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Victory2b Saturday, June 9th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann A5 and Custom pro
Marker Setup: I have the wood stuck version with no mods
Recommended
Upgrades:
Donít use a generic hopper get something like the qloader, it will look good and will help keep you firing more consistent.
Strengths: Looks Good, Heavier then most guns so it has a good sturdy feel and balance.
Weaknesses: Chops paint, cheap o-rings, Philips screws, difficult to dissemble and clean.
Review: I sincerely hope I just got a lemon and that no one else will because I absolutely love this gun but the list of issues I have had with it in such as short amount of time is ridiculous.

I have used several type of paint ranging from relatively cheap to tournament class (Signature, Cryptic, and even some White box stuff) and well it chops paint, lots of it. I guess I have to keep looking for more type of paint to try to bad I got 12,000 rounds still.

When it chops paint and you want to clean it properly thatís when the real night mare began for me. The manual has some simplistic instructions on how to disassemble the marker to clean it out but I had way too much in the thing for this to work so I took the entire thing apart.

The first thing I noticed when I took it apart is that whoever assembled it did two things wrong, not enough oil (No big deal) and they over tightened well everything excessively. I think I had to go to my shop and put it in the clamp to take off something about 7 or 8 times. This was very irritating to say the least especially when I got to the Philips screws that the used to put on the loading system on with that strips really easily.

After I finally got it all reassembled it leaked CO2, I thought no big deal I will just take it apart again and find out where I went wrong. The manual said that the issue might be related to a broken o-ring or the cup seal is damaged. I replaced the cup seal (Ironically this was the only replacement part that came with the marker and it was slightly different then the one that was already in it), a busted o-ring, then carefully oiled everything and put it back together. Needless to say it leaks even more air. I even double checked the manual and talked to a friend who also has a working one to make sure I assembled it correctly.

In shot it was made in China so I should have known better, oh well I will either replace all the o-rings or take it back to the store and get it replaced with another one and hope it works. Even after that bad experience I do love this gun more then my reliable Tippmanns because I have had so much fun playing with it even when itís busted and for that reason I am giving it a 9 out of 10.
Conclusion: For looks and authentic feel you just can beet it but if you want to actually use it the first thing you should do is replace ALL the o-rings, oil it to death and cross your fingers and hope it works.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

Review Comments
bvdave Thursday, June 14th, 2007 | 8:47 pm PST
I do recommend you change the orings, factory ones suck, also since its made in china the oil is dried out by the time it gets to north america.. first thing you shoudl do is reoil and replace all orings.

I also find it helps to use smaller bore paint, the barrel is small bore which gives great accuracy you just need matching paint.

Also if you get a nice electronic hopper or an archon gravity hopper it will help get rid of ball shops because you will be feeding faster.

also if you did get a lemon (which sadly happens more with this marker then should) call archon and they have amazing customer service and will fix it for you, I had a friend who had a lemon and they sent him a brand new body!!!

I love the tacamos because they ar eteh most realistic marker youc an get.. even tho I suually use a tipmann because I love working on and upgrading :P

if you still have problems call archon they will fix itr ight up for yoU!!
   

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