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sn toter Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Phantom, Sniper, a variety of Neslon and Sheridan based pumps
Marker Setup: Azodin KP(Obviously)
Azodin Hitman Rod
Bob Long Torpedo Reg
Empire Barrel kit
GenXGlobal pocket hopper
47/3000 Centerflag HPA(preset 850psi)
Strengths: Loaded with stock features
nice pump stroke
ease of maintenance
value
Weaknesses: In it's stock form it makes a 'farting' noise
no stock HPR
Review: Packaging:

The Kaos Pump came in a nice thin two piece cardboard box. When I removed the lid I was greeted by the marker itself, nestled in form fitting cardboard and covered with a sheet of bubble wrap. It came packaged with a barrel, Azodin barrel bag, a complete rebuild kit(orings, screws, and a spare cup seal), a manual, and a uninstalled 'hitman' rod. The manual is simple and straightforward. It outlines the basics(maintenence, breakdown, and velocity adjustment) but itsn't anything too impressive.

First Impressions:

I have to say that my first impressions were very good. The marker doesn't feel 'cheap' at all. The milling is nice and the dust black ano is flawless. I was going down the list of features in my head and I still can't believe that it all came stock in a sub $150 marker. It's got a clamping feedneck, a very nice pump kit, a stock 'hitman' rod, delrin bolt, ion threaded clamping feedneck, cocker threads, and the gripframe has a buld-in rail in addition to being able to take standard 2 hole bottomlines. I was leary about a double trigger on a pump, but it's actually quite comfotable. Everything feels quality. I think the only thing that struck me as odd was that it has no stock regulator, instead it has a gas thru. I'm assuming that's to keep cost down and also because most players upgrade HPR's anyways. I should mention that it doesnt' NEED an HPR, but having one allows you to really fine tune it.

Pump Stroke:

I really am having a hard time understanding how the stock pump kit on here can be so damn good with the cost of this marker. The pump kit has it's own built in pump guide that eliminates side to side play in the handle. The pump grip itself is matching dust black aluminum and is threaded on the bottom to accept the included SS hitman rod. The pumpstroke is very smooth and firm(no sloppy side to side play in the handle). Due to the design of the KP(stack tube), the amount of resistance on the pumpstroke is going to be dependant on the mainspring. That said, it's fairly light in it's stock form but mine is a bit heavy as I replaced the mainspring with a stiffer one to lower the operating pressure. I'll elaborate on this later. Heavy, but super smooth. I can feel a bit of drag on it when I pump via the hitman rod, but none when I hold the handle. With the stock spring I can't feel the drag with the hitman rod at all.

Teardown and Maintenance:

The first thing I did with my KP was a complete teardown, inspection, and lube. One of the nicest things about this amrker is how simple it is. The bolt slides out the back once you lift on the pull pin. Next, the rear cap unscrews without tools and the mainspring and hammer can be accessed. The gripframe is held on with two screws, as is the ASA. All in all it took about 7 minutes to dissassemble, lude, and reassemble the entire marker. There we no aluminum burrs and the marker appeared to have a small amount of lube in it from the factory. All good here.

Performance:

I haven't had a chance to shoot much yet, but by the weekend I plan to put another 500 marbs through it. All I can say so far is that it's damn quiet and shoots darts. There is slight recoil when it shoots, but nothing major. I haven't tried the stock barrel yet, I went right to my empire kit. More updates as I get to use it. I will use the stock abrrel a bit too.

The only gripe I would have so far is that it does make a brief 'farting' sound in it's stock form. This doesn't affect performance but it is annoying. From what I've read it's an issue of airflow vs valve design. I added a HPR and turned the input pressure down a few hundred PSI in addition to increasing the tension of the mainspring. This eliminated the noise but it also increased the weight of the pumpstroke. I plan to pickup a high flow valve soon and return to the stock spring. Azodin just released a high flow valve, and AKA and 32* made some high flow valves for spyders that are drop in upgrades for the KP. I'll get one of them and see how they do.

I'm also curious about the barrel. It has a patented 'Triad' ball retention system to reduce rollouts. It basically has an oring and 3 'nicks' in a groove in the barrel end. that allow the oring to 'peek' through the breach and hug the ball. I've heard good and bad about this. Some say it will cause chops, others don't. After I can get a few hundred rounds through it I'll update with my thoughts.

Conclusion: So far, I'm very impressed with initial quality. It's loaded with features and came stock with a full repair kit. Teardown is a cinch and has pretty smooth operation. Honestly, I'd expect a pump with these features that shoots this nice to cost double what these go for new. If you want to pick up a really nice pump that's loaded with features without dumping $300-500, buy one.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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