The autococker would be the closest comparative pneumatic semi-marker. I have had about 8 different cockers of the years and don't own any currently (does that say anything?) Cockers are great if you wnat to tinker with your marker all the time,a dn you can deal with down time. But if you want a marker that works, the Blazer is the one. (can there be only one?)
Which one? oh for the purposes of this review, my blazer is completely stock aesthetically speaking. I will list the additions:
bottom line stabe on a stock
original (really old) wooden PMI grips (similar to SP, but natural wood)
cut, polished nickle, named sight hood (Charity)
shocktech LP chamber
*" BOA barrel (although there is absolutely nothting wrong with my stock brass 10.5" barrel
I recently started using a ricochet2k on her
I normaly use a 16oz "pinaple" anti-siphon tank, though I have a couple different HPA's for cold temps and for easier fills at tournies. (I prefer co2)
I also tinkered and got a small pressure guage on the back of my rock (on a 90 degree elbow)
Upgrades... Let me start by saying that contrary to the popular misconception - the Blazer trigger is not bad. It is not too heavy nor is it sloppy at all. My blazer is one of the originals (SN BZ006), and it's trigger was a bit heavy at first, and I did get s Pro-touch trigger job about a year after I had it (mostly cause I had an extra hundred bucks and wnated to see teh difference). If you are a double finger trigger person (I am not), then I recommend that you do NOT get a PTTJ.
Other than aesthetics (ano and other eye-candies), I would say the next thing to get after you decide on a blazer (bone stock) is a stabe. Maybe in conjunction with a bottom line setup if you play that way, but that too is a personal preference.
What would you expect from the man that invented the pneumatic automation system. With the capability to have a extremely high rate of fire, this thing can spray with the best of the JAE's (Just Another Electro). The problem there is - what kind of hopper can feed it that fast? Not even a force system like a warpfeed, since it won't work on such a smooth working marker like the blazer without some special modifications.
The Blazer is always being fine tuned and even though mine is one of the first ones available, I still love it. There has been many updates to teh base system over the last few years and it is alwasy being developed. It started as teh culmination of what was learned from making Typhoons from scratch over may years previous to the release of the Blazer.
hmmm... Other than the comments about it being ugly (which I disagree with), or that it is a chopped off looking cocker, or that it is just another cocker clone (which as I aluded to earlier is just the opposite if reality) - The only things that I can see that might be considered bad is that more people don't know about them. Palmers doesn't do much advertising and as a matter of fact, if I hadn't interceded and created palmer-pursuit.com, and given it to them, it may not be around today. - and I guess there is the possible issue of teh short-stroking. Some people just don't know how to shoot a two stage trigger (and therefore they can't shoot a cocker either). no trigger flutterers allowed.
The Blazer is, in my opinion, the best marker for the money. A bone stock blazer is ready to take out of the box, gass up, load up and play in a tourney. There is not much choice to upgrades, but you don't need to upgrade stuff that is already industry standard in 3rd party upgrades for other markers.
If you do upgrade, get a stabe, then deal with the trigger feel next (double finger trigger, OR the PTTG).