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tke240 Sunday, June 10th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Just purchased a Rampage board to replace the Equalizer board
Marker Setup: A5 with flatline, electronics, stock, remote line tac strap
Strengths: Various firing modes, low battery indicator, Tippmann support.
Weaknesses: Runaway firing, auto off feature, difficult to change firing modes or program.
Review: I only had this product for about three months before it started acting up. Somehow, in the research I did before purchasing it, I missed the comments about the runaway firing issues many of the boards develop. Maybe we just hear what we want to hear sometimes. It started off as one or two extra balls shooting after I release the trigger. Almost not even enough for me to really pay it much attention. Then one day the flood gates opened and there was just no stopping it. I went onto the forums to try to find a simple solution, but nothing worked. I adjusted dwell, debounce, and bent the trigger switch in numerous directions trying to regain control of the marker. The only mode that would work (safely) was semi automatic. I had a semi-auto marker prior to purchasing this board. I didn't need to spend $90 to make a lateral move.

If the runaway issue was the only problem that I had, then I might have tried having Tippmann correct it (although from what I've read, they seem to revert back to the issue shortly after), but other issues with the board made me decide that perhaps this was not worth my time.

I got burned one too many times with the auto shut-off feature. It's a nice idea in theory, to save some battery power... but it doesn't work in practice when you've been crawling up on the opposing team for the last 40 minutes only to spring the trap and realize your gun won't shoot. It's a rather humbling experience to ambush somebody and then have to dive back down to the ground and root around in the dirt for a stick that's small enough to turn it back on while hundreds of rounds of paint are now coming your direction.

Don't get me wrong... it has plenty of features, and if you're usually only playing 20 minute capture the flag games, you'll probably be fine so long as it doesn't develop other issues. Unfortunately for me, the honeymoon phase ended rather quickly.
Conclusion: I honestly can't say that I would recommend this to anybody. I think above any of the minor annoying features I consider it to have, safety can be a real concern with this board. We've all seen the moron who accidentally fires a round off near a group of people who are in a designated "safe" area and not required to wear their goggles. Now imagine that same moron accidentally firing off a round, but being unable to stop...
Rating:
4 out of 10
 

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