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jimmynz Friday, January 8th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 years4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmanns, couple of classic cockers, WGP Sniper
Marker Setup: PPS Blazer, 9 inch dual vented barrel with PPS apex adaptor & apex, male stabilizer, redz grenade asa
Recommended
Upgrades:
Dual vented barrel, male stabilizer. Other than that, you don't need much. Perhaps the apex if you feel you want it, it shoots great with an apex.
Strengths: - Accuracy
- Consistency
- Durability
- Reliability
- Barrel
- Bolt
- EFFICIENCY
- Maintenance
Weaknesses: - Price
- Noise
- EXPOSED BOLT
- Freezes
- R.O.F.
- Ugly
- Detents
- No eyes
Review: Well first up, please bear in mind this is a review from extensive product use. As I write this it's January 2010, I bought it and have used it regularly since January 2007. 3 years. Have used this gun on both CO2 and air.



Strengths, EFFICIENCY! My god... this this is awesome next to a gas hungry CVX valve tippmann. On a full 20oz you'll get somewhere around 1000-1500 shots on a blazer. On a tippmann you'll get more like 500-1000.

The accuracy and consistency are good, though brass barrels are definitely not miles better than any other good aftermarket barrel. You do need a male stabilizer though for good consistency, unregulated the gun spikes a lot on CO2. Durability, this thing is like a tank... you can take it in the shower with you at the end of the day to clean it, in fact, it says to do so in the manual. Maintenance is easy, a few drops of oil in the asa, on the bolt, and ram. Generally reliable, however there are 2 achillies heels with this gun (see below). Upper bolt is good too coz you can pull it out and swab the gun.

Slip fit barrel, though some people won't like this and consider it a weakness. I like it but it does mean you have to use an allen key to change the barrel unless you have a blazer to cocker barrel adaptor.



Weaknesses, EXPOSED BOLT! Much like a tippmann 98... the lower bolt is exposed on this. BAD BAD BAD... get any dirt or sand in there (as I have done more than once) and your gun is now either completely unresponsive... or not cycling correctly until you can get off the field, degass, and pull out the lower bolt assembly for a THOROUGH and DIFFICULT cleaning out. (You have to flush it with tonnes and tonnes of water).

The gun also freezes up on CO2 in the cold. BAD BAD BAD... Palmer owners who live in warm climates like Sacramento will swear they've never had this problem, BUT... you shoot this gun in cold weather on CO2 and it will not cycle correctly, if at all. Similar problem to getting dirt in the bolt. The new synthetic lube supposedly alleviates this... however the difference is minimal/non existence. IT STILL FREEZES UP.

Also, the cocker detends, they are not the greatest... put them too far in and you start wearing out your bolt, too far out and you're double feeding. I've done both. Trigger... the safety switch on mine now will come all the way out (it's not supposed to do that), put this down to wear and tear. Eyes... it has no eyes. Well okay it is an old design of mech gun, but seriously, eyes would have saved me a lot of grief on the field from chopping balls. The breach and upper bolt are a TERRIBLE MESS when it chops.

Expensive, I loved this gun when I got it, but now in 2010... honestly $400 for a basic blazer is too much, not when you can get something like an Invert mini instead. ROF... not very fast. It is fun to shoot as a mech though, it has that very heavy trigger pull cocker feel to it although it's not as easy to short stroke. Lastly, yeah, the gun is loud. But hey it's poppet valve. Even with the dual vented barrel it's still loud. The gun itself seems to eminate the pop.
Conclusion: In January 2007 when I got this, I would have given it a 10 out of 10. Today, I give it 7 out of 10. I do not reccomend this gun to anybody except people who want an oddball oldschool style mech. Ie- the sort of people who like cockers and pumps.

The biggest strength IMO is efficiency, it's amazing, you shoot all day long with a blazer. Biggest weakness is the exposed bolt and the fact it freezes up in the cold. Something many would be owners will be doing since the gun is omni gas capable.

If you want a solid mech you can literally use and abuse, get a tippmann, an A5 or something. The Blazer cannot be used and abused, it has to be looked after. If you want high ROF... get an electro. The Blazer is slow by comparison. Only get this gun if you fall into the quirky cocker type owner of category.
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

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