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aholsenback Saturday, May 1st, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
6 months5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Dangerous Power G3 (see review)
SLG (see review)
PMR (see review)
Marker Setup: Invert Mini
TechT spring kit
Proto 2- piece barrel .687
Vlocity
Vlocity Upfront SpeedFeed
45/45 Crossfire
Recommended
Upgrades:
TechT spring kit- little bit less kick, saves from acquiring scratches on the bolt, WAY better consistensy over chrono
TechT bolt- destroys all kick in the gun and way smoother shot
Proto barrel- whether you get a one piece or two piece, you can't go wrong with a Proto barrel on the Mini.
Strengths: -Light
-Compact
-No macroline (I personally don't like macro)
-Fast
-Clamping Feedneck
Weaknesses: -Barrel (12" if you spend $324 on a gun you should get a 14")
Review: The Mini is totally new concept in the line of paintball markers. And so far, I like it. I'm going to break down the Strengths and Weaknesses into sections for you can find what you're looking for.


KEY STRENGTHS

-Light
The Mini is a very light gun, coming in at 1.99 lbs. That's great for snake and front players. Stick a Vlocity or Vlocity Jr. on there and you're ready to go.

-Compact
It's very compact which I like because it's easier to get into tight spaces like the snake. Also it's nice and thin.

-No macroline
I've always had a hard time with macro's because, starting out with the SP vibe not too long ago, I almost had to drag it when moving in the snake. I'm just not a fan of it.

-Fast
20 bps is fast for a marker this small.


KEY WEAKNESSES

-Barrel
The 12" barrel shoots pretty decent for a stock barrel. But the easy upgrade of a Proto barrel makes a world of a difference. I suggest getting a 2- piece bored at .687 or .689.



Now for VERSUS!!!

G3 vs Mini
The Mini is a poppet and the G3 is a spool valve. While the G3 has speed over the Mini, the Mini is just overall a nicer marker. The grips on the G3 feel cheap because of the edges. The Mini also beats the G3 out in the category of bolt assembly. The G3 has a little ring thing infront of the bolt when you first buy it. That little thing gets annoying! But, the G3 wins in ASA's. The flip on/off ASA is better than the screw-in one on the Mini. But, that's the only category the G3 wins in.
Conclusion:
G3 < Mini

SLG vs Mini
The Mini just pounds the heck out of the SLG anyday. While the SLG does 33 bps, you can't hit anything because of the puny 11" barrel. This is the only product from Proto I consider a joke...
Conclusion:
SLG < Mini

PMR vs Mini
The PMR retails at $450 and the Mini at $324. If you were to upgrade your Mini with the following:
Proto 2- piece $45
TechT bolt spring $15
TechT MRT Bolt $45
...you would have a marker that, in my opinion, shot way better than the PMR. My setup smokes the PMR because the Proto 2- piece (same as stock PMR) shoots ropes, the bolt spring making it extremely consistant, and the MRT bolt providing a smooth and kick-less shot along with a quiet one just like a spool valve, but still having the air efficiency and consistensy of a poppet. And it still costs less than the PMR.
Conclusion:
PMR < easily up'd Mini
Conclusion: I would recommend this marker to first time tournament ballers or weekend ballers. The Mini is a great gun for the money. Definetly a keeper!
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

Review Comments
hectorg Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 | 12:32 am PST
NICE REVIEW, GOOD JOB
   

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