ICD Promaster (Black)
AKA 2-liter HPR
Scepter Barrel Kit
Crossfire 68/4500 HP tank
Halo with Victory Board
You will need to buy an ASA and macroline kit because there isn't one included. Optional upgrades are the HPR, barrel, feedneck, LPR (when STD releases a JDS LPR), the usual. I say optional because they aren't really necessary.
Easy to maintain
HPR needs to be significantly broken in
No ASA included
I've had the opportunity to fire a lot of markers, but unfortunately I've never owned any really good highend markers. This is my first and I am not disappointed. ICD did an excellent job with the Promaster. They took the B2K4 and got rid of the tray, changed the milling, and improved on the all around design of the marker. On to the review.
When I opened the box, I found one excellent looking marker. I picked it up right away to see just how light it really was, it's truly surprising at first. Before I started messing with it, I took a look at the manual that ICD provided. It goes over everything you need to know about the marker, very useful. I also took a look at the small poster size schematics included, shows the entire marker with breakdown of all of the parts with their part numbers, also very useful. After reading through the manual carefully I started working with my brand new Promaster.
Before airing up the marker, it is recommended to take the stock HPR apart and lube it. This is not done from factory so if not done, there is a good chance you will have problems right away. After doing this, I installed my Check-It Unimount and a macroline kit. It was then that I realized that there was another hole for a standard fitting on the opposite side of the reg, but ICD had not included and plugs to cover it. Luckily I had a few in my parts kit so I threw one on and was ready to go. I aired it up and set my regs properly (great instructions in the manual on how to do so, for those who don't know how). I popped on my Halo, loaded some paint, and went outside to do some test firing. With my HPR set to 250psi, my handheld chrono read just over 300fps. After turning down the reg to about 200psi, it was firing just under 280fps. Shot off a few strings of paint with no drop off, no breaks. The trigger is very responsive, very easy to walk. There is almost no kick, and if held properly it is not even noticeable.
I decided to really test out the marker. I opened the grip and set the the board to unlimited ramping, and my halo to full speed. I fired off an entire hopper far quicker than I ever thought possible with very consistent ball on ball speeds and accuracy. I was truly shocked at how fast this thing can shoot out paint. After the fun I cleaned and lubed the internals, fairly easy to do in comparison to some other guns I've taken apart.
After installing the AKA reg, here are my current stats.
Consistency: +-4 fps
Shots per fill (68/4500 tank): Full hopper and 9 pods, almost 1500 shots
No ASA included
No reg plugs
HPR needs to be lubed and significantly broken in
Battery install is a little tedious
Being that these are all small problems, the positives far outweigh them. The Promaster is an excellent marker for the price, and can easily compete with the various highend markers on the market. Fast, Consistent, Accurate, Light, Excellent Milling, the list just goes on and on. I would recommend this marker to anyone looking to upgrade to a nice highend gun for a low price, or even for anyone that wants a nice backup.
You are correct that it is not absolutely necessary to lube the hpr on every Promaster, but there were instances in which they were not properly lubricated from factory. Although having the internals of the hpr dry like that will not always cause problems, it increases the chances that there will be. I recommend doing so simply because I know of the situation, and the dealer I purchased mine from as well as some others recommended the same.
Very nice gun!!! lil sanding needed for the link pin cuz it scratches but other then that very good! Also does not come with an asa, macro, and fittings but no big deal. tom1717 beats the ion out of the water^^^... highly reccomend this gun