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ALIHISGREAT Sunday, August 9th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
6 months0 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
ION XE - worse
Proto PM7 UL - better
Marker Setup: PMR 09 Air Force One
Empire reloader B
PMI pure energy 68/4500
Empire Events.
Recommended
Upgrades:
Nothing urgently required... however:
-Dye clamping feedneck
-Dye UL barrel backs for different bores (proto back is .690) they are interchangable
Strengths: Light
Comfy
Fast
Smooth
Full metal
Quiet
Accurate
UL frame (and trigger)
Beautiful (especially claret)
Weaknesses: Gas Hog
Kick
Not a high end/Still only a PMR inside.
Maintenance
Price.
Review: I bought my PMR 09 second hand from a friend of a friend after he shot ~2000 balls (so i assumed 5000.) and it hasn't disappointed.

Strengths:
Well i have already basically covered them all in the above section and there really isn't any more to say... its just a great-shooting, nice-feeling, head-turning marker!

Light
Comfy
Fast
Smooth
Full metal
Quiet
Accurate
UL frame (and trigger)
Beautiful (especially claret)

Weaknesses:
Its probably worth expanding a little more for this section:

Gas Hog
Kick
Not a high end/Still only a PMR inside.
Fiddly bolt maintenance
Price.

The gas consumption is nasty - around 1000 off a 68/4500, it kicks noticeably more than higher end guns, the maintenance is also fiddly - more than an ION XE for example - you unscrew the back cap and take the bolt assembly out (at this point you would have access to the bolt in an XE) then you have to fiddle around taking the o-ring off the tip of the bolt - which is a major pain - to be able to unscrew the 'beer can' to take the bolt out.

Then we come to the fact the PMR is a PMR... and that is it's main weakness in my opinion - this meaning that it is not a high end marker, although you can fool some people it is a high end... it isn't... in fact it is a technically worse design than a smart parts shocker!

The PMR is an Unbalanced spool valve meaning that the bolt is pushed back by air pressure to reset it's position... however when you fire, the pressure in front of the bolt is vented so the bolt moves forward due to pressure on the rear of the bolt

In a shocker, its a balanced spool valve so the bolt is pushed backward... but then pushed forward when you pull the trigger.

The price is also a little high for what you get in my opinion as there is little difference between the 07 and 09 PMR.

In comparison to other markers, i can only really compare it to an ION XE from personal experience and if i'm brutally honest, the PMR blows the ION XE out of the water. It is true that you get what you pay for and the extra cash on the PMR gives you everything you would need to upgrade on the ION (ASA, feednack, barrel and board) in a much prettier package.



Conclusion: In conclusion the PMR 09 is a great marker, although i have commented on the kick and the fact it is a gas hog, it will shoot amazingly all day and in the end, it doesn't matter if the player is shooting a PMR 09 or a DM9 they will perform the same on the field but don't buy the PMR 09 expecting to get a magical $1000 gun... because you won't.

I choose a rating of 8/10 because for the price it is just a dressed up 07 PMR (the only significant change is the solenoid) and for the money, i expect more. However i am happy with the price i paid second hand.


Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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