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tangerine3486 Friday, February 20th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
4 years
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
CCI Phantom
SL-68 II
Marker Setup: Sterling STP stock class
Vertical air
14" JJ ceramic
45 round hopper
3.5-9oz tanks
Recommended
Upgrades:
Possibly a longer barrel to suit your tastes but not necessary.
Strengths: Smooth pump action
Pump handle feels nice
Looks great
Nice .45 grip
Vertical air
Weaknesses: Air feed setup
SC/DF setup
Review: First take:
This marker looks great. Great anodizing and milling on the body. Interesting box too. The slanted vertical air is nice too, and there is still plenty of room down there even with a regular sized tank.

Performance:
The smoothest pump I have ever felt. Little effort on the pull and return. Pump handle fits my hand great; I really like the oval shape. .45 grip feels great. Comes with a trigger shoe, which also feels nice along with the nice trigger pull.

Accurate with stock barrel. Never chopped a ball. I think it is average with the 12grams compared to other markers. Velocity adjustment performance is decent.

It is nice to be able to change between direct feed and stock feed. I would have preferred an interchange with the stock class feed flush with the body, but you can't ask for anything. Because it is elevated I feel like I knock it around too much, but no problems. I still think it is good for not being solidly constructed to the marker.

The air tube, that goes from the CA to the valve, had some problems. I did not care for how the connection work, and for a while I did not have it tight enough. If you have a problem, tighten that nut a lot, oil it up and you should have to push the tube in. Since then, not a single problem.

Compared to the SL-68 II, much nicer pump stroke, grip, way more options. The SL-68 II is just cast aluminum, nelson valve, internal air lines and fewer parts making it simpler, with two bonuses of sturdy and reliable. A great gun in those aspects, but the Sterling beats it in most if not all of the rest.

Compared to the CCI Phantom, I think it has a smoother stroke, and I think it looks (and feels) more solid, with the stacked internal tubes of the sterling valve type (a mix of sheridan and nelson). The phantom has skinnier body and does not feel as heavy or solid. Yes, you can get a phantom for 100$ cheaper, but to price a phantom with vertial air, and a direct feed and stock class feed body, and a .45 grip, it is about the same.
Conclusion: 9 of 10. Air line issues at first, and interchange system for a 9 instead of a 10. Now that the air hose issue is fixed, I have no problems. I bought this marker in August of 2006, right when it was released in the US. Since then it has been my main marker (only use pumps). I dont plan on getting a new marker to completely replace this, maybe only for backups/friends or just for the heck of it. This is a great marker and has the smoothest pump stroke I have ever felt, a huge plus.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 7:31 am PST
 

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