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scspfs Friday, December 9th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Piranha EVO - obviously a higher end gun, with the regulator and eyes
Spyder Compact - very similar performance
Desert Fox - Blow forward, so not really similar, but relevant
Automag R/T - see Desert Fox
Stingray - (Yes, I admit it - I had one) - not even close
Marker Setup: 2005 Piranha EVO
Clamping Feedneck
45/4500 HPA
32 Degrees Remote (for CO2 when used)
Recommended
Upgrades:
Anti-siphon
HPA is always nice
Delrin bolt would make the kick lighter
New trigger would help ROF, but stock isn't HORRIBLE
Strengths: Price
Aluminum trigger frame
easy to find upgrades
20 bps
ready out of the box
Weaknesses: Discountinued
Safety mode difficult
10bps default
no battery charge port
Review: I purchased this marker for my wife, as she has never played before. It was a great closeout deal ($20) so I couldn't pass it up.

When it arrived, I was pleasantly suprised. I was expecting a cheap feeling, leaking marker, but what I got was ready to go out of the box.

I pulled out the hammer and bolt and added a few drops of oil. I aired it up, and took a few practice shots using paint that was just lying around (spent some time in a trunk, so quality was REALLY poor).

Initial impressions:
Stock barrel isn't the quietest I've heard, but not too bad.
Accuracy (for the garbage paint I was using) was fairly good.
Trigger takes some getting used to, and definately room for improvement.
My wife was suprised how little kick there was (for a blowback). The flush cocking bolt seems to help lower the moving mass, and reduces it some.

When field stripping, there is no back block, so it comes apart rather easily. Make sure you catch all the pieces!

Efficiency looks to be about average, and the drop forward is small, but nice.

The gun has a decent balance with a 20oz tank and a full hopper.

I did notice that the barrel tends to come loose after shooting. It may be the barrel o-ring, or just not locking it down tight enough. A wrap or 2 of some teflon tape might help if you have this problem. (my desert fox didn't have o-rings on the barrel originally, so I had to use that trick).

The only problem I had was a slight leak at the macro line - easily fixed by removing the tube and re-seating it.

You can set the rate of fire from 4-20bps. At 10bps (the default) It would skip every now and then when I tried to walk it. I upped the ROF to 20, and it caught all my trigger pulls.

It does have a game timer, but no sounds or warning. The marker just goes into SAFE mode when the timer goes off. Strange setup, I would rather have a warning beep or flash.

Another gripe is the lack of a charge port. Although it is easy to get to the battery (2 phillips screws) I don't like the idea of having to open it every time I want to play - I can see them getting stripped from rushing it.

The odometer resets every time you turn the marker off, so don't count on it keeping track of how many balls you have shot over the life of the gun.
Conclusion: Overall, I would recommend this as a great beginner gun. It has all the features a new user would need, plus easy upgrading (t-board, regulator, clamping feed tube, timmy bolts I believe) to keep up with the first few years of skill.

Not tournament grade (obviously), but you can have fun with it on a speedball course or woodsball - perfect for a beginner.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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