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sonnemann Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Timmies--same idea, just not as tightly packaged
Rapper--same gun, but in a prettier package!
DMs/PMs: smooth, but just not the same level of reliability and comfort in the same package. Also, their resale drops like a bomb every year, while at least my Marq6 keeps its head above the water.
Shockers--please, let my review be not besmirched by the mention of that name or its parent brand. Ew.
Marker Setup: Marq6
4 eyes
Pillow/QD
CP barrel
Crossfire tank
VLocity
Recommended
Upgrades:
Trigger: POWER, Critical, WS delrin, BL, any modded Timmy triggers...basically, anything other than stock. Or, mod the stock trigger with a magnet/use the springs.

Board: Tadao, if you like to tweak. Otherwise stick with stock

New pillow bolt/QD ram. Helps a lot with maintenance. New Marqs come with these stock along with a milled external LPR-adjust slot
Strengths: Small
Light
FAST
Quiet
Comfortable
Efficient
Low Maintenance
BL reliability/simplicity
Feedneck
Weaknesses: Awkward LPR placement--a necessary evil
Trigger
Stupid 12" stock barrel
Stock board
Review: The Good.

Small--very small, single tube design. Akin to a Shocker but better in every way.

Light--not as light as some of those sky-high-priced custom Ego models, but definitely lighter than Bobby's older offerings, and very well-balanced. Still ridiculously light if you look back a few years ago to what was on the market.

FAST--not much to say. Very fast. I'm not sure whether or not 4 eyes actually make a difference, but they don't hurt anything.

Quiet--Like a DM, but still a little less of a swishy sound signature. I love how these sound!

Comfortable--Extremely nice thin grip frame [esp. with panel grips] and the lack of a front LPR make this thing very easy to maneuver...definitely a plus. And the lack of the classic BL satellite-dish Ashcroft gauge is a nostalgic, but useful, omission.

Efficient--Not anything ridiculous [see AKA, MacDev] but still pretty respectable. Albeit...moot in today's world of self-fill all-day air...

Low Maintenance--Basically your average Intimidator-level maintenance. Dow55, as always. Shouldn't have to be breaking it down every day of play, but nor should you just use/abuse this without a little TLC now and then. The self-contained firing engine is a blessing. Also, I should mention the much more refined wiring than Intimidators of old. No matter how steady your hand, it's always kind of a crapshoot when taking apart your Timmy in terms of wiring getting yanked out of somewhere...but I still love my Intimidators. No worries.

BL reliability/simplicity--see above, mostly. As long as you're familiar with their particular maintenance tricks, BL guns can be the smoothest, fastest things out there.

Feedneck--Low, clampy, and simple. I like.

The Bad:

Awkward LPR placement--a necessary evil. Honestly not that bad because you're never going to adjust your LPR that often anyway, so don't worry about it. Better than having it stick right into your mitt, eh?

Trigger. Yeah, yeah. It sucks. To avoid major bounce with the stock trigger you MUST run a spring, or magnets. That's just the way it is. The shape is nice, though.

Stupid 12" stock barrel. Nobody uses it. Stop giving me these barrels, Bob. At least start remaking that 14" .691 version.

Stock board. I applaud the concept--simplicity and functionality--but can I please have a more complex debounce setting than "on" and "off"? It's kind of a joke. Had I paid full retail price for my Marq I would be offended, but as it is it's just a nuisance. I am glad that at least the Closers/Darqs come with Tadao. Other than the debounce [and similarly pitiful dwell choices--namely, between 8 and 10 ms] it's a very nice board, and really helps show off how fast this marqer [LOLOL] can be.
Conclusion: Great new innovation from Bob Long. No longer can people say that BL pumps out the same gun in a different package; this is a real step forward for the company and the high-end market. I am glad that it's no longer just SP/Dye/PE fighting amongst themselves for market share. Besides, when Eclipse's idea of a PL gun is a 1x3cm logo on the ram sleeve [or Dye and some insipid lasering] don't you look back and appreciate the times when PL Intimidators were actually distinguishable from one another? Bob continues that with the Marqs, which is very cool, because more choice and individuality is always a plus!! Now we have 6s, 7s, Rappers, Closers, Darqs, Edges, Mummies, and more to come...nice!

Great guns; go buy a 6 if you're strapped for cash or a Closer if you're on the champagne budget.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 at 11:10 am PST
 

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