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Bakedbeans Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
None
Marker Setup: F8 Fusion
Violent Series Bolt
J&J S2
Crossfire 68/4500 LP
Halo B w/ rip, freeway anti-jam, and crown

Tippmann A5 - stock
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel Kit - only if you want to get that perfect fit, stock is fine otherwise
Bolt and/or Ram - Violent bolt gives you higher FPS so you can lower pressure.
Strengths: Accurate
Fast
Efficient
Easy to clean
Affordable
Multiple Modes
Weaknesses: I've had no problems with mine.
Review: After playing with a Spyder Victor 2 and a Tippmann A5 for a couple years, I decided that I wanted to move up and get a marker that could keep up with the regulars at my local field. I was looking at either a PMR, Mini, or the F8....I read alot of reviews on all of them and came to this conclusion. I didnt like the PMR's composite trigger (tested at a local shop), shot one of my friend's mini and didn't like the overall feel of it...and I heard nothing but good things about the F8, especially their customer service.

Now on to testing. When i first received my marker i opened it up, made sure everything was there, then aired it up. No leaks or anything. The first time i took it to the field, however, it had a small issue. It was a cold and rainy day, that had alot to do with it, I aired it up and there was a small leak coming from the solenoid. I took it to the gunsmith and luckily, he owned the F7...so he knew it was just the cold air that caused the o-rings in the solenoid to shrink. One shot and it stopped the leak. Go figure.

I played all day with it and no problems at all...no breaks or anything. We had to stop playing due to the rain for a couple of hours, but even with a light rain during play it worked just fine. Dead on accurate with the stock barrel, i was using field paint which was Karnage i believe. As for speed, wasnt trying to just throw paint at everyone, we played woods mostly to stay out of the rain, so when we played a very muddy round of speedball, it kept up just fine. It has ramping for 15 and 25 BPS, but i really have no use for them. So i keep it on semi. Good to have when your showing off though i guess. I get about half a case off a fill, haven't checked it since i got my Violent bolt, i haven't gotten to the field yet. Also getting about +/- 4 or 5 using it the first time...not bad i think.

After a day of play, got home and took all my gear out to clean, and i gotta say. This thing is sooo much easier to strip then my A5. lol...pull the bolt pin, turn the back cap a quarter turn, and bam....everything is out. Just wipe down and lube and reinstall it all and your good to go. However when i took the reg off to lube it was together pretty tight, and i scratched it slightly trying to take it apart. Other then that it was a breeze to clean.
Conclusion: I absolutely love this marker, it was quite affordable at $400...but it has gone down since that...I have had no problems at all with it...in my opinion it is far better then anything else in the price range. I haven't shot a G3 so i wouldn't know how it compares to it so. It's fast, efficient, easy to clean, has multiple firing modes, and is super easy to clean. If your looking for a step up from a low end electric or if this is your first electic....i HIGHLY recommend it!
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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