This marker arrivend in exelent packaging, including a tool kit, o-rings, and a good manual.
lets just get this out of the way: THIS GUN LOOKS GREAT. according to my father (a Marine for 15yrs) the only differences in looks are the things that make it a marker and not a firearm.
unfurtunately, out of the box it needed cleaned, and some new o-rings. upon firing i could tell something was wrong with the marker, because i was choping and having double feeds. the toll free customer service walked me through fixing the problem untill the marker was working corectly. i doubt this is the norm.
this marker shoots darts right out of the box. using a fresh box of Domination i had a 5" gouping at 30yrds, ball on ball at 20yrd or less. though it is accurate its not that fast, managing more than 10bps is a challenge, due to the trigger pull. of course your not buying this marker to lay paint, your buying it to make your shots count.
if it aint broke, dont fix it. the military wouldnt still be using the M-16 after 30yrs if the gun was quarky and hard to handle. it feels more like an exra limb rater than a marker. with a remote this marker ballances perfectly in front of the trigger. the pistol grip is soft rubber and your fingers find the groves to feel like pillows, and the trigger is well placed and comfy. the trigger pull is a bit long, but its buttery smooth and gives just the right amount of resistance. the stock could use rubber on the end but is reasonably comfortable and is east to adjust. the ribbing on the forgrip provides a good grip but isnt as comfy as the pistol grip, but is by no means uncomfortable. lowcrawling with this marker is very easy.
the internals are very simple. taking it apart isnt at all difficult, but it isnt something you could do quickly in the field. the molded plastic (carry handle, foregrip, tiggerframe, stock, feedneck) is as tough and durrible as any metal, except for the feedneck. it cracked and i had to spend $30 on a new metal feedneck. there is some little tiny burrs on the carry handle.(none elswhere) the only marker specific ups availible are from Ariakon and are things like sight mounts, new grips, and a 20" barrel. this marker requires lots of attention. cleaning it after every game is a must if you expect it to last and perform.
for a speedball this marker would be a dud. however for a scenerio/woodsballer this thing is a GOD. to get an A5 to shoot and handle this good would cost a much as buying this marker. so if you dont mind spending some extra maitenence time this marker will do ya good.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, June 24th, 2006 at 5:50 pm PST