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WarHamster Friday, March 17th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Zap Chronic (non-420)
Zap Spank
Nelson Black-Ops
Nelson Nelsplat
PMI Marbs
X-Ball Gold
Draxxus Blaze
Draxxus Hellfire
Draxxus Polar Ice
Marker Setup: -Custom Built Sniper II (2001 WGP Body)
-Custom Built Autococker (2004 AIM Body)
-Upgraded Smart Parts Ion
-Upgraded CCI Phantom VSC
-Upgraded Ariakon ACP Pistol
Recommended
Barrels:
Anything that matches. I'm an advocate of the SP Freak & Powerlyte Scepter barrels myself.
Strengths: -Very Bright Visible Fill
-Always breaks on target
-Extremely consistant & round shell
-Shoots consistantly
Weaknesses: -Brittle shell can break in HP markers or cold weather
-Expensive
Review: I was a huge fan of Zap paint before they got bought out & changed their paint standards (back when Spank was a green shell, not purple). I Thought their Spank & their Chronic were both amazing. Spank was durable enough to be shot through ANYTHING without breaking while still breaking on the target, and Chronic was just as good, only it had the added bonus of being more consistantly sized & round, and thus flew amazingly well.

Then Zap got bought out. After wasting my money on 2 cases of Spank & two cases of Chronic, I gave it up as a lost cause. The new owner cut quality control and raised prices. Spank now broke on a regular basis, and Chronic wasn't much better. My friends & I spent more time squeegeeing our markers & wishing our shots were going straight, then we did getting eliminations.

That brings us up to the present and gives you an idea where I'm reviewing this Chronic 420 from. After giving up on Zap, I discovered X-Ball gold & loved it. I used it for close to a year before my store was completely out the day before paintballing. I'd heard from a few people at the store that 420 was still good despite the new owners at Zap, so I broke down & bought a case.

It cost me $65 which strikes me as a lot considering I pay $40 for X-Ball gold, but I was desperate so I paid it. Upon getting home and looking at the paint, the first thing I noticed is that it was all a consistant size again, just like the old Chronic I used to use before the buyout. It was fitting my .687 FREAK insert perfectly. In 50 something rounds only one rolled straight through, and none were so tight that I couldn't easily blow them out. I thought we were off to a great start. I took a few out onto my back porch and firied off a hopper with my autococker. It looked like we were off to a more then great start. It was not only shooting just as straight as my X-Ball, but I didn't have any of the breaks I feared I might get. I was set to hit the field and depending on how it performed it looked like I had a permanent replacement for my X-Ball gold.

Now before, I start on what happened at the field, I'd like to make it clear that it was snowing, 30 degrees, and windy which more then likely had a big impact on the events.

When I got to the field the next day I went to chrono my markers. This is usually a comical task because I'm walking to the back of the staging area with anywhere between 2 & 5 markers. Today, I was walking back with my ACP pistol stuffed in my pocket, my sniper II & phantom in one arm, & my cocker with tank & hopper in the other. First I tried to chrony the ACP. I should have known better then to even try to use a marker that runs on 12 grams in freezing whether. The third ball out of the barrel was a break. Every subsequent shot after that either broke in the barrel or shot off so wildly that it was anyone's guess where it would hit. Well crap, alright not to be discouraged I put the ACP away & tried my phantom. Hopefully it would fare a bit better on 12 grams. Nope another break inside of the first 10 shots. Hmm, that's no good. Alright I guess I can give up on my pumps & pistols today. At least I have a full case to use with the cocker. I went to chrony the cocker. 276, 280, 288, 284. Good good, shot a rope to make sure everythign was working alright. Suprise suprise, another break. At this point I simply gave up on the Chronic 420 and borrowed a case of polar ice from my friend (which worked well I might add) for the rest of the day.

Not to be discouraged, I took all my markers out to my back yard on the next nice day we had. It was about 48 degrees, sunny, & no wind. I brought out everything this time., My cocker, my piranha, my ACP, my sniper II, & my phantom. Without a chrony I had to hope they were still all chronographed, but I was reasonably sure none were shooting over 300fps just by watching the ball's flight. First I tried the cocker since that had worked earlier. I shot half a hopper in perfect ropes. No breaks & I couldn't ask for better shot consistancy. Next the Phantom. I fired the first ten rounds with no problem. I broke round number 6 in the next ten rounds. So I got 16 rounds before a break. I cleaned the marker out and started firing again, and I got 12 rounds this time before a break. Well, I guess my phantom just doesn't like this stuff. Next onto the ACP, where I had the same results as the phantom. I broke round number 8. Cleaned it out then broke round number 14; well crud. Onto my piranha. The piranha was a paint blender. I broke one on probably the 7th or 8th round & went downhill from there. Well only one marker left, time to try the sniper II. Thankfully my sniper put it's entire mini-hopper of 50 rounds out without a single break & as accurate as I could ask for. After sighting the red dot scope in for the correct distance (a large tree in my backyard) I was able to consistantly put rounds onto the dot.

I don't know about you, but my experiences at the field & at my back yard lead me to believe that Chronic 420 is an excellent paint with a very brittle shell. It seems to be poorly suited for high pressure markers or cold weather conditions. It shot poorly and broke whenever the round was stressed (cold weather or a high pressure markers) and it shot amazingly well when conditions were good for it (warm weather & a low pressure marker).

Would I buy 420 again? Not when 1/2 of the markers I regularly use at the field can't fire it. Should you buy it? I'd say, only if you live in warm weather and shoot an Ion/shocker, cocker, matrix, or other lower pressure marker.
Conclusion: If you're shooting a tippman, blowback, or any sort of high pressure marker or if you plan to use your marker in colder weather then steer clear of this paint. If you use a LP marker & you're willing to treat this paint right (not use it in cold and not abuse it too badly) it should treat you very well, and I would reccomend it.

I'm going to give it a 7 out of 10. Great in the right conditions, if you can meet those rather picky conditions.
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

Review Comments
utnick135 Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 | 5:32 pm PST
Maby it would work without a crappy gun...
   

quesiDILLA Friday, March 26th, 2010 | 9:31 pm PST
Very nice review. Thank you for giving such nice details.
   

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