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roshinobi Monday, May 25th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
6 months
Products Used:
recon camos > rec sport, all stars < rec sport, visible impacts > rec sport
Marker Setup: tippmann 98 custom pro basic
lapco bigshot 12" barrel
viewloader evlution 3
worrgames stratos 68ci 4500psi HPA tank via remote
liberty adjustable stock
lapco bigshot worked fine for me
Strengths: Cheap, won't break in barrel, easy to see flight path
Weaknesses: Won't break on target, somewhat inaccurate, easy to see in flight path
Review: As a disclaimer, before I say anything else, I would like to say I have only used two boxes of these over 2 weekends this month, and I bought both from the same place. However, that place was a high end proshop where they were kept air conditioned. Maybe I got a bad two batches, but I'm unhappy enough to not give them another shot.

As bad a rap as walmart gets for quality, I've had great luck with recon camos in my 98. They've never broken in my barrel, and I've never seen them bounce once. However, walmart told me they're done carrying paintballs come June, so I had to look for an alternative that I could get without paying the ghastly shipping online. The guy at the nearest proshop recommended these, even though I was looking for fluid hydros. I have to say, I miss my recons.

The first thing I noticed was that there were no breaks in the bags, which is always a plus. I also didn't have a single chop in my two boxes, though I don't use an e-trigger, since I can fire fast enough to keep heads down and I don't like dropping 2-3 cents a ball at 17 or more bps. That's about it for the good.

Out of the box, I noticed a lot of these balls were misshapen. When I loaded, I dropped a few, so I picked one up and threw it at a hard plastic chair about 8 feet away, just for the heck of it. The friggin ball bounced. My friend didn't believe what he saw, so he did the same - another bounce.

At one point, I played 3 on 3 speedball. I had an easy shot at one of my friends at about 70-80 feet and let loose. After being hit at least five times in a second or two, he called himself out as a reflex. Turns out, however, not a single ball broke on him. He didn't believe it, I didn't believe it, so I guess these balls are unbelievable, in the less than good sense. That was pretty much my experience with them.
Conclusion: The other reviews gave me moderate hopes for these paintballs, but they were a failure for me. At 280 fps, unless you hit a tree or a flat surface dead on, they will probably bounce. I could have been very unlucky, but I'm gonna go stock up on recons before walmart stops carrying them. Paintballs are worthless if they don't break on target.
5 out of 10

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