Angel LED, LCD, Speed, IR3, A4, and Fly
Different Intimidators, Impulses, AKA guns, ICD guns, Matrices, etc...
Of my guns, the one I use the most is my Matrix LCD, with Reloader B and Max Flow 68/4500
A fast loader is a must. I personally prefer the reloader B.
A barrel kit is nice, but not necessary if you're on a tight budget.
You must have a high flow air system to keep up with the high rates of fire.
Well, I first saw the new speeds in Vegas, and I've been itching to run some paint through one ever since. Yesterday I finally got my chance.
The marker I tested was a black '05 with entirely stock settings. Here's my take on it, from top to bottom:
Feed neck... is a twister low rise (same as the fly). It's lower than the old speeds and a4's, which is good, though I personally prefer the check it clamping neck.
Barrel... new infinity barrel (.689 I believe) had a nice finish inside and out. Shot fine. I can't say how it performs with breaks because I didn't break any paint :P
Body... I don't really care for the milling, however with the black anno it's not that bad. The anno was perfect, with zero imperfections.
Bolt/Engine/Eyes... Same as the Fly. Best design in paintball IMHO.
Reg... is different. It works fine. The gun was chrono'ing at +/-4 with less than perfect paint and a bad paint-barrel match. Although the foregrip is ugly to some, there is no denying that it is a lot more comfortable than the old style. It was much easier for me to wrap my ogre hands around it.
Frame and trigger... is easily the best improvement. There is ample room for the largest fingers, and the new grips are surprisingly comfortable. The trigger is just butterly smooth, and has no side to side play.
ALRIGHT, TIME TO SHOOT IT
The good: right away I was able to run off long strings of paint, without breaks, that was at least as fast as my matrix and probably faster. The trigger is truly great.
The bad: after I had my fun emptying a hopper I got serious. Within 5 seconds I was able to find the sweet spot that produced a double shot. The gun was set to the most conservative snub setting, btw. Then I tried to shoot a fast burst and take my hand completely away from the frame. The gun, on average, continued to fire 3 more shots. In other words, this marker had the same problem that plagued many pre v3.5 fly's.
This is probably THE best value on the market right now for people who want top of the line performance without having to take out a second mortage. Speed, size, efficiency, reliability, it has it all. On top of that you have the backing of WDP, one of the last class act companies in paintball.
The only real drawback I can see is the bounce issue. Of course, this will most likely be fixed with future software upgrades, as happened with the fly. Additionally, it may just be a hit and miss thing. Other guns may not have a problem with bounce, but this one did, and for that reason I will not be buying one right now.
quote:Originally posted by trev-dog3 im ot a big fan of angles but i like this one im debating now between the speed 05 and the proto matrix can u gimme some ideas or opinions
I haven't shot the proto yet, though I hear they are very light. Other then cosmetics and size/weight it will shoot just like any other matrix. I'm personally a big fan of matrixes and would recommend them to anyone (my next marker will be a DM5). Either one would be a great choice, though.
quote:Originally posted by doyoung2win bounce can be eliminated with trigger adjustments.
1) That is not always the case
2) The guns I reviewed were completely stock, with plenty of pull length and resistance, not to mention maximum snubbing. There is really no way they should have ANY bounce.
3) Furthermore, since I was referring to mechanical bounce it really has more to do with the reciprocal mass, switch weight (none in this case), and operating pressure.
personally, I think I would probably prefer the 05 speed, but then again, I haven't shot the proto yet, but I think you should try both of them out and then decide. You should also compare prises to see what would be a better deal.
I haven't shot the angel speed, but I shot my brothers proto matrix and that gun is awesome. Also the angel 4 fly is very nice if you were thinking about getting that gun. The 4 fly is about just as good as the matrix. I have an alias intimidator it is probably the best performing gun I have ever seen. However, I like the feel of the angel 4 fly and the matrix better. If you get a chance then try to test all of the above guns.