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k-tap Sunday, January 13th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months7 of 10 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
pro-carbine-rental, incomparable
Marker Setup: Sonix '07
turbo loader
SP linear 14''
12 oz.
Recommended
Upgrades:
better Hopper -before better barrel
barrel
expansion chamber or anti-siphon tube, anti-siphon tubes are better.
new feedneck
Strengths: Quick strip
Very light
Upgradeable
Good stock barrel
Weaknesses: Long trigger pull
Chops
Feedneck
Review: price: this marker comes for an excellent price, you can get everything you need as a start up package for well under $100. i got mine for $90 and then used the extra $10 dollars i saved to get necessary items like oil, anti-fog, and squeegees.

barrel: the barrel is actually fairly accurate for a stock. i have heard that it is more accurate than a stock 98 custom, but i have no personal experience to back this up. the porting on the front is too short to reduce noise a considerable amount, but i guess it helps. also the barrel is 9.5 inches which is longer than the industry standard of 8.5. this barrel doesn't self clean, and when you get a break, you accuracy goes down the tubes.

bolt: the bolt is a top cocking pull pin delrin bolt. the delrin is great as it does not weigh anything and improves you cyclic time, also is has no venturi, which is good. the best part about this bolt, and possibly the marker over all is the pull pin cocking nob that allows for a very quick field strip. what you can do is pull up on the cocking nob, which disengages the bolt from the striker, and allows you to pull the whole bolt out of the marker, leaving the upper tube open for cleaning. this is great as if you get a break you can clean all of the top of tube your marker without risking losing springs and o-rings from the lower tube. also you can oil your striker without actually having to take it out of the marker. literally you can field strip this marker, you could actually do it during a game. there are only two possible problems that could arise with this bolt. delrin can swell if it becomes too wet, this usually happens if you have low quality delrin. this though has not happened to me and it can be prevented by just wiping down your bolt (which you can easily remove from your marker) if it gets wet with paint. the second problem is that dirt could possibly fall past your bolt and into the lower tube of the marker, though this has a small possibility because it would have to fall in during the time your bolt is cycling forwards. even if it did though it would be easy to clean out.

trigger: it is a standard double trigger, with a pretty long pull. you cannot adjust the trigger pull in any way without modifying the marker. though you could do some home grown adjustments and mods pretty easily.

feed neck: the gun comes with the standard spyder clear plastic feed neck. i have heard that these break easily but that hasn't happened to me yet. my biggest problem with this feed neck is that is raises your hopper so ridiculously high above your marker it almost looks comical. also a pet peeve of mine with it is that the screws to tighten it are on the short side and it is really easy to have them fall off when you are un-tightening your hopper.

Grips: the grips on this marker i have to say are very good for a stock gun. they are this rubber plastic composite. they are grippy, even through gloves, but not too soft that they can be damaged easily. on the other hand there are no grips on the gas-through fore grip, but that can easily be fixed.

other: this marker has some other non-part related pros and cons. the marker is very light, with my full setup weighing about 3 pounds. this is great for mobility and getting to bunkers faster, which is great if you like to play dagger. also a great benefit to this marker is the large amount of after market upgrades for it. a problem with this marker though is chopping. even though the trigger pull is fairly long, the low pressure chamber combined with the delrin bolt lead to a very fast cyclic time (for a stock mech.) so it is easy to out shoot you hopper and chop a ball. that is why i recommend getting a better hopper before getting a better barrel. you could buy an ACS bolt for it too, but i have not found one that fits the new '07 models. also remember to check you screws between games, and make sure you brought your allen wrench with you, because they like to start coming loose. lastly i have heard that some of them need tuning out of the box, as you cannot turn the velocity low enough. this did not happen with me. this can be easily fixed by cutting off a piece of the spring and then re-stretching it to the right length. remember one coil is about 10fps.
Conclusion: This is a great gun for beginners as it delivers adequate performance at a very good price. it has it's few faults, but these will be easily fixed as you upgrade for higher performance anyways. i completely recommend this marker to any one who has decided to start playing paintball.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Monday, March 3rd, 2008 at 1:54 pm PST
 

Review Comments
aplayaz2000 Saturday, February 16th, 2008 | 9:59 am PST
great review, do you know how to loosen the trigger?
   

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