I have used a Zeus for a short period of time, but didn't like how bulky it was. Also the co2 leaked before I could get very many shots off. I have also used airsoft replica pistols in games. I was impressed with them, but they didn't shoot paintballs, which is clearly a problem.
I use a RAP4 LE (Law Enforcement) with riser mount and red dot scope. I run a remote line off of a 90 degree adapter into a 16 oz co2 tank. As a fall back weapon I use the RAP17 just used a 12g one time use cartridge. It is good for about 30 shots.
It would be nice to run a remote to the RAP17 as a lanyard, but really it isn't used enough to be very important.
Realistic looks & operation
Range & accuracy on par with other paintball pistols
Not as reliable as more proven .68 pistols
The first thing I would like to note is that this is really an amazing achievement. Never before has there been such a realistic looking, and operating paintball pistol. From the weight to the feel, it all adds up. What is a composite on the real gun is a high impact plastic on its paintball counterpart, and what is metal on the real deal, is also metal on the RAP17.
The next thing you will notice after you get over the amazingly realistic feel and look of the RAP17, is the operation. When you pull the trigger, the slide blows back, just like on the real thing. Once you run out of paintballs to shoot, the slide stays locked back, just like on the real thing.
As far as performance (range/accuracy) goes, you will find the RAP17 to be on par with other paintball pistols. What allows all this to take place in the realistic confinements of the RAP17, is that the paintballs are not .68 caliber, but actually .43 caliber. This new caliber has struggled from lack of quality for years, but in recent year Nelson has produced a very high quality .43 caliber paint that has been designed to work in all RAP markers. This caliber allows for realistic markers to be made since the dimensions of real guns can fit a .43 caliber ball in them, where they can't fit a .68 caliber ball in them. Fields around the world are slowly, but surely starting to accept this new form as paint, and are allowing it to be used in play with .68 caliber markers.
The RAP17 being the only real looking paintball pistol out there does a great job all around. There were many problems with the first generation, but the latest version is very reliable, and performs great.
If youâ€™re looking for a sidearm and want that extra realism added to your paintball experience, then look no further. The RAP17 is now available to fill that void that just can't be filled by paintball markers like the Zeus. If youâ€™re into realistic play, then this is the pistol for you. I give it a 9 because there is always room for improvement, but really this is the only option for people like me, and this option is pretty ghood all around. No real complaints.