The Stage 1 Performance kit claims ranges of 65 ft and it comes with a much stronger Recon spring, a metal catch and stronger catch spring, plus a metal reinforcement plate for the arm bar. There is a free modification guide on the OrangeModWorks website that has just about all the Recon mods. After completing all the modifications in the guide I got ranges of up to 65 ft. However some of these modifications would be difficult for a kid who has never opened a Recon before, so I imagine a lot of kids might assume all they need to do is install the kit and it will shoot 65 ft every time. If you do all the hardest Recon mods, then yes it's possible to get 65 ft flat with only the first kit. I am still unsure why OrangeModWorks did not choose to sell both Recon kits 1 and 2 together in one kit since that would make the Recon way easier to modify. Here's a picture of the Stage 2 Performance Kit that is supposed to be available in July. It has an aluminum barrel that is a perfect fit for streamline darts, plus an aluminum plunger.
I learned from the representative at OrangeModWorks there will be more modification guides and kits. Here's part of a message I received a couple days ago, "And thanks a lot for your compliment on our eBook. We plan on coming out with an eBook for every blaster we are going to be making kits for. At this time we are planning kits for 5 guns. Specifically which ones, I'll have to ask the product manager and get back to you. We definitely have some very exciting products lined up for the near future. Let me tell you a little bit about what we have in the works - We are planning to release 10 more kits in the next couple of months, as well as custom-made darts, vests, and paint kits. So if you are interested, you'll be getting a lot of mail from us."
If you have a Youtube channel, subscribe to these guys and maybe they will request you to try out some of this stuff. I am working on a video now where I am showing how to do all the modifications I did to the Recon with the stage 1 performance kit to get 100 ft angled. Of course, it would be easier to just wait for the stage 2 performance kit and then you can get a good barrel with no air restrictor and a metal plunger tube that can't get busted.
Edited by autonerf, 13 June 2011 - 10:56 PM.