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icdgunner Wednesday, October 27th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 years0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

4 years
Products Used:
stingray 2- alley cat was definitely superior.
spyder compact-similar, but spyder chopped more paint
scorpion-scorpion was lighter but had a lesser rate of fire unless you wanted to shoot paint soup
Marker Setup: alley cat 2- black with bottomline and generic expansion chamber

alley cat DX(or LT, depending on where you bought it) black/green splash with double trigger, expanson chamber, 45 grip, bottomline

16 inch armson barrel is shared between them
there are only 2 that you need, expansion chamber/bottomline, and barrel. the expansion chamber makes an already efficient gun more efficient. the stock barrel is tightbore, many fields have a field paint only policy and use HUGE bore paintballs.

you will never need a new venturi bolt. it comes stock.
you will never need shiny chrome fancy-pants crap. there is none to buy.
Strengths: Efficient
gentle on paint
Weaknesses: Hard to find parts for it. nearly impossible to find upgrades(barrel, sight rail)
Review: out of the box, the alley cat is a rather small, rough looking gun. put it next to a chromed up spyder super duper whatsitcalled and most people go for the spyder. the alley cat has the edge where it counts: putting balls on target. few upgrades are available for the alley cat, because the owners of them only have to look for 2 upgrades(see above). the venturi bolt is included, and who needs a chrome sight rail anyway? from ma mechanical point of view, the alley cat is a work of art. all precision machined and bolted together with machine screws instead of forged or welded together. that unsightly welding bead on the feed tube that most guns have is not included. while most blowbacks use the "double tube" model like the spyder and several use tippman's in line design, the alley cat is the only one to use that small simple mechanism that keeps the gun compact and efficient. i have NEVER had to open up the gun and replace a crappy cheap o ring or flimsy broken part. all it needs for maintenance is cleaning if you break a ball in it, and 3 drops of oil every month or two. 1 in the valve, 1 on the hammer/bolt and 1 on the trigger group. as far as tuning with the so called "complicated tuning procedure" just get out your manual and follow the directions. simple stuff.
Conclusion: Once you own an alley cat, youll never envy any other player who uses a blowback semi auto. buy one if you are able. they arent made any more and most people who own one won't sell it to you.
10 out of 10

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