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rfiddick Wednesday, December 15th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
Pirahna BL, EXT Pro
Marker Setup: VM68 EXC with venturi bolt, ADCO hotshot, field strip screws, Lapco Bigshot, Car15 stock, PMI remote line, 20oz CO2
New Barrel
Car15 Stock
Field Strip Screws
Expansion chamber if you have the stock model.
Strengths: Durability - All Steel
Decent Accuracy
Ambidextrous feed block
Weaknesses: Compicated Trigger system
Hard to find parts nowadays

Review: Overall this is a pretty good marker. It's a durable marker, and is well suited for woodsball. I put weight as both a weakness and strength cause some people hate the weight, while others like it cause it makes it feel more sturdy. I personally like the weight. It does't feel like a little plastic toy marker like some markers made today. However, if you want to shed a little weight, run a remote line and get rid of the tank. You can also get a Car15 stock with this setup, and then it really looks badass.

For the most part this marker doesn't chop paint, even crappy field paint. I have the venturi bolt, so that does help in this respect. With this gun you can't really get a super high rate of fire without lots of mods, so you're usually not firing fast enough to get any breaks. The marker also has an ambidextrous feed block, so you can switch it depending if you shoot right or left handed.

The stock barrel is pretty good, (10") but an after market barrel helps since the stock one isn't of the greatest quality. It is harder now to get barrels threaded for the vm, but some places still carry them. Lapco Bigshot, Armson Pro Series, Smart Parts AA and Teardrop are still available for it, but you have to look in the right places.

The trigger assembly is incredibly complicated on this marker, and i unintentionally took it apart when i first got the marker, so it took me a long time to get it put back together properly. But as long as you don't mess with it, it'll work fine. For the most part though it's a pretty simple gun.

I've had a few air leaks with the gun, but thats primarily from the age of it, so some of the seals are going, but other than that it runs pretty good for a gun thats like 10 years old. I love how people turn their heads when they see this steel monster. This also isn't a wimpy sounding gun like a lot of others. The VM has a distinct metal on metal clank when its fired, which sounds pretty sweet.

Conclusion: I like this marker. It works well, feels good, and is sort of a legend among paintball markers. If you can get one in decent working condition, go ahead and get it, it's already part of paintball history.
9 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, February 3rd, 2005 at 11:47 pm PST

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