TippmanA5 w/reative trigger
Has the right hand feed, autococker had a center feed but I missed looking down the top so much I made sure my next one was right or left
Female stabilizer mounted just below the handle
Adco red dot site
Black hard coated 10.5" spiral vented barrel
Protouch trigger job
Stabilizer reg of some type, helps tremendously with velocity consistancy
- Quick bolt pull
- Super light
- Accuracy is awesome
- Sometimes I still chop paint
- Bit pricey
After five years of using this tank of a gun it still works but has developed a small leak in the cocking regulator (aka the rock reg). I called palmer shop about it and they said mail it in after running through a few things on the phone and they would fix it for free as a warranty repair! Amazing, after five years they still honor the warranty.
Powder coating on the marker is top notch, after five years of playing there's still no chips or scratches! Mine is just flat black with nothing fancy done to it, I thought at the time it might last longer that way, maybe I was right.
Bought it back in 2000 with a pro touch trigger job. I heard the stock setup was heavy and I didnt want another autococker heavy long trigger. Was very happy with the blazer's trigger, rocking motion, short, and light. Have to love it, but man those electronic marker triggers are soooo light and snappy. Love the blazer, think my next gun may be an electro blazer. Just not looking forward to it having hoses sticking out, will miss the clean design of the standard blazer. Far as chopping paint it just happens sometimes, it's still a two stage trigger so it happens time to time.
Price wise it's 400 stock setup, add a stab, 45 frame or trigger job and a ported barrel you'll be more closer to 650 - 700 dollars. Figure though it's really stood up to the test of time, not bad considering no issues with it until recently and even after the problem it's covered by warranty.
Over the years the barrel has seen a lot of use and it's not near as accurate as it once was. Just worn out, so while the gun is in for repair I told them to match a new 12" dual vented barrel ($125) to it. Matching a barrel just means they fire a bunch of paint through the barrel while turning it, once they find the best position the top of the barrel is marked so you know the best way to attach it to the gun. Slip fit tension system for their barrels in the blazer is sweet!
I also had them do a general maintenance on the gun ($35) to clean it up check any parts that need new o-rings and change em, etc. This has never been done by me or anyone else over the five years I've ran it so I figure it's time.
Not much else to say except I've kept it over the years as my only marker because it's a solid performer. Always worked and it's small size and weight (just two pounds without hopper or air on, add air and a full vl revolution hopper and your talkin about 4.5 pounds) is a huge bonus to me, I'm a tall but skinny guy and carrying around the autococker (had a stainless barrel on it, gun was 5 pounds without hopper or air, add full hopper load and 20oz tank it came close to 8, nearly double the blazer) for a year I noticed my arm was tired after a few games and it became harder and harder to keep the gun up and on target if a match lasted more than 15 min or so in the woods.
It's a sweet gun, but now a days considering the competition hmm The electro race guns sure are fun to shoot but if you must go mechanical this thing is very good (electros are just so sweet, it's why I give this an eight, palmer now offers an electro mod for the blazer which may bring this back to a 10, just cant compete with 15bps LOL)! Palmers was super helpful when I did have an air leak and the air smith they transfered me to knew the gun inside and out. 5 year warranty? Most cars dont have that
I was just looking through my reviews and realized it seemed like I was putting down the old blazer in my first review. At the time I was seriously considering a smart parts shocker but I ended up getting a new blazer after trying out a 2k blazer in person and compared it to the 1k that I owned. The 2k was like a perfect blazer, the trigger was great, consistancy was wonderful, and I was still using CO2 so I sure as heck wasnt looking forward to buying a gun and a hpa tank. Now that my 2k blazer is about a year old and it still works like the day I bought it after all the days of play and abuse it went through last season I'm happy with my decision! It's like a closed bolt, incredibly accurate, super light, reliable as a tippman gun! The updates palmers put into the 2k version were spot on IMO