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seavet2000 Thursday, June 1st, 2006
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1 year8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

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2 years
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Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5, APE Rampage Board, JCS Vortex Mod for Cyclone, QEV upgrade, Scepter 4000 A-5 Grenade Launcher, OPSGEAR MP5 sliding stock, J&J 14" Barrel with Apex Tip, Proteam ASR-1 Sight Rail, LAPCO Offset sight mount, Armson Pro-Dot Max-Duty red dot sight, Ricochet R-5 hopper, 3-point sling.
Pure Energy HPA tank, 88ci, 4500psi
Pure Energy Remote Line with slide check
Cops911 Scepter Grenade interlock pockets on Broadsword vest.
Strengths: Simplicity, availability for many markers, fires different payloads, grenades cheaper. Excellent tech support as well.
Weaknesses: Ammunition getting hard to find!
Review: Finding a new and different way to fire the same safety conscious paint on the field is always a boon to manufacturing companies and a thrill for the recreational paintballer as his peers look on in awe. One revolutionary product is the Tiberius Arms T-8 pistol. Another is the Scepter Combat Systems Scepter 4000 grenade launcher.

The Scepter 4000 comes with complete installation and repair instructions, a wrench for installation, and even spare o-rings! I burned through the black o-rings quickly getting a tight fit onto the low-pressure port of my marker, but the Scepter Combat team is excellent and very helpful with tech support and is mailing me more o-rings as I write this. When I first dry-fired the launcher, I had a CO2 tank. Bad idea. The CO2 froze the valve of the launcher open, turning it into a big fire extinguisher. My wife and dog hit the ceiling in fright, and we didn?t see the cats for two days. After I got the marker unstuck from my hands, I purchased an HPA tank to work this baby, and haven?t had a launching problem since. The repair instructions are great for those times when you get nailed with a paintball right in the launcher?s trigger assembly and you have to clean it out.

The grenade-making kit is so complete it makes you weep with joy. Tubing, BB?s, scissors (Scissors!!!), clamp, protective goggles, a syringe, cardboard sabots, and paint, all in one kit. The instructions are complete, although they may need updating as the paint formulas can change (I received instructions for powdered paint but had liquid paint supplied, making the vegetable oil unnecessary). I have access to medical-grade 60cc syringes with catheter tips, which I found easier to use in making grenades than the supplied syringe. Otherwise the kit is very complete and making grenades is easy once you get used to it. I advise everyone to read the instructions and follow them carefully! An excellent example was the fact that each grenade must be wrapped in paper (such as newspaper strips) before inserting into a sabot, enough paper to turn the sabot over without letting the grenade fall out. This keeps the grenade from slamming into the sabot when launched, preventing a premature air burst. Scepter Combat was once again excellent in their patience and commitment to excellence as they carefully explained the grenade-making procedures when I had problems such as this. The grenade kit makes launching grenades much cheaper, and you can still throw a Scepter grenade if you run out of air, just like any Little Betty!

I purchased the launcher for several reasons. One was I like variety on the paintball field. I like to shoot, but I also like having other options to just paintballs, making myself self-sufficient as well as bringing added firepower to my team. Another reason was simply the coolness factor. I love the idea of being able to launch grenades further than I can throw them. I enjoy the advantages I can bring to myself and my team in a sticky situation, and the intimidated looks on the faces of my opponents.

Scepter Combat was way ahead of their game when they made launchers to fit many different markers. I didn?t want to go buy a new marker just to use the launcher, and I didn?t have to. Another persuasion to purchase was that Scepter Combat has not just made a simple grenade launcher, they also made it possible for one launcher to launch different payloads. It?s very cool that one product can do different things for you like this, and it also makes you think hard about your game strategy and implementation (especially when you have to make grenades in advance). I may find myself launching a grenade at a bunker in one instant, and firing a canister load of 15 paintballs at a group of players at the backdoor entrance the next. Having this ability in a single product is fantastic. The launcher itself is well made, with no burrs in the barrel and a very clean, tight fit to the marker. The manufacturing materials seem to be very high quality, as the launcher endures some abuse on the paintball field and still continues to work perfectly.

I recently used this at Liberty Paintball, NY, and it was excellent for taking down tanks. Unfortunately, this product is no longer in production, and is getting very hard to find, along with the availability of ammunition. I hope a company will come along which will take over production of 40mm grenades, because the launcher itself is easy to maintain and so far shows no signs of slowing down! It will probably outlast the Tippmann A-5 I have it mounted on.
Conclusion: Just some tips for the serious purchaser:
1) Check with your fields before you buy. You don?t want to find out that the most excellent launcher you just paid for is not allowed in play.
2) Get an HPA (compressed air) tank instead of CO2. A CO2 tank will simply turn the launcher into a 60-second fire extinguisher, and you will need the sheer air supply an HPA can provide for multiple grenade launches as well as firing your marker.
3) Invest in some gear to make your experience more enjoyable. A remote line will offset the combined weight of the marker, launcher, grenade, full load of paint, and tank in your arms all at once, especially when playing all day in the sun. Think of a way to carry grenades and sabots without them blowing up on you as you go diving for cover. A sling helps tremendously too.
4) Follow the directions! Install the launcher and make the grenades safely, using safety goggles and following the written instructions. Do not skip steps! Scepter Combat knows what each part of the launcher and grenade is for, and how necessary each step is. They are there to help, so ask questions if you have any problems.
5) People can't help but STARE at you and this launcher. Don't let them down. Practice launching the grenades at different angles for different effects. Master its use and you will be a very formidable opponent!

This is one kick-butt addition to your paintball gear; it makes your games sooooo much more interesting. Scepter Combat has produced a very safe, durable, and well made product, with excellent options for use, plenty of supplied spare parts and grenade making materials, and first-class tech support. It is also a LOT of fun to use, with minimal fuss. It is the best piece of equipment I own, in that it always does what they say it will and has never broken down. If only every product could make the same claims! I hope that Scepter Combat Systems will make a comeback and continue with their line of products!
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 at 8:08 am PST
 

Review Comments
scenariohotshot Friday, June 30th, 2006 | 1:34 pm PST
Okay, just wanted to say great review. Very informative. I just have one question. Is the launcher able to fit on a standard weaver rail? I've seen different variations for different markers, but none of them would fit my SP-8 since the barrel is completely under the shroud. Do the instructions detail any of that, or did the model you bought only deal with the spyder series. If someone has an answer for me it would be much appreciated.
   

seavet2000 Friday, November 17th, 2006 | 5:57 am PST
The launcher I originally purchased was made for the Spyder series, and did not require a rail--it fit directly onto the low pressure port of the Spyder Pilot beneath the barrel. I subsequently sold that and bought a Scepter for the A-5. The Scepter A-5 has an adapter for the barrel with a separate air line to the same air source and does not require a rail either. I'm not sure how the SP-8 would accomodate such a launcher, but I have since been made aware of some rails that will accomodate it. My review on the launcher and grenade performance stands the same for both models, however--it is a really fun product!
Last edited on Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 at 3:18 pm PST
   

Wazzy Saturday, January 13th, 2007 | 1:04 pm PST
please tell me how effective this weapon can be used as a mortar, i would like to know how well a whole 5 man team equipted with these as a mortar unit would be for arty barrage.
   

seavet2000 Sunday, January 14th, 2007 | 2:29 am PST
Wow, 5 of these things lined up, delivering an artillery barrage? That would probably be pretty devastating. I wish my team would get into it like yours! The range and effectiveness would depend on your angle of fire, payload (grenades vs paintballs), type of target (bunker, pillbox, trench, woods, etc), weather, etc, but with 5 of them working in concert it wouldn't take as long to take ranging shots and the chances of a good hit and wiping out the opposition are far greater. I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end! Let me know when you have a video of that!
   

marmot Friday, January 19th, 2007 | 10:07 pm PST
Nice review, even if it is almost too uncritical (or maybe it really is virtually flawless?).

However, where on earth can you get these things now? I can't find one for love nor money.
Last edited on Friday, January 19th, 2007 at 10:11 pm PST
   

seavet2000 Saturday, January 20th, 2007 | 5:41 am PST
Hey, Marmot.
Most of my beef was with using the launcher with CO2 (after I bought the new tank, I found out I prefer HPA anyway, so no biggy there) but for the most part this product functions as advertised and has NEVER busted on me. It WAS a pain attaching one to the Spyder initially, but attaching it to an A-5 was no problem at all. It leaks once a year, and I just tighten it up or replace an o-ring, just like maintenance on any other part of my marker. Less working parts means less fuss, though, and it is nice that the factory preset the velocity to 140 fps so this can't be messed with on the field. Grenade misfires are largely due to human error from incorrectly putting one together. The grenades come in a kit so that they are safely fit to the launcher, meaning they have to be put together by the user, and if the user doesn't follow directions, they're going to screw up. I can live with that. When they work (and they nearly always do), they're awesome!
It IS a novelty item and therefore carries a higher price than some markers, but for those seeking this kind of meyhem, it's probably worth it. I've never seen it in a store, and I'm one of the few on my field to have one, but they can be found, and are coming down in price if you do some shopping. Do a google search for "scepter launcher a-5" to find a few internet stores that carry it for the a-5 and spyder series.
   

marmot Sunday, January 21st, 2007 | 6:48 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by seavet2000
I've never seen it in a store, and I'm one of the few on my field to have one, but they can be found, and are coming down in price if you do some shopping. Do a google search for "scepter launcher a-5" to find a few internet stores that carry it for the a-5 and spyder series.
Thanks - I'll keep searching.
   

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