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ghost271 Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
03 Excal
Nexus DC2 Autococker
Marker Setup: Blk/Blu/Clr Fade 04 Streamline Excalibur
Clamping Feedneck
14" Ultralite Barrel and Freak Barrel Kit
68/4500 MacDev Conquest Tank
Recommended
Upgrades:
A Good Barrel Kit
Blade trigger
25gr Trigger Switch
Pandora Board flashed with the rMod code
Strengths: Built like a tank
Quality Craftsmanship
Low Maintenance
Reliable
Weaknesses: Heavier than mostt.
Can't buy them new anymore.
Review: I'll try and make this as concise and to the point as I can (I gotta go to bed and get some sleep).

I sold my Gunmetal Streamline Excal (see the pics) back in Oct'06 and regretted it ever since. Why did I sell in the first place you may ask ? I needed rent money ...... such is life. Anyway, after looking for almost 18 months I found another one up for sale and had no hesitation getting my credit card out to make the purchase. So what makes a man yearn for a gun for so long ? The smile that cracks upon your face the moment you pull the trigger.

This gun, along with my Nexus DC2, puts a smile on my face everytime I shoot them. So here is the break down.

Quality-

AKA markers are built with the tightest of tolerances out of any company producing paintball markers today. Unfortunately with the SP lawsuits, AKA refused to give in to their bullying demands and were forced to stop producing both the Viking and Excalibur markers. The guns are heavy (unless you buy one milled) but are built tough and can survive anything you can throw at them. The annodizing is military grade Type3 and it shows with a smooth flat finish.

Speed-

Although they are not as fast as todays electros, the Excals have no problems running in the 15-21 bps range. Don't qoute me on the numbers as the Humphry and Mac noids produce differant results. In any regard, it is fast enough for todays games where the ramping is capped at 15 bps anyway. I would however highly recommend adding the Pandora board to the gun and flashing it with the rMod. I have it in my Viking and its god awefully-insanely fast !

Maintanence-

Simply the easiest gun for taking care of. Put a drop of oil in the ASA, cycle about 30 shots with the barrel off, and away you go. Done.

Accuracy-

Now I know we hear the debate, and I don't want people PM'ng me about the physics involved etc etc, but I'm going to state what I SEE with MY VISUAL PERCEPTION.
First off with it being a closed bolt gun, you need a tight paint to barrel match. You will notice a fluctuaion with chrono readings moreso than with an open bolt marker because of the variances in bore matching. That being said, I have to say that the trajectory seems to be very similar to a cocker, but not as flat as a Matrix. Distance wise, its close to both the trix and cocker. I was nailing tacks with the gun all day last weekend. It was fantastic !

Feeling-

I personally prefer the feeling of a spool valve marker shooting. It feels very 'soft' without the hammer and ram slamming against the valve. However I do have to say that the Excal feels and shoots smoother than any other ram driven marker out there. You will hear AKA'rs taking about the smoothness, and it is very noticable when you fire the gun. I have to say that it just a tad bit smoother than my DC2 (and that thing is like butter !!!)
For recball I really like taking out my differant guns and it's hard to choose.If I want the best overall setup in my collection, I take my Quest. If I want that giddy feeling and the feelling that I have a 'weapon' in my hand, I'll take out the Excal, Nexus, or Viking.
Conclusion: If you are in love with closed bolt markers but don't want the 'hassles' of the autocker, then I would highly recommend the AKA Excalibur. It will shoot smoother than the best cocker ever produced (the Nexus DC2 IMHO) and will last you years over the competition.
I am still partial to the Quest because of ....well everything (check my review), but there's a reason why , out of the 12 guns in my collection, that the Excal gets to see the feild more often than the others.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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