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el zorro Thursday, March 15th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Other RPS Paint, BE Paint etc
Marker Setup: ION (stock barrel), JT Excellerator 4.0 (Lapco Bigshot), Raptor (Stock Barrel), Spyder Sonix Pro (Stock Barrel). All were running CO2 except the ION (HPA)
Recommended
Barrels:
Large Bore
Strengths: Probably won't break in the barrel in cold weather. Very acurate.
Weaknesses: Won't break on your opponent even in warm weather.
Review: For RPS I was disappointed. After reading the other reviews, their quality control on this line of paintballs is all over the map. Some complained about dimpled shells and brittle shells but mine were the opposite.

There were no dimples and the balls were reasonably round. I saw only a few that weren't. Our main gripe was how hard the shells were. Yesterday was in the '70's and we had more bounces and more welts from bounces at close range than I can remember at any other time I've ever played. I wouldn't be surprised if half of our hits (at least a third) bounced. I shot my brother-in-law twice in the back and both bounced. He shot me right on the arm and it bounced. I took one to the chest and one on the neck from my brother that both bounced. Looking at the welts they left (and judging from the sting) there is no question we had plenty of velocity on these balls.

I will say that no one had any chops and no barrel breaks and they were very accurate in all the guns listed above. But I won't buy them again. Way to many bounces. The case we bought was a winter time paint, not summer (unless it needs to be 105 degrees to soften the shells up !?!? Come to think of it, the longer they sat in the afternoon sun the better they began to break). Of course it's still winter here but like I said, yesterday was warm but even then I think they were too hard even if it was cold outside.

EDIT: After studying the other RPS paintballs being reviewed, I noticed that not only does my box of Flash paintballs not look like the one shown on PB Review, it looks like the one shown for the RPS: Menace paintballs (http://www.pbreview.com/products/reviews/3161/) and I noticed in that thread there were lots of complaints about bounces. It looks like RPS is mixing up their low grade paint to meet their orders. Also, on the PMI website (PMI owns RPS http://www.buypmi.com/paintballs.html) they show a type called Rampage which also is the same color box as my version of Flash/Menace. I bet this explains the different experiences people are having with so called Flash paintballs because they are not all the same.

I bought a different type of field grade RPS paint called Stinger which is sold at my local paintball store. It works great but it's not listed on PB Review or on the PMI website.
Conclusion: If you want cheap acurate paint and don't mind the bounces buy it. If you want it to break when you hit your opponent don't buy it.

IF the piantball manufacturers have a clue about their shell thickness and expected performance in different weather conditions, they would do themselves and us a favor by saying so on their boxes.
Rating:
5 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, March 17th, 2007 at 8:58 am PST
 

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