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Blue Bomber Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
1 year2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
Shoots like any other poppet out there. see review for nit picking.
Marker Setup: ICD Lasoya Promaster: CP 14" 2-Piece with .693, Guerilla Air 68/3000, Torque Loudmouth 440, Ebay valve and LP Actuator.

Tippmann 98c: Proto 12" 1-Piece, cyclone, polished internals, sawed off foregrip, Rocket Cock.
Evil Detonator or CP HP reg; AKA SCM-III; Low pressure valve and actuator (if you can find them); CP two or one piece (14" @ .685 or lower); any clamping feedneck; any venting, preferably on/off, ASA; and maybe a new trigger because some people don't like the trigger on there.
Strengths: Price
Reliable design
pretty quick
Double gauged front block
Weaknesses: upgrades are hard to find
does not come with an ASA or decent feed
Review: I got the Promaster as my first Electro-Pneumatic paintball marker, and so far I've been really satisfied with it's capabilities. Since this marker was a higher/mid quality gun in it's day it comes stock with features like break beam eyes, spring detents, a good trigger, and an OK board with several modes and settings.

Like I said before, if you buy this from a store the way ICD gave it to them, you're going to have to at least buy an ASA, because it doesn't come with one. After that, you'd want to look at clamping feednecks and barrels. The stock barrel is certainly average, but there are better.

One of the most frustrating design features of this gun is the eye setup. A large rectangular plate goes over the cable and detents. The eye light / beam emitter rests loosely in a plastic nub with two holes in it. One hole is for the screw that holds this all down, while the other is fro the eye. This nub does not always hold the eyes with it, so sometimes when you're trying to put the cover back on, the eye will not stay where it needs to. This system can also be frustrating at the field because the three parts (the plastic nub, the detent and the detent spring can easily be lost if you're not careful) But you have to remember, the latest innovations in today's markers have been with the way the eyes and detents are held in place, so this setup was a stepping stone to that.

I have to detail on the stock setup's amount of recoil: With the stock rammer/actuator you will get a considerable amount of recoil. (compared to today's standards) However, if you get a low pressure rammer, you can reduce it by quite a lot. These upgrade rammers can actually be hard to find, so if you're going to upgrade this, make sure to search early.

The stock valve should also be replaced, it's relief diameter is too small and thus does not allow for more air flow. Your choices are either the Ebay valve or MacDev Red valve.

I've experienced some weird symptoms with my HPR and LPR, so I'm looking to upgrade them for more consistent/faster HP and LP regs in the future. I've settled on the AKA SCM-3 for my LP upgrade, and either the CP or Evil Detonator for my HP upgrade.
Conclusion: If you're looking for your very first electropneumatic paintball marker this is certainly a viable option, but there are better choices out there in the immediate price range. The main issue I would have with a newer player getting this as their first electro would be that they might not know how to maintain it and fix it up.

For that reason, I would suggest this more as a backup gun for more experienced players.
9 out of 10

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