CCI Phantom, 32 Degrees T-Stock, Armson Pro Red Dot Sight
Consistency and efficiency. Consistency translates to improved precision.
Price, adds weight, need a regulator.
Looking to improve the performance of my 98 custom, I did some research and decided to give the low pressure kit a shot. I got mine for about $90 dollars, but the price varies greatly depending on where you look. Installation wasn't hard, just remove the stock valve assembly and hammer, and replace with the kit's. Add a regulator (which you need to get separately, so figure that into the cost when buying), and you're ready to go . . . sort of.
When I first installed it, it required quite a bit of setup. I don't see this as a weakness of the kit, but it won't be ready to go as soon as you install it. You might have to play with the pressure on your regulator, or the tension on the drive spring (if not using the included rear cocking assembly). I use the kit's valve with a titanium hammer, stock drive spring, and DOP RVA. It didn't take long to set up, perhaps an hour of tweaking pressure and spring tension.
So now it's ready to go. The most benefit with this kit will come with CO2, because running it at a low pressure ensures that the fluctuations form the tank are smoothed out. You can also use CO2 reliably in the cold. The consistency, even with the CO2, is incredible. I use a Palmer's Stabilizer, which is a great reg for CO2, so that helps, too.The shot to shot consistency translates to a high degree of precision from shot to shot, precision being how close the shots are to each other. Whether they go where you want, accuracy, is a product of the shooter, but with a well-tuned low pressure setup, they should go to the same spot over and over.
Just a note, I run a low pressure setup on a 2nd 98 Custom, using the kit's hammer assembly, and a modified valve with an Inline Stabilizer. Same great results.
If you use CO2 and want to fix the inconsistency of the 98 Custom, this kit is the answer. It's an expensive solution, but it works. 9/10.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 at 6:17 am PST