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SocraticB Thursday, March 31st, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
3 years3 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
WDP 2K3 Angel LCD LE (quieter, more accurate, more reliable, faster)
Kingman Spyder Shutter (almost as fast)
AKA Viking - (quieter, more accurate, more reliable, faster)
AKA Excal - (quieter, more accurate, more reliable, faster)
Evil Omen - (more accurate, more reliable, faster)
AGD Emag - (more accurate, more reliable, faster)
Shoebox Shocker - (quieter, gas hog, as accurate, equally as fast)
Various Mechanical Markers - (more accurate, more efficient; some almost as fast)
Various Timmies - (quieter, more accurate, more reliable, faster)
Matrixes - (quieter, more accurate, more reliable, faster)
Marker Setup: 2004 WGP Karnivor with stock pneumatics and Planet Eclipse E2 Eblade upgrade.
Recommended
Upgrades:
Regulator
LPR
Clamping feed neck
Trigger
Board
Switch
Barrel kit
Grip frame
Strengths: Good speed
Cheap when you buy used
Upgradeable
Weaknesses: Significant upgrades to get high performance
Sloppy trigger
Unreliable
Ineffient
Bad Shooting Platform
Review: THIS REVIEW EVALUATES THE B2K AS PRODUCED FROM 2000 TO 2002.

The B2K was a good electro for a good price when it first came out; it had its flaws, but there were not really any electronic markers of its quality at the $400 level, except the Impulse.

Since 2000, dozens of inexpensive quality electros have come out; the older B2K's cannot compete in price OR performance. I have not used the newer Bushmasters, but I've used the stock B2K, B2K1 and B2K2, as well as a Vaporized B2K.

I will address each strength/weakness in turn:

STRENGTHS:

1. Good speed

B2K's are fully pneumatic; they are run with an HPR and an LPR design that allows them to reach fairly high BPS. Regardless of the claimed potential BPS, the trigger group and grip don't allow most players to reach that speed - they need to be redesigned. Regardless, you can get higher speeds than most mechanicals except automag RT's and pneumatic-assist mechanicals. Expect to reach 9-12 depending on your setup.

If you invest significantly, you should be able to get 15BPS. Some players have better results than others with Bushies, but it appears that the general experience does not allow for more than 15 on an upgraded older B2K. Again, newer models may have corrected the problem.

2. Cheap used

Because of their less-than-stellar performance and low initial cost, the low demand for B2K's allows for them to be purchased off the used market for very low prices; you can get a good used backup/tweaking/project marker this way.

3. Upgradeable

There are a good number of upgrades available, which is a good thing, because you will need them. The stock HPR isn't very good, and older ones can be damaged if more than 500psi is put into the system. The stock LPR isn't very good, and the trigger is very sloppy. The frame is ok, but there are better ones and little things like the feed neck, bolt and other parts can be significantly improved with upgrades.

4. Light

The Bushy's are very light markers; with a 68/3000 on, you barely notice you're holding it. It's not as light as some of the new compact super-markers, but until the Ion came out, it was one of the lightest around. Unfortunately, that can be a drawback, because the light weight can't absorb blowback as well, and it contributes to being a poor shooting platform.

WEAKNESSES

1. Upgrades required

You can't get good, dependable performance out of an older B2K without upgrades to the trigger and regs. That's extra money; the whole price to you including upgrades can easily pay for a better marker.

2. Sloppy trigger

The company stated that they left a good amount of slop in the trigger so that players could get high ROF by side-tapping the trigger. It doesn't really help; it just feels cheap. The slop actually decreased my ROF.

3. Inefficient

Many electronic markers get better gas usage today; without a significant increase in performance (like the new Shocker) there is no excuse for the poor efficiency. I would get about 750-800 shots from a 68/3000 fill on an adjustable tank.

4. Poor Shooting Platform

As stated above, the B2K is light, but that makes it hard to hold steady, especially at high ROF. Furthermore, the trigger is sloppy, the frame isn't terribly comfortable, the reg used as a foregrip is VERY close to the trigger frame, the marker is not consistent at all and it has some kick. It's hard to put balls out reliably on target with a B2K, especially at high ROF.



EDIT 4-1-05: Made clear the model years being reviewed; added bolding for ease of scanning.
Conclusion: Get an older B2K only if you want a project or cheap backup. Don't spend money on upgrades otherwise, as your total output would allow you to buy a better marker. If you must buy a Bushy, buy a newer one.

Although this review appears a little harsh, it's an average marker. That being said, there are many above-average markers available for a low price these days. I don't think an older B2K is worth the price, even used.
Rating:
5 out of 10Last edited on Friday, April 1st, 2005 at 12:49 pm PST
 

Review Comments
davisbradber33 Thursday, April 28th, 2005 | 1:36 pm PST
way to go!
   

SocraticB Wednesday, May 11th, 2005 | 7:09 pm PST
davisbradber33: Thanks for the good words!
   

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