Spire has long been one of the leading brands when it comes to reliable, well-built paintball loaders. They often pride themselves on being ‘one step ahead of the game'. A commitment they seem to uphold year after year. Stating that they plan to build upon the fantastic design they’ve always been known for. As well as the consistent show of quality synonymous with the virtue spire name. They are showing no signs of slowing down.
Many consider spire to be the most trusted loader on the market – it’s no coincidence this brand has won more professional tournaments ever since its creation than any other make of loader. And at such as low price, the reliability and ease of use are almost unbelievable.
Below, we’ve taken a look at the two most commonly used Virtue Spire loaders – the IR and the III – and what features they offer that keep them at the top of the market. Even though Spire offers some of the best loaders you can find, their dedication to quality products means both of their latest models are still in circulation by many fans.
Take a look for yourself and decide which of these class-leading loaders is for you.
Virtue Spire consider the IR themselves to be the best in its class, and it’s easy to see why. The IR improves upon the tried and true design to create a loader that fails to disappoint. Using intelligent proactive feeding, the IR feeds ammunition more reliably than previous models the 200/260, all without pulsing. Of course, that is barely the start of the feature list, which is full of brilliant, handy features that serve to improve the quality of your games.
The system the Virtue Spire IR is designed with is built to never jam – the feed runs faster and more consistently, while still managing to deal with damaged or misshapen paintballs. The newer sensors on the IR get rid of unnecessary pulsing, resulting in a quieter, more efficient loader.
The IR sensors behind the units’ polycarbonate allow the virtue spire to feed in a proactive fashion (as opposed to retroactive like normal other sensors). This allows for a continuous stream of paint that will never let you down.
The virtue spire IR was designed to take care of the most fragile paint you can get on the market – giving you an edge every time you play. Pliable, spring-loaded fingers feed in brittle paint without a problem.
Aiming to be as durable as possible, the nylon back shell assures every player they can trust that the IR to be sturdy under all conditions. The back of the shell is now also sharing the same material as the body – making it difficult to wear out.
Always aiming to one-up themselves, spire has crafted the most efficient battery thus far. This is due to its proactive feeding logic, alongside electronics that are built to use energy as efficiently as possible. Using the virtue spire IR with the virtue n-charge battery gives incredible performance and reliability.
The redesigned nylon back is compatible with the spire III’s CROWNSF II without any hesitation. Swapping between a lid and a speed feed is quicker than ever – in fact, it takes mere seconds. Each finger can also be removed as easily, combining great feeding performance and paint retention.
Now replacing the choice of the spire in 200 and 260 round choices, the price of the 260 has been reduced to make every spire user able to take advantage of both 200/260 round shells.
To add to the customization element of the IR, spire has made the color kits low price, allowing customers to create beautiful, low-cost color combinations.
Still using the original spring ramp? This still works with the IR and helps to put those last few balls back into circulation, especially when firing strings at unusual angles.
The spire IR is a brilliant loader, no doubt. Below, we’ve collected a few of the testimonials from customers who are really enjoying all of the effort Spire have made in crafting this fantastic loader.
‘Virtue has consistently excelled themselves when it comes to creating products that really perform, and I think the IR is definitely no exception. For me personally, I consider it the best loader I have ever owned.
It has a perfect capacity, and the shape, along with the lower profile is amazing for reducing hopper hits. I have to say though, the way it functions is what makes it so essential for me.
While it is quite simple compared to a lot of loaders, its simplicity really makes it a pleasure to use. The design is straightforward and super smooth – it’s so easy to keep clean.
Because the motor doesn’t move so fast, the battery life is fantastic. I originally thought the lack of a rip drive would hurt how the IR performed – but it proved me wrong. All hail Spire!!’
‘The IR is one of my favorite loaders, and works wonderfully on a wide range of games – it doesn’t slouch behind any hoppers I’ve had in the past and easily keeps up with my marker.
I’ve got through around three to four cases since I got it over the last six months and it hasn’t even jammed. It was a bit on the expensive side, and it can be sensitive, but the quality is great. I would say go for it if you want a really good hopper.’
The spire III is a fantastic addition to the virtue roster. Encompassing the meticulous design of spire 200 and 600, virtue has made the spire III one of the most coveted high-class loaders in paintball, whilst increasing performance and usability.
Spire is never ones to rest on their laurels, and this shows with the III. As always, Spire aims to make their loaders the best in class. This means being designed to win time after time.
The spire III is built with technology known as a hinged shell, making it the most simple to take apart and put back together. Whether you’re changing the batteries, modifying the speed feed or cleaning down the loader, it can all be done in mere seconds.
Durability is also vastly improved – by putting together the top, back, and bottom shells into a single unit. The shell can also be unlocked by pressing one button, allowing the high strength nylon hinge to reveal access to the entirety of the loader.
The internal height of the spire III’s drive has been reduced – the loader has also received some alterations to the geometry at the bottom of the loader, increasing the capacity of to 230 rounds, all without making changes to the overall weight.
Spire’s freshly updated speed feed CROWNSFII is compatible with the spire III. This enables you to switch the lid for a powerful feeder that has spring-mounted fingers, enabling for greater paint retention and reliability.
Spire’s spring ramp can detect when the loader is running low on paint. And give a notification via a heads up LED and an adjustable speaker alarm.
The spire III can also be programmed wirelessly using apple or android devices. Using downloadable firmware, you’ll never be without a manual! Upcoming versions of the firmware will also allow you to make adjustments to your settings.
With a larger spring ramp, the spire iii can be fed at a wide variety of angles, as well as interacting with the reload indicator to prevent running out of paint.
Virtue’s spire III is super efficient! Because of a smaller, lighter spire drive, you can expect long-lasting life throughout use. LEDs are dimmed by default to save an amazing 50% power after they are not active. An ultra-low battery can also be utilized to further save power – great for if replacements are hard to find.
With a quicker and more intelligent processor, the spire III can keep track of the stack and feed much more reliably.
The g-sensor within the spire III has not only been upgraded but has been mounted onto an independent housing made of silicone, reducing undesirable spinning and consistent functionality.
Even the tray and the raceway of the spire can be taken apart at record speed, making it easy to clean and service without the need for tools.
The inside of the spire III is built to prevent brittle paint from breaking – its smooth surface guides paint gently inward.
The spire III drive is attached by a smooth magnetic surface on the top of the drive, making it easier to remove and install.
Attached with a slick, magnetic surface, the spire iii is incredibly easy to remove and install.
Below are a couple of the reviews for the spire III. Much like the spire IR, this hopper is proving to be a favorite with both casual players and professional enthusiasts alike.
‘Having played a lot with many of the previous versions of the spire, I was looking for a new upgrade since I had some extra money leftover from Christmas.
There were a few I had on my list to pick, but wow – I’m so glad I went for the spire III in the end! The design is much better than the older spire; it’s so easy to clean now.
You have to unscrew a few things if you want to mix and match colors but this is a concession I feel I can live with. Definitely worth the money!’
‘This hopper works really well – I really like what virtue have done with it. I’ve only run it for about six hours so far, but I’m not disappointed at all.
I switched from a rotor, and I’m not sure if I would go back. I must admit I was somewhat apprehensive. But I’m so glad I gave it a chance in the end.
I must also take my hat off to virtue’s customer service. They are so responsive and thorough in helping you out.’
Virtue continues to excel in creating brilliant paintball loaders. For the legion of customers that are eager to buy their products.
Both the spire IR and the spire III offer their particular benefits and points of interest. But ultimately, each one is a fantastic product that delivers quality time and time again.
Those changing to a magazine-fed gun have to be wary of a few things when making that all-important decision. Luckily, the Tippmann TMC is one of the best on the market, and indeed has all of the features you could wish for on a top class paintball gun. Notably, it also has remarkable durability and can probably outshoot the majority of markers in the same class. Pick this gun if you’re looking into mag-fed paintball – it’s one of the best options. However, don’t just take our word for it.
Down below we’ve outlined some of the reasons why we think the Tippmann is a great purchase.
The way Tippmann TMC built makes it nigh on indestructible. Its construction has made of metal, including the frame, bolt, inner gears and the trigger assembly.
What this means is that parts of the gun made from polymer won’t have an effect on its performance. This polymer itself is a high-quality material that is tough and long-lasting, shooting under any condition without fault. In fact, the TMC is as reliable as the AR15.
It’s also notable that the TMC is a pneumatic marker – so there are no electric components. So while you can only fire it in semi-automatic, it lasts markedly longer than its electrical counterparts.
The TMC is designed primarily for the real AR15. It goes to show you how tactical the TMC was.
This design includes a Picatinny railing system that can fit a wide variety of different accessories. The stock on the TMC can be adjusted. Users of the TMC can collapse into one of five different positions.
The TMC also uses an internal gas system, prevents gas lines from affecting the appearance of the weapon. Simultaneously, this lets the marker be completely operational.
The tank of CO2 is attached to the bottom of the grip. It does have a tiny effect on how the weapon is fired, but after being used a few times, it’s easy to use.
The TMC features a rubber grip that snugly fits natural curvature of the hand. The gun’s safety switch and the mag release are both easy to activate.
One of the most appealing things about the Tippmann TMC, it can switch from a hopper to a magazine in pretty much no time at all.
The mag-fed options pose one of the best advantages you can have when playing high-tier games – shaped projectiles that are much more accurate than their round counterparts. However, shaped projectiles are more expensive compared to normal paintballs.
The best way to use a marker with a magazine is by loading the rounds into the magazines, allowing you to put normal paintballs in the hopper. This allows for great flexibility when laying cover fire or letting a lot of paint across the field.
If you’re going for accuracy (such as sniping), you can use the projectiles within the magazine to nail your target.
The TMC holds 20 rounds within each mag. Bearing that in mind, extra magazines are also available and are not only fairly priced but well-built too. In testing, the magazines had fewer issues when only 19 rounds were loaded inside of them – this enabled more reliable feeding with less dimpling on the balls as they were loaded in.
Having the choice to dual-feed separates the TMC from many other paintball guns currently on the market.
The TMC’s authenticity goes past the aesthetics of the marker – it even works like an AR15 too.
The TMC has a charging handle that is completely operational – most paintball guns have this only as a cosmetic feature.
The blowback you’ll find on the TMC is what really sets it apart, giving it an inimitable experience on the field, accurately emulating the recoil of its real counterpart!
Tippmann has been using a signature bolt system on their most recent markets, and the TMC is no exception. This inline system gives the TMC the ability to shoot consistently.
It also lessens the chances of the gun causing damage to the paint before leaving the barrel, which is great for preventing chopped paint.
Throughout testing, there were thousands of rounds put through this paintball marker. Tests included both mag-fed and hopper-based systems – and amazingly, not one shot was misfired or broken! The test is even more notable for using cheap, low-quality paint in a bid to see how effective the Tippmann system really is. The only thing affected was the accuracy of shots.
The accuracy Tippmann have blessed this marker with makes it one of the best on the market. Its level of accuracy is simply outstanding – even using regular projectiles, the TMC is incredibly accurate.
The 12-inch barrel achieves a range of 150 feet or more using round paint. However, switching to shaped projectiles doubles your accuracy.
Adding optics as many players do is a great way to tune the accuracy of the marker to make up for loss when targeting using paint. These optics are easily added to the TMC’s rail system, allowing for a staggering consistency at lengths of four to five hundred feet.
Aside from additional optics, the TMC’s own front and rear adjustable sights are great for close-quarter frays and occasionally long distance targets.
In comparison to other mag-fed markers, the magazines loaded into the TMC are much easier than you might expect.
Using typical mags, it would be normal to load the paintballs and compress the spring simultaneously.
However, the TMC allows you to turn a knob on the side of the magazine, compressing the spring, making reloading when you need to quick and simple.
Aside from being able to add accessories to the TMC, you can also customise or upgrade the TMC to your liking.
The interior parts of the marker work in the same fashion as the Tippmann 98 – this means any barrel using 98-style threads is good to go.
Upgrades, when regarding the trigger or other internal parts, are simple to implement.
Mag-fed paintball provides the most realistic real-world simulation around. Mag-fed markers are evolutions of the first pump paintball guns and provide a similar playstyle.
When shooting using a magazine, you cannot simply fire and hope. Since you have a limit to how many shots you can let off before reloading, so you must make sure every shot counts.
The biggest advantage of mag-fed paintball is how immersive gameplay is. Appearance is everything here. They manage in a similar manner and seem like real assault rifles. This produces great realism.
People who enjoy this type of play have said that it emulates the feel of being in the military. Shooting from a magazine also speeds up gameplay by making it much easier to reload.
Below are some of the reviews of the Tippmann TMC – as you’ll able to see below, the name this marker has gained for itself shows the fantastic craftsmanship and attention to detail that has casual and pro players alike vouching for it.
“First I must say, congratulations to Tippmann for making such a fantastic marker. Not only it's excellent, but the magazines and dummy mag are great for whatever type of paint you want to shoot.
Personally, having swapped to shaped projectiles, I don’t think I could go back to paintballs.
This gun is also really light – I own a salvo, and that was a monster to carry around, even though I loved it. This gun has made me fall in love for real! I had a few cool bits that I was able to attach to the Tippmann as well, such as an apex barrel.
It’s quite sturdy too, and the rail, although plastic, looks durable enough to take quite a beating. The grip is fantastic.
After I put my barrel on the Tippmann, I was shooting so straight that I couldn’t believe it.”
“Honestly, I had no idea what I was going to get by buying a $200 marker. I have quite a few high-end paintball guns, but this has to be my firm favorite.
It’s also lightweight. The threaded barrel gives options for upgrading, and the rail system is amazing. The included mags and dummy mag for hoppers are good too. I like the feel of the stock; it’s well built and doesn’t move about like some stocks I’ve encountered before. Overall, the whole gun is remarkably sturdy. Being a Tippmann, it’s about as reliable as a real-world AK-47.
The stock barrel is very accurate up to say, 40ft before the balls’ trajectory begins to change. A co2 line is perfect for this model.
Overall, this gun is bound to make you happy. And at such low prices, I can’t recommend it enough!”
All in all, we believe the Tippmann TMC to be a brilliant choice for players that want to try out the fanfare of mag-fed markers.
Although it can be more complex when taking the gun apart, it’s excellent for those seeking a realistic, yet fun experience.
Reading the manual, however, is very important.
In doing so, it is unlikely you will run into any issues regarding how the Tippmann works. It will, however, take someone to get used to the weapon’s operational capabilities.
As mentioned before, the Tippmann comes with two magazines in the box, although you can always buy more if you so desire. The Tippmann TMC has the stamp of approval for quality and build that would very much expect from this legacy brand.