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buscha Thursday, April 24th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Rental Tippmann's and Spyders
Marker Setup: Autococker Trilogy Pro Select Fire
eVLution III
Trinity Paintball 'cocker clamping feedneck
Pure Energy 72/3000
Recommended
Upgrades:
Clamping Feed Neck (buy one same time you buy the marker)
HPA (that's not even an upgrade, that's just common sense)
Strengths: Price
Speed
Looks
Weaknesses: Stock Feedneck
Trigger Adjustment (see review)
Decock
Review: After a few months of rental equipment (mostly 98c's with a couple Spyders and A-5's thrown in) I decided I needed an electropneumatic with some serious speed. My price range gave me 3 options: SP Ion, Diablo Wrath, or 'cocker Triology Pro SF (mix in Kingman Spyder Pilot ACS if you want, too).

The Pro SF can beat any of the others in stock configuration based on pure numbers. I wasn't planning on doing much upgrading, so that allure of the Ion didn't sway me (and now they've started rolling out Trilogy upgrades anyway) The price factor isn't a big deal, as you can find all of them on sale regularly. The 'cocker internals didn't scare me, but at the same time the marker comes pre-timed so you shouldn't need to mess with it unless you upgrade. Most important, however, was that the Pro SF is significantly rarer than the others.

In terms of looks, The Pro SF can't be beat. Minus the lack of a front block (and the microlines that would entail) it looks like a 'cocker, which is good if you're into that. The black anno is high quality, and the silver/black half-and-half Mini Kaner kit looks great up front. Not only does that kit look good, but the interchangeable lengths and barrel sizes give you a little more flexibility in terms of paint. The body and frame are solidly constructed except for a little waggle at the back block and a twistable inline reg on the foregrip.

The board settings are a good time (try out the B-ramp a couple times and you'll love it) and easy to change, although the DIP switches inside the grips aren't intuitive. It comes with a quick reference card to make it easy, however. The break-beam eyes seem to work well (try dry firing with the eyes on and off and you'll see the difference) and I've had no chops using them, although it would make more sense if the eyes stopped the action rather than slowing it to 4bps. Get a fast hopper like an eggy 2 or 3 and you won't have to worry about that, but you don't need a Halo or VLocity to run it at full speed.

My first complaint comes from the feedneck. WGP though it would be a good idea to put a smooth aluminum feedneck on top; thank god it's threaded and you can replace it. Do that immediately and get yourself a nice clamping feedneck. The second complaint is with the trigger: it's a meaty double trigger with good walking potential, but the bottom set screw is too short to adjust the the trigger to minimum pull. I believe that's the problem many have been having with walking the trigger. It's a simple fix: buy the next longer set screw (look online, local hardware stores don't often carry 1/32" set screws) and some loctite and you're good to go. Last on the list of nagging issues is that the included hex wrench is only good for changing the velocity; adjusting the LPR, disassembling the grip frame, or even just opening the battery door is going to require a good set of hex wrenches.

If you can get a 9V battery into a remote control car, you can get one into the grip on this marker. Just make sure you open the correct side of the hand guard and nestle those wires in. HPA is just common sense; shooting CO2 at 18bps is going to siphon liquid, freeze the internals, and lead to poor shot-to-shot consistency. The forward-angled foregrip is kind of annoying, my preference would be for a vertical or backward-angled, but it's manageable and keeps your hands out of each others' way.

Even after half a year of ownership I still can't figure out how to decock this marker. Loosening the back screw on the trigger frame doesn't seem to do it.

Overall it's a great marker and excellent for the recreational to beginner tourney speedball player who wants more bps, but doesn't necessarily want to blow his wallet upgrading.
Conclusion: Good price for a great gun, shoots ropes; even some field staff mistake it for a higher-end marker. The few problems out of the box (especially the crummy feedneck and trigger adjustment) mean I can't give it a 10 as much as I love it, but it's certainly worthy of a 9.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Monday, April 28th, 2008 at 7:18 am PST
 

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