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Lancer X Monday, June 11th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Upgraded Smart Parts Ions
Marker Setup: Viewloader VLocity
CP Razor drop forward and 2k5 On/Off Valve
68ci/4500psi tank
Recommended
Upgrades:
Quite capable right out of the box. Perhaps a better on/off and a barrel kit?
Strengths: High performance for the price!
No need for heavy upgrades
Easy to maintain
Weaknesses: Stock on/off valve
Review: Background/Experience: I've been playing paintball for 20 years, but have only recently become "serious" towards the sport. Previously only played a few times per year max.

I played woodsball for a solid day yesterday with my new Fusion. My first impressions are very high. The marker is light, air efficient, and accurate - right out of the box.

It's not quite as quiet as I might prefer, but it's no Tippmann either. Just a bit loud compared to a dialed-in Ion, for example.

I happened to be shooting paint that was a good bore match to the stock barrel, and the accuracy of this stock marker actually shocked me. After a few minutes of acclimation, I was shooting folks out from behind bunkers with glee.

The marker is also very easy to maintain. The bolt can be removed with two fingers right in the field, allowing a full front-to-back squeegee should the need arise. I chopped no balls all day, however. In fact, I checked out the barrel bore last night, and was surprised to see that it was almost totally clean - just a couple light drag marks from ball shells. It should also be noted that the bolt is Delrin and requires no lube.

The internals also come right out with the twist of a knob for a quick cleaning and lube. Simple and well-designed. (What I believe is referred to as a stacked-tube design.)

Regarding the balance of the parts, the low-pressure and high-pressure regulators are easily removed for the occasional cleaning. The stock feed neck is a low, clamping design - totally adequate.

I found the trigger simple to adjust, and even a clumsy trigger-walker like me can fire off a nice steady volley on semi.

The electronics are very easy to use - the buttons are easy to depress (unlike an Ion - ugh) and located right on the back of the grip frame. A bright multi-colored LED in the grip lets you know exactly what's going on, and the firing modes are changed via 4 dip switches inside the grip.

Really, the only weak point that I might point out is the stock ASA on/off valve, but perhaps I'm only noticing because my CP 2k5 is made a bit better. Dangerous Power also makes an on/off upgrade they call a RAPS (a unique lever-actuated unit) - and that appears to be where they spent their design efforts. If I didn't already have this nice CP, I think I'd be springing for their RAPS.
Conclusion: As above, this level of performance in a $400 marker makes the Fusion worth every penny. If you're looking for something that's a step above entry level, give this new marker some serious consideration.

If you go with anything less expensive, you'll probably end up putting the difference into upgrades and still end up with something inferior to the Fusion.

Solid 9/10 (as no product is perfect)
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

Review Comments
fusionfreak1337 Tuesday, July 24th, 2007 | 11:42 am PST
I gave it a 10 rating. I know no product is perfect but there is no marker out right now that is better than the fusion for the price.
   

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