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DarkWombat Saturday, July 19th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Stock SLG feed neck - crap
Stock '03 Spyder Xtra feed neck - also crap
Marker Setup: Proto SLG
Trinity clamping feed neck
Empire Reloader 12V
Crossfire 47/3000 tank
Strengths: Lightweight
Clamps all around hopper
Adjustable
Good color match
Low profile
Weaknesses: Price
Thin anodize coating.
Review: It wasn't long after I got my new black Proto SLG that I wanted a new feed neck to replace the (STUPID!) stock feedneck that uses o-rings. The feed neck from my gun only came with one o-ring and once it fell out (didn't take long) it seemed too stretched to be able to go back in. The O-ring kit that came with the gun had replacement feed neck o-rings but they were all too small to stay in the feed neck....

I already expected I'd be getting a new feed neck before I got the gun, and I wasn't going to waste my time with this so I went back to the shop I got the gun from and they set me up with this. It was a little pricey (I paid $40 for it, I'm sure you could find it for cheaper online but this shop is great and takes care of its customers) but it gets the job done and looks good. The black feed neck perfectly matches with my gun--yes you may say black is black but these were virtually the same shade, very cool.

The shop owner recommended loctite on the threads to keep it secure so I went ahead and used some. I don't plan on taking the feed neck off any time soon and I won't need to to get to the gun internals.

The feed neck clamps down very securely but it's also gentle with your hopper's feed neck. The clamping mechanism consists of an adjustable ring that tightens with a screw and a locking lever; the screw and lever system is similar to a quick disconnect fitting on a bicycle seat. The ring surrounds evenly spaced metal flanges on the top of the feed neck so that when it compresses it applies even distributed pressure all around the feed neck of the hopper instead of just pinching two sides. No distortion and no worries about cracking hoppers here!
Conclusion: It gets the job done and it looks cool. But like a lot of aftermarket stuff in paintball it's overpriced. At least you get what you pay for. A little bit of the anodize coating at the very top of the feed neck has scratched off, no big deal visually but it's worth noting.

I'd give it an 8.5/10 so I'll just round up to a 9.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, July 19th, 2008 at 12:51 pm PST
 

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