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airtoxin Sunday, March 28th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 years26 of 28 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
VL Revelation-I found the trigger too sensitive. Difficult to disassemble, or modify.
-Better accuracy out of box. Comes with double trigger. NOT durable
(especially the bottom line)
***even though the rev can cost upto $249. can.(can. tire kit) they are comparable.
Marker Setup: A5 with Flateline barrel, 12 oz co2, Delta 68, ZXS(back up), PMI Marbelizers.
BARREL (yes you can! 2 ways actually.)see notes.
Internal work (easy). Piranah threads ussually work.

Strengths: Tweakable, Great for price, Good for bringin' in the newbs (more targets).
Weaknesses: Made THE cheapest way possible, courtesy of ZAP inc.
Easy freeze.
Review: ZAP-ZXS400 is what it is. A cheap MASS-produced paintball marker, specifically marketed as a beginner gun. Now the ZXS is a great beginner, but DO NOT go buying it at a retail store. There are thousands upon thousands waiting to be bought used for about 40$ or less canadian.
Now about the rumors about this gun shooting hard? It is actually pretty standard at around 275-280 fps. If you need to shoot harder for some reason, you can remove the bolt off of your velocity adjuster, now there goes your accuracy. At 300+ fps you will be lucky to hit a truck at 100 feet. That's because of the 8' stock PIPE. Its lovely how ZAP even forgot to hire a buffer. Anyways there are 2 ways to improve. My friend has a 14' All American on his, it fits great. He picked it up used for 50$ canadian, and he can now actually control his shots. I just took mine to a machinist and had him port it, buff the inside (babies bum), and I wanted the outside to be shiny silver instead of dull. That gave me the same result as the All American, and it only cost me 20$ can.. If you don't like these options I saw a kid who got a machinist to shorten his barrel, and add threads. So that he could screw another barrel into it. The end result was a barrel that looked like a DYE boomstick.
ZAP inc. unfortunatley forgot to hire people (or machines), to do the finishing work on their markers, so grab some tools. (small file, sandpaper) If you want to fire faster you can do some things to the elbow joint. First you'll see all the unnesesary ridges inside...file smooth(as you can). If you do it right you'll start filing into the feeder(so slightly). Next drill 2 holes on each side of elbow. Then you'll want to smooth and grease your sear. If you know how your gun works, you can also file the sear to make the trigger pull quicker. All rough edges should be filed, then sanded smooth.(Be careful not to scrape!) After that just be sure to use 0-ring grease on all your rings, sear, and bolt, and I use lots of gun oil on my valve stem (which is the usually the first part to go on these). After you have you marker ready, you will see and feel a dramatic improvement. When you are comfortable and ready for more, get an A5! Want to spend a fortune get a Halo!
Conclusion: I highly recommend this gun as a first gun. It is a great learning gun, and an affordable way to open the paintball door. Just remember it is the player that wins, not the gun.

See you on the field...but you probably won't see me.
5 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, June 3rd, 2004 at 8:53 pm PST

Review Comments
MFTdoug Sunday, June 25th, 2006 | 12:03 pm PST
i truely dont know how anyone can use this gun it blows no offense to the people that use it but it completly sucks

Little Jon Friday, November 3rd, 2006 | 2:02 pm PST
It doesn't totally suck. I own about eight because my dad went nuts and thought I have paintball parties or something. For some reason one of them is really good. This one is good because it's decently accurate for what it is and doesn't chop or anything. But if you want a good gun, get a Tippmann or something. This is great for noobs though. If you don't like the sport your only out like 50 bucks.

kyle2159 Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 | 5:36 pm PST
What kind of threads was on the All-American Barrel?

gangsta33 Friday, February 1st, 2008 | 8:30 pm PST
i did the same thing you did many years ago when i first bought the gun did my own milling on the barrel honened it and it shoots decent i use it as a lender when a friend who dosent have a gun can atleast have something i dont hate it but ya im not complaing for 30 bux @ walmart lol (brand new like 4 years ago) still works better than new since i did what you did to the barrel its sweet wat sum 1 can do with a little know how and the right tools

(just to let you know im writting this here cuz i felt like no need to make my own review seeing how mine would be alot like yours)
Last edited on Friday, February 1st, 2008 at 8:33 pm PST

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