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Thomas Catlin Sunday, February 19th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
6 months5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Automag Powerfeed - good gun but had problems shooting hot... probably needed a new trigger pin
Marker Setup: 16" Boomstick Barrel
BSA Red Dot Site
Foregrip Extension
Remote Hose Assembly
Horizontal "Rifle" Foregrip (custom made)
Wire Butt Stock (custom made)
Recommended
Upgrades:
Red Dot Site
Remote Hose Assembly
Strengths: Reliable
Accurate
Shoots Fast
Light Weight
Looks Badass
Weaknesses: Gas hog
Eats lots of oil
Review: This gun is reliable... the most important quality, by far, to be had by any gun. It never refuses to shoot, never experiences shoot-down, and never breaks paint. If it's leaking air, it takes me less than 5 minutes to diagnose and replace the bad o-ring. The simplicity of this gun is ridiculous for how "high end" it is. Maintenance is almost nonexistent. Just keep it well oiled and it'll be good to you.

This gun is accurate. Its X-Valve regulator keeps your velocity extremely consistent, which means that all of your paintballs will fly at the exact same speed, and therefore, will land in the exact same place. And even though I'm using a Boomstick, the stock barrel is just as accurate, so you really don't even need to change out the barrel.

This gun is fast. For a mechanical marker, there are none faster. The X-Valve allows you to shoot as fast as you can pull the trigger without any shoot down whatsoever. It's limit is 25 balls per second, but nobody can physically shoot that fast anyway... but it's still nice to know that it's there if you ever need it.

This gun is light. Thanks to it's all aluminum X-Valve and Tac-One body combined with its Autococker threaded barrels, this gun floats in your hands like nothing. This is a vast improvement over the Automag Classic, which was made almost entirely of stainless steel. However, you may want to consider investing in a remote hose line to prevent a bulky air tank from throwing off the gun's excellent weight distribution.

This gun looks badass. I'm so sick and tired of all these other new guns that look like alien spaceships covered in red glitter. Stop it already with the elaborate milling and sparkly colors! The Tac-One brings some balls back to paintball. It looks mean and gives you the impression that it's here to take your head off, not to win a beauty pageant.

This gun is a gas hog. The Level 10 Bolt vents out a tiny amount of air with every shot to allow itself to bounce off a halfway breached ball in order to prevent chopping. This venting adds up over time and works against air efficiency. To add on to that, the X-Valve only functions off of very high pressure, meaning that the gun will not shoot once your air tank drops below 650 psi or so. I tend to only get about 600+ shots out of a 3000 psi air tank. But since the accuracy of my gun is so good, I rarely need to spray and pray, so I end up conserving my shots and saving lots of air.

This gun is thirsty for oil. This is not so much of a weakness, but more of a heads up. Make sure you put in at least 3 drops of oil every single time you play. You also need to make sure your power tube and bolt piston are very well lubed to keep everything running smoothly.
Conclusion: This gun works like a dream. I never have problems with it. Ever! It does what it should and does it well. Forget about finicky, overated, unreliable $2000 electros. For $450 new, this is truly top of the line.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Friday, March 10th, 2006 at 4:50 pm PST
 

Review Comments
rooster1 Thursday, December 21st, 2006 | 12:41 pm PST
"This gun is a gas hog. The Level 10 Bolt vents out a tiny amount of air with every shot to allow itself to bounce off a halfway breached ball in order to prevent chopping. This venting adds up over time and works against air efficiency. To add on to that, the X-Valve only functions off of very high pressure, meaning that the gun will not shoot once your air tank drops below 650 psi or so."

Above is a quote from the original review. Excellent review! I just wanted to slightly clarify two part of the paragraph you wrote.

The Level 10 does not "vent" out air with every shot. Each shot fired use a burst of air to push the bolt forward. This same burst of air also escapes past the bolt to then push the paintball down the barrel. This burst of air will only "vent" if the bolt does not go forward all the way in the case of a pinched ball. When that happens the burst of air "vents" inside the bolt rather than escaping past the bolt to fire the paintball.

Also, this occaisional "venting" is not what causes slightly less air efficiency, it is the fact that the Level 10 uses longer, stronger bolt springs that the original Level 7 ones. Since the level 10 bolt springs are stronger it takes more air volume, not pressure, to push the bolt forward to counteract the stronger spring that returns the bolt. I know this to be true because I use the same 850 psi preset Crossfire tank for my Mag now with the Level 10 than when it had the Level 7.
   

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