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Bloencustoms Friday, June 4th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
SP Shocker (2nd generation), various Automags
Marker Setup: Empire Timmy
cp bearing trigger
hybrid ram cap
hybrid contract killer grip panels
cp reg
Halo B with Victory Board, Rip Drive, Zenitram delrin drive cone
68/4500 screw-in tank
Recommended
Upgrades:
New ASA (drop forward)
Reg adapter to allow you to use any reg you want as a spare
Strengths: Small size
Light weight
Fast shooter
Low Price
Autococker threads
Weaknesses: Plastic grip frame
Plastic feed neck needs tool to tighten.
Review: First, a little background to explain my perspective. I have been playing recreational paintball on and off for almost 20 years now. (I had one of the original "Splatmaster" guns, if that helps date me.)

I was most active in the sport from about 2000-2005.

Then. life and responsibility set in and I had to travel a lot for work. I wasn't able to keep up with technology, etc.

Then, a year or so ago I went to a local paintball shop and figured I'd buy a "current" marker to see what they are like. I brought home an SLG and I am very impressed with it.

Having been accustomed to high-end Autocockers (before WGP sold out), Private label Timmys, Shockers, 2nd generation Angels and Automags, I was surprised at both the small size and small price tag of the SLG.

Upon getting it home and examining it's function, it appeared to be very similar to an E-mag, in that the spool valve is retained by sear pressure, and the sear is tripped via solenoid.

I fortunately had a tank that was still "good" for another couple of months before needing a hydro, so I gassed up the gun and dug out my old Halo hopper. After ripping a hopper full of paint through the marker in my back yard I have come to several conclusions.

1. The SLG is a far better marker than the $1000 - $2000 markers of 6 years ago. My Empire Intimidator was top of the line when it came out, but this SLG is far and away a better marker. I'm not sure about the current crop of Timmys, but I'd put the SLG up against any of the older "top of the line" markers with confidence.

2. I'm not spoiled with the current crop of super markers. I simply have no experience with any of them. The SLG does more, better than the best markers available when I was playing regularly. Unless the top of the line markers have improved dramatically in the last 5 years or so, I'd say the SLG's price-value beats anything produced. If I had one of these little guys back then, I'd have a top of the line tourney marker for the price of a spyder.

3. There is no electropneumatic solenoid valve. Big whoop. There is nothing wrong with a mechanical sear. All real machine guns use sears without issue. There is no compelling reason to over-engineer a gun to include an EPS valve when a sear will yield the same results downrange (lots of paint, quickly).

I was also happy to see that the gun used Autococker threads for the barrel. I had a Stiffi Switch kit lying around from my Timmy, and it fits the SLG, so that was pleasant. The carbon fiber barrel makes the SLG even lighter.

Finally, with age comes wisdom and humility. At 36, I don't care what's "cool" anymore. I don't buy name brand clothes or shoes, and my car isn't a chick magnet. I can look at this marker objectively from a standpoint of "what's it do that my old gear doesn't?"

For me, it does what I expect a modern tournament grade marker to do. Be small, light, fast, attractive and reliable. It does all these things at an entry-level marker price point.


Now for the "bad".

I would like to have seen them use regular ASA threads to attach the reg o the body. This means that you will need to buy an adapter to use any standard regs with the gun. I like to keep a spare reg with me when I play, because it's easier than a complete rebuild in the field. Since I already have a bunch of regs, there is no incentive for me to buy another one. I opted for the adapter.

Also, I'd prefer the grip frame and feed neck be made from metal, rather than polymer. It would increase the weight slightly, but I just like the feel of a metal frame. It's a minor gripe, mostly because I'm old-fashioned.

The stock ASA mounts directly below the grip frame. I'm used to running a drop forward. I had to attach a drop forward and a different ASA in order for the marker to feel "right", but since this is entirely subjective, some players might prefer the stock configuration.

None of these minor gripes should deter you from trying the marker.
Conclusion: This marker is a fraction of the cost of top of the line tournament markers from 5 years ago. It's performance matches or exceeds those out dated tourney markers. Technology has advanced so much in the last 5 years that what was once cutting edge features and performance can be had for entry level prices. I'm very impressed with this marker.

I'm giving it a 10/10 based on value alone. For the price of a good tank and a good hopper, you can get a marker that flat-out rips.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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