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sftczazie Monday, September 10th, 2012
Period of
Product Use:
6 months15 of 16 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
98 Custom
Viewloader Orion.
Marker Setup: Tippmann X7 Phenom with a 16 Inch J&J ceramic fult tilt and a nitrogen tank
Recommended
Upgrades:
New barrel: preferably a J&J
Strengths: Low Price
Fairly light weight
It comes in red?
Pretty Accurate
Ambidextrous cocking handle
Weaknesses: Recoil
Durability
Lack of upgrade options.
Hard to take apart.
Review: I got this marker because I wanted a cheap, light marker for my little sister and I must say that it fits both of those characteristics perfectly. She loves it to death.

However, I do want to point out a few things about it.

The good~

1. Price and performance: I was able to pick a refurbished version for $45 and it was an absolute steal, but even at $70 brand new it's still worth the money. It's pretty much comparable to a 98 custom in terms of performance on most things and only costs about half as much.

2. Weight: This gun is extremely light compared to any other gun I've ever held. My Phenom is about 4 pounds without anything on it and this thing is a mere 2 pounds. I could tell the difference almost immediately just by walking around with it for a few minutes. You'd be surprised how much a little bit of weight can matter.

3. Ambidextrous cocking handle: Not a big thing really, but I'm left-handed and am used to having the cocking handle of the left side of the gun( like with the 98 custom) ,so it was nice seeing a gun that had it on the top instead.

The bad~

Recoil: Now, I know that most of the important internals are the same as the 98's and that gun is known for having a relatively high kick( I have one, I know), but for some off reason it seems like it's a lot worse with this gun. Couldn't tell you why, it just seems that way.
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Durability: Okay, so this gun is cheap and light because it's made mostly of plastic, which isn't a bad thing in and of itself. However, it does raise questions about whether you could take it in the woods without worrying about accidentally bashing it into a tree and breaking the outer colored shell.

Even though this outer shell doesn't actually house the internals (They're in a separate hard plastic body underneath), breaking it could be a serious problem since it's the only thing keeping the linking arm in place. In my opinion, this is a serious design flaw, but oh well, they needed to cut costs I guess so if you want to purchase one then just remember to be gentle with it.
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Disassembly:

Alight, after having been the proud owner of a 98 custom for 3 years( rumored to be the most annoying marker to open up in all paintball history), I thought that I'd mastered opening up paintball markers and was therefore an expert in the area; I was wrong.

This gun has to be the most difficult one I've encountered yet. There are countless tiny little screws everywhere , plus, my personal favorite: sharp edges so you can slice your fingers into pieces. Basically, it's not fun to open up. I must have cut myself 2 or 3 times the first( and only) time I opened it up.

Lack of upgrades:
Pretty self explanatory, you really can't add anything to this marker besides a barrel and a new hopper.





Conclusion:

Basically, I did point out a lot of annoying problems that I had with this marker, yet even with all of it's faults I would still recommend it to any newer player looking for a cheap gun with Tippmann 98 custom like performance. Although, if you can afford it, then I would suggest you go with the latter.
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

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