PMI Special Edition Evo 06-Blue/Black
-14 in. Smart Parts Progressive Barrel
-Shocktech Superfly Silver Tipped Bolt
-Shocktech Piranha Clamping Feedneck
-eVolution II Loader
-CO 2 (The nearest field is 50 miles)
Easy to Use
Eyes Don't work as well as expected
This was my first marker, and I did a lot of research before I bought it. I wanted an electro that I thought wouldn't be overly complicated. I got it for about $160, this I found out later that I paid $30 more then what I had to, which is irrelevant to how much I like this gun. The first time I pulled the trigger I was amazed at how light the pull was compared to my friends Sonix. We played woods ball for a couple hours and the Evo performed perfect. The cleaning was a breeze too.
The Evil regulator is great. I can't imagine buying a gun now without a regulator. The selections of springs that come standard are also pretty nice to have. I've changed and played with those two things to make it run as good as I can. Having a flush cocking bolt is also sweet; it just improves the overall appearance of the marker.
The eyes work, but it feels like its runs like a slow computer. With out the eyes on and a fast hopper I wouldn't worry bout getting out shot around my area, but with the eyes on it seems that it runs a signal by telegraph to London and back to make sure there is a ball ready to fire. I use the Eyes when I use the VL-200, but now that I have the Egg the eyes stay off. A new feed neck is a must if you want to keep your loader attached. The stock was too small for my Egg. The little very sensitive buttons on the side for safety and eye action are sometimes a pain. It takes me a couple checks to make sure I haven't accidentally hit one of them. The stock barrel is actually ok from what I've been around. Definitely able to be beat by some after market barrel, but ok if youíre budgeting.
It took a month and a half but finally I had to rip off the tattered grips, shave them down with a razor blade, and super glue them back on. I see no point in spending more money on some small pieces of rubber when I can do it myself. The velocity adjuster in the back has also become a pain. The little Allen wrench that is meant to lock it in place striped out after 2 times of use. It was my fault for putting that much force on it, but I was frustrated because it just kept coming out. I replaced my bolt because when the eyes malfunctioned or some reason I donít understand the bolt wouldnít recock and then not break the ball. It would just pinch it and jam. I think it has to do with the pressure or something, because it only did it when it was below 200 PSI. So I got a Shocktech because the gun is already heavy, I wanted to reduce friction, and I just didnít trust a flying piece of aluminum. Did I mention this thing is fairly heavy too?
I set my PSI to 250, and I have the medium spring in as of now. I've set it this way for conservation of gas and an arc that I found to work the best. The velocity adjuster is set most of the way in so that it won't come loose.
For my first gun I couldn't be much happier with the money I spent. For what I do it works great. So I guess I agree with all the others, if youíre looking for a first time gun, or a backup, the Evo should be a gun you would look at.