Female stabilizer mounted just below the handle
Black hard coated 12" spiral vented barrel
Runs well on HPA or CO2 just the same
Price is high
Not an electronic trigger
I owned a pre 1k blazer that I originally bought in 2000. The gun ran great but I recently started having trouble with it. All of the problems were related to the cocking system which has received a lot of refinements since then.
Few of the changes include:
- A larger cocking rod that travels further than before to reduce the chance of chopping paint.
- The master link which connects the bolt to the cocking ram has changed to make it stronger so it wont break
- The bolt's knob that hooks into the masterlink extends through the bolt and moves through a slot on the inside of the body so it cant come out of the gun unless your actually pulling it out yourself so it doesnt fly out the back of the gun by accident
and more! So basically the actual shooting part of the gun was fine but the system to cock the gun needed some changes which were all done and the current version of the blazer is very reliable. I'd recommend getting the 45 frame as it really improves the trigger feel a lot, but it's still not going to be as fast as an electronic gun. You can buy an etrigger for the blazer but it's $500 on a new gun, $650 to have it added to an existing gun. Pretty much doubles the price of the gun right away, I dont think it's worth that! The gun already costs 600 dollars to begin with if you just buy a ported barrel, 45 frame, and stabilizer (high pressure regulator). Add another 500 and your talking 1100 bucks! I think the blazer is definitely worth 600 dollars, but not 1,100.
I'd say the best part of the whole system is the palmer barrel. I've never seen a more accurate barrel. This will shoot even old paint very well, put some fresh stuff and you'll be shooting ball on ball.
I would recommend this because it's a very reliable accurate marker that's fast enough to keep up with other guns for the average player. If your going to head off to tournaments every month I would say look into an electronic of some sort but for your occasional tourny and usual play this will work better than most markers out there
I was just looking through my reviews and realized it seemed like I was putting down the old blazer in my first review. At the time I was seriously considering a smart parts shocker but I ended up getting this new blazer after trying out a 2k blazer in person and compared it to the 1k that I owned. The 2k was like a perfect blazer, the trigger was great, consistancy was wonderful, and I was still using CO2 so I sure as heck wasnt looking forward to buying a gun and a hpa tank. Now that my 2k blazer is about a year old and it still works like the day I bought it after all the days of play and abuse it went through last season I'm happy with my decision! It's like a closed bolt, incredibly accurate, super light, reliable as a tippman gun! The updates palmers put into the 2k version were spot on IMO