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ssgohan Wednesday, February 14th, 2001
Strengths: This gun is very consistent, accurate, and it is made by palmers. What is so great about palmers? First off the warranty is great. Also Glenn Palmer is always willing to take care of his "babies". The stock barrel is terrific. I mean, the barrel is comparable to other high end barrels such as the boomstick or freak. I personally think it would look nicer if it was ss but I am probably wrong. I totally trust Palmer. The bolt is very simple to remove. Cleaning is a breeze. The reg is great. Another great thing is the fact that it is actually recommended to use Co2. That i love. Try to get a anti-siphon tank though. This gun is the best in the $300-$600 range. It is a lot better then the autococker(no offense cocker users). Anyone considering the autococker, RT, or mag check this one out.
Weaknesses: Ok, first off there is very little wrong with this gun. However, it does have a few problems but so does every gun. First of all, the stock trigger pull is HEAVY. It is somewhat compensated by the fact that the pull is really short. For anyone who owned a cocker for a while this is not for you. This gun is not at all tinker friendly. If you tinker with it the warranty is VOIDED. So don't do it!!!! Just send it back to Palmers and they will fix it for you. That is another thing, don't give this to any other airsmiths except the ones at Palmers. Once again, if you do the warranty is voided. Since it does have to be sent in if there is a problem i recommend a backup gun. Although i have not experienced any bolt problems, I have heard of them. I don't know if these rumors are true or not but be warned. Also this is not upgradeable outside of Palmers shop. The stock barrel is loud as hell!!!!
Conclusion: This gun is the best i have shot in my life. However, i do recommend that you get a few upgrades for it(don't be leave this out of your choices because it is the only gun i would go to a tournament with stock. these are only RECOMMENDATIONS). To help with the trigger I got the Pro Touch trigger job($80). For even better consistency i got the male stabilizer w/ bottomline($125). To compensate for the volume of the barrel i would get spiral porting($32 i think). I got a 12 in. upgrade from the 10.5 in. barrel just cuz i thought that 10.5 is a little short(I used to use a 18 in. boomstick)($15). Also get the barrel matching for even better accuracy than if it was stock($20. Highly recommended). If you add up all of it with the stock price($400) it comes out to $672. W/ those upgrades this gun is as good if not better than any cocker you can think of. However, a Palmers is not for everyone. Like i mentioned before it is not for tinkering cocker users. Anyone who likes to tinker w/ their guns DO NOT BUY THIS!!!!! You will break it and void the warranty. Palmers will not fix it then and you will be screwed. So do not buy it if you tinker. For Newbies who do not have a curious nature and have deep pockets i do recommend this. However, if you are a newbie who is still trying to decide if you are dedicated or not don't get this. This is not a gun to be stored away. It is too nice to be collecting dust. Not too mention the $400 down the drain. This is a great tourney gun. I am surprised that not many teams use these. In conclusion, this is a great gun. You have to buy it.
10 out of 10

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