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Craig Niland Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
3 months
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Karnivor, many 05 Super Stocks, various electro 'Cockers, DM4,5,6.
Marker Setup: Half Blocked 02 VF, MQ-2, E1, Tickler, STO w/ QEV's, 45/45 Maxflo, Halo B.

Strengths: Fast, little kick, makes half blocks amazing.
Weaknesses: Can stick at times, consistency takes a while to even out/break in.
Review: Well, I was the 20th buyer of the MQ-2 valve, I've had it about 2 months.
Right now I'm running the MQ-2 on a half blocked 02 with an E1. When you first get it a lot of people are saying it's not a bad idea to put a little bit of polish on the inside to avoid stick. Whenever I air it up it will usually not fire the first 3 shots or so, but then it works fine.
Compared to a Karni, my setup shoots way smoother.
Now, where as I was running my stock valve around 220 psi.(with the reg sweetspotted), the MQ requires about 280 psi to get the correct velocity. When your tank gets low, around 400 psi or so you'll start to see some shoot down and weird crap; the operating pressure is around 250 or so for it to even cycle. So you can't really run it down to nothing like a typical poppet valve, as it will stop cycling first.
Consistency isn't that great at this time, but I've been using cheap paint and oversized bores to accommodate any paint inconsistencies, and my reg could probably use a take down and lube. At this point it can jump around +- 20 FPS, or +-3, it can be very temperamental.
I just watched an MQ1 used valve for for $125 or so last night, and the MQ-2 has a couple of good improvements to the design, so I wonder sometimes what I could get for mine. Unfortunately I can't really imagine myself going back to a standard valve/hammer combo; I've been spoiled.
Overall I'd say it's a good upgrade, I had a bit of a problem avoiding shoot down at first (I was using a Super Stock stock bolt before I finished my 02 half block, so it wasn't cycling all that fast... I turned up my COFF and it went away, now with a good delrin bolt it's down from 50+ to 30ish Milliseconds.
If you know what you're doing, and especially with the ramping that E2's/Zero B's have, you'll definitely see a big improvement over a poppet valve.
Conclusion: When Mike and Kerry find some time on their hands I'm looking forward to seeing some more of these valves in 'Cockers. Keep an eye out and pick one up for your nice e-bladed 'Cocker. I wouldn't recommend them for typical SF frames though.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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