Nothing to break
Little pricey, but worth it
I received my DeadlyWind bolt on a Wednesday afternoon, and had it installed within the hour. I also installed a QEV during this process as well. This was the first time I had every upgraded my Ion, and it wasn't hard at all. The online installation page, located on the manufacturers web site, was very easy to follow.
I set my dwell and air pressure to the suggested initial settings, and took my gun to the firing range. I noticed right away that my gun's kick had virtually disappeared, and I was using much less air pressure than before. 52 dwell dropped to 4 dwell and 170psi dropped to approximately 125psi.
After shooting about 1000 balls over the course of the morning, I noticed that the balls were not feeding properly into the gun. You guessed it, the screw that holds the bolt stalk had come loose. I soon realized that I needed to put the loctite on the threads of the screw, not the head of the screw. About 45 minutes later, after letting the loctite set, I was back in business.
I have not had any issues since, and the bolt has performed flawlessly, with no ball breaks or anything. Not only is my gun quieter than before, my shots are more accurate, and I get approximately 40% more shots per tank. This is due to both Bolt and QEV.
After playing more with this bolt (~5,000 rounds shot), I have had no issues. I have been getting a little over 900 shots/tank, which ain't too bad considering I only have a 48ci 3000psi tank. Once I upgrade to a 68ci 4500psi that should work out to 1800+ shots/tank.
I have done some Myth-buster style testing to compare the following bolts;
Ion + QEV + Stock Bolt
Ion + QEV + Firebolt
ion + QEV + HollowPoint Bolt
Basically I recorded the sound of each marker from 25ft directly in front of the gun.
I performed both dry and loaded shots to help infer performance gains, and air flow characteristics. I used the stock bold as the base for measuring the 2 other products.
Here are my findings...
First up was the Ion + QEV + Firebolt. Compared to the stock bolt, we noticed a drop of 2db in the overall volume of a loaded shot. Also the pitch of the shot was a bit lower. When we tested a dry shot, we noticed no difference in volume, which means to me that the air flow characteristics are no better than a stock bolt, and the only improvement is the weight characteristics.
Next up was the Ion + QEV + Hollow. Compared to the stock bolt, we noticed a drop of 5db in the overall volume of a loaded shot, and the pitch of the shot was a bit lower than the previous Firebolt test. When we tested a dry shot, we noticed a significant difference in the volume. This bolt produced a much louder shot, approximately twice as loud as the previous 2 tests. This means to me that the air flow characteristics are far superior than both the stock bolt and the Firebolt. I'm not sure what real world implications this has, but interesting none the less.
If allowed, I will post the audio files to back up the results later.
This is an excellent bold, and I would tell anyone to buy this one over the other option s available. And make sure you put some loctite on the threads of the stalk bold...
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, September 2nd, 2007 at 6:46 pm PST