Light and Easy-to-Carry
Hard on old paint
Time-Limit in magazine
I really like the feel of this pistol. Some people have complained that it is front heavy, or that the grip angle isn't right; to me, this pistol feels great. I have had no problems with the balance or the shape of the marker interfering with my ability to accurately use this marker. Also, its light weight and magazine-fed design make it an easy backup to pack around.
Another thing I like about the pistol is that it's consistent in CO2 usage. I've put probably a few hundred rounds through it and I get 22-23 shots each time before I notice a drop from the velocity. When the velocity does drop, I only have to squeeze the trigger real quick a few times to relieve the pressure in order to take the CO2 out.
I also like that it is an enclosed design. I play in Oregon year-round, so alot of times it is wet outside. While this gun is NOT waterproof, I do like the fact that the paintballs aren't directly exposed to the elements until they leave the barrel.
Lastly, I really like how the squeegee fits right up through the handle and out the barrel to clean a broken ball. As long as the break is above the magazine, this is a quick process.
When I first tried this pistol out, I was breaking at least 1 ball per magazine, which was frustrating. However, I was shooting cheap old paint and once I switched to better ammo, I broke far less balls. This is not a pistol to skimp on the paint with as it seems to be rather rough on the cheap and old stuff.
Another thing I found out the hard way was to not leave the paintballs in the magazine for very long. The last big game I went to, I didn't use my pistol for the first few hours, which meant that they were sitting in the magazine being compressed by the spring that whole time. When I did go to use it, the balls either flew in crazy directions because they were dimpled, or got jammed and broke in the magazine. This was easily remedied by using my pistol more frequently.
Once a ball had broken in the magazine, the pistol required a more thourough cleaning involving taking the whole thing apart due to the location of the break. Lesson learned and easily fixed.
Finally, I think this gun is a bit over-priced for what you get. If you compare this marker and its price to a whole list of other markers and their price, this pistol is not worth the money. BUT, if you really want a pistol and a good backup marker that feels great and functions well, try to grab one of these. After all, most things in paintball are over-priced, not just this marker.
If you get one of these pistols, take everything apart and lube it up (get out the snap-ring pliers). I did this and have not yet had any problems with my puncture pin or any other internal mechanisms.
If you can get past the price tag and are willing to learn how to overcome some of the little quirks of this pistol, I would definitely recommend this marker; I'm really enjoying mine.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 3:03 pm PST