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af895 Friday, December 22nd, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
SP-8, Tippmann A-5, 98 Custom, electros (Matrices, PM/DM's, PMR, Egos) LineSI Bushmaster... nothing like a Blazer.
Marker Setup: Palmer Pursuit Shop Blazer ser#: BZ2581, Right-hand feed neck
12" double-ported PPS Brass barrel, matched with sight bead, brass finish
vertical male stabilizer (a PPS high-pressure regulator)
Pure Energy 68/4500 HPA bottle
Pure Energy remote line
Recommended
Upgrades:
Don't even think of tampering with perfection.
Strengths: SILENT. Like "crickets chirping" silent. Accurate, reliable, easy to clean, fast.
Weaknesses: Ability to short stroke the two-stage trigger
Review: Wow.

I'm an SP-8 owner who wanted something durable, consistent and easy to maintain.

Since playing with the Blazer, I've decided to sell the SP-8. The Blazer is fantastic.

BACKGROUND
My interest in Palmer Pursuit Shop (PPS) products started when I was looking for the most accurate barrel possible for my SP-8. I bought a 14" unported PPS Brass barrel with Ion threads and was stunned at how consistent and paint-tolerant it was.

I did some reading on the Blazer online. Much like the barrels, there's little posted about them but what is posted glows with admiration.

The last straw was having my SP-8 run low on battery power during a long game and having to walk off. I'm fairly diligent about changing batteries so that event soured me on electros. Further, having the gun turn itself off after an "idle" time, ostensibly to conserve battery power, caused me to miss a shot during another game when I pulled the trigger and had nothing happen.

After those events, I decided I'd look at full mechanical guns with reputations for high-reliability, extreme accuracy and ease of cleaning.

The Automag and Autococker were two of the guns I looked at until I learned more about the Blazer. The latter uses "Autococker-like" action - it's a closed bolt gun * with an LPR to supply low-pressure gas to the system that re-cocks the gun. Essentially, like the cocker, the design evolved from a pump gun with a mechanism that automatically "pumps" or "recocks" the action, hence the term "autococker."

I've heard a number of different stories as to where the Blazer design came from. Though I haven't comfirmed with PPS yet, a common one is that PPS used to build Autococker parts and went on to design a "perfected autococker" where all of the moving parts are contained in the body instead of sitting externally.

The advantage of Blazer over Autocockers is said to be that they never go out of tune unless messed with, staying in perfect working order for years.

* closed bolt guns put the ball in the barrel, sealed at the rear by the bolt, when the gun is idle. An open bolt gun has the bolt back behind the ball feedneck when idle.

NOISE
It's *silent* - with a slight "click" of the ram moving back and forth and crickets chirping in the background. The double-ported 12" barrel makes the gas release practically inaudible.

I was playing my first game as a Dagger - only two of us against four of them. Despite being 20' from my teammate, he told me later, he had NO IDEA where I was. Ditto the other team who just said "all we heard was paint arriving...we didn't know where it came from." (they were 40'-60' away)


ACCURACY
Paint goes STRAIGHT. Even the crappy paint I was playing with - basically "whatever we found laying around" - painted a perfect arc. Interestingly, I chopped one (probably my first short-stroke - or rather, my friend's, as I was letting him take a few shots and he's used to an electro) - and it shot as well through the break as any other barrel or gun. More zingers but still shootable to a point. Pull the bolt out, run a swab through and it's back to ropes. *

The gun has little to no kick. You feel the bolt cycle as a slight "tap" but it's aligned with the longitudinal axis of the marker and it doesn't cause it to jump. The act of squeezing the trigger causes more marker motion than the action cycling.

* Of note: your BEST bet for cleaning is a pull-through type swap - the type that look like a wire with little discs attached at even intervals terminating with a small swab or rag. I didn't have any luck with a Dye double-swab - it's too short and when I tried to pull it out the rest of the way, it seperated leaving me to remove half a swab! Save yourself some headaches and buy a pull-through, cord-type barrel cleaner at the same time as you get the Blazer. Various online-retailers have these. Get one designed for a 16" barrel if you have a Blazer with 10.5" or 12" barrel and you'll have plenty of length.

...more to come...
I will post a more detailed review once I've got more time playing with the Blazer but unless there's some hidden gremlin in it, I'd give it an 11/10. It far surpasses all of my expectations.
Conclusion: "Electros vs. the Blazer" - we're really talking about "handmade bamboo flyfishing rod with brass reel" versus "mass-produced graphite rod with plastic reel." I can catch fish with either but the latter has no character.

10 years from now, nobody will be hot on Ions, DM6's, Egos etc. "The next big thing" will be on the market, being pushed with glossy ads, and we'll have forgotten about the previous "big thing."

A Blazer will still be a Blazer and looked at with respect. This is a gun, like an Automag, that you buy and keep forever. Take a break from paintball for 10 years, dust off the Blazer, oil it up and GO.

No running out of batteries, no short-circuits, no excuses - this gun just works.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 at 6:09 pm PST
 

Review Comments
achilles27 Wednesday, December 27th, 2006 | 7:02 pm PST
Excellent review! I recognize you from SpecOps! I cannot wait to get one of these!
   

af895 Friday, December 29th, 2006 | 2:56 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by achilles27
Excellent review! I recognize you from SpecOps! I cannot wait to get one of these!

Howdy and thanks! Yep, it's C.J. from SpecOps. :) Are you using the same handle over there?
   

achilles27 Saturday, December 30th, 2006 | 1:43 am PST
No problem! I ordered my blazer on Thursday 12/28!!!! I cant wait for it!!! On SpecOps I use redarmy27. I can't wait to use this baby! BZ4209! I'm the sniper for my team, I have high hopes for this dream tank!
   

Notafinga! Saturday, January 6th, 2007 | 3:56 pm PST
Hwy how many shots do you get on your 68/4500 with the Blazer?
   

af895 Sunday, January 7th, 2007 | 6:53 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by Notafinga!
Hwy how many shots do you get on your 68/4500 with the Blazer?
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I wish I could give an accurate count of this. I only get 3000psi fills around here so I'm basically running a "68/3000". I also fill after every game or two to insure I don't run low.

I've read the Blazer gets a dozen shots per C.I. at 3000psi which would be 816shots on a 68/3000 fill. I don't know what the ratio for a 4500psi tank would be but I suspect somewhere in the 1100-1200 shot range. It shines on CO2 with 80-shots per ounce. With double stabilizers, CO2 is just as consistent as HPA.
   

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