there are alot of upgrades for it. I have owned one for 6 years and it hasnt let me down
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xxtheshockerxx
LS4
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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Iowa
xxtheshockerxx has achieved Level 3 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $150.00
Pros: great beginner gun
Cons: none.
the ion is a great gun to start with. It is easy to maintain and there are alot of upgrades for it. I have owned one for 6 years and it hasnt let me down
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 2/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion My first gun, This is the marker that changed paintball. Its cheap price, good performance, and overall accessibility to the players has made paintball more readily available to people with a...
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chillinspyder2
Rockin' Cocks
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Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Virginia
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $125.00
Pros: Lightweight, Cheap, Performance,
Cons: None
My first gun,

This is the marker that changed paintball. Its cheap price, good performance, and overall accessibility to the players has made paintball more readily available to people with a smaller budget.

This is the first electropneumatic gun for real cheap. Its bang for the buck is incredible. Stock out of the box it shoots great for the price. Obviously it wont match up to the more higher end Ego's, Marq's, Timmy's, Dm/Pm's. It is a great beginner marker that for a cheap price lets players play semi for cheap.

One of the main problems out of the box is the feedneck. 9 times out of 10 it won't easily accept most loaders. Therefore an upgraded/aftermarket feedneck is an essential. Other than that it shoots great. Another great thing about the Ion is its upgradablity (Yes its a word). It has countless upgrades, and aftermarket parts that are readily available for the general public.

Obviously buying the ion wont make you instantaneously better. But it is a great starting marker for people on a budget.

Rating:

9/10
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1.8/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion I would recommend the ion to anyone getting into the sport. It is probably the best gun for its price. Also its very upgradeable and light. But in my mind it doesn't look very nice. In my opinion...
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murf22
Crunk Kidz
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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Long Island
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $190.00
Pros: very cheap, light
Cons: everyone hates it,
I would recommend the ion to anyone getting into the sport. It is probably the best gun for its price. Also its very upgradeable and light. But in my mind it doesn't look very nice.

In my opinion if you buy an ion don't upgrade it like many people do. I made this mistake and put lots of money into an ion. It will shoot good but believe me you will want to buy a high end. Because no matter how up's an ion is and no matter how good you are you will never get respenct.

So start out with an ion. Get better and buy a highend.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1.8/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion I was trying to break out of woodsball. I had a Tippmann A5, and I thought I'd get out of it my Ion. It was a good gun to begin with, but as I began to play more and more, I realized that it wasn't...
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Meers007
Redneck Mafia @ Chi Open!
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Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: 815
Meers007 helped look for balloons
Meers007 is playing at Living Legends III
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Price paid: $200.00
Pros: Not expensive
Cons: Internals
I was trying to break out of woodsball. I had a Tippmann A5, and I thought I'd get out of it my Ion. It was a good gun to begin with, but as I began to play more and more, I realized that it wasn't the greatest gun in the world.

Personally, I thought the body kits were a great idea, but at 30 bucks for a little plastic shell and 100 dollars for a Dynasty shell, I thought that was just too much for some flimsy bit.

I will say that it performed well, but the internals weren't always the most reliable. Playing in cold Chicagoland weather, my solenoid would stop clicking, and I would have to take apart my entire gun just to get the solenoid to begin to click again. The stock board though was very hard to operate, and a must have is the Virtue board. It is reliable and hasn't failed me once yet.

As for reliability, you can pretty much drop this thing without any damage, and for the price, it's a pretty decent marker. For a person just starting out, it's a great gun because it's easy to figure out, but after a while you will definitely want to upgrade.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1.8/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion there great start guns but thats just about it, noone other then someone just starting speedball or a player that doesn't play all that much should want to use this marker as their main "strap". they...
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pbguy1991
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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Illadelph
pbguy1991 has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $100.00
Pros: small,light,reliable
Cons: cheap feeling,bad on air,ugly, slow
there great start guns but thats just about it, noone other then someone just starting speedball or a player that doesn't play all that much should want to use this marker as their main "strap".
they shoot pretty good for the price nothing can really beat it.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1.8/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion The Smart Parts Ion, A great Paintball marker for those who are just getting started in this great sport. With little maintance this gun is good for players who want a gun that can keep up with...
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swatstylez
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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Ft Mill South Carolina.
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 2/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $249.99
Pros: A great starter marker
Cons: to many accessories
The Smart Parts Ion, A great Paintball marker for those who are just getting started in this great sport. With little maintance this gun is good for players who want a gun that can keep up with highend markers without a big cash investment. The cons to this marker for me is that they're is just to many accessories. I like to call it the Honda civic of the paintball world, From being able to customize the entire body, adding new boards triggers regs ect you might as well buy a high end gun alot of people put in a lot of cash into this marker yet when it comes to resale value you will not be getting what you put into it. My advice keep maintaining when needed add a board and maybe a trigger if your planning to deck it out in the end it will be a let down invest in a higher end marker or keep it stock and roll with the big guns As far as performance its a great bang for your buck can shoot ropes if you know how to set it up, but can also cause problems if one or 2 settings are off. These are personal experiences that have happened to me and might not have happened to you. As for the look its a small tight decent low profile marker and probably one of the best starter speedball guns out there.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1.6/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion I hade an ion for about 8 months. The gun was good in the sense that it shot fast, you can customize them any way, and thatit was a cheap purchase. But in order to move up, most people will have to...
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Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: 203
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Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $170.00
Pros: Cheap, Shoot Well
Cons: Break a lot/unreliable
I hade an ion for about 8 months. The gun was good in the sense that it shot fast, you can customize them any way, and thatit was a cheap purchase. But in order to move up, most people will have to sell their ions. The major problem I had with mine was that the dang thing broke lots and lots of times. I had many problems with the bolt and internal gas leaks in the gun. But when there were no problems. It ripped. I recromend this gun as a starter or second gun to have. It was my first electronic gun, and I liked moving away from mechanical.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1.6/5 stars.
Smart Parts Ion To start off, I'd have to say Smart parts did a TERRIBLE job with the feedneck on this gun. i mean, the O-rings on it break after putting on and taking off a hopper twice or so!PLUS, its almost...
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Sumadef
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Join Date: Jul 2008
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Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $160.00
Pros: Decent board, cheap, lasts a while
Cons: FEED NECK, Regulator, stock trigger
To start off, I'd have to say Smart parts did a TERRIBLE job with the feedneck on this gun. i mean, the O-rings on it break after putting on and taking off a hopper twice or so!PLUS, its almost impossible to get a hopper into it, other than using say, an Evolution 3 hopper. What the heck Smart Parts? Next thing, I'd have to say the stock Regulator is HIGHLY inaccurate, my paint flew everywhere when I first used it compared to my little brother's VIBE . Other than those 2 things, this gun is well designed, and 100% customizeable. You can upgrade every little piece of this gun to make it better. (Well, thats what smart parts wants you to do, they give you some crappy stock stuff, and make you pay loads of cash to make it any good, and in the end, all the cash spent on making it better could have paid for a Bob Long vice! Which just about needs no upgrades!) So, back on topic (sorry). Decent gun for many new xball players (As mentioned before) and can easily be made better. The board is easy to use, yet it eats batteries very quickly. So when using this gun, always carry a few 9volts just in case you need em.
The stock barrel on this gun isn't the greatest, yet is decent for all the stock parts on it.
So, that pretty much sums it up. Just going to put a quick budget-type setup for this gun, for those of you looking into getting one of these phenominal guns, and on a strict budget.

Hopper: Evolution 3 (Egg) Works great, yet is rather easy to shoot from a distance (Around $60 without tax)

Tank: 3000 psi:47 ci aluminum tank (around $60)

Clamping feedneck: Come in many colors, and are HIGHLY recommended ($40)

Once you have those 3 things, you're good to go!
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  • Currently 1.6/5 stars.
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