The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Product Use:
Less than a month
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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Cheapest Bolt Out There
Light, Reduces Kick, Maximizes Efficiency
IT SNAPPED in half on me
REVIEW BEFORE IT SNAPPED IN HALF:
In many cases, cheaper is not better. The more expensive product is the better of the two. Well, not in this case. Minus the l6, this has to be one of the best bolts out there. It did everything that I expected from an aftermarket bolt for about half the price.
STEP 1: My Research:
Price: The warrior ion bolt is a mere $21.95 from warrior's site, www.warriorpaintball.com. Shipping for me was only about $2.50, so I ended up spending only $24.45 on the bolt.
Weight: The bolt only weighs 16 grams. That's like the second or third lightest bolts made for the ion, at only a fraction of the cost.
Design: Much like the design of the TechT L6 Bolt, which is the best out there in the opinion of many owners (I've never shot with one)
Why I purchased: I wanted the best for my gun, but I'm not about to go out and spend 60 bucks on a machined piece of metal. The warrior bolt is a cheap alternative. It only weighs 2.4 grams more than the l6, and is $30 cheaper. Honestly, how much of a difference is 2.4 grams gonna make. With that $30, you could buy a new trigger, feedneck, qev... Whatever other internal part you need.
STEP 2: First Impressions of the Bolt:
Taking it out of the box: Well, not really a box. It was an envelope. The bolt came in a small plastic bag. Now at first, I didn't really notice the weight. Having never held the stock bolt in my hands, I had nothing to compare to. But it was light. The first thing I noticed, however, was how finely crafted the SL was made. It was smooth and look very aerodynamic. There were no scratches or scuffs from the factory.
Installation: Installation was just like that of any other bolt. Take out the stock, lube the o-rings, and put in the new. When you hold the two bolts, the weight difference is obvious. The SL is about half the weight of the stock, which looks like a piece of crap when compared workmanship wise to the SL.
STEP 3: Firing the Gun
The first time I fired the gun, the set-up was the same as up top, with the qev and bolt installed. I have fired my ion with only the qev, and, as many of you know, it was louder and had a little more kick than stock. When I put the bolt in, I was very impressed with the increase in performance. The decibel increase that I had with the QEV was gone, and my gun was now a little quieter than stock. I next tried out full auto, to see of what magnitude the kick was reduced. Now, it's really hard to tell for me, because I never really felt the kick of my stock ion, as I was too focused on other things, like not getting shot and finding a way to get the flag in CTF games. But when I compare my accuracy, which is a major sign of kick, it is a lot better. Im shooting tighter ropes and with the new bolt, there isn't much kick at all. I just don't remember the stock kick.
The only thing that I currently can't tell you about the new bolt is my gain in efficiency, which seems to be pretty good, but I don't have any numbers, and the psi and settings I'm running at to get 290-295 fps. This is soon to come in my next section, when I actually go out to get my gun chronoed. The one things that I'll never be able to tell you is if I had an increase in consistency, as I never found out my stock reg consistency, which, as a lot of ion owners know, can vary a lot from gun to gun. I'll tell you my consistency, but not if its better or worse.
STEP 4: Field Performance, Efficiency, Consistency, Operating Pressure for 290-295 FPS, and Board Settings: COMING SOON
GUESS WHAT- THE BOLT BROKE ON ME, JUST LIKE WITH OTHER PEOPLE
DO NOT BUY THIS BOLT
my warrior bolt hath died, during the process of dryfiring at 10:02 a.m. on this sad day of the 2006th year of our lord, and the 2nd day of the month that is october
ANS ALSO TOOK 6 WEEKS TO SEND ME A REPLACEMENT V2, WHICH I WILL ALSO ADD, DOES NOT WEIGH ANYWHERE NEAR 16 GRAMS, MORE LIKE 20-24.
i would not recommend this bolt to anyone except my arch enemies on the paintball field. It broke on me after a mere 2000 shots, and the replacement bolt from ANS arrived 6 weeks after i sent them my broken bolt. I also wouldnt recommend the v2, as the thing about weighing 16 grams on that bolt is a complete lie. I am happy I bought a firebolt in the meantime, and I plan on buying a Techt L7, which is what you should do too
1 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, December 24th, 2006 at 6:59 am PST
Good review as I am also interested in this bolt -
One performance tip though; for your setup try bringing the dwell to about 12-16 from bottom with an input of 190-210PSI. Currently my Dynasty Ion with QEV and stock bolt runs at these settings; oh the wonders of QEV!
What is your dwell? 12-16 from the bottom? Does that mean 12-16 ms dwell? If so, i didn't know ions could work on that low of dwell. Isn't stock dwell like 52ms?
Anyways, I'm also interested in this bolt. I'm also interested in getting a QEV. I don't know what QEV yet, but I want one either way. My ION is my backup to my Proto but I would like it to operate decently. Stock operation just isnt up to par. I already ordered a Warrior trigger, because the price was great, but now the bolt caught my eye. I wasn't concidering buying a bolt until I saw the $22 price tag. Now i'm excited to get upgrades at this price and make my back up gun shoot better.
Currently (after my most recent bolt upgrade) my dwell is 6 or 7 from the bottom with a recharge of 30 and input of 150PSI. I am fairly sure that "bottom" is 5ms, and each one above it is .25ms, so that would make my dwell at 6.5 or so.
yeah, i'd get a sp 360 qev because all qevs are really the same, and 360s are easy to install (they fit perfectly. ive heard that some require modding on an ion). i forgot what my dwell is right now, but I probably need to adjust it better. i just did a quick job. but yes, you will be able to lower it quite a bit. ive heard 10-18 blinks from the bottom, with some people getting as low as 6-7 (rhino). if you dont have a price limit, id go with an l6, because, yes it is better, lighter and supposedly a little more durable (i cant prove its more durable,, thats just what i hear). also, lucky's new stage 1 v3 weighs a little less at 14.something grams for $35. but the older stage 1s were said to break a heckuva lot, so im not sure about them
I sent my broken bolt in and they sent me the new version as a replacement. Looks like they fixed the problem. All the bolts broke at the same place and they made that part really strong now. :) Send you're in.
actually, if you read the whole review, i said it was a great product, however, it broke on me after writing the review, i edited the review, and kept what i felt about it previously in there, but also added that the bolt later broke, therefore making it useless. i will update it again to make it more clear