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mr_mich Friday, May 25th, 2001
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Strengths: Trigger-This gun has an angel-like trigger. No joke, no exaggeration, no lie. It has the same adjustment points, and can be made so short and light that you can pretty much put your finger on the trigger and shoot it. Most electros are like that today.

Accuracy-I don't care what you guys say about accuracy. If all guns could achieve the same accuracy with the same paint and barrel, then we'd all be running around with upgraded Spyders in tournaments. Anyways, this gun has the accuracy of an Autococker. I'm not ignorant, but if I put a Lapco Bigshot on my Piranha, it's not as accurate as it is on my Matrix with the same paint. It's accurate all right.

Low Pressure-Stock it operates at 120-150 psi. No chops, no breaks. A great added bonus.

LOTS OF UPGRADES-They have at least three front regulators for the matrix, and how many do bushmasters have? Hm..... There are low-rises, mid-rises, volumizers, ASA's, regulators, grips, etc.

ALL pneumatic-This gun uses no springs, hammer, or ram.

Stock regulator-It's terrific! A lot of people change it, but I'm going to stick with it because it's a great regulator.

Field Strip-Chopped a ball? It's hard to do it because the bolt bounces off the ball and skips a few shots, but if you do from outshooting your revvy (common mistake), this is simple. There's a huge knob in the back of the gun. Unscrew it, and its a huge screw that runs throughout the whole gun. Take off the breach, clean it out, rub off the bolt, put the breach back on, and screw the knob back in. Easy, huh?
Weaknesses: Gas hog-Expect no more than 600 shots off a 68/3k compressed air fill. However, considering most guns get 680, that's not a bad trade-off. It's not good for back players though, even though the new internals from Shocktech and Aardvark Custom Paintball Products will fix this.

Size-It's tall. In retrospect it is a bit larger than the angel. It's not a good front man gun because of its size.

Frame-The only type of grips it takes is Angel LCD grips. The new ones come with rubber grips, which are a huge improvement over the pewter grips. The pewter grips look dead sexy, but they are heavy. The pewter grips alone way over a pound.

O-rings-There are way too many o-rings in this gun.

Oh yeah, there's such a thing as specialty-angel's and triggers, cockers and accuracy, etc. The matrix just ruins every other gun's show and puts it all into one big beast.
Conclusion: Let's see, you weigh out the goods and the bads, and tell me what you think. Trigger of an angel, accuracy of a cocker, low pressure (and efficiency) of a shocker, all for the price of a Shocker Turbo. The max rate of fire is 16.7 balls per second. Oh, the reason it is only semi-automatic: THERE ARE RUMORS THAT THE NPPL MIGHT BAN GUNS THAT ARE *CAPABLE* OF SHOOTING IN MODES OTHER THAN SEMI!!!! This was actually a smart alternative on Diablo/Airtech's part, because then they won't have to offer replacement boards. There are already chips out for the Matrix that give it 2 semi-automatic modes, auto-response, zip modes, burst modes, turbo modes, and the infamous full-auto. The barrel threads are interchangable with new forebreaches, which means you can use your favorite barrels, however the breaches are $50 each. Any more questions I would be glad to answer. It's a great gun stock, and I would recommend it to anyone. More reliable than shockers, simpler than cockers, and cheaper than angels. Great buy.
10 out of 10

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