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prien007 Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
6 months2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Any blowback, including products from Kingman, PMI, Tippmann, etc.
Marker Setup: Empire Reloader B, 68/45 Pure Energy
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel, ASA, Aftermarket Board or updated factory software
Strengths: High quality, well thought out, very good value.
Weaknesses: Very few upgrades available and does not conform to current caps.
Review: I received this marker in the mail. I thought it would be a decent risk. The operating pressure was an attractive curiosity, so I knew something must have been designed into this marker. My first impression about this marker was that it was both small, light and only had form where it provided function.
Features:
The factory barrel is high quality with a great internal finish and appears to be about .690 bore. I think its about "12 in length.

The body and grip frame is made completely high quality aluminum. Feedneck is clamping and easy adjustable with allen key. The body has smooth milling lines with no sharp corners, not even around the bolt. The eye covers are aluminum as well and provide access to the detents and eyes when removed. The aluminum trigger actuates a microswitch and its pull is just about a nice as any, however there is only one adjustment set screw. The reg mounts proprietary, but is comfortable and given my chrono numbers quite good. The bolt is two piece aluminum and delrin or nylon, with integrated pin for easy removal.

I have only done routine maintenance and cleaning but both the sear and hammer seam to be made out of very high quality steel. The hammer utilizes a very special seal that provides good seal and aids in the low operating pressure. The hammer bore is very smooth and testifies to the high quality of the machining gone into this marker.

The board is the basic dip switch selectable and is mounted inside the frame directly with small allen screws. The board does have several ROF selections but do not meet current PSP. The ramp function is an assistance and one of two semi rof must be met before it kicks in. The solenoid is mounted inside the frame as well in a specific pocket, kept stationary by a large allen screw. All this is cover with black rubber grips that have a proprietary screw pattern. The grips are rather disappointing. They do not fit very well and are stiff. They do not sufficiently seal off the electronics. They however cannot be replaced easily so we must live with them. For now....

Summary & Use:
In closing and mentioning performance. The marker performs exceptionally well and provides very consistent chrono. I have put 6+ cases of paint so far through this marker with very little trouble. Four cases were fired over one weekend during use in a tournament. As long a a little oil is kept in it, it never fails to cycle or recock. Overall the marker is a tremendous value for the money.

When I received the marker it seamed to work with out incident, however my first time at the field I chrono'ed and shortly there after the marker ceased to function. The 9-volt seam very warm. I contacted Mokal and received a replacement board within a week. I can only assume it was a short and quality control issue. Otherwise just a fragile board? Either ways the marker has worked flawlessly since.

Update: The asa oring has since failed me and I currently using a cp direct mount.

Would like to see....
8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 factory rof cap or can we say Tadao?
New grips
PSP 3shot
Better designed ASA



Conclusion: Extremely good value. Few changes and it could easily be a common tournament use marker if its not already.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 at 11:44 pm PST
 

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