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mxmtl Monday, July 30th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Planet Eclipse 2005 EGO - Simpler design, Easier to maintain, Better display, A little more kick, A little less efficient, Limited replacement part availability, A little less efficient

Planet Eclipse ETek EGO - Simpler design, Easier to maintain, A little more kick, Less efficient, Less trigger adjustability, Harder to change settings
Marker Setup: 2006 Infamous Intimidator
+ DXS LP 48/4500
+ Viewloader VLocity Jr
Recommended
Upgrades:
None
Strengths: Responsive Trigger
Performance
Low Kick
Efficiency
Weaknesses: Manual
Display
Sharp Milling
Additional maintenance
Review: I purchased this marker brand new off eBay, and it looked like it was sitting around for a long time. The bolt was very dry and the lube on the marker looked a little grainy. So, I decided to re-lube the marker.

Following the information from the Intimidator forum on PbNation, I decided to use Dow 33. That turned out to be a mistake, as I spent hours trying to fix leaks from the LPR cap. Using Dow 55 as recommended in the manual, and replacing the o-rings in the LPR base and piston stopped the leaks. In turn, I re-lubed all the o-rings, except for the rammer sleeve o-ring which I did not touch in the first place, with Dow 55.

Although the information for lube on PbNation was misleading, the proper procedure for lubing the poppet and airing up the marker exists on those forums but not in the manual. The middle o-ring on the poppet should not be lubed, and the regs need to be reset each time the marker is aired up. This is done for better reliability and performance with the new balanced valve design.

The manual also has a conflict in the second o-ring chart. Due to this error, I had ordered the wrong size of o-rings for the bolt. The correct size is indicated in the first o-ring chart in the manual.

Out on the field, I found the marker very responsive. It felt as if it did not miss one trigger pull no matter how fast I walked the trigger. In bursts, it felt like it registered and shot every single pull. The kick and sound signature was dramatically less than my experience with the 05 EGO and ETek. At one point, I ran a Lucky Air Assist Valve in my 05 EGO with similar results. The difference with the Infamous Intimidator is that it was designed that way and the poppet requires re-lubing every 10 cases of paint versus the 6 cases of paint for the LAAV poppet.

The feel of the trigger frame felt like an improvement over the EGO frames (excluding the 07). The hump at the back fills my palm, providing a more stable base for walking the trigger and reloading while shooting. After about a couple hopper fulls of target practice and snap shooting, I was dialed in and making eliminations.

I found the display difficult to read out in the field. Unlike the other high end markers out there, turning the eyes off required turning off the marker, and holding the trigger while turning on the marker. It can take up precious seconds during a game in case of a malfunction.

The milling on the infamous is beautiful, but also very sharp at the back where the back of the bolt sits. Take care when tapping out the rammer if it is stuck and when reaching blindly into your gear bag to remove the marker. I have already stabbed myself while doing both. When the marker is aired up with the bolt in place, it is not a problem.

Taking apart the marker is not as easy as the EGO and ETek. Hosing and eye wires need to be carefully routed to avoid pinches when opening or removing the grip frame. The front block also requires removal of a hose from a barb, which can be "intimidating" for players not mechanically inclined. Access to the poppet, which the manual says to lube every 20,000 shots, requires removal of the front block. Removal and re-installation of the LPR base, in case of leaks like I experienced, is not easy with out the proper tools and knowing how to use them without damaging the gloss finish. Teching the marker should be left to mechanically inclined players or experienced airsmiths.

The manual specified Tri-Flow to lube the bolt. Unbeknownst to me, there are two types of Tri-Flow now on the market: Superior and Superior Dry. I emailed Bob Long Technologies, but have yet to get a response to which Tri-Flow they recommend. My guess is the Superior, and not the Superior Dry that I had initially purchased and used without a problem.
Conclusion: I recommend this marker for players who are looking for high performance at a great value now that they are being sold for a fraction of the price, and for players who are tech savvy and not afraid to deal with the setup and maintenance that comes with this marker.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Monday, July 30th, 2007 at 6:15 pm PST
 

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