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cldblkhrt Saturday, December 18th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
i own several .68 pistols. Splatmaster, Crossmann 3357, and Core zx
Marker Setup: enhanced barrel
Recommended
Upgrades:
enhanced barrel if it comes with a plastic barrel
Strengths: Accurate, realism, nice weight
Weaknesses: Co2 capacity and filling procedures
Review: I have owned a M4 Ram since June 04 and have pondered the purchase of the pistol for backup purposes. I finally decided to make a purchase when the new 31-p model made its debut. The Rap17 is a general designation given to 2 models the 30-p and the 31-p
the 30-p was the original model produced and is still being sold in China. the 31-p is being sold to the US.
Once i recieved the pistol i immediatly inspected the pistol thuroughly. I was impressed with the overal look and feel of the pistol. the grip frame is made of a plastic type material while the slide is metal. I had received a plastic barrel with my pistol which i immediatly replaced with a enhanced barrel from SOGEAR.COM. I have purchased the all aluminum barrel as well as the enhanced barrel(copper/brass lined). they are two different bore barrels. the aluminum barrel being slightly smaller.
Filling procedures: The pistol has a on-board resevoir that utilizes a fill adapter. you recieve a adapter to screw onto a typical co2 tank. i suggest the use of a tank with a on/off valve. you screw the adapter onto the gun, and the screw the tank onto the end of the adapter. you then are supposed to invert the gun(upside down) and fire the pistol several times to make sure you get a good fill. These procedures obviously are not ideal for "battlefield" situations, but keep in mind it is meant only as back-up. On a good fill i can get around 2 mags or 20 rounds. on a ok fill i get about 10-15 rounds.
with the on/off valve the adapter can be left on the tank.
Magazines:
this is where i had a slight problem. the magazine(old style) it had a rubber material that was used a retainer. it is a single flap that hangs down from the top. after repeated use, the rubber can fail. i have since purchased a new magazine. It has a dual retainer setup. one on each side of the mag opening. I am not sure of the material is any different, but it is defintly a better design. the rubber pieces can be removed(carefully) and inverted so that you have a fix for the problem. i have also used other rubber materials cut to size to replace the worn rubber retainers
Accuracy:
with both barrels, i can accurately take flat shots at a torso sized target at about 70 feet. i find this impressive. the aluminum barrel did not have a nice bore finish so i gave it a good polishing with Mothers al polish.
the enhanced barrel works great with no need for polishing.
paint:
there are two choices of paint in .43.
1) Korean .43. this is a dark blue shell paintw/orange fill. this paint is slightly smaller, and works excellent in the aluminum barrel. this is sold at rap4.com and is the bottled paint
2)Rap4 .43 this is a light blue shell w/ light blue fill. this paint is actuall manufactured by Nelson for Rap4. this is nice paint and works excellent with the enhanced barrel. this paint is sold bagged. excellent stuff
there is also another batch of paint coming into Rap4. It is new, dont know who manufactures it, but it is supposed to be better than the current Rap .43 bagged paint

check with your local fields if they will allow the use of .43 paint. i play "outlaw" for the most part so i dont worrry about that.

FYI there is also now a rap17-ex version which takes 12 gram co2 cartridges instead of the on-board tank

Conclusion: If you are into the milsim side of paintball, I highly recommend this pistol.
all in all I feel that I made a sound investment in this pistol. I was hesitant at first to shell out $220 for the pistol, but I am glad I did. excellent piece.
I give it a 9 only because of the magazine retainer issues.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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