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2wiSteD Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
2 years
Products Used:
Marker Setup: 2005 Proto Matrix
Shocktech Rail with ASA
14" Progressive Barrel
Halo B w/ Rip
68/3000 Tank
Strengths: Clear jams and 'Pre-load' in the event of a dead battery.
Weaknesses: Not the easiest thing in the world to install.
Review: I got this with my Halo B that I purchased off of PbN. I figured it would take about 2 minutes to install. I fiddled with this thing for an hour and still managed to forget to put the beads and spring back on the side. The two biggest installation downsides are the 'E-Clips' (little metal clips that vaguely look like an 'E') and the instruction sheet.

The e-clips are fantastic at what they do. That is not bend, and hang on to their little steel rod securely. After I took apart the gear box, I did some damage to the larger white gear with the screw driver I was using to get the clip off. There must be some hidden strategy to these clips that I don't know about.

The second downside was the installation guide itself. One of the most crucial steps is the first step on the back side. The last step on the front side was to reassemble the drive cone. Well the thing didn't say that it was 'VERY IMPORTANT' that I take caution before putting it in. In this next step, you have to make the cone "pre-load"-able (the whole idea behind the rip drive). I had already put the cone down, and after flipping the sheet, I felt I needed to take it back out. This is a problem. The upper feet neck comes into the loader was now preventing the newly slightly elevated drive cone from coming out. But just by a hair, so I took a nail file and sanded it down a little. After doing it, I realized I didn't really need to take it all the way out. It still helps to know I can take it out now in the event of a broken ball inside.

To the guy that said it makes a rickidy sound when installed improperly, skipping that step is why.

For those of you that might not know what this part is for, it's pretty simple. Turn the knob in one direction, and the cone will reverse to clear a jam. Turn the knob in the other direction a maximum of 340 degrees (it'll stop) when your battery is dead and you can set tension on that spring inside that will give you a force-fed loader for the next 15 shots (tested). It may not seem like much, but when your battery is dead, it can be a life saver.
Conclusion: It's a great addition to a great loader. If you can, have someone at your pro shop install it for you.
9 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, August 12th, 2007 at 9:51 am PST

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