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TheECP Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
1 year2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
(mechanicals I've used)

Automags
'Cockers
Tippmanns
Spyders
Marker Setup: PPS Blazer (green)
10" .689 matte nickel plated brass barrel
Palmer's Stabilizer
12v Revvy
PE 68/4500
Recommended
Upgrades:
Dual vented Brass barrel in .685
Palmer's Stabilizer
Strengths: Small, Consistent, Reliable, Easy Maintenence.
Weaknesses: Possibility of Short-stroking, Heavy Price, "Slow"
Review: APPEARANCE 4/5

The anno is very nice and shiny, though there are a few marks on the bottom of the body from sealing the air passages. Other than that, it's a very clean design, even though may not be the slickest looking thing. I personally love the looks


PERFORMANCE 5/5

The PPS Blazer shoots like a dream. Out of the box it may require some tuning to the rock LPR and the stab regulator (if you have one) but it's rather straight forward and well described in your owner's manual. Once that's out of the way, this thing will shoot a consistent +/- 5 even with BAD paint. And slightly better as your reg breaks in.

As far as accuracy goes, the PPS brass barrel is easily one of the best barrels out there. With wedgits (comes standard) you shouldn't have to worry about roll-outs (This is a closed bolt marker). Stock barrels are unported and makes your Blazer rather loud, but in a good way. When using good paint (such as Draxxus Gold, or RPS Marbalizer) You will be ball on ball. Of course the major factor in accuracy is good paint.

The trigger feels very nice, much like an upgraded 'cocker trigger. It's nice and snappy, and it isn't very short, but it's not long at the same time, it feels just right. The only "problem" is that if you're not experienced with 2 staged trigger pulls, you may short stroke every now and then. But it wont usually lead to a chop, so there's nothing to worry about. Just practice getting used to the trigger, and you wont short stroke anymore. With this trigger I'm able to pull a consistent 8bps or so.

You'll be very happy with the way this baby shoots, trust me.


RELIABILITY 5/5

This is definitely one of the most reliable markers on the market. This thing is built like a tank. I've used it to break my fall, I've accidentally dropped it a time or two, and not even a scratch.

As you may or may not know, it is an autococker in a sense, and it has all the same kind of parts, BUT the parts that really screw 'cockers up (the exposed airlines) are not a problem at all with the Blazer. Instead, nothing is exposed and all the air lines are actually air passages milled in the receiver! so no leaks or anything like that

And maintenance? What's this? I've never heard of it. Or at least you don't need to have heard of it to take care of the Blazer After a day of play, if it's rather dirty all you need to do is soak the whole thing in the sink (Or take it with you in the shower, yes the manual actually says this!) And then shake dry it, gas it up shoot it a few times to get the water out, then de-gass it. Then all you need to do is put a few drops of oil on the bolt o-rings, the hammer and behind it (accessible through a slot on the side, no disassembly required!) and then some drops down the asa, gas it up take your barrel off, and shoot a few times and your Blazer is lubed

What I just described is almost excessive maintenance, because it isn't necessary to do it that way.

The Blazer will never chop on you if you have a good loader, but if you do get paint in your breach, take the bolt out is as easy as pulling a pin and sliding it out, you can even do this during the game

I think the Blazer's only weak spot is where the barrel is attached. It is a slip fit barrel, and then you clamp it (with an allen screw, or an upgradeable knob)
The only reason it's a weak spot is because Brass isn't the hardest metal, and over tightening or stress on the barrel may damage the barrel.

So just don't take a core sample of the earth with your barrel when diving, hehe. But that's pretty much with any Marker, lol.

Other than that, you shouldn't have to Time your Blazer very often at all. Some people have had there Blazers for many years and have never had to time it. But if you do, Palmer's will do it for you as it's not as easy as it is with a normal 'cocker. I personally haven't had to time mine yet, it shoots just fine


VALUE 4/5

The Blazer is a great bang for your buck, depending on what your ideal "bang" is. If shooting speed is an important factor, then you should look elsewhere because you can find nice electros for the same price.

But if you want one of the most reliable nicest shooting mechanical markers, then look no further the Blazer is your answer. It will definitely shoot like the $700+ you'll spend on it.


OTHER MENTIONS

The feedneck isn't the best, as it's not adjustable (but comes with these stupid white knobs to hold hoppers in place) It doesn't bother me really, because I just put tape around the feedneck of my Revvy and it stays in place perfectly. Though there are mods for clamping feednecks that you can figure out how to do online, google is your friend.
Conclusion: This is easily one of the best Mechanical Markers out there. (I like it better than any mag I've shot) And it should always treat you well, as it has with me. I love my Blazer :)
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 at 2:52 pm PST
 

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