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Menohl Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
More than 5 years18 of 18 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 68 Special
Tippmann Pro Carbine
Tippmann 98 Custom
Tippmann A-5
PMI Pirahana EXT 2K3
Sheridan Pump
Marker Setup: Tippmann 98 Custom
GTA Inline Expansion Chamber
GTA Double Trigger
32* Star Fire Bolt
Madmann Spring Kit
J&J 14" Ceramic Barrel
Viewloader 12V Revolution w/ X-Board
JCS 6" Offset 3/8" Dovetail Sight Rail
Magnacraft 3-9X30 Illuminated Scope
Thunder Pig In-Line CO2 Gauge
JCS Combat Folding Stock w/RVA
32* Coiled Remote
PMI 20oz. CO2 Tank
Recommended
Upgrades:
New Barrel - I use the J&J 14" Ceramic
Feedneck adapter w/VL200 Hopper
Strengths: Extremely Accurate
Very Quiet
Majorly Gas Efficient
Lightweight
Weaknesses: Doesn't shoot 15-22bps (Strenght to me!!!)
Review: When i first started playing paintball in the early 90's the first marker i ever used was the SL-68 II Pump. It wasn't until a year or two that i finally used a semi automatic and forgot how much fun the pumps were.

A few months ago fate happened to place one of these back in my hands, and it made me feel like a kid learning to play all over again.

Allow me to tell you about the strengths of this marker
Warning, Speedball and Tourney players will find most of this to be weakness because the marker does not shoot 15-22bps!!!

Lightweight - Fully loaded with a VL200 hopper this marker barely weighs over 1lb!!!

Quiet - If you play woodsball you know that quiet can mean being found or not, this marker is quiet i mean REAL QUIET, and when i put my 14" J&J Barrel on it, you could barely hear it fire at all!!!

Accurate - If you've never shot a pump, ask someone who has and they will tell you what I'm telling you about this marker, its HIGHLY accurate. You don't need a scope, a red dot, or a raised sight raid, just use the sight rail on the marker and you will be dead on every time.

Durability - The receiver of this marker is a 1 piece solid steel construction and would take a sledge hammer to break.

Gas Efficiency - I use a 9oz. CO2 tank with this marker and it lasts me all day, this marker is the most gas efficient thing i've ever fired

Chopping - I rarely chop a ball unless i'm auto-pumping (see below for desc.) and over feed the chamber. There is an open port on the side so you can see your balls you are feeding into the chamber to prevent double feeding.

Ease of Maint - Field stripping this marker is a breeze, you loosed the front screw and pull out the barrel which also removes the pump handle and front bolt. Then unscrew the back end cap and pop out the rear valve/powertube. Boom you are done!!! There are less than 8 pieces total in the internals of this marker and take less than a minutes to clean.

Rate of fire - this marker has 2 modes of fire, one pump one trigger pull one shot, just like any regular shotgun, OR you can use the auto-pump mode, which is simply this; hold down the trigger and start pumping, the marker will fire as fast as you can pump. I've maxed mine out at about 4-5 per second, but to be honest i never shoot that fast in a game, its not what the pump is designed for.

Recommended Upgrades

Feedneck adapter - If you want to use a modern hopper you need a feedneck adapter, the solid steel feedneck is designed for the "old school" 50-150 round tippmann hoppers.

Hopper - Personally all i recommend is the VL200. any agitating hopper is overkill because this marker will not shoot as fast as they feed. Just by pumping the marker it will agitate the gravity hopper enough for what you need.

Barrel - As far as i know the only after market barrel you can still get for this marker is the J&J Ceramic Barrel, and i have it on mine. It works like a champ, and makes the marker very quiet when shooting.
Conclusion: If you can track one down i highly recommend getting one. They are easy to maintain, very accurate, very gas efficient, and there's nothing like the look of taking out a kid with a $800 15-22bps marker with your 15 year old pump!!!
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, July 14th, 2004 at 8:37 am PST
 

Review Comments
apjohnny416 Tuesday, February 6th, 2007 | 11:24 am PST
You can get all Americans for them Not sure if there still made, but i know they are out there and i could get more than one.
   

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