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calvin2032 Wednesday, April 14th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
1 year1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

4 years
Products Used:
The basics; Spyders, Tippmans, JTs. Considerably better than the first two, more even playing field with the JTs, difference not as noticeable, but the Core is cheaper.
Marker Setup: Just a 200 round hopper, a 32oz tank (I think thats what it is), and one of those fancy goggleskinz for my lens (dirt-cheap and they intimidate less experienced players)
Possibly a barrel, but before that a new bolt. Best stock barrel I have ever seen, quiet and accurate. I haven't seen uber expensive guns with stock barrels though.
Strengths: Rear-cocking, huge exansion chamber
Weaknesses: Shiny sight mount which is blocked by the angled ball feed. Trigger guard.
Review: Has a solid feel to it, if that makes any sense. It is not a feather weight, but it will not slow you down. It is quiet stock compared to other markers, but it won't allow you to take out a group without them knowing where the shots came from. I had only one problem, but it was fixed. This marker is like a baseball glove; the more you use it the better it gets. It has a break in stage, but once past it it molds to your playing style. The barrel is very accurate for stock. I managed to hit a tree's trunk from the hip, diameter no more than 2 1/2 feet at base, from the roots till it ended from about 30 yards away. The tree was about 30 ft tall.
As you have heard before, the expansion chamber does leak a little but you can fix that. I have issues with the trigger guard. Maybe they thought the player's trigger hand had one of Mr. T's rings on their middle finger? It juts out and pokes your left hand (for righties) and keeps you from getting the most comfortable grip. That is a petty complaint, but I have to because it is one of the few. The chrome barrel and sight mount (which is useless) aren't that serious, as most players aren't that worried about being hidden to worry about it.
Conclusion: Possibly the best sub $100 dollar gun you can find ( I think they got that low), but it will have to be pre-owned. I haven't tried out the 03' edition, but I can only imagine good things coming from it also. For an intro level marker, and for the price range (when it was new) I give it a 9.5; but compared to EVERY marker out there, a respectable 7.5. Until they make bullet shaped rounds, I won't give a 10, because I like accuracy over hailstorm of fire.
9 out of 10Last edited on Monday, July 5th, 2004 at 5:03 pm PST

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