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coolio1831 Monday, December 19th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
2 years
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Rental Tippman 98 Custom, Spyder Imagine, Spyder Flash
Marker Setup: Mokal Fokus 2k3
20oz Pure Energy CO2
Java Manual Feed Hopper
Recommended
Upgrades:
Nitrogen, HPA
Expansion Chamber
Barrel
Strengths: Quiet
Fairly Accurate(stock barrel)
Efficient
Sturdy
IMO Looks Good
Simple



Weaknesses: Gets Cold Quickly
Double Shoots Paintballs Sometimes
Valve Cup Seal Leaked
Tank O-rings Burst
Review: I bought a paintball gun mainly just to be able to play with my cousins at their ranch. I figured it would be cheaper just to buy one than an spend $35 multiple times to rent. I picked this one because it was supposed to be a reliable gun and a decent performer. So far it has. The only thing I've had to do to it was replace the cup seal which was really easy. Just because I didn't want to have to do it later, I wrapped the hose connections with teflon tape. The only complaint I have having to do with the power source is the tank connection. For some reason, no matter what I do, every time I take the tank off, the o-ring freezes and breaks or just gets cut up by the threads. So I always have a pack of tank o-rings handy. Performance wise it is better than I expected. It is more accurate than my cousin's Imagine. I also have a strong feeling that if the Mokal had a electronic trigger it would fire faster. But I don't want to have to charge it. I can still out fire the crappy hopper. I've found that my particular gun likes small-medium paint. I tried some old Zap paint and it really hated it. That's the only time I could get it to break and it was in the barrel, not the bolt. Recently I tried Dusk, and it fires very well, but every 20 or so shots it would shoot out 2 paintballs. I might have to adjust the double feed bolt-thing on the side. What I really like is the simplicity of the marker. Although if you get one, they use metric allen wrenches, tools are not required except to operate on the valve, hoses, and handle. The bolt assembly unscrews and comes out in four pieces: the bolt, the hammer, the hammer spring, and the hammer damper/stop. When its all together there are only three openings: feed tube, tank socket, and barrel. There is no opening in the back part of the gun so no dirt gets in it. The gun is built like tank as well. The only plastic on the gun are the handle grips. The rest is either steel, brass, aluminum, or o-rings. What amazes me is that its still retains its efficiency even though all the heavy parts are moving back and forth. The bolt weighs a ton and it still does well over 1000 paintballs/tank. I shot just over a half of one of those 2000 boxes of Zap paint, then left the tank sitting for 3 months, then rapidly fired off 400 Dusk before it sputtered out on me. The only thing about rapid fire though is that it gets the gun COLD. I live in Houston and it's humid all the time. After some 10 or so rapid shots the barrel will start getting condensation on it. But its always fairly quiet. The best way to describe how it sounds is a muffled or suppressed nail gun. It doesn't clank, clunk, or thud. It's a crisp pop sound with a little ping. Dry firing the gun sounds like a normal nail gun and putting the paintball in front of the CO2 really quiets it down.
Conclusion: Stock its a beginners gun or maybe for a purist that wants a blow-back. After some modding I could see it being intermediate. It definitely wouldn't be able to fire off 25 bps, but 13-15 is reasonable. Very reliable though.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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