Dye DM4, Dye DM5, Old-Style Matrixes, Proto trixes, E-cockers, Cyborgs etc....pretty much all high end electros.
2005 Red to Black fade ICD Freestyle
11 Piece Empire Kit
Black Check-it Unimount
Hybrid B***H Grips
70/40 Crossfire Stubby
Red Reloader B
Prodigy Trigger, Empire barrel kit, JDS LPR, new grips, new on/off, maybe a new HPR.
LIGHT!!!! (1.8 pounds)
Stock on/off is a little odd.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: When I first layed eyes on the 05 ICD Freestyle, i was sitting in a chair at my local shop, waiting for my matrix to be fixed. i was very impressed by it's looks right away. the crisp, clean cuts of the milling and the subdued luster of the dust anno created a pleasing smooth look. the Red and Black (my team colors) were made for each other. the stock barrel looks a bit odd, as does the ON/OFF, but the whole gun just has a certain look to it that i find very pleasing.
FEEL: I was starting to get fed up with my Matrix spending more time in the shop than on the field so i decided that i should start looking around for a new gun. I had been impressed by the looks of the freestyle so i went back to the store to examine it more closely. The first thing i noticed is that it is LIGHT! Only 1.8 pounds, a huge difference from heavy trix. The trigger frame feels good in your hand and the Prodigy trigger is very easy to rip (i was not able to test the stock trigger). The grips are not very comfortable but they do have a nice, tacky quality to them and they feel like they stay in your hand well, i felt as though i had complete control of the marker at all times and didn't feel as though i might drop it. The only thing that bothered me was that the stock on/off seemed to be made of a poorer quality metal than the rest of the gun. With my 70.45 screwed into it it felt loose and a bit brittle. The clamping feed was very nice and fit my unsanded Reloader with no problem, keeping it on there very tight. I forked over the 600 (CHEAP!!!!!!!!) dollar asking price and filled my tank up to test my new toy.
SHOOTING THE FREESTYLE: After gassing up the freestyle and taking it into the chrono area i first turned off the eyes and dry-fired some, This thing mows! i was getting well over 15 bps fairly easy and hitting about 19 in short bursts. I stuck my reloader on it and went over to the chrono (also measures bps) my first 10 shots were 267,268,264,268,271,269,267,264,265,270. a tad hectic, but to be expected from a marker still within it's break-in period. i shot a string of 10 or so balls and was amazed at how easy it was to rip. i shot a string about 50 over the chrono and got 15.7 bps, not bad for a longer string of paint. i was able to easy shoot shorter bursts of 17-18 fairly easy. The accuracy was pretty good, putting 16 out of 20 shots on the 75 target with field paint and 18 out of 20 when i switched to rp premium. Not too bad for a stock barrel. i loved the fell of the Marker, it was perfectly balanced and the grip frame fit perfectly into my hand. it was soo easy to rip and the angle of the prodigy made it even easier. The Freestyle had very little kick and was very easy to keep on target while shooting. i got about 1200 shots off my 70/45. I was very impressed overall with the way it shot.
FREESTYLE IN A GAME: Not too much to say, it was great, i was shooting faces off all day. I play back and it was my absolute dream gun. I was shooting fools right and left. It got even better when my sponser bought me an empire kit and a uni for it. I sent my board in to get NOX LITE and it mows even faster!
I have never been a fan of ICD's products, but they did this one right. I would recommend this marker to anyone who can afford it. It is perfect for any position, fast for back, small and light for front, and both of those for mid! It is Fast, Accurate, Reasonably Priced, and Looks Great! The ICD Freestyle 05 will have you ripping faces, and looking like a pro while doing it.
i give it a 9.5 for bad grips and on/off, but i'm an optimist so 10/10