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pfizerreg Friday, May 4th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
1 year4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
A large cross-section of pumps.
Marker Setup: Too many pumps to list.

Recommended
Upgrades:
Constant Air & Bottomline
AutoMag Frame & AGD Rubber grips
Auto-Trigger kit
Strengths: Durable
Accurate
Tight Bore Barrel
Weaknesses: I'm not a huge fan of direct feeds...
The pump stroke is quite long.
Review: First of all, I can't review a standard P-12 since I recieved mine in upgraded condition. Instead of the regular 12-gram adapter, my marker has been outfitted with a valve plug and a reverse 15 degree ASA beneath the lower tube. Because of this, I won't be making any judgements about efficiency.

Accuracy is excellent. Like many other brass-barreled guns, it shoots very well. The stock bead sight and the notch that is cut into the feedneck line up perfectly and allow for quick target aquisition.

Unlike other Sheridan paintguns I have had experience with, my P-12 has no problems with rollouts. Its barrel seems to be of a tighter bore size.
When firing the P-12 you will notice that it is very loud, even when regulated down to lower pressures.

A nice feature that the P-12 has that improves over some Sheridan designs is the bolt. It is a centerfire design that channels the burst of air through the bolt much like a Cocker or Spyder. It has an adjustable choke for velocity adjustment, although on your average 12-gram fed gun I would recommend that you adjust velocity using your springs to maintain efficiency. Pulling back on the knob allows quick removal of the pump arm from the bolt.

One drawback of this quickstrip bolt feature is that it increases the pump stroke length of the gun by about half a centimetre. This may not seem like much, but I find that Autotriggering on this gun requires a slightly different rythymn than with other AT platforms. If you are not used to this, you can shortstroke when firing fast. I don't do this often, so it isn't a big deal.

One excellent upgrade is to replace the stock frame with a carbon fibre one from an AutoMag. Simply place the Sheridan frame internals into the Mag frame and file a rounded channel so it fits the P-12's body well. The Sheridan sear spring is not required and is the hardest part to fit - a cocker sear return spring works just as well when placed in the Mag frame. The Mag frame allows for bottomline accessories to be used, and is slightly more comfortable due to AGD's stock rubber grips.

I am not a huge fan of Direct Feeds on pumps, especially 12 gram powered ones. The stock P-12 is a bit of a throwback to the days when Tournament guns were forced to fit these criteria. With some slight modifications (I highly recommend constant air) the P-12 is competetive with any modern pump.
Conclusion: The P-12 is one of my favorite guns. I have used Phantoms, Snipers, Buzzards and the like, and this gun is my consistent first backup to my personalized Carter Sniper II. It shoulders very well with a 13ci tank on a bottomline duckbill, and is accurate enough to keep the opposition's heads down. The ergonomics are excellent, to say the least, and the stock sights are very well made.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Friday, May 4th, 2007 at 12:23 pm PST
 

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