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AutoMagX Tuesday, September 20th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
Automag classic, X-valve
Marker Setup: 68 Classic Left Powerfeed, Intelliframe w/Sticky3's, X-Valve w/Level X Bolt
Ricochet Apache, SP Freak SS Kit
Shocktech Drop, On/Off, Foregrip, Nitro Duck 68/45 Plasma
Sydarm w/Tuna CA adaptor, Intelliframe
Tuna's CA adaptor
Strengths: Reliability, mag style, compact
Weaknesses: Expensive, hard to find
Review: First let me say I mostly bought this pistol because I thought it was well engineered, and it matched my Mag. Most pistols are too big (triple tube design) and mostly low quality blowbacks. The Sydarm is a rose in that patch of dandelions, well designed, unique and relatively compact. I have no idea what the CO2 efficiency is, I use Tunaman's CA adaptor, which adapts the 12-gram chamber to a QD fitting. The only time I use it is scenario or woodsball games, when I run a slide-checked remote from my HPA anyway. It would be easy enough to rig up a 4-oz CO2 to a home-made coil remote and keep it in a leg holster- another viable option, which negates many drawbacks of 12-grams. Reliability has been great for me, as any Mag should be. Accuracy is exactly what you'd expect from a pistol- decent at close distances, out to about 50' or so. Beyond that, it does it's job well, makes a good conversation piece, and may be a bit of a collectible someday. The price is steep, I picked mine up on ebay for $300, AGD was selling them for around $400 a while ago, but they are no longer in the store, so I assume they don't have any more. The only other upgrade I did was an Intelliframe with RPG's Viperblade trigger, mostly because the stock frame was ugly, and the Intelli matches my Mag. A double trigger is unnecceasry on a pistol, but the Sticky3's are great.
Conclusion: If you like Mags, or are looking for a reliable, quality pistol or a great conversation maker, get one. Otherwise, the Sydarm would probably not be worth the steep price. I give it an 8 for the inherent 12-gram problem, and the old-school stock frame.
8 out of 10

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