ION - only handled and shot.
ACI Korrupt Assassin - Good Reg and Accurate, but still a blowback.
Spyder Compact - My first love
A-5 - interesting concept, but a little heavy/pricy
Spyder Imagine - Average
98 Custom - mechanical (slow), but durable.
Diablo Wrath - Silver 2nd Gen.
Delrin Ram & Cupseal
Grip Mod - Red/Black
In this order:
1. HPA tank (n2)
2. FAST hopper
3. Spudnukl Bolt (or delrin bolt)
4. New barrel
5. Delrin Ram / Cupseal (cheap, so buy them together)
There are others, but these are the biggies.
Manual - Really Sucks
Upgrades - for now
Ok, this is my first review.
1. Why the Wrath?
I had gotten back into the sport after a short hiatus. I needed a new marker and saw that the options have really expanded. I went to a local proshop to get some answers and see the products that were available. The salesman was quick to show me the new ION. When I first saw it the gun looked kind of cheapish. Also I had read that Smart Parts is in a major law suit over technology used in their guns. However, after the owner gassed up the gun and let me shoot it, I really formed my opinion. The gun felt cheap and had quite a kick. It felt uncomfortable to hold and shoot (IMO). The one thing that impressed me was the ramping mode and the ROF that the marker achieved in this mode. I learned that the gun that I was given to fire had actually been thoroughly modified. I thought to myself, a gun that costs $285 that needed an immediate upgraded (feed neck, reg, trigger, barrel, etc.) to shoot well?!!?! Sounded like crap to me, my friend (Tippman A-5 owner) had an even lower opinion himself and confirmed my thoughts. I would later go in with yet another friend (Cocker - He's played in tournaments) picked up the gun for 2 minutes and put it down in disgust. Also in my trips to the shop (and others) I've seen many Ions apart with work orders for repair. These experiences killed my desire to ever own an ION. So I continued my search for a new marker. I purchased an ACI Korrupt Assassin in the mean time as it was a higher end of the lower end markers. It worked well, but was very similar to every other spyder out on the field (read, nothing special). So I decided to move up to a High End electric marker. So I stumbled upon this site and started pouring over the reviews. I found that even in the lower price category, the Diablo Wrath was still one of the highest rated of the markers. I had found my gun!
From what I was reading; the Wrath had a fantastic regulator, great accuracy, cocker threads, dual eyes/detents, great customer support (NPS), a mean look, and a killer price.
2. Getting the Wrath/ Initial Opinions.
I ordered the gun from action village and it arrived 3 short days later. Then marker came in a menacing looking black box. I opened the box only to find on of the worst manuals I have ever seen. It was glossy but all B&W with NO photos and NO diagrams. However, under that "manual" I found a bad *$$ looking marker. The gun came with a barrel sleeve, nice touch. I took the bolt out and found that it is heavy and had no orings. Interesting, but I threw some lube on it and went out to shoot this beast. The first gas I used on this marker was CO2. I screwed the tank on slowly and heard the gun gas up immediately, with NO leaks. I thought well so far so good! I noticed that the gauge read 200psi, which seemed low to me. Also the gauge and SS line are right where you put your hand, which took some getting used to. I turned the electronics on and removed the safety. I pulled this trigger and ....... there was a mark on the board, but I hardly felt the thing move. WOW! It was quieter than most markers I've shot (even the ION). A few more slow shots and then I went off. The gun shot so fast I was amazed. Then it after a few bursts the marker got very very cold. In fear of freezing the electronics, I stopped shooting. This brings me to the fact that YOU NEED HPA for this gun; it shoots far to fast for CO2. I went the next day and bought an HPA tank.
Over all my initial impressions was that the reviews where right. The only thing that most people complain about is the trigger. The trigger does move side to side a bit, but I find it actually helps me walk the trigger.
3. Battle / Field Review.
I went to an indoor field in my area. This is the first time that I had played with this marker and with HPA. I gassed up the gun and again no leaks, even after my CO2 abuse. The people at the field were very interested in my new marker. Is it a Timmy? What marker is that? I've never seen that before! People kept starring at my marker. this is the unique factor. I then geared up and went to play. The gun at 200psi and was crono 285fps. I had shot 100 balls though it up to that point and the three initial reading where 281,279,285. Wow the stock regulator was awesome! However, the field wants the markers to chrono at around 270fps. So I went out side to adjust it. I was advised to turn the gun down in increments of 1/8 turn then fire, 1/8 turn fire, etc. until I got to the required FPS.
Game time. The stock barrel was decent at a distance, but I think it was that crappy field paint. The first game the marker shot very well and consistent with the HPA. I got some distance kills and ripped some paint up close. The marker was performing beautifully! Never a leak or missed shot. I went through 750 balls that day WITHOUT A BREAK. Dual Eyes kick *$$! While paying the gun felt very solid and therefore instilled great confidence.
The tear down and cleanup of the marker was very easy. However, on removal of the bolt I found that it was already scrapped :( That is why I suggest a new bolt.
3. Upgrade time.
While the gun worked phenomenally stock, I can help, but want to upgrade. However while looking for upgrades, I found a shortage of options/companies to choose from. In my search I stumbled upon a forum on PBNation and read their upgrade/mods sticky. It was very through and had a number of links. So I order a new bolt (nylatron), new delrin ram, and delrin cup seal from Alamo PB and the bolt off eBay. In the mean time I posted questions on this forum and the people where more than friendly, mature, and knowledgeable. This is the opposite of the poeple in the ION forum. So the support is there from other players as well as NPS. The upgrades I listed above are a few of the short list of upgrades available for this gun. In the future, many more options will become available. I haven't been able to shoot the gun with the upgrades, but when I do I will update this review.
*** UPDATE ***
As promised here is the review:
This gun is by far the best marker I've owned or used. With the right upgrades you could challenge markers in the $1000 range.
Price + Performance + Reliability + Looks= Wrath!
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, June 7th, 2005 at 11:58 pm PST
i have had the diablo wrath for 3 months now and i find that when the vo,lcity is lower about 250 i can not keep a stream ging wiht the balls i shoot about 3 then they drop 2 and the shoot 2 far does any one no how i can improve this when i turned it up to 290 it worker perfeclty fine my up pressure is sitting at aorun 250 -300 when we play