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ballisticpball Monday, December 27th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month103 of 127 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Victor II-
Not electro so the Acs beats this marker easily

Tippmann 98 Custom-
Same thing not electro plus I don't like Tippmann markers to begin with

Fenix ACS-
I prefer my Pilot to my brother Fenix. The Fenix has much more kick and much more side to side slack than the Pilot
Marker Setup: Spyder Pilot ACS
J&J Ceramic
EvLution II
Evil Barrel Condom
JT IZE Mask
PMI Twin Pod Harness
And lots of Evil Stickers
Recommended
Upgrades:
New Barrel- J&J Ceramic
High End Hopper- Egg II
Better Grips- Dye Stickies
HPA
Strengths: ACS Bolt-No Chops (see review)
Good Board-Capped at 20bps
Adjustable Trigger
CAMD Display
Weaknesses: Tall Feed Neck-Too Tall of Profile
Grips-Too Rough
Aluminum ACS Bolt Not Derlin
Review: I have not yet tested this product on the feild this will however come later.

Okay, To begin with I would like to talk about the bolt. The Piloyt as an aluminum ACS(anti-chop) bolt. Does it work you ask? My answer? Yes it does work. To test to see if it did work I first removed my feed neck (Thanks Kingman for this. Now I can put a lower profile feedneck on) I then cut a piece of tape into a fine strip. i then attach the tape to a small piece of fishing line, then attached it to a Big Ball paintball. I lowered the paintball halfway into the chamber and pulled the trigger once. The ball did not chop. The bolt simply stopped I simply pulled the bolt back once again cocking it and the ball dropped into the chamber. Note I did not pull the trigger again because a piece of fishing line was attached to it. If you wish to perform this test please wear your paintball mask. One comment I do have to make about the bolt is the fact that it is aluminum. Kingman makes a derlin ACS Bolt why not put it in the ACS? I would sure prefer that.

Now lets go on to the trigger frame. The first thing I noticed was the CAMD display. In case your wondering what this stands for it Color Access Mode Display. This thing works very well. The Icons light up very well and its very easy to tell what mode your in. Alos there are many different modes to choose from as well. The second thing I noticed was the trigger. Not much side to side slack. A hell of a lot less than my borthers Fenix ACS. The stock trigger settings however do not cut it for me. I adjusted my trigger so its less than 1mm pull much less. Too do this was a snap. I also like the stock trigger too. Straight and in my opinion relatively easy to walk. if there was no side to side slack the ease of walking the trigger would improve vastly.

Now as i stated earlier I have not Feild tested this product yewt I have however put about 200 balls through this marker. Shooting this marker is nice. I hardly notice any kick when I'm shooting it. On the Fenix ACS there is a lot of kick. Okay so shooting at a target 60 feet away with my J&J shooting the worst Big ball you could ever imagine, Imean dimpled offset seams, ugggh the stuff was terrible, anyway shooting that junk at a target 60ft. away with mild winds was quite interesting. A lot of the paintballs were hitting and when they did hit they were landing very close some on top of each other. When the paihnt would miss it would wing majorly go figure. It was the paint not the maker. Walking the trigger is easy. i haven't chronoed it ye to see how many bps I can get but I'm pretty certain that I can do more than 13bps.

Well what else do i have to say about this product? The stock feed neck is terrible it sticks up way to high I'm going to ge a Lapco clamping feed neck. Thats all I really have to say about this product....Color Nice, Milling not that great, Stock barrel haven't tested it , Very loud however( we shall see how large of a factor this plays in a game), love the top cocking, no sight rail which is good for me..Thats about it.


Okay Update: I sold my Pilot ACS and bought an Ion. I know a lot of peope who might be in this predicament f buying an Ion or Pilot ACS. Well I have not wrote a review for my Ion yet (waiting until after my tourny) but I some points about these markers. Ion: much faster, much more accurate, NO kick. MUCH better than the Ion. Since these markers are in the same price range there should be a comparison between them. Now which should you get? Well it depends. Its going to sicken me to see a bunch of little kids on the field shooting Ions just because they CAN buy them. If your skill level matches that of a Pilot ACS then I think you should buy a Pilot ACS. Now if you seem to know what your doing. Maybe getting ou of rec ball and looking for some tournys. Practicing your skills, then buy an Ion. Wait for my Ion review. I wil be more detialed in my comparison to my Pilot ACS. That is all.

Conclusion: I really like this marker. Very easy to use, light, etc etc etc. personally i would rather have one of these than a Fenix ACS, and if someone asked me which to get i would tell them the Pilot thats basically it. The price is awesome and this is a great marker buy it.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Monday, June 13th, 2005 at 5:50 pm PST
 

Review Comments
Malix Saturday, May 14th, 2005 | 5:08 pm PST
Well, first I'd like to say great review. I really like it when someone goes in depth into reviewing a marker.

Anyway, I personally own a Pilot ACS, and I agree with everything you say. The gun, even with the stock barrel, is fairly accurate, and the only thing I feel is wrong are the plastic grips and the feed neck. I just ordered a metal clamo one from LAPCO to counter that, and am probally going to get DYE Stickies. Arrg, I'm rambling again. And again, great review!
   

ballisticpball Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005 | 8:28 pm PST
Thank you, thank you. I would like to thank god of course.....
   

matt_conti Tuesday, July 4th, 2006 | 2:36 pm PST
hey i dont know if anyone will notice but in ur edit, u said the ion was better then the ion so yeah it doesnt really matter but i wanted to point it out
   

Jorell1000 Saturday, April 5th, 2008 | 4:44 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by Malix
Well, first I'd like to say great review. I really like it when someone goes in depth into reviewing a marker.

Anyway, I personally own a Pilot ACS, and I agree with everything you say. The gun, even with the stock barrel, is fairly accurate, and the only thing I feel is wrong are the plastic grips and the feed neck. I just ordered a metal clamo one from LAPCO to counter that, and am probally going to get DYE Stickies. Arrg, I'm rambling again. And again, great review!


do you have to cock the bolt again everytime it catches a half loaded ball???? because that would SUCK!! please answer because i might get one but i want to assess my options well first.

i say this because the review says he had to cock it after he did the fishing line and paintball test.
   

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