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EruIthildur Sunday, January 14th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
2 years
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Nothing similar, but I've used some Spyder products (Victor to Imagine and MR2). I've used the Tippman 98 and A5. I've also used some high end Autocockers.
Marker Setup: VM68 Magnum (Felted down interior)
Dye 14" Barrel
Stock 12" Barrel
Short 8" Black Barrel
Remote
Recommended
Upgrades:
A remote or drop forward!
Although the stock barrel is fairly accurate, get an upgrade!
A regulator is just about a must, although I don't have on yet.
Nitro.
Strengths: Deathly Accurate.
Sturdy.
Reliable.
It's rare, which is always neat.
Can be quieted.
Weaknesses: Gas hog.
Heavy (If that bothers you).
Parts are rare.
Review: Out of the different guns I have seen and used, I have yet to find anything that rivals this gun. I do have the Magnum edition which changes a few things. This gun goes back to when my Uncle was younger, he cleaned and oiled the game after every game, it was almost in 'new' condition when he gave it to me.

Some upsides:

I've had three problems the whole time I have owned the gun:
1. Seals needed to be replaced (got the gun with that issue).
2. I put a part in backwards when I was brand new to paintball and couldn't figure it out.
3. A bolt came a little loose after a bit of use and the safety wouldn't go on.

This gun is LASER accurate. I run straight Co2, either fed straight onto the gun (which eats seals [duh!]) or on my remote (lets me borrow larger tanks). I plan on getting a MacDev LegionAir '05 soon. Regardless, at 60-70' out earlier today I bothered to aim somewhat carefully and nailed three shots within two inches of each other. I've never mounted to gun down, but I can get within 6" when I aim at 120' out. BUY PREMIUM PAINT! It pays, you take LESS shots. I usually use Zero Tolerance paint mixed for my climate and current weather conditions. There is a HUGE difference in accuracy even versus Diablo Heat or mid-end paint. I've only broken TWO balls, both of which were $20 for 2000 deals when I was out of my fav. stuff.

I am almost exclusively a scenario game player, so all of my paintball buddies tend to know their stuff for their guns, along with my other 'technical' friend we have had the least problems (although, he disasembles his gun before AND after every match ENTIRELY).

The VM-68 is heavy, which is a good and bad thing. It's sturdy and helps a little with the kick, but for people who don't weighlift like I do, it might be found heavy.

As to the issue of fire rate, people can mod the gun if it is important, but do you NEED to fire that fast? I've played a little speedball and never have had to 'open up' past 3-5 bps.
Conclusion: If you want a good a reliable gun that is accurate, this is a gun for you.

If weight or fire rate is an issue you might want to look at alternatives.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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