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krisdanna Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month29 of 29 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Armotech Zues (own), Tiberius 8 (friend owned)
Marker Setup: Spyder MR2, folding stock, aluminum clamp feed neck, empire reloader 2 loader
Recommended
Upgrades:
2 or more extra magazines.
Strengths: Small package
Construction
Weight
Appearance
Price
Separate Magazine and co2
Air efficiency
Ease of use
Weaknesses: See body of review
Review: Strengths:
Small package (smallest paintball pistol i have used)

Constructed very well (This pistol feels substantial, not like a toy or other markers that feel fragile. When i take this out i wont be worried about breaking it. The gun is also balanced and easy to control as a result.)

Light weight(the polymer really seems to reduce weight) The magazines are also light weight and small/compact.

Appearance (pretty awesome looking. it reminds me of the magnum pistol from Halo)

Price (I paid $179.95 last month for this, right before they reduced the price for the sale, now $149.95. What a sucker, oh well. This is much less than a T8 for instance)

Separate Magazine and co2 (unlike the T8 we all know about) you need only one 12 gram at a time instead of 1 per magazine.

Good air efficiency ( i have come close to that 80 shots/12 gram they advertise, usually around 70 or more.)

Ease of use (intuitive use. Ergonomics are pretty right-on. Easy reload of balls and magazine. Magazine release button easy to access, even with small hands)

Weaknesses:
Only noticed a few..

When reloading the magazine into the marker, sometimes a ball will be pushed passed the detent and roll out of the barrel. The magazines must be inserted with ease, and not slammed in, to remedy this.

There is a little bit of play with the slide, it moves around ever so slightly.

There are only two ergonomic issues i have found regarding the marker. The first is that the safety if a little high and back to be able for me to push off with my pointer finger on my right hand. The second is that, if i were shooting lefty, my middle finger on my left hand might hit the magazine release on accident, dropping the mag. This never happend but it feels like it could relatively easily.

If you have a clip with paintballs left in it and drop the clip you will lose 3 or more balls on the ground (like the T8) KT did not find a solution for this, unfortunately.

The paintballs are more expensive than regular 68 cal (i use >$40 Diablo Heat), and i have not had the chance to check my local retailer to see if they carry them. I suspect however, that because of the excellent air efficiency compared to other pistols, that the price of these paintballs may be offset by the decreased need of 12 grams.(hmm, i wonder) Also, the field i go to the most (Skirmish USA) will almost certainly not allow these as they only allow field paint.

Overall:
Overall I am happy with this marker. I have yet to use it in a game but i have fired 100 rounds through it (the whole container that comes with it) fed 10+ magazines, and 2 co2 cartridges. No ball breaks, no leaks, no problems (besides the few balls forced through the detents. I am going to leave the magazine springs compressed for a week or so to see if this will help lessen the pressure of the first ball and detents.)

I bought this as a novelty, hoping to use this in a game as a back-up/secondary, but i don't play as often these days. I am glad to have made the purchase and if i like playing with it i am already considering getting another to dual-wield (like i said.. novelty. But it still sounds awesome to try.)

TANGENT!!!:
I am glad to see a trend of specialization with paintballs these days, and i hope it continues. As soon as you change the round, the whole weapon changes. Smaller paintballs are good candidates for smaller, close combat weapons like this pistol. They have less range, but fit the job description like they should. Regular .68 paintballs are for the normal range that we all have been playing within since they were invented and are suited for those medium-ranged weapons that are most common. And even a sniper round (the First Strike round from Tiberius Arms) has been recently introduced and is for longer distances and accuracy. These specializations will expand and change the game of paintball. There should therefore be no complaint about this pistols range (or its ammunitions range) because it is not meant to be used at medium or long ranges.
End of tangent.
Conclusion: I think this product is awesome and i would recommend it to anyone who plays on fields that will let them use their own paintballs or starts to sell these. Or just play on your own fields with friends.

It is a cool, compact, well-built pistol that would make an excellent back up/secondary. I give it an 8 because i am glad to see something so cool come from Kingman, i think this is an awesome marker and it performs amazingly (from what i have seen in my limited experience) Nothing is perfect, but this is the best effort at making a paintball pistol as close to perfect as possible. I have yet to see anything better. It's sweet, trying it our for yourself!
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 at 10:18 pm PST
 

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