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Unregistered User Monday, October 8th, 2001
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Strengths: I have a Defiant, with a Gladiator regulator and Max Attack Conquest 68/4500, if my 32degrees guage is reading correctly, which it always seemed to, my gun is shooting 290fps at 100psi or less, with a velocity average of +/- 3fps. The gun was operating around 220psi with the previous Max Attack tank, Checkit valve and a Vigilante reg, but when I first changed over to the Conquest, Gladiator reg and Vapor valve the gun was shooting in the 290fps range with pressure on the guage reading around 180psi. After putting three or four cases through the gun the required pressure to shoot in the 290fps range dropped to below 100psi. This is based on the hypothesis that my guage is reading correctly of course.

Regardless, the gun seems to have less kick and I have not noticed a decrease in shots per tank. The gun also has become a little quieter even though I shoot a Lapco Bigshot or Autospirit most of the time. Shoot down during long strings of semi-auto fire has decreased significantly as well, with paint "dropping off" very little, going by sight at least.

The only other additions/modifications to the gun during this time was a Sonic LPR adjuster to replace a previous Eclipse one, and I set the ram pressure to 90psi (approximately) with a Sonic ram guage.

I cannot attribute all the increased performance to the valve alone, since it was installed with some other new parts, but I can certainly attribute some of the increased performance to it's presence.

It has proven to be very reliable also, I am a back wall player who shoots high volume to provide cover for my team's front players and the valve has had no problems or decrease in performance over the past four months of use. There have been no leaks or other problems of any kind with the valve, or my entire setup for that matter.

Also, a friend's Defiant identical to mine, with the exception of an older Max Attack 68/4500 tank and a Sonic R.E.D. valve was requiring 220psi to shoot at 290fps, based on the assumption that his guages are reading correctly as well.

Service from Sam Smock (of Vapor fame) has also proven to be exceptional in every way.

Physically the valve is well made and smooth, without burrs or milling marks.

Weaknesses: I have had no bad experiences with the Vapor valve to this date.
Conclusion: I would reccomend the valve to any B2K or Defiant owner looking to lower his/her operating pressure and increase consistancy.

It's the best valve I've tested so far, and the price is great for the performance increase you get.
10 out of 10

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