UL'd PM6--awesome, my second favorite behind this
Timmies--Nice feel, but I think Bob has hit gold with the Marqs
Egos--perhaps technically lighter and smaller but I think the Rapper is much more elegant and much more fun to shoot
Board if you want to mess with modes...otherwise, stock is fine
Pillow bolt? QD ram? I have neither and the gun shoots perfectly...maybe if you're using super-brittle paint you could look into the pillow. New Marqs direct from Bob come with both of these installed.
Feel when shooting
More complex maintenance than you might think
Basic stock board
So I got this in a trade for a Legend because I've always been interested to see how Bobby integrated the poppet design into a single tube...let's just say he did a very good job.
First impressions...this is light, very beautiful, and very small. It feels like a Shocker if the Shockers weren't made by SP...if you catch my drift. The frame is absolutely comfy as hell. It is as comfortable or more than a UL frame, for serious. Don't let the Matrix-like grip panels fool you; it's actually quite small and VERY thin, but not fragile.
The trigger...ahh, what a tragedy. The shape is amazing and does have a very nice feel, but must be sprung quite heavily in order to avoid bounce, and is set that way from the factory...
Which brings us to the board. It's very simple, which I like-just like the UL frame board, it basically has all you'll ever want in terms of firing modes. Where it lacks is dwell adjustment and debounce adjustment [hence the strong spring needed], so an aftermarket board might be something to look into if you like to tinker. I spent $48 on a new trigger rather than spending $145 on a new board...a much cheaper solution to cure bounce forever, I think.
Maintenance is perhaps a bit more complex than you might think. Poppet=simple, no? The tradeoff for the single tube is just a few more quirks in terms of alignment, but it's really not so bad. Just as with all Timmies before it, the Marq needs a little love in the forms of Dow and Triflow, but it's really not something to discourage you from buying one nor anything that will take more than a few minutes out of every few cases of paint to do.
Shooting this gun is just flat-out fun. It's very smooth in the hand, with little to no kick, and very quick. Efficiency is just about average, which is fine by me. It truly is the best of both worlds--spool valve feel, small profile, and ease of use, combined with poppet valve ease of maintenance and reliability.
I love this gun. I can honestly see myself shooting a Marq-platform gun for a long time hereafter...it really is just a great idea and a great product.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, June 17th, 2007 at 9:12 pm PST