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Unregistered User Monday, December 3rd, 2001
Period of
Product Use:
1 year1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Air America Raptor 3000psi. First used a 114ci tank remote, then when it was time to hydro test the tank, switched it to 68ci tank. Simple design, tough ss construction. Had to use an aftermarket cradle when I switched to on-gun.

Marker Setup: SFL with AA Messiah @ 300psi input. AA Armageddon 68ci 4500psi, no drop forward, set at 800psi.
Palmer Cocker same, except AA Vigilante @ 340psi input.

Lapco barrels (AS or BS depending on paint size). 12V Revies.
Strengths: Lighter than the old, all stainless steel Apocalypse system, esp. with the new carbon bottles. Yet it's still really sturdy and well made, even with the aluminum body (internals are still ss). Leak free design.

Far easier to access for cleaning and lubing than that old system too (no tools needed to get into the main body, only one nut to disassemble with an allen key to get into the arm section).

Easy to adjust output pressure with an allen key, yet the nut is recessed so a tournament cap is unnecessary.

Comes with its own mounting rail (Apocalypse dovetail). Gauges are big and easy to read (more on the bottle gauge below).

First-rate flow and recovery characteristics. I'm a firm believer in double regulation for best performance (I always use this system in conjunction with an AA Messiah or Vigilante). But the Armageddon is a very fine single regulation system (the Armageddon is not double regulated).

Current version now has an on/off valve.

Bottle can be removed or installed even under full pressure.

Air America the company - will completely support its customers. For example, I stripped the thread on the regulator output. Totally my fault, wasn't paying attention to what I was doing. I admitted this to Air America when I asked to buy a replacement part. They didn't even ask for the part I damaged back - they simply sent out a replacement part, plus a whole box of spare o-rings and grenade pins, free of charge and NO QUESTIONS ASKED. I can't emphasize enough that Air America is a company that really supports the player.
Weaknesses: More expensive than most, but remember, you get what you pay for. The system is not made of brass. Instead, all the critical parts are constructed of stainless steel. This is top quality manufacturing so it will cost.

Like every fiber wrap bottle, the butt end (shoulder stock area) can be slippery. Use a neoprene cover with a textured rubber pad, like a Redz, to avoid the bottle slipping on your shoulder.

I don't like to use a drop forward, as I use the bottle as a shoulder stock. I like the reg to be centred directly beneath the grip frame. In order to do this and to be able to unthread the bottle, I had to switch to a smaller gauge on the bottle (larger, OEM gauge would be blocked by the grip frame). Not a big deal (switching gauges was easy and inexpensive), but something to note. If you use a drop forward (CPP and Benchmark are recommended) then this is not a problem.
Conclusion: The best high end system today. Current version is even better, with its on/off valve and lighter carbon bottle.

If you can repair a Mag, you can repair this system. It's that simple. Great performance. Light weight. Air America stands behind its products.

10 out of 10

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