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ev_freek Thursday, January 5th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 years2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Airstar Super Nova ET - The upgraded version of this gun
Generation I Warmachine Assault 80 - Electronic version of the nova, with a barrel that is a pain to remove.
Various spyder clones - All around inferior
Marker Setup: AT-85 with hopper adapter
Halo B
20 oz. C02 or 30/4000 tank
Recommended
Upgrades:
Upgrades are rare for this gun
Strengths: - Very efficient with the gas
- Totally unique
- Simple to maintain
Weaknesses: - Not gonna find upgrades for it
- If it breaks, you're on your own
Review: When I look for guns I look for reliability, performance, and uniqueness. See I'm almost obsessive about being unique. It's not enough that my equipment look different, it's gotta BE different. So when I was looking to upgrade from my old spyder compact, I was thrilled when I heard about this gun. It looked to have everything I wanted. It's capable of 12 bps, nice and reliable, and certainly few people had ever seen them. When I got my first Nova, it was a match made in heaven. I loved it, and it loved me. I play outlaw and Scenario paintball, and this gun served me well. It gave me the performance increase I was hoping for, and since most people had never even heard of it, let alone seen it, I was thrilled with that aspect of it too. I kept it for about two years. I never did any maintanance on it, only every adjusting the velocity. Well the day came when I couldn't get it to stop leaking. This was before I had internet access, so I started looking for someone to repair it. Since few people had even heard of it, most of the local airsmiths refused to touch it. I finally found someone to work on it. Well about a week after I gave him my gun to work on, he was fired from his job, and when he left he took my gun. So I bought another one. See, this time I had internet access, so when it stopped working again, I had help. Turns out that the gun is very simple, it uses a spool valve. As a result there are only 4 or 5 parts that move, which is how many parts that move in a blow back trigger. Some of the things that I enjoyed about the gun was it's unique report. While it is quiter than your standard marker, there are many that are quiter, but whenever I'm on the field, it's easy to tell where because the shot from this gun sounds so unique. Like I said before the gun is simple, about the only thing there is to wear out are O-rings. I just wasn't brave enough to get in there.
Conclusion: In it's time, it was a four star marker. Compared to todays markers, you can buy better performance for less. If you like standing out or simplicity this is a good choice. If you just want performance, go with something else.
Rating:
7 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, January 5th, 2006 at 3:29 pm PST
 

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