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Where'sMeShoota Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Automag - Still my favorite after all these years. The X-7 doesn't even compare.
Custom 98 - Same gun as X-7, but in a simpler, smaller, and more reliable package.
Marker Setup: Automag
Recommended
Upgrades:
A conventional feedneck with an electronic hopper.
Strengths: E-grip
Appearance
Weaknesses: Chops balls
Air efficiency
Ergonomics
Price
Fake magazine is stupid
Review: The X-7 is the supermodel of the paintball world; the thing that it's best at is looking good, but it's not the most practical marker. It's just too big and unwieldy. It feels like I'm holding my arms out too far when I bring it up to firing position, and its boxy design makes it difficult to aim accurately. Also, this gun is expensive. Customizing it to your liking can get even pricier, but it will never be anything more than a suped-up Custom 98. Not that the 98 is a bad gun, but then why not just get a 98 instead? Certainly not because the X-7 comes with the ball-chopping, gas-hungry Cyclone feed system. Believe me when I tell you that the Cyclone chops at 13 bps (the factory setting for full-auto). In practice, an "old-school" agitating hopper is a much more reliable and dependable alternative. The 98 also has better mobility and a smaller price tag than the X-7. In fact, the 98 is equal or superior in every conceivable way except one... the X-7 looks "badass," and I totally admit to getting sucked in by its alluring appearance. The honeymoon phase did not last long with me, though.
Conclusion: I kind of regret spending my hard earned cash on an X-7. I don't hate it. It's alright. Just doesn't suite my personal preference. I think I'm most disappointed in the Cyclone, though. It simply doesn't work as well as I'd hoped, and it kind of ruins the gun, imho.
Rating:
7 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 at 12:31 am PST
 

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