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Dreadpirate Sunday, June 4th, 2006
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
2 years0 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann A-5, Spyder Basic, Automag Classic 68
Marker Setup: Automag RT Pro ULE custom
Magnetic suspension ball detent
Ultra-Light Trigger pull kit
Freak barrel system
Crossfire 68ci 4500# air tank
Reloader B feeder
Recommended
Upgrades:
High rpm feeder
Barrel (The stock barrel is good enough for a casual player)
Strengths: Weight
ULT kit trigger pull-lightest available on a mech. marker.
Does NOT chop paint
Weaknesses: AGD pretuning
Back heavy
Reliability
Price
"Universal" Sight Rail
Review: Ok, for starters, this gun is the lightest full-size marker you will find, hands-down. Especially if you remove the stainless foregrip and sightrail The trigger pull, if you buy the ULT kit, is also the lightest available on a mechanical marker. And, as mentioned above, you WILL NOT chop paint with this gun. Tests have been performed with every sort of brittle, garbage paint available, including 2 yr old dried out paint, and it will not break the paint.

All the advantages come at a price, though. My marker came "pretuned" from AGD, and I was not impressed. Out of the box, it fires consistently only after a fresh oiling via the ASA adapter, and only for 200 or so shots, at which point the bolt begins sticking, requiring you to use a squeegie to push the bolt back in place. Proper tuning is required to fix this, and it can take a long time to get just right, at which point, if you've been patient, this marker absolutely rocks, or so I've been told by other owners. At $400+, this gun is underbid by the Ion ($200), both in terms of performance, and from what I've seen, reliability. The "Universal sight rail" is a pure gimmick. Nothing I have for my previous markers fits on this thing, nor have i been able to find any kit to replace or adapt it. Sor all its light weight, this marker is still backheavy. My A-5 with so many add-ons it weighed in close to 12 pounds was faster to bring on target than this automag, simply due to the fact that the weight is centered on the handgrip even when the air is on a remote, making the foregrip useless unless you have a very long barrel to counterbalance it.
Conclusion: If you are a hardcore mechanical only player, buy it, it doesn't need batteries, nor do you have to worry about failed electronics, otherwise, an Ion costs half as much, and I son't see people with Ions stripping their gun instead of playing the first game of the day, which is a position i have been in every single time I use this marker.
Rating:
5 out of 10
 

Review Comments
Diablo VT Friday, June 9th, 2006 | 9:43 am PST
It's really not fair to compare an old-school style mech to a brand new electro. They are in completely seperate categories. Most people who buy this gun are looking for a reliable, mechanical marker. Also, the official price off of AGD for a ULE Custom is $355, not $400+.
   

d4m4don3 Friday, July 28th, 2006 | 4:19 pm PST
I only encounter bolt stick on my stock ule when I have the rear screw on too tight. Maybe you need to loosen that. Other than that my mag's been rocking.
   

PF_Nut Tuesday, August 8th, 2006 | 2:43 pm PST
The marker is 400+ when you realize the 355 dollar ad doesn't include a barrel. Your going to pay another 55 bucks to get a working gun. At least the ion comes with a barrel on the gun.
   

Badmovies.org Thursday, March 15th, 2007 | 10:28 pm PST
As was said, one reason you are getting bolt stick is tightening the rear screw on the grip too tight. Tighten both grip screws down to finger tight and then give them both 1/4 turn with an allen wrench.

Another possibility is that you are using too small of a carrier for your Lvl 10 anti-chop bolt. Try going up in carrier size. A good guide for setting the Lvl 10 can be found on the homepage of automags.org. If you follow that guide you should have the Lvl 10 working in about 10 minutes.

As for back-heavy, I am at a loss of what to say. Am I to understand that you would rather have a marker that weighs 12 pounds so it is not back-heavy? You might want to go with a remote, get a lighter tank, or get a drop forward. My current setup is a Crossfire 68/4500 tank with a drop forward. I have found it to be very easy to keep in my shoulder through a full day of play. In other words, if I am on the field and engaged, it is at the ready - making me much more effective.
   

peteralexander7 Monday, June 30th, 2008 | 6:04 am PST
Dispute:
This guy buys a marker and because it acts up because they didnt tune it correctly for him. Mags rule and go by the majority and not this guy who tries to be the hot stuff on the field.
   

johnfly Friday, November 14th, 2008 | 5:47 pm PST
Dispute:
you need to do a little research call airgun designs ask roman questions once you learn a little about this mag youll see its accurate and very reliable ive used mine for a yea with nothing more than cleaning and thats 2 times a month
   

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