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pitvpr Sunday, July 31st, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
6 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Bob long Dark Timmy, DM$’s , Shockers, Angels, various Cockers, Impulse, Bushy B2K, BKO and a variety of lower end markers.
Marker Setup: I have two Freestyles.

#1 Is a stock late model ’04 Gen2 with HE bolt, MacDev regulator, CCM feedneck, CP rail with On/Off and a custom made Scythe magnetic trigger.
#2 Is a stock Naughty Dogs model
Also, I use a MacDev matchstix barrel system for all my guns and feed them with a Halo.
If it’s an ’04, I recommend a better feedneck . Also I personally don’t like the On/Off, I would change that as well.
If you want to maximize the speed of this gun you need a Board. Like the one’s available from NOX or Vaporworks.
Strengths: Fast, quiet, accurate, reliable and NO KICK of any kind.
Weaknesses: The only major design flaw is the board pins.
Review: The Freestyle is a single tube design. The single tube houses both the valve and the bolt in-line. The bolt blows forward and the solenoid is used to re-cock the bolt.

I have read that the blow forward design of this gun makes it so that it’s physically capable of more than 60 cycles per second…! The only other design out there that comes close to this capability is the “spool valve” design of the Matrix.
With this said, obviously ya can’t shoot paint that fast! But she is a speedy one.

People should really consider mechanical DESIGN when considering a gun purchase.
For example, a Timmy or an Angel will always have more kick and will not be as fast as a Matrix or a Shocker because of the design. Guns with a traditional Hammer/Bolt design have to move more mass.

Out of all the designs out there, the Freestyle has the least moving bolt mass in total weight and size. This with the fact that it’s a venturi style bolt makes it incredibly accurate as well.

Because of the deign, regulation balance is very critical. This balance can affect speed, accuracy and reliability. Most of the complaints out there would be eliminated if they set up the regs properly to begin with. It’s not difficult, but it’s very critical. Proper regulator balance will totally make this gun rip-ropes and it will improve gas usage and eliminate any chance of chopping. It’s all in the BALANCE…!

The stock electronics, (“the board”) are fast, but not capable of matching the actual speed that the gun is capable of. So to really maximize the Freestyles performance you should get an upgraded full featured board. Remember that most other markers out there in the $1200 to $1400 already come with a “ramping” style board that makes them seem faster but this is only electronics helping your fingers. Don’t be fooled…!

Also, with a better board comes improved “eye logic” this will increase the actual speed that the information is processed to see and fire the paintball.

But that's not to say that the STOCK board isn't great. I just mention this to dispell the notion of those so called speed guns out there.

Conclusion: All things considered, this is the best Tournament grade marker on the planet righ now and it's very affordable.

10 out of 10

Review Comments
piranhaprokid Saturday, August 6th, 2005 | 9:29 pm PST
i cuold b wrong but im prety sure the blow forward design of the freestyle and ion do not have an independant valve set up. The bolt in a sense acts as the valve. When teh bolt is closed a series of ports and journals are opened allowing air from behind the bolt (the same air tha tpusehd the bolt forward) to push the paintball. After soem minute time delay teh solenoid recharges the front port recocking the marker.
The shocker adn trix use a very similar design in that both use the bolt as the valve. Main difference being the shocker and trix use a seperate pneumatic ram assembly to close and open teh bolt. Where as ur ions and freestyle use the pneaumatic pressure behind the bolt to close it. Same concept different applicatoin

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