Tacamo Type 68D (Vanilla - She is good strait out of the box)
Tippmann A5 Response trigger. Ops Gear G36C shroud, but stock, mag kit and 12" barrel (full kit)
Accuracy, Intimidation, ruggedness/solidity, simple design, LOUD ! Well balanced. Great after sales support.
Low budget/quality paint will chop in this marker.
This is the first marker that I started with and I fell in love with it strait away. With out question of doubt it is the most realistic AK47 variant that I have ever come across. (you know you are on to a winner when even the airsoft guys look at your marker with envious eyes.)
Lets start with the positive points:
1) Accuracy is unbelievable ! The Tacamo is one of the most accurate markers in our armoury (Tacamo 68D, Tiberius T8 and T9, Tippmann A5 and X7) and only rivaled by the Tiberius T9 in this arena.
2) simplicity of build and function. The first and best bit of advice that I received when I first got into paintballing was: "Keep it simple stupid !". No where is this truer than the inner workings and functions of the Tacamo. The receiver is one solid bit of metal and rather than take the receiver apart like on the Tippmann models, you simply remove the bolt etc from the rear. If you are interested in more detail I would recomend that you go to Tacamo web site where they have full animation showing full dissassembly of the marker.
3)Tough ! This marker really is hard as nails - It is actually made out of metal and wood. I have read that this marker was initially designed for the Chinese Military in order to conduct C.Q.B. training and we all know that rugedness and durability are a must in any military.
4)Well balanced. Though this marker is on the heavy side I find it to be amazingly well balanced. This makes it quick and effecient to shoulder and aim from a safe stance. (marker pointing to the ground.) I beleive that accuracy and target aquisition are greatly improved as a result of this markers well balanced nature.
5)LOUD/ Semi Auto. At first I was not sure wether to class this as a good or bad thing. I now have learned to use this to my advantage. Though electronic triggers are available for this marker I have been advised by a number of users to not go down this avenue as there are still a few problems that tacamo and third party developers have to iron out. So as this is best in semi auto mode you either have to work on your trigger finger muscles or learn to make every shot count. I tend to try and make all my shots count this means that I do not open fire until I am confidant that I will hit my target, due to the accuracy genrally I have hit them by the time they have noticed how loud my marker is. As for the rest of the field... Well they know where you are now and that will either strike there hearts with fear or alternitavley they will come running towards you with firm intention to paint you.
6)Great after sales support. After a year ( 2 games a month) of use I have only managed to loose 1 part and that was the cocking handle from the receiver. (be sure to tighten this on a regular basis) I found that by contacting them via their web site and leaving a message on their forum that they were more than happy to send me a replacement part around the world free of charge. It is that sort of attention and service that puts a smile on the face of this Tacamo user.
OK the weaknesses:
1)Chopping. I have tried and tested many brands of paint through the Tacamo over the last year and have found that lower budget/quality paintballs will chop in my Tacamo. This marker does much prefer to fire hard shell quality paint. The most succesful brand through this marker so far is Draxxus Nightmares - I found that this paint would only chop 1 in 15 or so if I was firing at about 4-5 balls per second (believe me you can not keep that rate of fire up for very long.) When firing at a sensible rate of fire I had only 2 or 3 break out of 2000. I found that Formula 13 provided the most accuracy and range but would get a 1 in 6 ball break ( 3-4 trigger pulls per second ) When I took my time and considered my shot ( 1 trigger pull per second ) I would have no ball breaks not to mention that I would hit what I was aiming at perfectly. RPS Marbelizers also work very well through the Tacamo.
2)Wood and Metal. I clean and oil my marker after every outing. I did not do it properly 1 month (2 outings) and started to find patches of rust on the metal and what looked like mold in the damaged areas of wood. So I re-varnished all the wooden parts with 2 coats and took an oily cloth to the marker to remove the rust. Wiping all the metal parts down with my oily rag has become part of the field strip and clean routine and on average I have it working and looking like new in about 45 mins.
3) The sight. This on initial viewing is excellent everything lines up like it should and you hit what you are aiming at 9 times out of 10. (why is this in the weakness section then ?) When you are wearing your regulation helmet you can not get your eye level with the sight as much of your goggles will add extra vital inches between your cheeck and the butt stock and unless you lean your neck over until it becomes uncomfortable the sight is redundant.
4) Attaching sight rails this envolves either drilling and screwing into the metal receiver.(something that I am not very comfortable about doing) or buying the riser kit that sits ontop of the forward hand guard(grip). The bottom line is that the AK47 was never meant to be a high precision weapon as its effective range is upto 200 yards. It was designed to be have a devastating rate of fire with large bulletts thus not many effective sight rails were developed for them. Still they are out there for you more adventurous paintball technicians.
On the whole I love this marker and hope that Tacamo do find a decent solution to an automic/burst trigger. It never fails to draw attention and is a great conversation starter...."what the hell is that and where did you get ?"