This is my first time actually owning a marker with a blow-forward type bolt. However I have had experinces playing in several competitions with the illustrious Automag. I highly recommend this rugged gun over the Automag because of its easy feild-stripping capability and rate of fire, roughly about 8 a second at maximum when feathered, however usually only three.
I use and swear by ICD markers, especially the Desert Fox. I currently am using a double trigger, a 16 inch Armson standard barrel, a product which I also swear by, I also added some black-wooden grips to my marker for a catching appearance and better feel.
I would definately recommend a new trigger and a new barrel for this marker. I find that all stock/factory barrels, no matter what the producer, are ineffective. I would recommend personally recommend Armson or J&J Ceramic. However, one of the drawbacks to owning this marker are the lack of barrel upgrades. For the trigger, I would simply recommend the typical double finger trigger for quicker feathering and better feel.
This product is an excellent gun overall. Its balanced, accurate, rugged and upgradeable. It is reliable and easy to clean in combat. With an antti-siphon mechanism on a CO2 tank, the gun works to perfection, as well as with a Nitrogen/Compresed Air tank. It compare extremly well to the Automag and I personally believe it surpasses it in field-stripping, maintainence, and economics.
Sucks air, and a bit heavy to carry around. Thats about it!