How comfortable would you be taking it apart and lubing/changing o'rings? 'cause there are other markers with less intensive maintenance schedules that can perform just as well.
That being said, shockers are plenty competitive but have older style ergonomics (not necessarily a bad thing) and are a bit more temperamental than most newer markers in the same price range. There are still parts, but most major retailers will seldom sell enough parts (variety) to get all that you need in a single place, you have to know where to look to get some of them. If you're keeping it stock (which I pray you do), then all you need are o'ring kits and maybe an eye kit and detents, which are decently easy to find compared with other older markers.
Shockers are a good "look at me, I have at least half a brain and can perform regular maintenance" marker that can still hang with the best of them on the field. There are also "ay ay ay, what's this button for?" (bonus points if you know what 90's song that's from) markers that will go bang every time you pull the trigger and perform fairly close to a shocker regardless of how you treat it... until you neglect it enough that it suffers catastrophic failure and you have a paperweight that you need to send in to the manufacturer for warranty repairs (seems to be the more popular MO).
My advice is:
"If you like older tech and tinkering, the shocker is for you (along with 'cockers, gen3 timmies, ions, older angels, older matrices and automags). If you want a plug and play marker, look elsewhere (Axe, recent BL, recent PE Geo or Ego, JT impulse come to mind as simpler, similarly priced markers that will give the shocker a run for its money in most areas)."
Last edited by tacxplosion : 08-29-2015 at 08:35 PM.