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Brophog Saturday, November 6th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
1 year10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Most mechanical markers on the market. The Blazer compares only to the top end cockers and mags.
Marker Setup: Blazer 2K
Vertical Feed
Armson ProDot
Empire Reloader
Recommended
Upgrades:
None
Strengths: Very Reliable.
Stable Shooting Platform.
Superior Accuracy.
Superb Customer Service.
Weaknesses: Uncommon marker.
Review: The Palmer Blazer is a wonderful design. It is a pneumatic marker similiar to the autococker and typhoon, but with a completely internal design. There are absolutely no hoses, internal or external. The ram setup is similiar to a cocker, but with a very large heavy duty ram shaft and a masterlink system to connect the hammer to the bolt. Due to the design, the body is very short, but a little wider than most markers due to the LPR and ram being mounted to the sides rather than on the front.

Anyone that is familiar with pneumatic semi-auto markers will quickly understand the advantages of such a design. This marker is a very stable shooting platform, especially when compared to blowback type markers that tend to shake violently upon firing and subsequent recocking. The marker is a closed bolt setup, which maximizes efficiency, and has a very large diameter bolt and valve chamber to allow for a great deal of choice in operating pressures.

Where the Blazer excels against other pneumatics is in the design. While the design allows for no modification or tinkering, it is very solid. When you pick one up, you'll notice the light weight, but the marker is more solid than you would think by the weight. There is no flimsy metal, thin metal, or plastic to degrade over time. Problems are few and far between, and it is very rare for a blazer owner to experience any problems, aside from changing out seals every few years. Maintenance consists of washing the marker down with water, letting it dry, and oiling it with air tool oil. It's every bit as rugged as any Tippmann, and with the convenient quick bolt system it is much faster to disassemble.

The Blazer performs incredibly. The 45 trigger frame is very comfortable and very quick. It is quicker than I am, but admittedly I am not a fast finger due to all of my years playing pump exclusively. The trigger is very short and snappy. The timing problems of cockers are non-existent with this design. I can not short stroke it, and have only found one person whom can do it intentionally. This Blazer has yet to chop a ball.

The unique thing about all of Palmer's markers is the brass barrel with vice lock system. The barrel is not threaded, and that was an initial concern of mine. However, the barrel and body fit so tightly together that the vice lock is more of a safety measure than anything. The barrel fits perfectly in the body, unlike most threaded designs that have a measure of wiggle to them. I never take my barrel off, and in the event of a barrel break, I simply pull the bolt and pull a squeegie through it. As with all Palmer barrels, there is a wedgit system. Anyone familiar with closed bolt markers knows how much of a pain it is to deal with rollouts, even with various barrel kits. So far, the wedgits have performed wonderfully. I've yet to find a ball that did not fit perfectly in the barrel, although I'm sure some of the cheaper balls under extremely cold and dry conditions would probably roll out.

The marker chronos very easily through the use of a screw on the back of the marker. The consistency is what I consider very good, or in other words, noticeable only due to the natural inconsistencies in ball sizes. With a stabilizer I get very good consistency in all weather conditions. It's a nice touch by Palmer to make the velocity screw and stabilizer pressure adjustment screw the same size. This makes fine tuning at the chrono station very quick and easy.

Conclusion: Overall I would recommend this marker to anyone wanting a top end mechanical marker. It's rugged enough to take through the deepest muck at your local woods or scenario game, but small enough and fast enough to play a game of speedball as well. The fact that it works great on CO2 or HPA makes going to unknown fields a breeze. I simply have my stabilizer set at about 400, and can switch between an HPA tank or CO2 tank to fit the conditions.

Update: It's been 1 year now, and I stand by everything I said. The trigger is broken in, allowing faster firing, but also a tad easier to short stroke. You still have to deliberately do so and it is still not a problem. This is the perfect scenario gun for someone that plays 10 plus games a year. It has all of the speed necessary in that enviromnent and you pull it out of the bag and it works! Simply chrono the marker and get on the field!
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, June 7th, 2005 at 2:50 am PST
 

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