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Drewbie Saturday, July 10th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 months
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Tippman A5
Tippman 98
Spyder (something...)
Random REALLY old guns (circa 1997 rentals)
Marker Setup: Azodin Kaos
Pure Energy 70ci 4500psi carbon tank
Psiworx Pro3 Remote
Tippman SSL0-200 Loader
Strengths: Price
Colour & finish
Light weight
Weaknesses: I guess it's loud, but not enough to worry about.
Review: I am very impressed with this gun. After seeing me play with this multiple people have gone out to buy one; it's that good (and I'm not so don't think that they're confusing a good gun with a good user)
You might think the low price means it's crap. Oh boy are you wrong!
This thing is very light, takes autococker threaded barrels and standard ASA threads (unlike spyders which it is a "clone" of) and shoots great!

I've done target practice with my friend who has an A5 with 16" barrel and we have identical range and accuracy up to and including 60ft+. No complaints.
This is further backed up by playing against other people with A5s who I meet on the field. If they can hit me I can hit them and vice versa.

Feedneck issues? I've read the other reviews and I don't know what people are having problems with. Are they just wimpy? I dont' know. I'm 31 years old and not a wimp so I've never had any problems tightening the hopper onto the gun to the point that I can hold it by the hopper with no fear it'll come loose. Perhaps the o-rings on the Tippman SSL-200 make the difference thanks to the added compression and friction they create? Probably... I can see how a standard plastic non-threaded, non-o-ring hopper might not be gripped as well. But I also think there's probably a good degree of user error involved too.

Paint breaking? Over 6000 rounds shot and not a single break. No complaints.
Disclosure: Only paint I've used is Marballizer and XO Industries cheap stuff (purple or green brittle-ish shells).

Paint rolling out of the barrel? Not a single one. The dual detents are identical to the ones on $300+ markers and they work perfectly.

Maintenance & cleaning? So easy a child could do it. I use the allan key used for adjusting the velocity to push down on the trigger while sliding the stricker in to avoid stressing/destroying the o-ring. Works like a charm with the bolt out and is stupidly easy!

Air efficency? Don't know. I bought a huge tank so that I don't have to worry about it :)

Noise? It's a paintball gun... do you expect it to be quiet? If so, buy something else.

How does it compare to other guns? Playing today I went up against others with protos, inverts, BTs, Tippmans, and maybe a Spyder or two. I had no trouble against anyone with any of the other guns and we all traded paint without issue... Point-shoot-splat!
We play at 280fps max and semi-auto only so perhaps that makes a difference? I don't know but I'm extremely satisfied with this marker.

Conclusion: I want to be very clear and state that I play "woodsball". I have no interest in speedball and if you do you should look at an e-marker (like the Azodin Blitz). This gun does fire as fast as I can pull the trigger with no problems but I can't pull it 20+ times per second.
That being said, this gun 100% matches my friends A5's with upgraded barrels with regards to distance and accuracy. My gun costs less, is easier to maintain, takes all sorts of standard parts, weighs less, and has a much smaller profile.
Unless you want to get into the whole "I look like an army guy" or you HAVE to have a flatline barrel there is no good reason to choose an A5 or Custom 98 (or comparable) gun over the Azodin Kaos.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, July 10th, 2010 at 3:50 pm PST
 

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