CCM SS-25: essentially a similar gun in a heavier, blockier package. My brother shoots one and it is every bit as quality as the S6, just a little more ponderous.
Various CCM'd WGP pumps: Smooth, but not as impressive as the overall package of the S6. They are much cheaper, however.
CCM Series 6 [dust black]
CCM .45 frame
Dye Sticky 3 grips
Mini pump handle
.688 Dye Titanium Boomstick w/ 15" CiP front
AKALMP Sidewinder [short]
CP micro rail/ASA
Macdev 68/45 w/ Myth reg
WInchester hopper w/ pod lid
.45 frame, depending on your preference
Barrel sizers, though electrical tape/nail polish do the same job...
Generally a stunning machine
I will edit this review in the unlikely event that I encounter any.
I received this marker [used] not really knowing what to expect. I had previously been a Nelson man myself [still own one Buzzard] and didn't know what to make of the California obsession with Snipers. I am happy to say that this is, hands down, one of the finest paintball markers with which I have ever come into contact.
Beginning with the basics, it is exceedingly light. That's not an unusual feat for a pump, but CCM really spared no mercy with the mill, and the S6 is shaved down to the proverbial bone. However, it still looks really, really good. And on a personal note, FIE on those who blaspheme the S6 with half- or mid-blocking. Sacrelige doesn't cover it.
Airing it up and strapping on tank/hopper/barrel is uneventful, again not so unusual for a pump...but nice. My setup [see above] balances nicely, and a number of configurations are possible. I have tried both the .45 and 86* frames; both are exceedingly well-designed and will form-fit into your hand with ease. I personally prefer the .45 frame [my vert frame career ended on a sour note with my IR3 back in the day] but the stock 86* is more than adequate for most people's tastes.
Pumping is almost literally effortless. I cannot overstate the smoothness of the pump stroke. Sterlings beware! Without a spring it can be easily cocked with a casual flick of the wrist; with the CCM spring [definitely worth $4 shipped from eBay] the bolt is held closed while running, and shooting without holding the pump handle won't sacrifice a lot of velocity, but the pump stroke is still as smooth as ever. Also, I might note, the mini pump handle [which I believe is stock now on S6s] is a better choice than the old CCM handle, just for weight purposes.
The trigger pull, thanks to a very smooth roller operation and the delrin trigger, is very snappy and clean. This is definitely an area where I think the CCM design really shines; I have shot other non-CCM Snipers, and no matter how much you tune a slider, in my honest opinion it simply cannot stand up to the CCM feel.
The shot itself is my favorite part of the marker. There are no traces of hammer bounce whatsoever. Gone are the days of embarrassingly flatulent shots; the sound signature is nothing but a solid, immensely satisfying CHUNK, followed by the even more satisfying sight of seeing your ball land on your opponent.
Maintenance is foolproof. Construction and quality are top-notch. Engineering bonuses and appreciated tweaks abound [screw slots for frame removal, including countersunk frame screws. Scooped-out pump guide for weight reduction. Intimidator/Spyder detents. The list goes on.]
I could write for days about this marker. I simply love it to death and given the option would shoot nothing else for OC pump play. It has earned a permanent spot in my gearbag, and is my go-to choice almost every day I play. As Ferris once said, "If you have the means, I highly recommend it."
The review rules say, "Be critical. Nothing is perfect." I usually agree, but this is one of the rare exceptions to that rule. The S6 is everything you could ever want in a paintball marker. Drop whatever you're doing, sell everything you own, and buy an S6. No matter how you were living previously, you will be a happier person.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, July 13th, 2008 at 7:43 pm PST