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Everlight389 Thursday, September 29th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month21 of 24 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
GZ Intimidator
Texas Storm Intimidator
Nexus Ego
Marker Setup: Silver Defiant 2
CCM No pro feedneck
CIP Unimount
Inverted Pb bolt
Recommended
Upgrades:
Feedneck
Barrel
ASA (required)
Bolt with o-rings and detent slots
Strengths: - Small, light, and fast
- Good design
- Great price
- Efficent
Weaknesses: - Stock feedneck and bolt
- Two design points
- Board settings
Review: Strengths:

Small, light, and fast


It's the smallest gun out there in size, about the lightest (2.4 lbs with barrel, ASA, regs), and demonically fast. I'm very impressed with this gun... it has a nice feel to it in my opinion and is just overall great. Frenzy board is also very nice, providing pretty much all the standard settings for leagues and fields in both being able to play in capped semi, uncapped semi, capped ramping, and uncapped ramping.

Good design

Ram sleeve is much shorter than that of even an alias intimidator. Clamshell frame has hose guards around the trigger. The gun requires very little internal hosing because the ram is so short (barbs to the ram are about 1'' apart). Because they are so close, you don't need an external guage, you just tune it with one by taking out the ram sleeve and inserting a guage assembly instead. Torpedo and LPR are both as always very consistant, especially when broken in. The rear frame screw is dropped into the frame so your hand doesn't hit it, and the front frame screw is now integrated inside the clamshell. All of these things fit together harmoniously and form a very nice gun that's easy to work on.

Great price

I got mine for $550 from cartunes99 off PBNation. For the price, I think it's the nicest gun on the market save the proto matrix, in which case they are about equal.

Efficent

It wasn't initially because it needed broken in, but now my gun gets 1800 shots or so off a 68/4500 fill at a dwell of 6 and the LPR tuned right. Sweet.

Weaknesses:

Stock feedneck and bolt


Stock feedneck isn't clamping in any way and didn't fit my Halo that was pretty well sanded down. A twister feed would have been much better and not that much harder to put on, though I would have still replaced it with a CCM No pro. The bolt isn't very good either... no o-rings, no detent slots, and could have been better made.

Not terribly efficent

I still have to tune mine some, but it isn't too efficent right now. Partly because of the bolt, and partly because of the design. You do have to break the gun in, so plan on wasting some air for your first 3000 shots or so

Edit: Actually, now I'm getting about 1500 or so off a 68/4500 fill... as good as any regular intimidator.

Two design points

Because of the design, it actually has a "hammer-esque" ram that actuates the valve. It's a little heavier than a normal hammer, but not that big of a deal. It probably wouldn't be easy to put a real ram in there, but if they had it would have been a little better.

The real thing that dissapoints me are the inverse ASA threads. That means that the ASA actually threads into the regulator, as opposed to the other way. But, with $20 you can get an adapter from Violent Products to fix the problem, so you can change the macroline fitting angle and use a guage. Not a huge deal, but it's a little money hungry of Bob Long to put that on it.

Board settings

The settings on the board are somewhat limited, and it doesn't have an LCD. Dwell can only be set at 2ms incriments between 6 and 12. Debounce is 2, 5, 20, and 50 ms. Ramping could be a little more adjustable, but I can't complain about it. M5 tadao is much better and I think that it's a good upgrade, though not required.

Edit 1:
Figured out that the stock bolt was the source of the inefficency I was having, along with not having enough Dow55 on the ram. Check the PBNation defiant 2 forums for bolts that are availible and make sure to keep that ram lubed up!

Edit 2:
Had a couple more problems. First, the stock eye wires are bent at 90 degrees, so one of mine snapped off rather easily. So a call to BLAST and I'll have a new pair soon. Also, my ram just doesn't stay lubed too well, so after every 2000 shots or so make sure to lube up that ram. Other than that it works great.

Edit 3:
Got the eyes from BLAST in 3 days... flawless customer support. I also get a pod off about 200 psi with it tuned right, so that's pretty crazy efficency.

Edit 4:
After using it for awhile and getting about 1800 shots off a 68/4500 (with paint) I changed the efficency to a plus, instead of a minus. My dwell is at 6 and LPR is at about 75 and it gets really good efficency.
Conclusion: Overall I think it's a great marker for any player, whether tourney baller or rec player. Performs on par with guns twice the price, is one of the lightest, one of the smallest, and is overall a very nice marker. I reccomend it to anyone in the price range of 550, and encourage people in lower price ranges to save up and get it as well.

It definately gets my seal of approval
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, November 1st, 2005 at 11:29 am PST
 

Review Comments
RobVsWorld Sunday, October 2nd, 2005 | 8:07 am PST
Made mistake on weight. With everything it's around 4-5 lbs.
   

ThursdayLsr Sunday, October 2nd, 2005 | 4:49 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by RobVsWorld
Made mistake on weight. With everything it's around 4-5 lbs.

I believe he meant with the reg and barrel, not the whole set up.
   

Everlight389 Monday, October 3rd, 2005 | 1:43 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by RobVsWorld
Made mistake on weight. With everything it's around 4-5 lbs.

Everything = barrel, regulators, asa, ect.
   

topnotchcapt Tuesday, October 4th, 2005 | 10:04 pm PST
Good review.
   

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