Better consistancy over CO2
Better efficiency over 68/3000 Chromaly
Lighter than 68/3000 Chromaly
Tank is VERY long.
Not as light as 4000 tanks.
After about a year of frustration with paintballs going everywhere except where I was aiming them, I began to try to figure out an economical way to make the best of what I have. Jeff from Action Center Paintball suggested that I start with switching from CO2 to HPA. However, I didn't see the $175-$250 for most of the high end HPA systems as economical. I found the 88/3000 Crossfire/Carlton at just a little over $100. It is one of the best paintball purchases I have made. The first time I used it, it was obvious that the tradjectory of the paintballs were much more consistant. Also, Chrono-which used to be a beast with CO2, became a piece of cake. My velocity is usually +/-4 fps with the Crossfire/Carlton. It was usually +/-10 with CO2. Still with a 3000 tank I was not sure how often I would need to refill during a good day of paintball. With the combination of the 88 cu Crossfire, and the tank I have been able to play three hours without a refill. In those three hours I went through about 1100 paintballs. This is easily as good as I would do with a 20 oz CO2 tank. With the 68/3000 chromaly rentals I was using I would have to refill two or three times in a three hour afternoon.
The 3000 Carlton tank is a little long, and it is difficult to stretch a tank cover onto it. Also with my marker, it makes it a pretty long reach to the forgrip if the but end of the tank is against the front of your shoulder. I have seen guys put the tank on top of their shoulder. This could be a good remedy, but it is a little uncomfortable to me. If you have deep pockets, a 4000 stubby Crossfire tank would probably be better.
If you are price consious (Jeff at Action Center would say cheap), and you want HPA, this is a great way to go. 88/3000 Crossfire/Carlton. I will give it an 8 because of the extra length, and the extra weight over some of the Crossfire 4000 Stubbies I have examined. However this combination is a great buy.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 at 3:30 pm PST
"My velocity is usually +/-4 bps". lol i didnt know velocity was measured in balls per second. The crossfire tanks are great, you just got one that was a bit big for you. I think the fiber wrapped ones are much lighter and easier to handle. My bro had a 72/3000 steel PE tank and that was a f-ing giant so i can only imagine what your going through lol. I roll a 45/45 and i like it alot. I get about 900 shots per fill with my PM7.