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downrangecop Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month20 of 20 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Pre-2k Cockers (2)
Auto/Mini Mags (3)
Angel 1 (Borrowed)
Ion (modded to the extreme: Virtue board, Stiffi, DYE reg, QEV, HPA, DYE Bolt, etc.)
Shocker
Spyder autos (2)
VM-68
Tippman Pro-lite
Tippman 68 Carbine
Semi- Spyders (3)
Black Knight (remember?)
PMI Tracer (still have it)
GZ 2000 (Kudos if you remember that one!)
TIgershark
Stingray
....I think that's all of them, but don't quote me on that.
Marker Setup: Trinity clamping feed neck
Freak barrel with 16" All american tip
AR-15 foregrip
Luepold 1-4x scope ( laugh if you want, you'll only walk away with paint in your mouth!)
Halo V35
Nitro Duck 70 ci/ 4500
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel, HP air, Halo, New feed
Strengths: Accuracy!
Good firepower (18bps)
It's a Cocker...
Weaknesses: Feedneck, Intimidating to newbies, Stock barrel
Review: This is my umpteen hundredth marker in my 13 years of paintballing. In all fairness, I took a 5 year hiatus, but I'm back, and more immersed in paint than ever!

I've started at the bottom and worked my way up. My first marker was a crossman wrist rocket ( I don't recommend it. The rate of fire sucks and above all, No velocity control!) and as you can see above, I've owned more than my fair share of markers. This was inteneded to be my Sniper marker. And, in all fairness, I should lay some background: I have a bit of training in that field. I am a police sniper with a Southern California Police agency that shall remain un-named.

You might say the tactics I learned sneaking around with a wrist rocket while my friends had VM-68's and Tracers is what led me to become a sniper. And those tactics remain true today. Obviously, this review is gonna be based solely on Woodsball. Speed freaks can learn from it too, but that is not my forte' by a long shot (pun intended).

I bought this marker with one thing in mind: accuracy with the ability to lay down some paint if things get too hairy. And let me say, mission accomplished! Out of the box it is pretty accurate.

INSPECTION:
Pre-game inspection led me to find quality control was good, although I had couple quirks. First thing first, replace the feed neck with an aftermarket clamp style. The stock feedneck won't fit a Halo, and besides, clamp feednecks are just a good idea anyway. Second, the grip panels require an allen wrench, but the only allen wrench provided is for the velocity adjuster. Granted I have my own, but not everyone does, and you can't play without it. Third, the 9v battery needs vasoline to fit into the battery compartment. Okay not quite, but it is a wedding night fit to say the least. And finally, the switches for changing firing modes are confusing, and not at all addresed in the manual.

Now for the likes: I like the fact that this bad boy came with a 3-way rail covering the guts for a couple reasons. 1. It protects your hoses 2. It gives you a place for a comfortable fore-grip and 3. I had a crazy idea in my head of a Soviet style scope mount on a paintball gun (I'll post pictures). The rail system is good, and the size reminds me of an MP-5 (While I prefer AR's, MP-5's are quite comfortable). The rails are a little wide for a Picatinny Rail. I took the old fore-grip form one of my AR-15's and placed it on the Cocker. It took a bit of coaxing to get it on, but it definitely won't come off on accident! it is quite comfy, and it helps with your ability to suck the gun in tight to take a well aimed shot. Then, the piece de resistance, the luepold 1-4x scope. All I can say is it is the coolest thing i've ever done to a marker! Because not only does it look scary as hell (trust me, people see it and a guy in a ghillie suit and get nervous) but it flat out performs! I have it dialed in for 25 yards. And with the Freak barrel (16" all american with .684 stainless insert) and Worrgames Annihilation paint, it is truly ball on ball into little (2-3") circles at 50 feet!

PLAY:
Okay, if you aren't a woodsballer, you should be. Just kidding. To each his own, right? But you'll probably be better of with a different marker. There are the Competition series SF's if you want to long ball, but if you are up front and in the suck, you will probably want a shocker or the like. But to you woodsballers, you sicko's who love putting on camo's and shudder at the idea of a jersey and a pink gun (yeah you say it's red, It looks pink to me!), start putting your pennies in a jar to save for this gun! It is the perfect all around marker! I was making long ball shots over 60 yards! I took beautiful sniper shots (Yup, that means 1 and only 1 shot kills) at up to 25 yards and didn't give away my position. I got in a pretty hairy firefight at medium range and took out my angel 1 wielding maniac partner. He couldn't keep his head up long enough to aim and shoot me! It was a matter of time before I timed him right and gave him a beautiful paint facial ( I love white paint! HAHAHAH). All because I had the ability to put precision shots downrange. That is what makes this marker heads above the rest!

RELIABILITY:
I don't have any long term info. After all, I've only had it a little while. But I'll update it down the road.

I took some pictures I will post of the gun prior to me ghillie-ing it out to show you how it looks. Cause once I'm done, you'll never see it again!
Conclusion: This gun is a must have for any serious woodsballer. A great balance and a great deal at $250 (zepher's).
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

Review Comments
downrangecop Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 | 11:43 pm PST
I have pictures to post, but they are in Bitmap format and it won't let me. Any ideas?
   

fuzzyllama Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 | 6:16 am PST
LOL thi was a funny review!!! I liked some of the jokes, and i appreciate how you use good grammar/punctuation etc. Probably because you are an officer (i hear you need to take spelling tests before inauguration). Very good review, and gives good info. However, because im a stickler, i must say if you need to buy upgrades, or it has some weaknesses, you cant exactly give it a 10. Oh well. And about the picture thing, i dont know what to tell you but you could ask a mod via private message. So Cal for the win!!!!
   

downrangecop Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 | 7:11 am PST
You have a valid point. If you include the cost of the foregrip ($15), the barrel ($90) and the feedneck ($25), it still keeps the marker price under $375, and there isn't anything in that price range that can compare. Out of the box, it is still accurate. But with a barrel system the accuracy truly shines. And I don't expect all of you to run out and buy a Luepold scope for your paintball gun. That is a $400 piece of glass. But, you can go to SWFA (riflescopes.com) and get a scope for the $20-$50 range, plus mounts if you feel so inclined (and why wouldn't you?).

And yeah fuzzy, I had alot of training on grammer. Of the 1000+ hours required out of the academy, one of the largest classes was report writing. Not to mention, we have a saying. For every hour of fun you get three hours of writing! After almost 10 years, that saying still holds true.
   

potatoboy13 Sunday, June 17th, 2007 | 10:22 am PST
well that report class kind of crushes my dreams of being part of the SWAT team (lol)
   

shenkyei rambo Friday, January 25th, 2008 | 8:59 am PST
are there pump kits available for this gun?
is it a pump-able gun?

cause is there are pump kits available for this gun, then ill probably buy this gun eventually.
   

slog63 Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 | 7:39 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by shenkyei rambo
are there pump kits available for this gun?
is it a pump-able gun?

cause is there are pump kits available for this gun, then ill probably buy this gun eventually.


I understand there are pump kits for the trilogy available...

downrangecop, your review has pushed me to shop for a SF tactical... I own an Odyssey RPM, which is not a bad marker either... it's just the Autococker seems more accurate
   

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