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ShootPaint Thursday, April 1st, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested65 of 66 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
B2K, B2K3, B2K4, GZ Timmy, Dragon Timmy, Viking, Adrenalin Angel, Matrix, Impulse, 03 Shocker, Angel Speed, EBlade Demon Cocker, EMag, etc...... If it is worth shooting I have shot it.
Marker Setup: Bone Stock 2004 Freestyle
Recommended
Upgrades:
The Marker out of the box is ready to rip. Although the addition of a Chaos board will very likely increase the fire rate of the marker due to better trigger logic.
Strengths: Light weight, low profile, high ROF's, cosmetically pleasing, break beam paint sensor not reflective
Weaknesses: Occasional FSDO, roughy 1150-1350 shoots off a 68/45 fill.
Review: Intial impression is good.
The pictures on the web really do it no justice. They look much better in person.

As someone stated above I wasnt real impressed with the drop either. A small problem I have is no screw in tanks!!! Everything I own is adjustable so I can going to have to replace the drop as well. ICD might want to look into offering the Freestyle without the drop for people such as myself.

After the outside inspection I called a buddy up to have him bring over his tank so we could play around with it. First impression was a little disappointing. I had somed leaks in the macro fittings and from the bolt assembly itself. It didnt take to long to fix these problems and also gave me a good reason to get some pics of the inside of the marker as well.

After reassembling the marker I noticed the trigger was very stiff. It was to the point that you could pull the trigger and not get it to come forward for the next shot. A little investigating revieled the gripframe screws to be at fault. Unlike the B2K's or BKO's the Freestyles frame can be split in half by removing four screws on the right side of the frame. This gives you access to all the electronics, trigger pivot point, micro switch, etc... Another nice note is the micro switch is now held in place by screws instead of roll pins.

With the marker put back together we decided to gas it up again and adjust the trigger until it was smooth as butter. The trigger has a very nice feel to it, in comparison to the B2K or BKO frame. I noticed little to no side play. The trigger feel much wider than that of the 2K3 frame. One item I did miss was the three selectable pivot points. The Fresstyles frame can be adjustable to two different pivot points but you have to open the frame up to do this.

With the trigger adjusted we started to dry fire the marker. Again we noticed a small problem. The bolt was not recocking all the way. After referring to the owners manual, which now comes on a CD, we determined the LPR to be set to low. After adjusting the LPR the marker started cycling very smoothly and extremely quick.

Enough with the dry firing lets get some paint in that baby!!!
I went through a complete hopper of Nitro Duck First Choice paint without a single chop, while using the PDS. The Freestyle had so little kick I didnt know what to think. I would try to compare it to a Matrix but I am not sure that does justice to the Freestyle. I found myself able to lay ball upon ball upon ball during rapid fire and never have to worry about the marker wanting to walk up. The faster I shot the more the Freestyle screamed for more. I will be taking it out to the field for practice on Sunday and we will see how it does then.

There are two things that I can see I want to upgrade in the near future. The first one as most people probably have guessed is the HPR. I hate regs with gas lines that come out the side instead of the bottom. This really isnt a major problem just more of a personal preferrence. I can report that the new style reg recharged extremely fast and was quite consistant. Over the chrono I was seeing + or - 3FPS. Not bad at all for a completely stock setup. The second item I would like to change is the electronics. The ICD board is quite fast but I would love to see what this baby can do with a Chaos in it.

For those that are looking to get a B2K4 with PDS and happen to wonder if the Freestyle is a good option for about twice the price I am still undecided. There are several advantages to the Freestyle and I am still weighing those out. For those that are looking to spend money on a Timmy, DM4, Angel, EMag, etc.... Make sure you take a very close look at the Freestyle. It has everything to offer that any other marker in this price range has as well as being one of the smallest profile markers I have ever seen.

Upon arrival the marker was meet with several people questioning what it was. People bow down and great your new god, I informed them. Most just laughed until they had a chance to check it out. It was quite funny to see them rip on a bone stock Style and say man that thing shoots as well as my___________________ <------insert any name marker there.

Armed with two Styles I had intentions of passing them around to get the feed back of several players. Before the first game was even started one of them was sold. After the end of the first game the other one was sold, so I myseld didnt get to do the actual testing. I am simply relaying the information that I recieved from both people that purchased them.

Efficentcy.

This was one of the first things I was wondering about when I order these markers from ICD. Without a firm number in hand I wasnt real sure what to expect so we conducted our own tests. These numbers arent exact but should give everyone a good idea of what to expect.

Both markers used a 68/45 tank. Both tanks were filled to 3000psi.
Marker A was running at 200psi with the LPR set just high enough to get the bolt to clear the breech. After a case of paint was put through the marker, not counting dry shoots, we then took our test. This marker shoot 287 before entering the field. It showed 3000psi on the tank gauge. The marker shoot 1 Halo, packed full, and 5 pods. This is approximately 900 shoots. One a full fill that would give us around 1350 shots from a 68/45. After leaving the field the Fill gauge showed 0 psi while the output gauge showed 300psi. The marker was then shoot over the chrono and read 285, 287, 287, 287 and 286. Not bad for a bone stock setup.

Marker B ran the same basic setup but required the LPR to be set a little higher due to tight fit of the bolt to the power tube tip. In turn the HPR was set slightly higher as well. It was around 210 PSI. This yield chrono reading of 289-292FPS. With the marker having a case of paint ran through it and the bottle refilled we found this marker to shoot 1 Halo full and four pods. This is approimately760. This would yield a total of 1145 shoots off of a full 68/45 fill. Marker B's fill gauge, on the tank, was reading 0PSI and output gauge was reading 200psi. It was shooting 260 fps when leaving the field.

Both players stated the marker shoot ball upon ball. Each made the comment that the marker seemed to have a little arch to its ball path that ressembled that of a Matrix.

One person made the comment, " If you want troubles pick anything but an ICD Marker!!!"
Conclusion: This marker is going to step ICD into the ring with the big boyes now. If you are looking at a high end a electro make sure to add this one to your list of markers to check out.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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Freestyle05 Friday, June 3rd, 2005 | 1:59 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by hillbilly PB
would it hurt to use a 850psi output tank w/ the freestyle?

No, im using a 850psi on my 05 freestyle and have not had any problems just a little more kick thats all.
   

Freestyle05 Friday, June 3rd, 2005 | 2:04 pm PST
The best board for tourney players is the NoX board if your going to get a board for a freestyle u should definitley look into this one. It shoots 30bps+ and has settings for CFOA and all those other tourneys that have switched to 15bps, it is right at $100, believe me its worth it!
   

elcapetan23 Thursday, July 28th, 2005 | 8:38 pm PST
I would prefer the Freestyle. I think the Proto Trixes are ugly.
originally posted by call me jum

that really doesnt answer topnotchcapt. it also means that call me jum doesnt know how to choose a paintball gun if all you look for in a gun is how it looks then good luck a real paintballer would choose the ugliest best performing gun and not something that looked cool, but performed like crap

heres your real answer the trix simply built better and it is made by proto which in my mind is dye but cheaper stuff. its simply one of the best and if you look in the matrix reviews you will find that many people are choosing the matrix over other high end guns. if you put on the right upgrades and know what your doing you can make an awsome gun my matrix is totally decked out and if you want a full explaination then pm me or write something after this all in all if you can spend a little money then get the matrix and if you cant SAVE!!!! you wont regret it
Last edited on Thursday, July 28th, 2005 at 8:39 pm PST
   

FISTFULLOFRODEO Tuesday, November 8th, 2005 | 8:37 pm PST
i have been playing paintball for over 7 years now, all of it woodsball. i went out and bought a Triligy Pro autococker (i know big mistake) and got into a weeks worth of speedball (even though the trilogy is a slow peice of crap). im hooked now. in about a year, im going to a university with a major paintball program and i really want to be on the team. I have got 1k in the bank and i am looking for the biggest bang for my buck. (all my friends hate me, the trilogy was out of their grasp and i have owned it for like 2 months and im upgrading now) i know alot can happen in a year, but i have my choices down to four markers. the Proto matrix, Autococker supersport, Angel speed 05, and of course the freestyle. i like the look of the freestyle, and the money i would save will help me out with switching to compressed air. (yep in the stonage, still using co2) Should i go with the freestyle? or is it worth the extra cash for a proto/speed 05. or is the supersport good enough? Can u guys help me out?
   
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