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crunchy Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months2 of 9 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
DP Fusion 7 - comparable in many ways
Marker Setup: PMR Special Edition - grey camo
CP Sling trigger
CP 2K5 on/off ASA
Proto lever clamp feedneck
New Designz trigger guard
Black grip screws
Reloader B
Crossfire 68/45
On/Off ASA
Lever-action clamping feedneck
Strengths: Fast
Not too loud
Easy to operate
Full-featured board
Weaknesses: Stock Edge trigger is sloppy
Frequent leaks
Air hog
Internal organization
Review: This is the first gun I've owned. I've rented until now, and have just started playing speedball more seriously.

My goal shopping for a first marker was to get a gun that would do everything I needed it to do out of the box, and not be a pain to take care of. I wanted eyes and a stock board with all the tournament firing modes and settings. I wanted cocker threads on the barrel, because it seems like that's the emerging standard. I wanted a clamping feedneck.

I basically got what I was looking for with the PMRSE. Before I go into specific criticisms, I want to point out that at the level I play (beginner/rookie) I have had no on-field issues with the gun. It's fast, it's easy to maneuver, and it's accurate and consistent. I've shot lots of Blaze and Allstar through it without a single chop or barrel break. (The Blaze seems to be a perfect fit for the stock .690 barrel.) I've never been shot out or missed a shot because the gun didn't do what it was supposed to. I realize looks are a matter of personal preference, but in a world of guns that look like dessert, I think my urban camo Rail, black loader, and grey tank look pretty badass. I hope I'm allowed to say that.

OK, criticisms. My biggest issue right now, and the thing I'm most likely to upgrade, is the Edge trigger. It's not that it's slow. I can shoot acceptably fast with both hands. It's just that there's a lot of slop in the action, which makes the trigger very asymmetrical in terms of use. I have to think about pulling at a different angle with my left hand as opposed to my right. Just as one example, if I hold the gun in my right hand and press on the left side of the trigger with my left hand, the gun will fire. Reverse everything and it doesn't fire. I would much rather have the action be identical shooting left or right. I'll experiment with shims to see if I can clean up the action, but I suspect the result will be that I'll be buying a trigger or the UL frame soon.

[Edit: I got the CP Sling trigger and I love it. Much, much better.]

The internal organization is a little hinky. Specifically, the on/off and eye buttons are held in place by the board. But the board sits loose in a couple little slots. So if you pull the battery or try to change modes, there's a good chance you'll pull the board up and the buttons will fall into the gun. That's a pain. To make this problem go away, cut a couple little pieces of electrical tape and tape over the slots at the ends of the board.

It seems like leaks are a frequent but not horrible issue with my PMR. Often, it just takes a little lube and a few shots for the leak to disappear. If that doesn't work, you need to check the 17 O-rings and replace any that are worn. I had a huge leak from the front of the bolt the first time I gassed up the gun. O-ring number six was the culprit. If you get a PMR, you might want to invest in a O-ring kit at the same time, because you'll probably go through them quickly.

Note that without a low pressure regulator, you'll want to be careful setting your velocity, especially the first time. If you open up the high pressure reg, you can damage your solenoid, as it's got no LP reg to protect it. Start low and make small adjustments.

Finally, and this is another personal preference, I don't much like the screw-in clamping feedneck. I'd much prefer a lever.
Conclusion: If you're looking for a new (as opposed to used) entry-through-mid level speedball/airball gun and want to spend about $300, the PMR Special Edition is a good choice. (You might consider a Mini too. Didn't seem like a good fit for my hands, though.) If you play in the woods much, I'd go for something that was more air efficient. If you want to spend less, go for an SLG or a Vibe. If you want to spend a little more, maybe a DP F8 or G3.

Rated against all other guns, the PMRSE is a 6 or 7. Rated against other new guns for the same or less money, it's a 9.
9 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 at 7:10 am PST

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