Warped Sportz Dark Angel iR3, VL Revolution 12V hopper, CP on / off ASA and feed neck, 68/4500 CA tank
Smart Parts SP-8, Halo B w / rip drive hopper
Tippmann Model 98, CAR adjustable stock, Flatline barrel, J&J Pro 14" barrel, remote line
Fast...VERY fast hopper
Rate of Fire
Ease of Programming
Weak aluminum in places
Feedneck could be better
***This review written on Jan21, 2006 at Spec Ops paintball.***
I recently bought a System X NME from Sir Jman on the Spec Ops forums. I bought it when I was in Iraq so it took me a little while before I could actually use the thing.
I had it out at Low Country Paintball this past Sunday. I was using a Halo B with Rip Drive and a small HPA tank, the smallest kind they make, lol. I had it out on the target range at first, just trying to get used to it. The NME is kind if easy to mess around with at first. There is the on/off ASA at the bottom of the grip, the velocity adjustment screw is at the bottom of the inline regulator, and the adjustbale low pressure regulator sits just under the barrel. I hooked up my tank and the marker cocked itself. Cool! I turned the marker on with the button the is recssed into the back of the trigger frame. Turning it on puts it into the live fire mode with the eyes turned on. Hold the button for 1/2 a second and the eyes will be disabled allowing you to dry fire.
The velocity adjustments were simple. I just had to turn a screw at the bottom of the inline regulator. The NME was operating at around 100 psi that day. I would have adjusted it down to 80 psi, but the setscrew I needed to loosen was stripped out. You can adjust the operating pressure via a "thumb-screw" I guess, at the front of the low-pressure regulator after you loosen a set screw. The manual says it can operate between 80-125 psi. There is an easy to read operating pressure guage located on the right side of the NME at the intersection of the LPR and inline regulator.
The NME features a twist-lock feedneck, centerfeed style. I found that is holds my Halo pretty well, though an upgraded feed neck is probably best. It is threaded for an Impulse feed neck. I guess the eyes on the NME are infra-red. It will detect virtually all types of paint. The bolt easily slides out of the back after you pull up on the knob sticking out of the top of the bold. This allows you to quickly clean the bolt and swab your barrel without removing the barrel. Cool, huh? The trigger guard is absolutely huge! The Jolly Green Giant himself would be able to walk the trigger. The milling on the NME is phenomenal. It is truly a work of art. I didn't find any defects in the workmanship and anodizing of the marker. It comes stock with a light-weight to-piece barrel with a .689 bore. The grips feel great in the hands. I never once lost my grip on these things, even though my hands were all sweaty and dirty. The NME has dual ball detents to ensure that you aren't going to double-feed or have a ball roll out of the chamber on you.
The NME is powered by a Wicked Air Sports (WAS) Equalizer board. You can easily program the board by reading along in the manual. You don't need to remove the grips or anything else in order to program it. The owners maunal is put together pretty well. The trigger is highly adjustable. After messing around with it a bit I found the setting I like most. I have never been able to walk the trigger on a paintball gun, but with the NME, it makes it almost impossible not to. I can rip on it pretty fast. The gun is capable of cycling up to 35 cycles per second. I have had mine shooting over 20 BPS so far. I am going to mess around with the board and see if I can up it.
I would suggest getting a freak or pipe barrel kit for this. Having the right size barrel is always a good thing. The barrel is threaded for an autococker. You are going to want to have a fast hopper with this. It has a big appetite for paint. You may be interested in buying a different board for the NME so you can control firing modes on it. It is only semi-auto, although it is a very fast semi. It runs off from 9-volt batteries, non-rechargeable. It has pretty good battery efficiency though.
***Updated*** I just realized that you can change the firing mode on this board to comply with NPPL, PSP, and NXL formats. Very cool. I had the marker cycling at 30 BPS. All I can say is "WOW!" I have never experienced anything like that before, lol.
The one bad thing I have to say about this is that the alumium could be a better quality. I stripped out on of the grip screws on it. I will have to use Lok-Tite on it to get it to hold.
If you have the money...get it. You will not be disappointed.
You can download the manual online, just so you know, just go to the website. I am envious, I want one of these, but lack the money right now. If I can, I'd like to get a LE, but I'd go for the NME alone, seems like an awesome gun. Welcome home soldier!