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reverse edge Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
Period of
Product Use:
1 year4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
SP Ion
Invert Mini
DP Threshold
Angel A-4 Fly
PMR 07
Spyder Pilot ACS
Tippman 98 Custom
Tippman A-5
BT Alpha Black
Spyder Extra (first gen)
Spyder Victor (first gen)
Spyder MR-1 (first gen)
Marker Setup: Azodin Blitz (red)

With:
Invert Too hopper/VL Evo3 hopper
48/4500 HPA Pure Energy Stubby Tank
14" Stiffi Barrel
Recommended
Upgrades:
14" Barrel
Clamping feedneck
Strengths: Trigger
Board
Reg
Bolt
Eyes
Dove-tail
Weaknesses: Twist-feedneck
Stock barrel
Review: I run this marker with a 14" carbon-fiber barrel, 48/4500 HPA stubby-tank, and an Invert Too hopper.

The Azodin Blitz is a beast of a gun. I highly recommend it for a first gun, mostly because it doesn't need massive or expensive upgrades. It comes stock with a 12" barrel, twisting feedneck, delrin bolt, and a decent little reg.

I use this as my back-up marker, and it never disappoints.


-- Eyes, grip, and weight --
The eyes on this gun are GREAT! I've run 5,000ish rounds through this gun, and never had a ball break in the chamber. And the eye covers are pretty low profile, given that it's a $170 marker; the eyes are easy to access, and the eye covers are metal & don't scratch easily. The weight of the gun is surprisingly light for a $170 marker, and it's relatively slim-line (the grip is a tad wide, but it's definitely something you can work with and/or get used to).

-- Zen Board --
The optical LED Zen stock board is great. Very easy to use, performs well, and you can go to a local dealer and have them program new tournament modes onto the board for free. The Blitz is capped at 20BPS stock, but that can be boosted a bit with new downloaded modes, or an aftermarket board.

-- The stock trigger --
The stock trigger is nice; it allows for easy ramping, and double-taps great in semi-auto; and the trigger is adjustable. It's not quite as light a feel as some aftermarket triggers I've used, but it's a big plus that it comes with a saber trigger as a stock feature.

-- The Reg --
The stock regulator is decent too: it can get a little less than 1,500 shots with 3000 psi.

-- The stock barrel & weight--
The stock barrel was kinda loud, but nothing that can't be worked around or replaced.
Now keep in mind, this gun uses cocker-threaded barrels. So finding an after-market barrel is not difficult at all!! Just another plus to this gun.
The gun is ideal for speedball or woodsball; it has a good rate of fire, good shot consistency, and a good size and weight (the gun weighs right around 2lbs).

-- Stock bolt, accuracy, recoil --
The stock bolt is very good as well. It's a reliable delrin bolt, and it's not too loud either.
This gun also incorporates the Feather-Striker system, which drastically minimizes recoil/kick. So it's very easy to walk this gun into a target, and keep it there with ease (within a 2-4 inch grouping).

-- Twisting feedneck --
The twisting feedneck isn't terrible, but it could be better. It really depends on what type of hopper you're using. I use my Invert Too hopper, and it stays pretty stable; I may re-tighten is once every few games, but no more than that. If you use a hopper that isn't balanced, however (like the VL Eggy3), it can cause it to work loose quicker and the hopper might shift/swivel. So a clamping feedneck is a good idea if you can manage it. If not, it's not game-breaking (it's ion threaded, so it's not hard to find a cheap aftermarket clamping feedneck: might try eBay or Amazon for a good & quick deal).

-- Upgrades --
I will say after my own experiences, and reading other review experiences, I wouldn't try to upgrade this gun too heavily. If you get an after-market barrel and clamping feedneck, that should be plenty. There really aren't a lot of upgrades available for the Blitz, since Azodin is still somewhat of an under-dog brand. You can find one after-market board (I think), but this gun really doesn't need it.


***EDIT**** 2-23-12


PERIOD OF PRODUCT USE -- A little over 2 years.

The Blitz has stayed very consistent and never has let me down.

I had one instance where the Macro line came loose, but that was after a lot of use (the Blitz does use the standard black rubber lines). I contacted Azodin, and they sent me a new line AND new fittings for the reg and dove tail, very quickly and at no charge!

I have probably put close to 12,000 shots through the Blitz, and I've only had two breaks (one of which was due to a barrel with a smaller bore size, and the other was when I was using cheap paint).

I replaced the line, used some plumber's/Teflon tape around the fittings, and it was as good as new.

Battery life is about average: it doesn't eat the 9v alive, nor does it get exceptional battery life.

I have found that there is a hush bolt out now for the Blitz and Zenith, and I am considering getting one.
Most hush bolts are really mild changes for the money you pay, but from everything I've read and talked to others about, the Azodin hush bolt is actually worth it.

If I decide to get one, I will definitely update this review again after taking it for a day at the field.
Conclusion: All in all, the Blitz is a great gun for any player. If you're playing tournaments or are on a team, this is a very reliable back-up marker to have around. If you're a new-comer or rec player, this is a great first gun or primary marker. I have been recommending this to anyone who wants to get into the sport, because it is so simple to maintain and operate. And for $170, this is a no brainer!

I give this gun a 9.5 for a mid-level marker.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at 10:11 pm PST
 

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