Uses blank .22 cartridge to fire. Unreliable time delay. Ineffective paint dispersion. Price
I purchased 2 AGC paint grenades from Pinnacle paintball online for $10 per piece plus shipping. UPS was it's usual disappointment. Paid for 3 day select. Did not receive until the 4th day, though Pinnacle shipped on time with emailed confirmation. Grenades were wrapped in bubble wrap and shipped in a Smart Parts box. NO INSTRUCTIONS/SAFETY LEAFLET were included!!!! Not the type of product to send to an inexperienced player without any instructions or safety precautions. I tested the grenade in a controlled area to try and get a realistic idea of what it's potential was. After pulling the pin and tossing it approximately 10' away, I began to wait....and wait...and wait. After about 15 seconds the grenade finally detonated. Not quite the 4-5 second delay that was advertised. Not quite as loud as I was expecting either. Paint dispersion seemed to follow the mid-line seam of the grenade. Basically, there was no peripheral paint dispersion. If an opposing player happened to be pretty close to the mid-line plane, he/she might get some paint on them. The paint did radiate outward to approximately 10' to each side, just not enough of it to be effective. Paint inside my grenade was fairly close to the color of phlegm and had about the consistency. This product uses a .22 blank to produce gas pressure to separate the grenade body. My test grenade separated at the mid-line and did not produce any other shrapnel that I've heard of these grenades doing. Certain components on the top of the grenade did seem to loosen up and under other conditions may have become shrapnel. The AGC grenade is completely disposable which raises some serious cleanup questions on the field.
Safety? Price? Ineffectiveness? Disposability? A lot of unanswered questions for a more modern product. Not even close to what I was hoping for. Not something I would buy again or recommend to others.