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Lopez17 Saturday, February 10th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
2 years
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
I've shot multiple Intimidators, Excals, Vikings, Matrixes, Ego's and just about every other high end marker out there.
Marker Setup: I shoot a 2K5'd GZ, Excalibur, Viking, Texas Storm, Ripper, Ripper 2 and Ripper 3 Intimidators. I run a Halo or an Empire Reloader B (and now a Pulse) with a PMI Pure Energy or Crossfire Tank.
Recommended
Upgrades:
Upgrades are always going to be subjective. Being that this is a marker that isn't found New In Box anymore there are several upgrades that really need to go into them.

1. There are two mandatory upgrades that must go into any Intimidator and that's an Adjustable Ram Cap and Hard Detents. These two upgrades enable the Intimidators to use Halo and Reloaders (and other force fed loaders) without worries of double feeding.

2. Barrel. Pick your favorite cocker threaded one and slap it on.

3. ASA. I prefer the CP's but honestly find any new style one that bleeds the back pressure and you're good to go.

4. Trigger. I'd say that a techna is a must but in lieu of that I like the CP's. Many other people recommend the Critical triggers.

5. Feedneck. Most stock feednecks and early 2002 replacements are weak. I'd highly recommend getting a CCM or other style clamping feedneck. It'll enable you to lock down on your loader without overtorquing it causing it to crack.

At this point, if you get a GZ, the real potential of the marker is not with the stock 2K1/2K2 design/configuration. I'd recommend that anyone getting one upgrade it to a 2K5 style marker.

I'd highly recommend keeping the torpedo regulator and LPR while scrapping the old style grip frame. The 45 degree frame was an upgrade to the axe handle style classics but really wasn't that great. A 2K5 frame will easily fit on. This enables you to bring 2K5 electronics in as well. This means an eye harness, power harness, membrane pad and 2K5 board (I recommend the Tadao's but the Frenzy 127's are fantastic as well).

A quick anodizing job after 2K5ing and you have an older marker that's retuned to shoot like a 2K5.
Strengths: Efficiency, durability, consistency and it's easily retrofitted.
Weaknesses: Age and resale. Most original parts will likely need work.
Review: The GZ is one of the most popular body styles in the Intimidator line. It was the next marker put out after the classic generation and improved on many problems with the classic, including the gripframe. However, subsequent markers implemented a better clamshell design and enabled more room for electronics with easier access. The real allure of the GZ is the ability to slap a 2K5 frame on and bring new life into an old legend. The GZ's body flows quite well with the 2K5 frames and with a little anodizing magic you have a masterpiece.

The GZ's shoot like most every other Intimidator. You'll have a highly consistent marker capable of 1600-1800 shots off of a 68/4500 tank. You'll also have the vaunted Intimidator speed and reliability. Most older markers will likely need some tune up work due to their age but it's well worth the effort. With many GZ's going for $225 or less, you can really do some wonderful things for affordable prices. I bought one for $190 and sold off some parts and bought a 2K5 frame and totally 2K5'd mine and had it anodized for a total of about $300 spent. It now shoots just like a 3rd Generation marker. I added an Empire poppet, Frenzy board, 2K5 Wiring and a 2K5 frame. I kept the stock LPR and stock Torpedo (after a rebuild on both) though you could opt to put an Alias front block on as long as you get the body tapped to accept the grub screw to hold it in place. Doing this will eliminate block wobble that was endemic to the 2nd Generation intimidators.

All said and done, you have an Intimidator mainstay and with the ability to retrofit you have a fantastic marker to work as a project gun.
Conclusion: A fantastic marker and with the prices of them being low in the used market, it's an often overlooked gun that has a lot of bang for the buck.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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