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yougotowned Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month17 of 20 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Stock Ion bolt
Marker Setup: Ion
VP Scythe
CCM No-rise Feedneck
NDZ COcker threaded breech
NDZ Spring Detents
Empire 16" 4pc Barrel kit
SP Firebolt
Strengths: No kick
Better efficiency
No more concave face
Quiter
(SEE REVIEW)
Weaknesses: Anno wears off
1 tail oring
(SEE REVIEW)
Review: So I got my Smart Parts Firebolt in the mail. It was amazing. It was so damn nice and light. Another PBN thread for the Firebolt said the bolt weighed a simple 16g, 0.5g less than the L6. I used 2 different scales, and both came out to roughly 16g.


So I slapped a good amount of Hater Sauce onto the bolt. I fine tuned my gun to 45 dwell, running at 160psi, and 280-290fps. I didnít have any problem with drop off, or anything like that. What amazed me was how I adjusted the Firebolt to 20 dwell clicks from the bottom, and it still cycled. I donít think it would of done me any good, because I could see paintballs descending quite early, so I just stopped, but Im sure I could of adjusted farther down.

Some say this is a poor manís bolt, but I wouldnít say that.

PROS:
-Kick reduction. I had a terrible batch of stingers, and the kick increased the needed accuracy, along with the barrel of course
-Efficiency. I saw 1500 shots to a 4000psi fill. Good for no qev. I didnít expect this, but I guess I wasted money getting all day air. I filled my tank right as I got to my 4th bag. Expect 1600+ with a Stage 2 and 360 QEV.
-The weight reduction. Amazing. Itís feather-light. Its as light as the L6
-Looks. I love it. Looking into the breech when it fires is awesome. You just see this red flash, and I think it looks cool
-Noise change? My Ion sounded different, I cant explain it, get one for yourself.
-If you havenít already voided your warranty, the Firebolt will add on to it.
-No more concave face! I had a major problem with small paintballs rolling back to fit the face, allowing another ball to be force fed by my halo halfway in, causing ball breaks.
-GREAT PRICE. $40!

CONS:
-Iíve seen some pics, and even mine had this. Around the ribs, there was some anno scratches around the edge of the ribs. No problem. Just cosmetics, and you wont be seeing the bolt often.
- 1 tail oring. This means for all you people without stage 2's, you will not get as great of efficiency compared to the L6 with 2 tail orings. But this bolt still gets good effiency, so its good. The 2 tail oring wont make a dramatic difference.
-Anno wears off. I had the lube previously for pics for a review on pbnation. Missed a big spot, so I gently wiped it off(didnt press hard and wipe). A bunch of anno just came right off. Now my bolt front is a lighter red and has wear near the edges of the face. I only had used it once, and shot 2500 using it, lubing it at 1500 paintballs(I had time since some people were playing woods, and the teams just were sitting an resting). Maybe it's the same aluminum as the shocker's? Because my stock never wore....
-No performance flaws though.

I can easily compare it to a L6. I had mixed feelings about this bolt, being that it was sooooo cheap. It's worth the money, its not a poor man's bolt. Although the anno wear on my firebolt makes me sort of unhappy. Yes, I lubed it too, so dont bother mentioning it wears because I didnt lube it.

P.S. Donít think that Smart Parts only paid for manufacturing costs. They hire real professional engineers, that work very hard on this. This costs a lot. So donít be talking bad about them.


IF YOU WANT TO SEE PICS, refer to this thread, it has an L6, Nano, and Firebolt review in one big post.
http://www.pbnation.com/showthread.php?t=1505998
Conclusion: Its good. I see better efficiency, and less kick, which means accuracy, but the anno wear on mine makes me sort of disappointed, although I'll be able to cope with it. If you cant afford an L6, just get this, you'll get about the same results. It gets a 9 due to cosmetics.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, April 26th, 2006 at 10:54 am PST
 

Review Comments
minnie_you Sunday, April 30th, 2006 | 4:19 pm PST
you seem to mention the anno alot..... it's a bolt. no burns or anything man..... just sayin
   

yougotowned Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 | 4:40 pm PST
I know. I do. I really didnt edit it much from the review I wrote on pbnation, but I know its just a bolt. Anno isnt really a big problem, since I wont see the bolt much anyway, but(i dont know if this is in the review), but it'd still be cool to see my bolt somewhat red in the next 4-5 months(although I probably wont have my Ion that long).
   

MC_TP Thursday, May 4th, 2006 | 5:14 pm PST
I thought the stage 2 DIDN'T work with the L6 with 2 O-rings...That's why they released the second version (with only one)
   

yougotowned Friday, May 5th, 2006 | 11:15 am PST
^^ You're right. I didnt say anything about the l6+stage 2. I just put that as a con though, for those who dont ever plan on buying a stage 2... or are just too scared to void warranty.
   

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