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pbwizard09sDad Monday, November 27th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month8 of 10 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
My son's Spyder, and his Prostock
Marker Setup: System X NME, Egg, & 92/4500
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel Kit (for ANY marker)
Strengths: Awesome looks, GREAT feel, quick as can be, ball on ball
Weaknesses: MAJOR PROBLEMS! Read the review!
Review: Please excuse my prologue, but if you're interested in getting one of these, maybe my background and reasoning will help you in making your decision . . . if not . . . skip it, and jump down to what happened at the field Sunday.

OK, my paintball experience of 4 years comes from the kid getting a paintball gun 4 years ago . . . but . . . I've been into real guns since I've been younger than him, been into airsoft with him for about 6 years, newest old toys Airsoft Elite/ICS MP5s, & paintball guns are just another way to throw something at something else . . . & HIT IT !!!

Played woodsball with the kids a handful of times, and got him a Prostock beginning of summer thru recommendations of friends, and reading the reviews here & elsewhere, and was very pleased with the selection. Great gun, beats the #<!! outta the Spyder, & thought he was set. Then . . . he went with some friends to Encounter in Pa . . . & played XBall/Airball . . . & started getting hooked. Made me drag him out there & watch him a couple weeks later, and he did pretty good, but was getting hosed by the kids with their electric Ions, & getting really dejected since he's trying to throw 3, 4 ,5 balls at someone shooting a dozen or more at him. Well, with Christmas on the horizon, & being a proud of his kid Dad, I wanted to get him something to even the odds, & let him play at least at the same level as the electric guns.

Back to pbreview & others & research . . . Bob Long's, DM6s, Egos, Quests, Cyborgs . . . great toys, but OUCH!! Bite me in the wallet! Then I came across System X & the NMEs & LEs. I know they are OOB, but, basically take Timmy parts, & other then the usual my gun's better stuff, oh, Timmy knockoff BS, didn't really find anything bad being said about them. Checked out the Bay, and got REALLY lucky. Tom @ RacegunUSA got a last batch of NME LEs & being the perfectionist he is, had the bolt chamber & valve tube precision honed & did a trigger job on it like the way he did Avalanche's guns when they used the LEs. He even backed the warranty, so, that's the kid's Christmas present from me. But now . . . he wants his old man to play paintball with him! So . . . back to the Bay, & got lucky again, and got a NME package with a hopper & tank & stuff to play the back guy . . . you young'uns can go bunker diving, not me . . . I'll stay back & cover your tails . . . and here's the tale of taking a NME out on the field for the first time.

OK, PROLOGUE OVER, YOU CAN START READING AGAIN!

Out to Encounter for their last weekend of the season, & give the kid a taste of a STOCK NME, & get to play with an electric. Point one, the barrel is Cocker threaded, so his Freak works fine on this too. There's enough said about paint to bore matches all over, so EVERYONE should know, if they're half serious & want to be competitive, to get a kit & match your paint. NOT a weakness to any gun, just a fact.

The WAS board even without the LCD is very easy to program, & no, I haven't had it long enough to play with it much, but I have a degree in programming, and am a computer consultant, and this board will do anything you need to do with the gun, backed by a lifetime upgrade & full lifetime warranty. And sorry, no matter how fast the processors & memory gets, there is NOTHING faster in programming than machine code, period.

Size & weight are a matter of personal preference, so here's my personal preference. I like to feel I have something in my hands. The guys at Paintballsphere are great, helpful as can be, and will give you their opinions & preferences without pushing anything on you. Between there & at the field, I've held/played/shot a number of other high end guns & none had the feel on the NME. There's a bunch that are lighter, and some so light, it feels like I am holding a kid's plastic squirt gun in my hand. Not for me. There's some that are smaller & lighter too, but just don't feel quite right or comfortable. Feels like I'm trying to shoot a pistol with two hands . . . not for me either . . . if I can't one hand it, give me something big enough to hold on to. I have yet to find ANY weapon that feels as good as the NME grips do in my hand.

How does it shoot? OUCH !!!! This things absolutely RIPS!!! What ever mode you put it in, this thing cranks! I don't really know how broken in it is, since I got it used. Had the guys at Paintballsphere give it a once over before we took it out, & they said it's in excellent condition, no noticeable wear, and we burned thru a case plus & not one chop, semi, ramping or full auto. The ball on ball is every bit as good as the Prostock, but I also attribute that to the barrel/paint match. WOW, this is a FUN toy!

Maintenance, yea of course it needs it. Read & heard the same whining about the Cocker. Oh, it takes sooo much. They're really hard to keep up with. Quit your whining, do you want your mommy to do it for ya? It's an electro mechanical device, of course it needs maintenance. Basic week to week, take out the bolt, wipe it down, lube the O rings & put it back. Take out the ram, wipe it down, lube the O rings, give it some grease & put it back. Every ? often after a bunch of good use, yea, break it down, check it over good, clean & lube it, replace any worn rings . . . in other words, take care of it like it was yours . . . oh yea, it is, huh?

WEAKNESSES/MAJOR PROBLEMS

YES, this gun does have them. First major problem . . . make sure you have a FAT wallet . . . this thing can burn thru paint so fast, you better buy stock in your favorite brand to offset your losses!

Second problem . . . make sure you get to your field extra early, don't mind sharing, really enjoy filling your air tank, and plan on missing a bunch of games. When you first take it out to set it up, everyone around you is gonna start asking you questions . . . is that a NME? I've heard of them. Can I see it? How does it shoot? Can I see it? Can I shoot it? Not with paint, just turn it on & shoot it? And after your first set of games, it gets worse . . . wow that gun is really cool & really fast, can I see it? Can I shoot it? Hey guys, look at this, can they see it? Meanwhile, the next game already started . . .

Then when you're done for the day & everyone is slowly packing up . . . hey, can I shoot a pod thru it? My paint, can I? Oh, oh, me too, can I? And three or more friends come by, & can they see it too? And an hour later, & a bunch of fills . . .

Major major problem with this toy!
Conclusion: Absolutely, positively, DO NOT GET ONE OF THESE! I want us to be the only ones at the field with this hot looking, blazing fast gun that gets everyone's attention . . . and sends them to the dead zone . . .
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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