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monkeytroy Monday, July 10th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
1 year3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Stock regs.
Marker Setup: 2003 Vertical Feed AutoCocker
Smart Parts Freak Kit.
Bob Long Torpedo Reg
Crossfire 4500 psi N2 Tank
Old-school ViewLoader Revolution! Oh yea!
Strengths: None yet.
Weaknesses: Manufacturing flaw that appears to cause major inconsistancy if not resolved.
Review: I have had this regulator for a little over a year now. When I first bought my cocker I was told that the first two things I should upgrade were the barrel and the regulator. So I reviewed barrels and decided on a Lapco barrel. The Big Shot. Reviews on it were good, the price was right and some articles I read suggested that the style of the porting and the large bore of the barrel would not affect the accuracy or consistency.

Shortly after, I went to my local shop to look for a reg and they suggested the Bob Long Torpedo. The suggestion they gave me was, I believe, partly due to the price ( I didn't have a lot to spend on one) and partly because I think they were trying to off-load this particular unit. I really should have brought it back to the store because I suspected, looking at it when I got home, that it was used. I figured no biggie as long as it works though and kept it.

In the year that I have had this reg I have only played about 7 or 8 times. Since the two upgrades my accuracy and velocity consistency has been crap. I mean real crap. Total crap. I am bouncing from 285 down to 240 or worse.

Several people suggested that this was due to my barrel's large bore size. So recently I upgraded my barrel to the Freak Jr. Kit. While my shot accuracy has gone way up, the velocity is still dipping horribly.

I went out today and read everything I could find on this regulator. I found that, for example in these reviews, there is about 1 in 10 or 12 people that think this reg sucks... while the other 95% think it rocks! My assumption then is that some people, like me, just got a bum reg.

I opened it up tonight and gave the internals the once over. Turns out, as indicated in another posting here, that the larger spring in the lower half of the reg has some burs on the side of it. It has scraped the inside of the casing and is causing the lower half to hitch in that one spot.

I took it apart tonight and filed down the burs, re greased it and put it all back together. When I am at my field next I will test out the shot consistency and I expect it to be greatly improved. If not, I'm gonna have to buy another reg.
Conclusion: I would say that there ARE some of these regs with some manufacturing flaws in them. If you are unlucky enough to be in the 4-5% of those that have issues like this, then return it, replace the spring, file it.. whatever. I find it hard to believe that 95% of the people give this reg a 9 or 10 rating if it's not worth it. So, I give it a 5 for now because I know it is capable of working nicely and that I just got a bum piece. The question is.. can it be fixed or should just be trashed?
Rating:
5 out of 10Last edited on Monday, July 10th, 2006 at 10:19 pm PST
 

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