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Shade12 Sunday, September 14th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
3 years
Products Used:
- Tippmann a5, 98, x7
- Emag

- Various Autococker's
- Mech Automags

Marker Setup: PPS 2k Blazer
- SO T2W Stock
- PPS Male Stab
- 12" Single vented barrel
- Various HPA Tanks and CO2
- Empire B2
Ego feedneck mod
Electric hopper
Strengths: Accurate
Very Little Maintenance
CO2 or HPA Compatible
See review
Weaknesses: Feedneck
Barrel threads (or the lack of them)
Review: The Good:

- Very accurate. I've used year old paint, mixed paint, inconsistent paint. The blazer has shot them all very accurately without barrel breaks or chops (I've never had a barrel break). Its also very consistent no matter the paint, usually + or - 3 over the chrono.

- Maintaining this marker is very easy, a little oil in the asa and shoot it through the marker and your good. The bolt is easy to take out, just pull out the pin and slide it out of the back. I've never had to take it apart more than that as I've never had a problem with it.

- You can run either co2 or hpa through it, equally well. I generally use hpa but have run co2 through it on occasion and haven't noticed any difference in performance.

- It also feels very nice in the hands, the weight is well distributed (it is a bit on the heavy side but I like it). The trigger also feels nice, very crisp. Safety also works well. I can probably get around 8 bps out of it although I've never measured it with a computer.

- Barrel is very quick to take out (slip fit) although this does mean most barrels won't work. It is also very forgiving on paint (have yet to get a barrel break).

- Best of all no battery's!

The Bad:

- The stock feedneck isn't that good. It's not big enough to work well with a lot of loaders. I do believe they now offer the option of a clamping feedneck straight from the factory. You can also do it yourself by hacking of the stock one and using an ego feedneck.

- The barrel isn't threaded so there aren't any aftermarket barrels for it besides the pps brass, although its probably one of the best ones out there. You can have barrels milled down to fit but it won't work with all barrels. You can get an adapter to use cocker threaded barrels but there is still 1-2" or so of adapter before the paintball gets to the barrel. This isn't really a bad thing, I would just prefer it to be cocker threaded.

- You have to be careful with the trigger as a partial pull can result in chopping a ball. I've only done this once in my year or so of using it while I was using a gravity feed and trying to put down alot of paint. Thus I recommend a electric hopper of some kind (agitated or force feed).

- If you have a problem your probably going to have to ship it back to pps to get it fixed. It is also not a tinkerers marker as they recommend not taking it apart further then pulling the bolt out.

Conclusion: This marker is simply a performer. I think the best thing you can say about any marker is that it's the one you will never sell, and for me this is that marker. Only reason I give it a 9 is because of the feedneck and barrel threads. If it came with a clamping feedneck and cocker threaded it would be the perfect mechanical marker IMHO.
9 out of 10

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