Manufacturing and shipment practices could be improved.
I got my Remains in April of '06.
First impressions (before shooting):
+ Wow, this thing is lightweight
+ it sets up really nicely for my shooting style
- serial number looks like it was engraved by a 3rd grader with a dremel
- no manual
- no packing material of any kind, it was just shipped in a box with several other remains
Impressions after airing it up and adjusting some things:
+ trigger adjustment is a snap
+ board settings (stock WAS) were easy to figure out (just use the interceptor manual)
+ integrated LPR was easy to adjust
- duct tape holding wires to the solenoid from the factory seemed kinda hacky
Impressions after shooting it:
+ this gun is incredibly fast (don't be alarmed when dry firing with the WAS board. It is capped at 15bps when the eyes are off. The gun is very fast once you turn the eyes back on and add paint).
+ ball on ball accuracy out to about 50 feet (the spread is still very small beyond 50ft, oriented vertically)
+ Holy efficiency batman! I'm currently getting about 2.5 lbs per ball out of a 68/45K tank. I'll be switching to a 45ci tank with that kind of efficiency.
- I'm not a fan of the stock trigger. This is, of course, personal preference but it just doesn't suit me. There is a rumor going around that CP may be making a remains trigger very soon. Take that bit of news with a grain of salt.
I upgraded my board to a Virtue NME board and I'm very happy with it. For the record, the WAS board is a great stock board. I've just always heard very good things about Virtue boards, so I thought I'd give one a try. The upgrade is definitely not something that is necessary, just a perk for those who can't stand *not* upgrading their guns.
The Alien Remains isn't just a marker for those who 'like something different'. It is a very solid marker. I've been playing regularly with mine for a little over two months now. I'm very impressed. The quality control could be improved in a few areas (shipping, manuals, dremeled serial#, duct tape on solenoid), but everything was working out of the box, so it's hard to complain about that.
I think that the Remains is going to grow very quickly in popularity very soon, once a few of them get out on the market and people have an opportunity to play with them.
I'm giving the gun a 9/10, but definitely a *low* 9. With some improved quality control, it'd be a very *high* 9. Nothing's perfect in my mind, so a 10 is not really an option for me.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, July 3rd, 2006 at 11:51 am PST