Angel Force Fly
Halo B w/ rip & Z-code
Crossfire 68ci 3000psi (800 psi preset) HPA tank
Angel wall charger
Angel took kit
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are healthy and tasty
I won't be eating steak untill the credit card is paid off.
Anyone who reads this review can be assured that I would not have dropped nearly $1700 on a paintball marker that I wasn't TOTALLY impressed with. Having a long trouble free history of using Autocockers, going to the Angel was not an easy or impulsive decision to make. I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to extensively test the Karnivore and Angel 4 side by side. If I told you one was more accurate than the other, I'd be a liar . What I will tell you is that the Angel is faster and much more stable. If it wasn't for the sound of the marker shooting, you'd hardly notice it was shooting as fast as it does. I totally appreciate having the external vernier wheels but you need plenty of air, time and patience because the wheels can be pretty tricky to use. You can get the wheels set right but it always changes when you tighten the set screws down. Being that this marker is literally as fast as the trigger can tell it to shoot (within legal limits), it's important to have the trigger adjusted to how you feel most comfortable. If you like a short pull that induces allot of bounce, you can adjust the markers programming ("TR" setting) accordingly to electronically eliminate bounce.
When I'm on the field, it seems as though I'm playing whole new ball game. Sprinting towards the 50 and quickly sliding or tucking into my chosen bunker is much easier compared to my bulkier '02 STO. This marker is much lighter, balanced and compact allowing it to play like an extension of my own arm. We've all read comments by that person who says "lift weights you wimp" if somebody complains about weight. Personal strength has nothing to do with the fact that a lighter, balanced and more compact setup will help ANYBODY make split-second moves easier. I could pull up a lawn chair behind my favorite Beer Can or Durrito and sip iced tea while snap shooting (so I guess I'm a liar after all). It is so easy, say it with me... "SO EASY" to send out a large volume of well placed paint in an opponents direction and post back in again. Its much easier to gain the upper hand in a shootout when you can accurately place as much paint as this marker can dish out! Being light, compact , balanced and highly ergonomic (with the 90* frame) this Angel is really comfortable to quickly wrap around bunkers. WDP wasn't joking when they said "power, grace and beauty" .
The menus and functions take a little while to become familiar with, so allow yourself a good strong charge and some manual reading time. Once a couple things are set, this is pretty much a turn on and get playing marker. Velocity is done by adjusting input regulator psi. This is a good time to mention that the guage is a pain to read. WDP, in association with every tech and know-it-all out there recommends you use a low (450 psi) preset air tank... which is exactly what I DON'T have. I still achieve an extremely consistent 280 (+/- 3) fps at 250 psi operating psi w/ stock med. volumizer. The regulator works great with abosolutely no signs of shoot down at all.
The eyes are nice to have... thats kind of a no news is good news type of thing. I know the marker, when brand new, was blowing oil (filthy, black crud at that) but the eyes have not faulted once! I''ve put over two cases of the cheapest I could find (sys x aftermath, afterburner??? after-something) through this thing, and not a single barrel break or chop. If the eyes do fail, holding the trigger for two seconds deactivates the eyes and the Angel goes into "fail safe mode". Fail safe meaning that you have the adjustable ability to cap the bps (as one of the menu functions) as not to out run the hopper. LOVE IT!! I got exactly 11,295 cycles and lots of menu tinkering time in before having to charge the battery. I recommend getting the wall charger because its kinda sketchy leaving a $1700 marker unattended in my truck overnight. EDIT 20-Dec-04:
I bought a cheap bag of practice paint that was impossible to use because they were too old and brittle (my bad). Drop test indicated that there was no hope for this paint. The paintballs were so brittle in fact that my Halo blended them into paint smoothie. After coating my feed neck, bolt, breech and barrel in a thick sludge I performed an eye test and a drop test (one of the menu options to test the eyes)... the eyes still worked perfectly!!! I was never so happy to have bad paint. EDIT 19-MAR-05:
Some jerk vandalized my local field by throwing a garden hose on the grass to run all week while the shop and field is closed. The field was beyond calling it a mess, the field was ruined! That didn't stop me from being aggressive. I slid into several puddles of 2" deep water, belly crawled Angel first through nasty mud. I WAS NOT NICE TO MY ANGEL AT ALL!! I didn't have a single problem beyond cleaning the mud off my Angel (there is still mud stuck in the vernier wheels). She never skipped a beat or broke a ball the entire day! I LOVE MY ANGEL.
The days of saying things like "Your marker is only as good as the paint you put through it" are over. This marker is everything I could have wanted light, fast, accurate and easy to use and manage. Pure performance and no headache. Anyone wanting the above mentioned would do well with the 4, Euro, 04 or 05 speed. With the Force however, since getting the marker I've experienced only 100% top notch service that comes with the Master Tech Force warranty (big fat thank you goes out to Bob Moon). The warranty and good people standing behind it was well worth the extra money I paid for this gorgeous machine. The Force also installs their custom trigger, back plate and Full Force valve, although I don't know the difference between the regular valve.Oh yeah, the milling on this thing is SICK! I'd also like to add that I got the last black and chrome of this run ha ha, suckers!
9/ 10 because anything can be improved, starting with the vernier wheels and set screws and guage.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, May 18th, 2005 at 5:11 am PST