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HampsterFist Monday, April 25th, 2011
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Stock Ion bolt (did my research, did not bother with wasting money on any other bolts on the market, though the DeadlyWind HollowPoint did Pique my interest at one point)
Marker Setup: SP Ion XE - Virtue Board, TechT lvl.7v2 Bolt, 360 QEV, CP Shorty Reg, CP Sling Blade Trigger, CP Clamping Feed neck, CP Barrel .689, 8" Custom Drop Forward, Empire Reloader-B, ACI Bulldog 68/4500
Strengths: Light weight, free flowing design with increased firing chamber volume.
Weaknesses: No installation instructions included. Go surf youtube for install vids.
Review: Ok I'll start with the bad, I believe it's imperative to be critical on everything you review to be fair.

Packaging is lack luster, no cool looking box, and comes with no instructions... and thats about it.... now if this is going to turn you away from this product being it's only weakness... then you have failed in identifying a quality part.

Outside of that we'll start with the actual bolt design. You'll notice it appears as though someone took a stock bolt and cut the entire middle out of it. Well technically that's what has happened. TechT patented a back plug that allows air to flow from it through their design and at the same time decided to lighten the bolt to an extreme level by simply removing what became an unnecessary part - the entire mid section of the bolt.

Aside from the weight reduction, if you stare that the bolt's airflow passages you'll see 3 wide air passages that are designed to pass a large amount of air through, vs many little holes which result in somewhat stopping up air due to all the resistance. What we have here is an extremely low pressure bolt.

Now after staring at the 3 pieces the bolt came with and staring at the stock Ion Bolt, I figured out the install, but for my own peace of mind I youtube'd an install video. Once the bolt was properly lubed up and installed I conducted a firing test in my backyard. Oh forgot to mention, install takes about... 2min or less. Ya everything is ezpz once you know what you're looking to do.

Playing with the settings on my board I started my dwell settings on the minimum of 1, and of course it wouldn't fire, not enough dwell. But what I found was I didn't have to adjust too far from that to begin laying down uncapped ramped up ropes. My dwell settled at 9 at first where I was comfortable with the way it shot, and promptly found myself emptying an alarming amount of paint in an unbelievable short amount of time... for a firing test.

On field the next day at SC Village I found myself chrono'd at 278 with a +/- no greater then 4, and found the Dwell setting held ok at 9 at about 160psi. Played the entire day without any chops (even turned the eyes off, but I did that mainly to see if it was time to buy a new hopper, found my Reloader-B was holding up well enough =P).

Overall I noticed a quieter firing operations, however a louder dry fire, dunno what that means. Also noticed my Ion was just blazing through paint. As a matter of fact I shot soo much that I thought I found a flaw in my dwell because I started getting sick drop off, but it turned out that I simply killed my cheap Rayovac battery (switching to Energizer lol). After resolving the battery issue, it was back to dwell setting at 9 and back to work. In total I blew through 2 cases of paint (expensive yes I know) plus old paint we had wanted to get rid of (old paint.. is old... so did not shoot ropes with crap paint, still fast but inaccurate).

Note, with dwell set at 9 I did notice a bit of drop off, I later settled my final dwell settings to 12 where I found my Ion shooting a bit better two weeks later after a few times out on field with it. The Lvl 7v2 bolt has allowed me to drop my dwell settings very low on my virtue board, and I cannot find any issues that are negatives with this bolt. Nothing but positive gains performance wise.
Conclusion: If you're serious about upping your Ion, and for some ridiculous reason want to rough it out with an Ion over the markers they sell today, then I'd say you have no choice but to buy this bolt. Combine this bolt with a good QEV and a good Board and what you have created is an Ion on PCP, Crack, and Meth because it will do things that Smart Parts probably did not intend it to do. Such as keep up with high end markers rates of fire (you'll need a good board to squeeze the best performance out of this bolt, otherwise stock board + this bolt won't really net you many gains in the ROF department, but should allow you to lower your gun's input pressure).
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 10:18 pm PST
 

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