The Ion is nothing more than an altered balance Matrix to begin with - which started out as a mechanical gun. Which is based on a valve system used in the meat packaging industry.
If you look at all of the systems used in paintball, there are very few completely unique systems that don't borrow in some fashion from the earlier models. Most of them rather far removed.
Taking another design, reverse engineering it, reproducing it part for part would make someone a jerk, not borrowing design cues. Although, that would explain the NME part of the name....
Originally Posted by blackrain
No matter what, this is a good thing:
1-New low priced entry gun
2-More players on a budget can play
3-already existing repair parts on the market
4-Probably easy to modify/repair.