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10-shot kid Monday, February 12th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
More than 5 years3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tested
All the other blow back pistols bar the Tac 8, havn't had the chance
Squall

Have owned
sydarm
15-shot typhoon (vert)
Marker Setup: 10-shot spring feed
extended barrle to match the spring feed
back bottle CA
wire remote w/ HPA tank
Draco (name of gun) engraved in side
Recommended
Upgrades:
Remote if you go back bottle, otherwise you either can't pull out the centerfire bolt or it's difficult to. Would also get a stabalizer (saving up) because this gun is not as consistant as the typhoon. HPA tank is not neccesary but helpful if like me you play in the winter and/or can't deal with the Co2 cloud. This gun was built for Co2.
Strengths: More balanced than typhoon pistol. Closed bolt, accurate, consistant, reliable, durable, unique, handbuilt brass, reliable
Weaknesses: Fixed barrle has problem with small bore paint. spring feed easily gets dirty and jammed.
Review: I've been playing pistol for 6+ years with this gun. The first two year I never oiled it more than once every 5 games and never had a problem. The next two years I oiled it more frequently, but not every game. After burning out for a year+ I left it to collect dust. It had problems cycling near the end of the day at castle conquest, my first game back, but a quick cleaning and half a bottle of oil latter it's working BETTER than before. I now matenience it every game, it shoots much more consistantly.

I Started playing woods/scenario with it after owning a m98 for a year and never looked back. A few years latter I got into playing tourney. Got all the way to low grade NE D2 playing with this pistol before I burnt out for a year. Now I am sticking to playing rec/scenario because I'm in it just for fun now. I still play at indoor sup' air/x ball team practices and do quite well. I say this only to begin to explain that this pistol is like no other, your only limitation will be paint capacity.

The stoker is bassically a palmerized autococker. The three way is in the grip, micro rock in the bottom tube where the 12-gram used to be, and the ram is on the side of the gun. The 10-round tube is spring fed and newer models have an adjustable feed cap, unlike the older models that where a solid piece of aluminum. It is constructed entirely of brass, which although heavy does not have paintball oil stick to it as much as other metals. It comes with both a detent and widgits, indentations in the barrle where the ball rests when the bolt is in the forward position that prevent roll outs and hold the ball in the exact same place every shot. The varience on my stroker with medium/large bore paint is 10. Small bore it's 15-20. It is matenience friendly, run water through it, shoot 400 shots, take off the grips, use a blow dryer to air dry it, put three drops of oil in the ASA, cycle it 100 times. I will now go in order of similar products in order of best to worst (in my opinion) and how the PGP stroker compares.

Unlike the typhoon pistols (squall and typhoon w/ 15 shot spring feed) this gun is not front heavy. This is just my opinion and is biased as I played with my pistol a few years before first holding a squall. The typhoon is more consistant but I have seen a stabilizer correct that. The typhoon also costs 250 as of 2007 more than the stroker. I have also found the LPR pressure easier to adjust for my stroker v. my 15 shot typhoon. The squall runs on 12-grams only which I find bothersome due to cost increase per shot. Other than consistency these guns all perform the exact same.

I have not used or tested a Tiberius 8. The stroker doesn't need 45+ dollar clips, holds more than 8 rounds, doesn't only use 12-grams, and isn't a blow back. The Tiberius 8 is lighter and more compact and is thus most likely the better choice for a backup sidearm. The Tiberius 8 is currently newer than the stroker so it's resale value is higher but I expect that to change over time.

I used to own a sydarm. The stroker beat it out in every way. It was more consistent/accurate, more reliable, and more durable. My sydarm broke down all the time when I played long games with it and was not very gas efficient. Unlike the squall it is impossible to put a dummy 12-gram in the sydarm to convert it to CA. It was harder to oil and maintenance the sydarm. The sydarm was lighter though and its trigger was lighter and a bit snappier, then again I had palmers make my strokers trigger extra strong.

I have tested out every blow back pistol their is. Whenever a kid has a pistol I offer to exchange guns momentarily to see how his performs. Blow back pistols commonly have problems with 12-grams leaking, horrible gas efficiency, horrible consistency, and sub par accuracy. On the other hand they are lighter and far cheaper than any PPS gun. If you’re going to be a pistol only player steer clear of these, they suck.
Conclusion: This pistol is for one type of player only, a pistol only player. It's not a good backup sidearm as it runs of CA only. If you already own a PGP I would strongly suggest this gun if you want to get into pistol play. If you don't consider this, the typhoon/squall is only 150 bucks more, as the upgrade costs 450 and a PGP costs 100. While the typhoon is more front heavy it is more consistent and has better resale value.

If I could go back and do it all over again I would get the squall with the 10-shot tube side mounted kp2 style, the spring feed on the top of the tube, RP's squalicane feed gate, and a gold platted classic finish.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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