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Dlitz Sunday, February 6th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
3 years6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
-Testing of a Phantom, Sniper 2
-Sheridan PGP 2002
Marker Setup: -ACI Maverick
-PMI Pure Energy Regulator with bottomline set-up
-Allen Paintball Products .45 grip
-Dye Stickies
Recommended
Upgrades:
-All of the above I've added. Though the .45 grip isn't in production anymore, there are other solutions like adding a raised sight, or purchasing other kits made for it if you can find them. Raised sight best solution anymore though.
Strengths: -Very Accurate
-Cheap
-Durable
-Simple internals
-Anti double-feed
-Character!
Weaknesses: -Parts increasingly hard to find
-Loud
-Back bottle gets in the way
Review: I bought this gun a few years ago on a whim when a friend of mine purchased his Sniper 2. While it has been a bit of a pain to get the gun put together, I am relatively satisfied with my purchase even still.

First, the bad, because they're not going to kill my review for this gun at all. If anything, they all can be worked around or just simply ignored.

The ACI Maverick is no longer in production, so if you find and buy one, you might have a little trouble finding parts for it. I've spent the past few weeks trying to find things and have had relative success, but it is an out-of-production gun so parts are simultaineously out of production.

This is also a very loud gun. Any sense of trying to be stealthy is very hard to entertain, as this thing sounds like a slightly quieter shotgun whenever you shoot it. However, if you're playing a lot of semi players, half the time they're not listening for a single shot but a series of shots, so you're not at that much of a disadvantage if you miss.

This gun has its air attached in a simular manner to a Phantom, as if it were made to be played stock with a 12g adapter. If you use a bottle that is larger than 4oz, you're going to have a lot of trouble seeing and, specifically, aiming. I recommend trying to get a bottomline set up, if possible at all, or getting one of those raised sights you see on some markers that make them look all like sniper guns or something. It may look dumb, but it will save your aim. Regulators can be attached to the back there if you can find a grip to put your bottom-line into. Or, buy a 4oz, which are readily available still if you can find a good online store that sells them. Or, play stock, I guess.

Didn't mention this in the weaknesses either, but the screws that keep the pump handle on have a tendency to come loose. Tighten them after EVERY game! With the increasing difficulty of finding parts, you seriously don't want to lose one of these things. Not hard to hold onto though if you remember that.

Now, the good.

The stock barrel, though incredibly loud, is at the same time extremely accurate with the right paint in it. So, finding a new barrel isn't entirely necessary unless you're looking for a genuinely quiet shot. At the same time, the stock barrel is VERY small, so buying paint that is too large will cause an incredible number of breaks in the gun. The only paint I have found so far that will fit it is Diablo paint, and that rolls right through. I don't have a barrel size yet on the stock barrel, but when I do I'll post it here. Irreguardless, if you can find the right paint for this barrel, don't switch it because it will shoot straight and true almost every time. I used an Armson Pro Series barrel for a while until I tried the stock again today, and I would honestly say this is almost as accurate as a Phantom or simular quality gun with the stock barrel. It is stunning what a $60 gun can get you in terms of accuracy.

I bought this gun a few years ago for, as said before, it was only about $60. For a Phantom-quality shot, that's nothing less than freaking awsome. Today it may be more expensive as it gets rarer, or maybe the opposite, but it is an excellent gun for the money.

It is also rather durable and is made simply. Though the bolt is exposed, which can allow stuff to get into it, it shoots very simply and only has about four parts in it. Hammer, bolt, air feed, spring. These simple internals make finding any sort of problems very easy and simultaineously very easy to diagnose. The bolt, which has a hole for the incredibly large allen wrench they made for the gun, is used to up and reduce velocity. Two springs are given to you, one which is a lighter stroke and one which is heavier, and though they both have their qualities, the heavy spring is probably the only one worth using to get the velocity you probably want. I believe this sort of gun is called a Nielson clone, the Neilson being what a Phantom is.

A nice addition is the anti double feed which keeps you from putting two rounds in the barrel at once in case you forgot you had pumped. I find this a handy addition, but not vital, and it is not something you find on Phantoms or Sniper 2's.

Finally, this gun has character. An excellent shooting little gun like this will give you both kudos for playing pump and garner you respect from even the more knowledgable pump veterans because you use something other than the common (common for pumps, anyway) Phantom or Sniper 2. Upgrading a gun naturally gives it a bit more character than you'd get stock, but even stock you'll be shooting great.
Conclusion: I don't like giving guns high numbers, because they all have their flaws, and the Maverick is no different. Irreguardless, between the price, the accuracy, and the notoriety, it's an excellent gun for a new pump player or a veteran looking for an excellent marker or a fill-in for a Phantom. Just make sure you get the right paint!!!
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Friday, February 11th, 2005 at 6:43 pm PST
 

Review Comments
slowerpig81 Monday, November 17th, 2008 | 3:20 pm PST
It's a Nelson Valve. Not a clone either. Just one design of the nelson valve.
   

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