Chops thin shelled paint
Difficult to clean Apex Tip
This marker is a definite step up from the Tippmann 98 Custom that I had been using previously. The ramping works very decently, giving a fairly consistent rate of fire. I had to replace the air tank every 3rd to 4th pod, or about 600 rounds. Unfortunately, this meant that I had to go get air refills before all my pods had been spent.
It looks fairly consistent with the real Mp5SDs that I have seen, or at least to the extent that a paintball marker can. The plastic shroud seems to scratch fairly easily, however, since the shell is black it is fairly hard to see any scratches unless you look. Cleaning the main body of the marker is very easy.
The main problem that I've experienced, is that the marker has a tendency to chop thin shelled paint. When I used Premium brand paint, I did not experience any chopping, even shooting at the fastest the marker will shoot (13 BPS). However, when I switched to Nelsplat and Anarchy brand paint, I chopped every third to fifth ball, despite using different batches and different brands of thin shelled paint. I couldn't clean the Apex barrel either, as my barrel squeegee couldn't reach the inside of the Apex tip.
As long as you are using thick shelled paint, this marker is a beauty. It'll perform well, it's very durable, and it's at a decent price. Using the Apex is also a unique experience, and very fun compared to a traditional barrel. However, in my experience, using thin shelled paint can cause a problem, and it will burn through an air tank
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, April 19th, 2009 at 2:32 pm PST