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bradthelegend Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
1 year5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Smart Parts Impulse (not as user friendly)
Diablo Wrath LTD (not the most reliable)
Dye DM4 (comparable)
Marker Setup: Proto SLG with upgrades
Smart Parts All-American 2-Piece 14in Barrel
Halo B or Viewloader Revolution 12v
Pure Energy 68ci 4500psi Tank w/ Crossfire Reg
On/Off ASA, but only if you really want it
Barrel, but the stock is above average, and it's medium length is good for speedball
Strengths: Speed
Air Efficiency
User Interface
Safety features
Weaknesses: Feedneck
Hoses (only on certain guns)
Electronics (not on every gun)
Review: I got this gun after shopping around for a good, affordable, fast electronic marker. I was happy to find a very small, very nice looking, and nicely packaged marker. However, I did encounter one small problem: my gun wouldn't turn on. I'm sure it's just faulty electronics on my gun, but it takes several presses of the On/Off button to make the gun turn on or off. I'm in the process of sending it to Dye for repairs. Back to my review.

The gun is nice beyond words, for the price of $200. It will shoot as fast as you can pull the trigger; but you might want to replace the trigger. The stock trigger is plastic and feels clumsy. It feels light, but not fast. I chose to replace it with a similar, thin silver metal trigger, made by Dye. It gives the gun a much better feel and a sleeker look. Another thing you might consider replacing is the feedneck. While it can hold some loaders snuggly, it really only holds one size loader. Just get a clamping feedneck, for security and flexibility.

The electronics are simple, if you use the instruction manual, and can set the gun up for a multitude of scenarios, such as tournaments with BPS regulations, PSP and NXL mode, and sensitivity adjustments. My particular gun has an issue with the power switch, but this doesn't seem to be a common problem. Overall, the grip controls are simple: one button for power, one button for the eyes. The electronics can only be adjusted from inside of the grip, so you should have no problem using this gun in a tournament.

The eyes work well. So far I've only had one noticable ball chop, and it was a freak accident in which the ball got sucked into the bolt, jamming the entire gun, but it was easily fixed. The spool valve is easy to clean and remarkably efficient. Dye claims that it takes a few thousand shots to fully break in the regulator, though. The gun is also very quiet.

The grip frame has plenty of room for walking with gloved fingers. The buttons are also easily depressed when wearing gloves. The trigger is easily adjustable. Sticky grips come stock and are a nice feature. The front grip/regulator is small and comfortable to hold, however the hose length requires you to turn it to one side, causing it to stick out. This can be remedied by trimming the hose, but hasn't been much of an issue for me. The short, 1-piece barrel is decently accurate, and helps you tuck in when playing speedball, but I would recommend upgrading. I use a Smart Parts All-American, and it works very well with the marker.
Conclusion: This gun is great. It has shot fine with just about any type of paint. As long as you use the eyes, and a loader that can keep up with your rate of fire, you shouldn't have any problems with chopping. This gun is faster, lighter, more accurate, and more efficient than comparably priced guns. It shoots great right out of the box, and, barrels aside, you can perform all "necessary" upgrades for under $100.
9 out of 10

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