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nerdcore Monday, January 5th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Gen E Matrix - the brick! Shot smooth as butter but weighed a ton.
DM5 - had a ul frame, shot real nice, but that ul frame felt too thin for me.
Ion - ok, so it's not exactly comparable to the shocker but i like Ions. Budgets ftw!

Shot other guns but those are the only spoolies (or spoolie-ish) guns i've had.
Marker Setup: 06 Shocker SFT
Evil Pipe (soon!)
Vlo Jr
Crossy 72/45 stubby
Recommended
Upgrades:
Well, this is only available used now so chances are if you get one, it's gonna be upped already. But if not, it should at least have a clamping feedneck & on/off asa, maybe a board with an ABS setting. Maybe an HE bolt for better efficiency. But whatever, I'm running all stock internals with no problems.
Strengths: Smooth shooting.
Regular maintenance is simple.
Feels well balanced.
Weaknesses: SFT threads.
Reflective eye = just one eye.
Stock board has no ABS setting.
Review: Traded my UL'd DM5 for an 06 SFT Shocker, Vlocity & cash (good trade, imo).

First thing i noticed is the Shocker is lighter than the DM5, despite the UL frame (all the weight was on top, really). Also has a lower profile, as the DM5 was a pretty tall gun. Aside from their size/weight difference, they both shoot really well. And i still love DM's.

Enough about that. On to the review of the Shocker itself.

PROS
Smooth Shooting - it's got a CP trigger (according to the previous owner, haven't verified and doesn't matter much to me either way) that feels pretty nice. No noticable kick.

Simple Maintenance - Got used to bolt kits dealing with Matrixes, but i like the SFT bolt a little more, as the bolt itself is one uniform size, no skinny bolt tail. Not that i had a problem with it, just a preference thing.

Well-balanced - the SFT feels more balanced, like all the weight is evenly distributed throughout the gun.

CONS
SFT threads - Smart Parts is just now using uniform threads for the barrel & feedneck, although it's still THEIR OWN thread and not cocker-threaded. So i can't just use my cocker-threaded barrels, which sucks because i love my Un1tech.

Reflective Eye - it seems to work just fine but i'm assuming break-beam is more reliable, just not sure to what extent.

No ABS (stock) - all spoolies kinda need this setting but the stock SFT board doesn't have it. Upping the dwell helps but then there's the drawbacks of a higher dwell. Oh well.
Conclusion: Better off investing in an NXT as it's worth the improvements over the SFT. But if you don't have $500+, the SFT isn't a bad choice.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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