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mtbrdude Monday, March 12th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
Older 2004 Freestyle -- smaller/lighter but bad efficiency
CCI Phantom
Marker Setup: ICD FS8
AKA Sidewinder
CP Trigger
NOX board coming soon.
The marker shoots great out of the box, but a new barrel is a MUST! The bore of the stock barrel is incredibly small, and i had problems breaking paint in it. Also, the stock trigger has a lot of side to side play, one of the aftermarket triggers will solve the problem.
Strengths: Light
Good stock feedneck
Simple/easy to clean
Weaknesses: Stock board doesn't have ALL the modes/settings of an aftermarket board
Review: After selling my older Gen2 Freestyle i immediately felt like i made a big mistake, nothing else i looked at really felt "right" to me... so i waited and waited and finally got myself the nw FS8.

Things that i noticed rightt away: the milling is near perfect, and the dust finish seems really welldone. The stock feedneck is also surprisingly sturdy and works VERY well.

The Good: No leaks on the first airing up, and after a few minutes of balancing the regs i had it shooting nice and fast with NO recoil. Most people think their guns have no/little recoil, the freestyle is the one of few guns that i would say has none. All you feel is the vibration of the bolt moving back and forth. Lubing the bolt is a simple matter of taking it apart and oiling a total of 5 o-rings, all in easy to reach (and replace) areas. While the stock board doesn't have ALL the modes available and a limited number of bells and whistles, it has PSP, NXL, and adjustable ROF, so it's basically tourny ready.

The Bad: The stock barrel is useless. I was shooting X.O. Menace (which is already a smaller bore paint) and i could not get any balls through the barrel. I Switched up to my friends Freak with a .682 insert!!! So if the balls fit through the .682 insert then the stock barrel must be closer to .680 or less. Most people do upgrade stock barrels anyways, but if you're thinking of getting a Freestyle 8, try to have the barrel before you get the gun, otherwise you won't be able to use it right away.

The Ugly: The stock ASA is HARD to turn! and also has no bleed hole. Also, i noticed when tighening the screws for the grip frame, if you tighten it all the way that it actually distorts and flexes a litle bit. When this happens the frame no longer sits flush against the main body of the gun. So when tightening the screws make sure you only snug them up. ICD should maybe use a beefier aluminum????
Conclusion: After owning a Gen2 Freestyle with terrible effiency (800shots off a 68/45) and coming to basically the same gun 3 years later and getting 1300ish shots off that same tank, i feel better... ICD has REALLY learned how to fix their mistakes, and the FS8 is a near flawless gun. Shoots as good if not better than more expensive and larger guns (Matrixes, Egos, Angels, etc.) and the recoil is non-existant. In the market for a fast, tourny-ready gun? Get this.
9 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 at 1:51 pm PST

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