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boyd4447 Monday, March 31st, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Proto Rail
Marker Setup: XSV, crossfire 68/45, engineram
Recommended
Upgrades:
new barrel and new ram if you want even less kick
Strengths: Runs perfect out of the box
Weaknesses: Stock barrel is only .690 bore
Review: Right out of the box, this thing is beautiful. Wonderful machining, no lines at all. Paint looks very durable. Very light too. All the pieces are packed tight and secure in the box and there is even a piece of paper that shows the entire box was checked over and initialed to ensure the inventory was complete. Just the little extra step that makes a big difference. It also came with two different on/off ASA’s, the typical knob twist, and their new Cool RAPS ASA. That is the one I am using. Just flip a lever and you are off. It also comes with the complete set of ASA allen keys. These aren't the cheap ones you get with most markers, but the nice ones with the ball fittings on the end. It seems they skimp no expense so far.

The first thing I did was disassemble. First off, the internals have been already lubed with grease, not oil. This is my first high end electro so I don’t know if this is common or not. I found the instruction manual to be very short and brief, but it is enough for an experienced player to understand. This marker is definitely not for beginners. The pieces fit perfectly with no play whatsoever. The only thing I don’t care for too much is the amount of O-rings in the internals. On the other hand though, you can see how they all act as backups to each other. For example, there are three O-rings on the ram alone. That means if one bursts or gets old, you will still be able to continue. The valve was a pain to remove since the retaining screw was torqued down so hard I had to use pliers to move the allen key. The trigger frame is a wonderful design. Of course you must disconnect the noid and eye wires, but the whole frame is remove by loosening two invisible hex screws a quarter turn, then just sliding back. No extra screws to lose on your carpet or go bouncing under your workbench. The supplied HP macroline fit just fine, but just barely. I picked up an extra foot just in case.

When fully assembled, it is very light but feels very sturdy in your hands. The trigger guard is very large and the trigger itself is a rather unusual design. It is fully adjustable and uses a break beam system rather then a micro switch. When you add a full hopper and 68ci tank, it is slightly unbalanced to the rear. I am going to pick up a drop for it in the very near future and see if that would help. A smaller tank would be ideal seeing as this thing operates on 200psi, but I am working with what I got at the moment. Switching modes is a pain since it just as the four switches inside the grip. Until you have the switch configuration memorized, you need to have the instructions near you as there are 8 different modes. You also can’t adjust the dwell or debounce or anything like that, but since it is a break beam instead of a micro switch, I haven’t found it necessary yet.

When firing, there is only the slightest kick noticeable. It is also whisper quiet. The barrel is a nice two piece, but only comes .690 bore size. It is very accurate for a stock barrel, but as with every marker out there, an after market will be better. I am looking at the Deadly Winds Fibur since I already have all the freak inserts for my A5. I just hate to break up the color scheme by throwing on a new barrel. The marker performed flawlessly on the field. Not one ball break all day and almost an entire case was put through it. Cleaning is a snap. Pull the bolt out the rear, twist the back cap a quarter turn and slide out the ram. Done.
Conclusion: All in all, I am extremely satisfied with this new marker. Again, this is my first high end electro so I really don’t have anything to compare it with, but it definitely has earned it’s place in my arsenal. The only problem I had was the barrel condom broke! The elastic string ripped out of the stitching. How great is it that the only thing I can find to complain about is the condom!
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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