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r51460 Monday, January 2nd, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
2 years3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
04 Shocker
DM5
06 Nexus Ego
DMC
Nerve
Marker Setup: Nexus Ego w/ Maxflo micro
Dark Ego w/ Maxflo micro
Dark Shocker/ 04 Vision Shocker (Backup)
Virture board
Predator board
Lucky 15 Kit
Hammerhead barrel kit
Freak Barrel kit
All American Barrel
Twist tight feedneck
HE bolt
ND firing can
Hybrid bolt guide
Q-Loader
Halo B w/ Victory Board and rip drive
Empire Reloader B and rip drive w/ Hybrid suicide shell
92, 88, 45 CI Crossfire tank
Recommended
Upgrades:
Lucky 15 kit
S rail
CP trigger
Hybrid bolt guide
Efficiency bolt
New board
All personal preferences though
Strengths: Accurate
Fast
Small Profile
Consistent velocity
Sweet looks/ unique
Weaknesses: -Upgrades needed to perform optimally
-Heavier than the regular shocker
-Efficiency with stock bolt
Review: Well, I bought this marker with upgrades already on it (Predator board, CP roller trigger, S rail, and HE bolt) for $900 so I thought it was quite a deal. All I added was the hybrid bolt guide, a Lucky 15 kit, and a CP reg.

-Very accurate, especially with good/ fresh paint and a good barrel to paint match, consistent and predictable ball flight with tight ball groupings, ball on ball from around 25+ feet
-Compact profile like all other shockers, great for front players on the move but it is heavier than a stock shocker and the nexus ego and probably the new DM6, one of the lighter and smaller high end markers but not the lightest anymore, although I rest the tank against my shoulder so marker weight is not as much of an issue except when running
-As fast as any other marker I've seen or used, I've been capping mine at 15 bps to conserve paint but it keeps up well even when I use my Qloader, it becomes a freak show on full auto or ramping
-My HE bolt gives me about a case with my 92 or 88 and about 1000 with my 45 but I usually refill before then to maintain optimal performance, I never like to feel like I'm running low during a game
-Alot of after market parts for customization to your preference level
-Awesome milling and looks, you'll get lots of stares and questions from other players
-Very Consistent (+-2 fps with proper settings and good paint with the right barrel match)
-My friend tells me it's quiter than my other shocker but I can't really tell a difference shooting it
-Good range from back to back
-The eyes work very well when cleaned properly, I've never had problems with even dark paint chopping
-Awesome barrel with the stock lucky 15 (I've used lots of barrels before but I like the Lucky's one piece design and it works as well as anything else I've ever used including the Dye UL), I'd still reccommend getting a kit for better paint match and the best accuracy/ consistency/ and efficiency, it uses autococker barrels and not shocker barrels so that could be good or bad depending on which barrels you already own
-It works well with both my virtue and predator boards, I hear the dynasty boards are also awesome but if you want a more basic board that shoots fast, you can opt for the nerve board which it may come with standard
-I have had problems cutting the eye ribbon when reassembling the gun so be careful
-Very reliable when maintained properly but finicky when neglected
-It can shoot cheap paint well but why would you drop $1,000+ on a marker and be cheap on paint? Unless you have no choice because you dropped $1,000+ on a marker.
Conclusion: Great gun! It excels in the most important aspsects of a marker IMO accuracy, speed, size/weight, and with a bolt upgrade, efficiency. It's a solid performer straight out of the box but if you want to squeeze the optimal performance out of it or would like to personalize it, there are many options for you to choose from (Barrels, boards, bolts, etc...). As with any marker, proper maintenance is very important for optimal performance, I'm just glad I've got the Garcia brothers from Philly Americans to tech my gun now.

Bottomline, get a kit for the best paint match, always use the best paint (as with any high end marker), get a HE bolt to cut down on trips to the fill station and enjoy the fun of watching the pissed looks on other players faces as they wear your paint in the dead box.

I don't believe that any marker is perfect but the dark shocker is about as good as you can get especially with all of the upgrades given today's level of paintball technology

Update: I still love this marker but have been using egos lately. I prefer not having to clean and lube my bolt after every weekend, plus they are much lighter.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, October 5th, 2006 at 7:03 pm PST
 

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