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velociostrich Friday, July 23rd, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 98 Custom, WGP Worr Machine
Marker Setup: Normally I use a Tippmann 98, entirely stock with the exception of an 11" barrel; with this marker I used it entirely stock.
Recommended
Upgrades:
Perhaps an electronic grip frame (if they are even still available) and a regulator -- which, unfortunately would require some amount of modification of the regulator or the gun due to the fact that the gas line is contained within a rather small plastic grip.
Strengths: High parts compatibility with the 98 and other such derived Tippmann markers
Weaknesses: Relatively heavy, limited number of off-the-shelf modifications, somewhat poor construction
Review: I was initially drawn to this marker because of an absurdly low price I saw on it in a magazine ($30), and after having read the description, I was rather intrigued. The marker was falsely described as having a built-in regulator, if I recall correctly, as well as an eleven inch barrel, which some research revealed was threaded with what else but Model 98 threads. Thinking that if the marker was really no good I could use it for parts (as well as the barrel and alleged regulator), I bought it.

Taking the marker apart, I found that it was indeed but a clone of the 98 disguised in a plastic shell, which left me feeling both slightly disappointed but relieved that I would have no difficulty in locating replacement parts, if even from my 98 Custom. Furthermore, I was somewhat frustrated by the sheer number of screws that held the marker together -- cleaning the marker can take quite a while as a result.

I can say with certainty that I was rather disappointed after a few trials in the field. After what I believe was only the first or second day of play, the o-ring on the lower threaded portion of the "regulator" that screwed into the ASA was damaged and needed replacement. Not a difficult fix, but frustrating nonetheless. Later trials showed the marker to be no more efficient or stable in terms of velocity than the 98, despite the alleged regulator -- which, to my frustration, I found to be nothing more than an expansion chamber with hardly any volume inside at all. I found the marker to be highly prone to double and even triple feeding. Later, I found the trigger to be prone to "sticking" where the trigger return slide -- the small metal clip located on the rear the the trigger -- would not reset because the very tip of it would hit the sear and refuse to return fully despite the trigger being at rest. Closer inspection revealed that the trigger return slide was also heavily worn despite having hardly used the marker -- the same cannot be said for my 98 Custom which I have put at least 20 cases of paint though. I have not yet repaired the marker, though doing so would be trivial.

I did, however, find that it was no less inaccurate than my 98 Custom, which I would expect of a marker with nearly identical internals. It did seem, however, to be somewhat louder.
Conclusion: The only reason I would recommend this marker to someone would be for parts. I have not found it to be the least bit reliable, efficient, quiet, smooth, or of low recoil as I would expect of a marker priced at or around its MSRP; in short, I have been thoroughly dissatisfied by the marker's performance, but given that I paid only $30 USD for it I can't complain -- I see the purchase mainly as an eleven inch barrel with a free marker.

For those seeking a low-priced "beginner's marker", I would highly recommend looking elsewhere.
Rating:
6 out of 10Last edited on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 7:53 pm PST
 

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