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bigfootimp Monday, April 12th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Autocockers or all walks of life from the old-school aluminum blocks to outcasts and black magics
Marker Setup: Smart Parts Impulse with tapeworm, voodoo delron bolt, high volume end cap, nitro duck tuff skin 4500 with built on reg., cricket board, eclipse magnetic blade trigger
Back-up is now a system x attitude using same tank and hopper as above
Recommended
Upgrades:
Aftermarket guage, possibly a barrel, and grips if you are picky
Strengths: Accurancy, upgrades, looks, feel and overall performance
Weaknesses: guage, barrel
Review: I first saw this marker hanging on the wall of the paintball arena that my team practices at every weekend. The looks caught my eye right away. Bright colors and the fade actually went from yellow to orange and into at least three shades of red before reaching the back of the marker. The previous owner however had droped the marker and broke the front part of the two-piece barrel and taken some of the finish off of the trigger as well as when a friend of his attempted to work on it he stripped out the trigger frame screws and the ball detent and blew the guage which seems to be common with the system x markers. All this marker needed was some tuning and that's it. I took out the bolt to see what they had in it but wasn't very impressed by the fact that it was an open bolt of complete aluminum and thought that I would have to purchase a delrin bolt for accuracy. Before I made any judgements against it though I thought that I would at least shoot some paint through it. Because i had no barrel front I had to borrow one from a friend of mine and it was a cheap no-name brand barrel. I put on my tank the barrel and the hopper and headed out to the chronograph. I got it chroned down and began my accuracy test which is shooting at a three-quarter in metal pole that is half way down the speedball field from the back center position. My first shot was off to the left but then every shot after that was right on the pole with out a problem. To say the least I was amazed. An open bolt and a cheap no name barrel and the thing was dead on accurate. I proceded to do my speed test and it was noticably slower than my impulse (mechanical triggers almost always are) but the trigger pull on this cocker was light and one of the smoothest of any mechanical trigger that I have ever played with. Speed was around 9 to 10 balls per second and not one chop (not short-stroking). I did have one ball break in the barrel but after three or four shots the balls were back to shooting straight (again cheap no name barrel). This is comparable with many or the more expensive autococker style markers on the market but it is much better than the wgp hinge trigger. Another thing that I liked about the marker is the three way. There is no coupler. The actuator/timing rod connects directly to the three way. The coupler is actually the integrated into the three way shaft so you don't need to worry about losing two little allen studs (only one). Also you only have to losen that one stud and spin the three way shaft from the front of the marker to adjust it. The opperating pressure of this marker is extremely low close to 200 psi. Which is something else that impressed me. While testing out this marker fifteen guys playing walked up behind me and all of them were impressed with the marker. One guy with an outcast offered to trade even with the mis-matched barrel but after its performance I decided that I must have it for a back-up if nothing else.
Conclusion: I would recomend this marker to any player as another option for an autococker style marker. The only thing is that because of the barrel front being broken and the fact that it is a yellow to red fade it is nearly impossible for me to find a replacement front section to match the yellow. System x doesn't even offer it anymore so I had to get a red front to keep it looking nice. The performance is first rate in my opinion and as to the people who say that air blew out the front of their marker, I have no idea what they did but if you cock the marker first then air is up there should be no problem. I give this product an 8 out of 10 because it was impossible for me to find a matching front barrel section, and the guages on these markers are known to blow-out based on the other reviews.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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