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MrCSASC Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 98 Custom w/ 14" Barrel
Marker Setup: Tippmann A5
Response Trigger
Low Profile Hopper
Tippmann 16" Sniper Barrel
Remote Line
Recommended
Upgrades:
Expansion Chamber Kit for CO2 Users
Strengths: Durable
Easy to strip/assemble
Many customization options


Weaknesses: Stock Barrel has limited range and accuracy
Stock Hopper is pretty bulky
Review: Right out of the box, I was very impressed with this marker. I fired a few paintballs to confirm the marker worked, then I stripped/assembled it several times. Compared to my Tippmann 98, this was extremely easy.

The stock barrel worked well at close range, but as expected was pretty much ineffective past 40 feet at a velocity of 285. Being a Tippmann marker, I recommend upgrading to a Flatline Barrel (for those who aren't big Flatline fans, a 14" barrel would be a good option too. No opinion on APEX at this point)

The Cyclone Feed System, combined with the Response Trigger, gives this marker the ability to pump out the paint. I didn't encounter a single ball break (after firing +/- 1000 paintballs) and a 20 oz CO2 tank lasted me for about 800 shots. Again, velocity was about 285 FPS with the 16" barrel on.

One upgrade I got right away was the Low Profile X7 Hopper. The Stock hopper was all right, but proved to be a large target.

One thing I didn't mention as a strength or weakness was the loudness of the marker, as this can fall into either category. Personally for me I like the loudness, though for the stealthier paintball player this would obviously be a bad thing.

Conclusion: Great marker, no mechanical issues whatsoever at this point. I don't have much else to say, having only been to the field with it once. I give it an 8 as nothing is perfect, and though only a minor problem, the above mentioned stock parts that come with the marker should be upgraded to improve the marker's performance even further.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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