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nerdcore Saturday, January 26th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

4 years
Products Used:
Timmys - love timmys & can't comment further.
Trixes, old & new - quieter but performance is the same.
Interceptor - they rip but no joy involved in disassembly.
Ion - worth the money at half the price of the Mini.
Marker Setup: Mini
Empire B2
Guerilla Ambush 68/45
Trigger, maybe. See review.
Strengths: Price
Weaknesses: Heard about problems with first gen boards & poppits.
Can't upgrade reg/asa (yet).
Review: Traded for a lnib Mini so i think it was somewhat broken in already, which i understand to be an issue because of the spring return on the bolt (smooth out the stiffness).

Also heard about faulty boards & poppits with first gens. No problems here, although i have yet to verify which gen this particular Mini is.

Reset the board to factory settings, aired up & first noticed the previous owner had the reg tuned below 190, which didn't cause any ill effects upon shooting some paint. My handheld chrono needs a new battery so wasn't able to check the velocity. Shot some paint, things seemed good. Didn't notice any kick that others mentioned or how i would've expected from the spring return. Or maybe kick doesn't bother me.

Week later (today, in fact), i gassed it up again and turned the psi up to roughly 190 & backed out the velocity adjuster. I had been able to shoot holes through a plastic plant pot from 20-30 ft so turning it down was a good idea. Still seemed good.

Started pulling fast to check for any shoot-down, hiccups or other assorted problems. It'd shoot a few then stop. I'd tap the hopper & shoot more, then it'd stop. Turns out the sound setting on my B2 wasn't high enough - the Mini is quieter than i thought. So i turned the sound sensitivity on the B2 to 4 (stock is 3, max is 6) and shots came smooth & non-stop after that.

The barrel is a solid performer as well. Shot some month old Karnage Tear and it was near ball on ball. And also makes the gun look totally hot.

Clamping feedneck is always a nice, small detail as a stock part and this one works really well. It's the perfect height for my hopper's neck and holds on tight.

Even the stock detents are nice. Rubber nubs suck and it's sad to see them on stock guns. Glad they're finally getting phased out with the latest guns in this price range & higher. I remember when trixes & timmys had stock rubber detents & i wondered what they were thinking. Details like this are proof the Mini went through a lot of R&D.

Internals are probably the best design focus on the Mini. Switch the board & reg spots to eliminate macro & fittings? Genius. Use as little wires as possible. Fantastic. Single tube design? Well, the tubestack design is still practical in modern pb technology so i could go either way.

EDIT: Trigger guard, i noticed last night, is enormous. Like i could probably walk this thing wearing ski gloves. So fear not, bearers of full-finger-gloves. Invert provides.

EDIT 2: Adjusted the trigger more to my liking (sticking out more). Previously expressed interest in replacing it but i'm gonna hold off for now.

EDIT 3: The asa is starting to get to me. Having an on/off would make it easier but i can still manage to unscrew the tank. NDZ makes an on/off adaptor i may look in to, but it adds maybe an inch. Some people recommend switching out regs for a Myth (because it's tiny) or getting an lp tank reg. Not sure if i want to do either of those right now.

First full day out with the Mini went well, except for the chop. Managed to shoot through it ok & finish out the day. Later that night, i did a complete tear-down (pretty easy, btw) to clean the breech & eyes, then did some forum reading to trouble-shoot the problem.

Ruled out blowback (did the two-ball-in-feedneck test & checked the poppit - gen 2, same with the board). Narrowed it down to using regular paint in cold weather. Upped the BIP to 7, per somewhere in the PBN stickies, tested it in the backyard with the same paint & it worked fine. Although, now my hopper needs new batteries. ¬_¬
Conclusion: This is a great mid-level-budget gun that's fast, light & simple to maintain. Gen 1 Minis had poppit & board problems but Gen 2 (any nib Mini now) has updated internals, since KEE addressed the issue early on.
9 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, February 14th, 2008 at 3:31 pm PST

Review Comments
sb.andrew Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 | 10:08 pm PST
Great review! You really went in-depth and answered a lot of questions.

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