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Stan_the_HitMan Sunday, April 5th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
3 months4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Strengths: Cheap, E cocker
Weaknesses: Inadequate frame
Review: **Note** This is not just a review of said marker, it is also a post k2 review of wgp, and i have included many pictures and a video in this version of the review, as before I purchased a trilogy marker it seemed detailed pictures of the marker and grip frame internals were as hard to find as hidden Nazi gold. With that in mind I thought these pictures may help others in a similar situation as I was in get the information they were looking for.

Pre script:

*NOTE* Through this write-up I will use words like “easily” and other synonyms to describe that the said features can not be achieved / fit / seat / ect without little to major modification, so don’t grab for your keyboard to tell me about how you mounted your Eblade solenoid on your Trilogy with a fancy mounting bracket. Anything is possible with the will and means to perform a mod. */NOTE*


The WGP autococker line had a sharp fall when it was bought out by K2 not only in workmanship but also in customer service. The Trilogy series was a sub generation (and I don’t say the next generation because the next generation would be Half block autocockers, at least in my opinion) of autocockers released that tried a few new things to improve the design and make it more user friendly.

While they exceeded in simplifying the design for a more user friendly cocker experience, they also removed some of the elements that make cockers worth buying for tinkerers and people who have Egyptian tombs full of spare cocker parts. This in tern made the trilogy autocockers lack upgradeability and part availability compared to your standard pre/post 2kautococker.

Most prominent of the removed features were;
-A built in 3 way: A cocker newbies best friend, a fine tuners worst nightmare.
-A non generic LPR that lacks the ability to easily accept thumb adjustment
-A Tightly packed in Ram, while the stock STO Ram is fine, and I have personally tested it to 23 ball per second on my E-Orracle, some people just want more, and by more I mean a duel Qev ram. Not enough space is left to easily mount a duel QEV Ram
-Lack of ability to use an Eblade because of Said built in 3 way (without a mounting bracket)

Now, with those in mind I wanted nothing to do with the Electronic Trilogy autococker. The first run came out with a select fire trigger frame and a bounce beam eye. Basically an expensive low end E-cocker with non the added fun of upgrading the pneumatics.

However recently I heard WGP was trying to pull their game together again and Jeff Orr (the original mind behind the Karnivor) was designing guns again. Since then we have seen the Mid block Black Magic (Which is a true cocker, not a trilogy), Jeff Orr signature series (Private label Black Magic), Mid Block Karnivor, and SR autococker (which I have heard nothing but good feedback about…for a change)

I purchased an 06 Black Magic and was very impressed in the quality of the design, you can find my review on it here:
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And it is only since I was impressed with the 06 Black magic that I even humored the Idea of buying a Trilogy Auto cocker.
When I heard the design had been improved and the rumors of possible break beam eyes *gasp* when the price of a brand new trilogy select fire hit $150 USD I couldn’t resist any longer and picked one up for Woodsball / Speedball backup

And now it sits at my feet and I will review it from opening the box to chronoing it and update my review later when I Field test it.

Review:

The Trilogy Tacticle Came neatly Packed in a colorfull box with a Velcro side panel. At first impression I said to myself “great, WGP is spending more on making the box look pretty than marketing” But what was inside I was yet to see.

I was impressed to see that the marker came with tool kit with extra Orings and 3 way hose, Barrel Condom, A generic Trilogy instruction Manual, an Egrip specific instruction Manual, and an autococker tuning DVD. WGP Spared no expense to make sure the information was available to you even if your excuse was you were to lazy to use the search button on online forums, thus making it impossible to plead ignorance (but possibly lazy) on the working of autocockers. This earned them some brownie points in my books.

The marker itself looked solid out of the box, and the Anno looked better than in pics and the milling was smooth, at first glance I was very impressed, so now it was time for a closer look to see if my attitude stayed that way.


Now, Firstly in the description of the original trilogy tactical SF it advertised these features:

Select Fire trigger frame
Nickle Aluminum bolt
Ball bearing detents

What I got was none of these features. I got completely superior features and more that made the previous obsolete.

Firstly:

No heavy outdated Aluminum and nickel bolt any more, Mine came with a black Delrin bolt with 2 Orings which were greased out of the box. Furthermore the feed neck was threaded so a clamping one could simply be screwed on. NICE!



Bounce beam reflective eyes like every other E-cocker WGP has ever made?
NOT THIS TIME! My most anticipated upgrade to the design turned out to be reality making this the first out of the box break beam autococker I have ever owned. And if that wasn’t enough the eye plate on the detent side of the body had been combined into a one piece plate that held the detent in, and instead of a steel ball bearing spyder detent as seen on most cockers I got a Delrin spring detent. So far, the Trilogy Tactical was doing pretty well, so I decided it was time to prod and pick at its guts.




The part I had been fearing, the Pneumatics, and rightfully so.
After I removed the tactical Shroud I got a mess of 3 way hose and a new hose spawning from a T fitting above the 3 way and retreating into the grip frame. This was used to actuate the 3 way itself. One may call it recycling air. I thought a much cooler word was cannibalistic as the 3 way was essentially feeding itself with…itself…

Now, I through about WGP’s idea to go from a an electronic (“E-way”) 3 way valve to this solenoid driven 3 way pin and realized it was actually the same thing in a more mechanical and larger way and actually cheaper to produce while retaining a lower profile. Im not sure if it performs on the same level as an E-way yet, but I will find out on my field test.

Next came the grip frame.
I cringed when I though of my Black magic’s jumper plug that if lost (and it is scarcely bigger than a common north American tick) leaves you in a perpetual semi auto mode until you send away for a new one or fashion your own out of human hair and paper clips.

TO my surprise the Trilogy Tactical has a new electronic Frame, with switches instead of a jumper plug.
If all you had ever known was jumper plugs you would be leaping up and down in excitement, but unfortunately Eclipse had Spoiled me with the E2 and Zero-B board and the most I was able to cough out was a “Meh”.

Modes were changed by flicking on switch 1 and switch 2 in random orders, and were indicated by 3 colors of LED lights that flashed in different combination. I started to day dream about my Zero B board and slapped myself for thinking of the good old days.

I have heard rumours about a T-board becoming available sometime in the near future, but I don’t know if its true. If it is I will be one of their first customers.


Time to get out the air.
Since it didn’t have a gauge or anywhere where a gauge could be placed I had to use an adapter to see what pressure it was running at out of the box, which was 200.

After hooking it up to the marker I noticed the ASA was angled and had a Co2 Screen in it. This is much like the SP1 from smart parts and greatly reduces liquid co2 from entering your marker. Not great for Airflow with HPA, but meh, I will change the ASA and reg later anyway.


wanted to do an out of the box test for consistency, so I tested it with the stock barrel and stock reg without breaking it in. Keep in mind that the co2 screen is in there as well. I did not expect miracles without a little fine tuning.

Here is the test video:

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Smooth and quiet, the way I like my cockers. Now on to the chrono

During the filming my camera ran out of space so you only get to see the first two chronoed shots, in case the quality is to poor for you to see them here are the results: 259, 255, 289, 251, 266

Pretty good considering the factors it had working against it, but I want better, and I knew that would not come without a little bit of TLC (same with the trigger which came so poorly adjusted out of the box it was almost criminal).

Then I Rummaged around my tool box looking for nice shiny parts I could add to it. Unfortunately because of that Dadgum Tactical rail (which also protects the pneumatics and lets you mount needless add ons that make you feel more manly so I shouldn’t curse it) I couldn’t add my Nexus ram (which I didn’t really care to add as the STO ram it comes stock with is fine) with its QEV’s attached (and who wants orphaned qev’s laying around really?), and I couldn’t add my ANS Jackhammer 2 adjustable LPR which made me curse the heavens, but I can live with it.

I had a qualm with not knowing the operating pressure of my marker, so I added on a palmers Stabilizer with gauge. That coupled with the fact the stock reg is really just a Prostock reg in disguise meaning you have to disassemble it to adjust the pressure. I’m sure I wont regret using the Stab.


I wont know for sure how it will hold up on the field until I get to test it. I will post a field Review at such time.
My First Impressions are it Is a very nice Ram Driven stack tube marker that operates at a low pressure and in turn is quiet, efficient, has little kick, a delrin bolt, and break beam eyes with 18 bps ramp and uncapped semi. Plus it comes with a tac shroud and awesome anno.



Post field review

On the field the WGP Trilogy tactical with the upgrades I added preformed as follows:

Accuracy, consistency, quiet operation, low recoil, and efficiency were all that of the classic autococker and what you would expect from an autococker. In these departments the Trilogy tactical delivered.

Weight was a bit lighter than the classic autococker.

Ramping modes coupled with a light bolt (which it will come with out of the box now) had just as little if not less kick than most mid-high ends.

HOWEVER The Trilogy Tactical suffered greatly in semi automatic mode for a speedball style player. The Trigger had only Post trigger and trigger tension adjustment. This combined with an E-spyder weighted micro switch and a trigger guard with cramped space made walking the trilogy tactical very difficult. Just hitting 12 bps was a feat in semi auto while walking, I found I could fan the trigger much faster.
For a woodsballer looking to take single shots or use advanced fire modes it was great, for a speedballer Ramping would be a necessity. If you are a speedballer who refuses to ramp this markers frame is not for you.

The ramp modes were so superior in board logic and ease that they were almost contradicting to the semi auto mode.

The Eyes preformed well with over 1000 rounds put through it and not one chop.



Conclusion: In closing I recommend this marker to woodsball players as it will outperform the standard woodsball norms such as blow back platforms in almost every aspect including afford ability as It cost less than basic Tippmann 98. As a speedball marker I recommend it only if you are prepared to use only the ramp modes, so it may do best as a backup as some tournaments don’t allow ramping
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

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