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naterab Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
6 months2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 98 custom-obviously not even close
Marker Setup: Proto SLG
14" Lapco Snapshot
New Designz Slik Trigger
New Designz Pro Clamp Feedneck
68 4500 DXS HPA
Eggy III
Recommended
Upgrades:
Trigger
Clamping feedneck
14 inch barrel
Strengths: Board
Regulator
Speed
Size
Accuracy
Efficiency
Quiet
No kick
ASA
Weaknesses: Trigger
Feedneck
Grips expose electronics
Review: Opening:

I ordered the Proto SLG off of actionvillage and patiently waited for UPS. A couple days later it arrived. This was my first electronic marker and an upgrade to a Tippmann 98 custom. I couldn't believe the package I received could hold a paintball marker it was so small. It came in nice packaging fit snug in molded foam. This marker was so small I couldnt believe it! Under the top layer of foam revealed a crappy Proto battery, a terrible barrel sock, some allen keys, a package a dye slick lube, and some spare parts.

Experience:

Unfortunately I got this marker in the middle of September in the Upper Peninsula, so I needed to wait until AFTER winter to actually use it :( Well after the snow had cleared up I got some HPA and tried it out on some 6 month old paintballs. I was very impressed with the speed and grouping. Kick was almost nonexistant. With the new trigger I installed (heard it was bad so ordered it with the marker) I could walk the trigger very well with it. A couple days ago I played my first games with it. In the woods I was very happy with the looooow sound signature. I love this for woodsball and scenario games because of the size. I also played some speedball with it, and it held up really well. Fast and tight. This marker is really good for both woods and speedball. One game of speedball I played a cage-match against one of my friends. He was suppressing my bunker so I took one quick snapshot went back, was going to take another, but his hand was in the air and he couldn't see anything because orange was splattered all over his mask =D VEEEEEERY accurate. I can't say too much for efficiency, it seemed pretty good and will probably improve when I break in the regulator.

Now for the review
Strengths:

Board: The board for this marker is absolutely phenomenal for $200. It has semi as fast as you can shoot, psp three shot ramping (BIIIIIG +) millenium ramping and NXL full auto. You can adjust the rate of fire from I believe 8-30 balls per second, but realistically you can expect max to get 25 or so.

Regulator: The regulator seems to have gotten me some VEEERY nice consistency so far. +- about 6 fps. Not bad for not being broken in. The reg is also a very comfortable grip. It has a very natural feel in either my right or my left hand.

Speed: As said in the board, the speed is definitely fast enough for ANY person's needs. Nobody needs to shoot 25 bps.

Size: This thing is absolutely by far the lightest marker I have ever held, but maybe that just shows that I haven't seen many markers. It's slightly under two pounds with the stock barrel and battery, right around two pounds with my lapco snapshot barrel and battery. Great for scenario games, because who wants to lug around an eight pound marker for 24 hours? Great for speedball because the thing is light and tight around bunkers.

Accuracy: I believe this to be a veeeery accurate marker. Regulated HPA beats unregulated CO2 every single time.

Efficiency: Already said, I can't say a lot with how many shots exactly this gets me, but it got me through a little less than 3 bags of paint with one fill. Pretty solid.

Quiet: In a wooded environment, it is veeeery hard to hear this from anywhere farther than 20 yards away. In the woods if you wanna go ambush sniper, this might be a good marker for you.

No kick: Literally, there is just about no kick. Ripping at 13 bps, I could feel no discernible movement of the marker in any way. Very impressive for a sear-tripper.

ASA: A lot of people don't like this ASA, but I do. You can adjust this ASA to where it feels most comfortable to you. Personally, I don't see a need for an on/off.

Weaknesses: This marker is not perfect, obviously, at $200.

Trigger: The stock trigger is absolute crap. If you are looking into purchasing this, do what I did and buy a new roller bearing trigger with the purchase. It is very hard to walk with it.

Feedneck: The feedneck is a stove-pipe style feedneck, and is too small to even fit for my eggy 3, that's saying a lot. Again, just buy a clamping feedneck with the purchase of the marker.

Grips: I like the grips, they are extremely comfortable, but I wish they didn't expose the electronics in the back. I haven't had any issues with them so far, but I can forsee possible problems in the future.
Conclusion: All-in-all, this is a superb marker for the price. It's not perfect, but for $200 it will serve the user well. I love it for both woodsball and speedball because of it's lightness. I would recommend this to anybody interested in upgrading from a tippmann, or as a dominant backup to the more serious players out there.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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