Great for milsim, no hopper hits, very durable, will last long time if maintained.
Requires frequent maitenance, not for the impatient, small magazine can be a deterrent.
I've been using this marker for over a year, so I think it's time I posted a review. The first thing to remember is that these markers require constant attention. They must be stripped and cleaned frequently, I would suggest before every game. They will not appeal to everyone, and you must think carefully before you buy one of these. It really depends on what you are looking for in the market.
These markers are magazine fed via a 20 round, spring-fed detachable magazine. The .40 or .43 paintballs are loaded into small shell casings, which are available in a biodegradable plastic or metal alloy. Shell catchers are available to recycle your shells.
CO2 tank is smaller than normal, and fits inside the buttstock. The marker has a very efficient gas consumption, and a 45 gram tank (about 1.5 ounces) will give you about 140 shots (7 magazines, which is a lot.) The tanks provided are standard threeads, so you can also use a remote line, or remove the buttstock and use a standard CO2 tank. These markers are also adaptable for Nitro and HPA, but I have not personally used these in this marker.
There are two main versions available, the RAP4 and the RAP4 LE. The LE uses higher quality parts, and the CO2 efficiency increases a LOT when using the new parts. Higher pressure from the new system allows very high velicity, from 350 to 450 FPS. Since the paintballs are of smaller mass than .68 caliber, they can be safely fired at these higher speeds without any greater risk of injury. This is great for people who play in backyards, or for Law Enforcement/military training groups; However, if you play at chrono of 300 or less, the standard RAP4 will meet chrono, so it would be a wiser purchase.
Accuracy depends on the version you purchase. The LE version gets direct shot accuracy of around 1" groupings at 75+ feet, whereas the standard version gets about 6" groupings at 65 feet, due to the lesser velocity.
The best paint available can only be purchased form one of the leading distributors, www.rap4.com. If your field has a field paint only rule, try asking the field owner if it's possible for the shop to order it for you. That's what I'm doing now, so the paint isn't an issue. However, if you can't get the paint for the place you intend to play at, then this isn't worth your money at all. Get something you can use.
The parts are metal, and the outer housing is mostly anodized aluminum, so this thing can take a real beating. Since it's all mechanical, this marker can even be sumberged without damage. There is also an airsoft conversion kit, so these markers are incredible for airsoft play, since they can literally go anywhere. The paint can't go underwater without damage, but the marker will perform well in the rain, since the paint is kept in the chamber until firing.
Simply put, this marker is ideal for someone looking for flexibility. The options available for use are staggering (CO2, HPA, Nitro, stock, no stock, remote line, airsoft, paintball, tactical training). However, you MUST be willing to spend a lot of time on this marker, it is HIGH MAITENANCE. But since it is mechanical, it's not that hard to figure out. For help when maintaining the marker, you cam always visit the forums at www.rap4.com. The people who have been on that forum a long time can give you a lot of help if you run into a problem not covered in the manual (which isn't that great.) Remember, these markers are made in Asia. RAP4 is just a distributor. They don't manufacture them. So don't go pointing fingers at the wroing people if the marker isn't what you expected.
This product requires a lot of time and is a great learning experience if you have the patience. If you want soemthing that doesn't require a lot of attention, then you should find something else. These aren't for everyone. But if you have the time to sink into this thing, it'll serve you very well for a long time.
phecri902~ you say the following " Remember, these markers are made in Asia. RAP4 is just a distributor. They don't manufacture them. So don't go pointing fingers at the wrong people if the marker isn't what you expected."
I'm speechless..... this is such a ridiculous statement I can't believe you said it.
They market and sell the product thus they take on the responsibility- to say anything less is used car salesman tactics and dishonest. stand behind the quality of the product and the integrity of the marketing strategy or don't sell it!.
remember ,HONESTY HONESTY HONESTY.
try to remember that.
Last edited on Monday, November 12th, 2007 at 12:40 pm PST
Hollywood, I just meant that RAP4 isn't responsible for the design, manufacturing of the parts, and concept of how the marker works. I completely agree with you that RAP4 should stand behind what it sells, and offer reasonable support for any defects or part failures. Sorry for not elaborating on that when wrote this up.
quote:Originally posted by phecri902 Hollywood, I just meant that RAP4 isn't responsible for the design, manufacturing of the parts, and concept of how the marker works. I completely agree with you that RAP4 should stand behind what it sells, and offer reasonable support for any defects or part failures. Sorry for not elaborating on that when wrote this up.
Man you make it hard to be upset with you bud lol-I'll tell you this I do have allot of respect for your honesty and character. sorry if I have insulted you in any of my posts-it's just so frustrating to have so many other people being dishonest about things posted here.