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Bang*Bang** Friday, September 11th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
3 months2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Similar
Products Used:
Ion
Spyders
Timmy's
Tippmann's
Marker Setup: Proto Matrix Rail Special Edition (Camo)
CP on/off asa
Invert Halo TOO Loader
Grillz Mask, cause that totally applies to this review... (kidding)
Recommended
Upgrades:
On/Off asa - personal pref
Trigger/trigger frame - personal pref
Strengths: Highly under rated
So simple, even I could maintain it
14" dye barrel
Sweet Camo
Weaknesses: See review
Review: Alright,

To be Frank and upfront, I am relatively new to the sport. But I have taken some time with this marker, and regardless, one should take any of these reviews with a grain of salt.

Hands down, I have been really surprise with the performance of this marker. My first day out speedballing was against some more experienced players with Ego's, DM7's, Timmy's (Intimidators). And I was really surprised that I had no problem keeping up with the guys slinging Ego's and DM7's, with Rotor loaders, etc. This marker keeps up great!

I haven't had any breaks with this marker/loader. So when I experienced a ball break in my pod pack, I figured what the heck, and put it through the gun to see what it was like.

Cleaning was relatively easy, as this marker is a "bolt out the back" just like the current Ion Xe. Not exactly something to do at the field, but simple enough to do, even for a first timer.

Seems some of the other reviews think it's a gas hog. I wouldn't deny it, but that gets into the endless "Poppit vs. Spool valve" gun design debate. Spool valves tend to use more air as a trade off for a softer touch on the paint. This is a spool valve gun after all, but I don't find it's air usage difficult to deal with. I usually get 3 or so games worth out of a tiny 48ci 3000psi rental "steely" High Pressure Air (HPA) tank.

I find it very light, compact, and quiet. It's fun to sneak up on people and make them surrender. Probably one of my favorite moves on the woods ball field.

As it is a single regulator marker, I have been cautious with the velocity screw in the bottom of the regulator. I've been told that if you loosen the screw too much, there is a risk of blowing the solenoid; an expensive endeavor. So I always chronograph the marker as soon as I gas it up at the field.

If there's one thing impressive about this marker, it's the consistent velocity. Considering I'm shooting the cheapest paint I can get my hands on, I tend to find this gun enjoys sitting 285-300 fps. +/- 15 fps; not bad for a marker in this price range.

As I've improved over the months and my fingers move faster, I would enjoy a little more room in the trigger frame to wiggle my fingers. But considering the package as a whole, this is a minor issue for me, and they fixed this with the newer version, putting the UL (ultra light) frame/ trigger on the marker. This one still works fine for semi two fingers, and it's great for single finger.

I suppose the down side to this marker is that as I consider upgrading my gun, I'm probably not going to be happy with anything else at least double the price of this one. Cause I can't even consider an Ion after using this marker.
Conclusion: Soft on paint, accurate, quiet, compact, spool valve design, super simple to use and maintain, a couple of upgrades worth considering, but stellar bang for your buck, had no problem playing against Ego's and DM's.

A great buy for the price. I would give it a 9 out of 10 for some small areas of improvement, but I've been out having too much fun with this thing to hold it against it. When I'm on the field playing, the small things seem not to matter at all, as I'm having too much fun. So 10 out of 10 for hassle free, Zero ball break, genuine paintballing fun!

Happy baling internet people
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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