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AznPballr Friday, March 8th, 2002
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Marker Setup: E-Matrix w/ pmi 68ci nitro w/ remote setup, gas thru stock, smoke ricochet

grey 1999 F4 Illustrator w/ a cp flame drop foreward (silver), aci chrome double trigger frame, venturi bolt, 6 stage sub zero expansion chamber, smart parts all american (16'') barrel
Recommended
Upgrades:
barrel!!!!!
expansion chamber, remote, or anti siphon tank
Strengths: Hmm whats good about this gun...
The F4s got a great valve... i can play all day w/o having to refill my 14 oz tank.
Works well on CO2, which is a BIG plus. It's also got a unique cocking setup, in which you pull a back knob in the sight rail. It's pretty much just a top cocking setup with a cocking sight rail screwed on top of it. The main benefit of this is that dirt and paint etc. cannot enter the gun, plus it looks cool, too :). Anodizing and milling look good as well. Field stripping is easy, too, but be sure not to stick the bolt in upside down (the side w/ 2 holes goes down). Nice new trigger shoe that makes shooting much easier and faster is also included. In my opinion much better than spyders that are in the same price range. Also, with the setup i had above, looks absolutely bad ass!!
Weaknesses: Comes with a ball chopping open faced bolt; buy the venturi (which will reduce ball breaks and give maybe 20 feet more range). Stock barrel SUCKS. It's just like an aluminum pvc pipe with muzzle break. It's also large bore, making shooting common medium bore paintballs even more inaccurate. The all american i got with it is an huge improvement. Trigger frame is composite. I know it's strong and all, but it just feels cheap (speaking of cheap, the stock grips are plastic). Velocities somewhat erratic if you don't get something that eliminates liquid CO2.
Conclusion: For the price, it's a very good buy. Miniscule compared to the E-Matrix, but then again my Matrix setup was around 900 bucks, while an F4 setup (with much needed new barrel) is only around 200. What you get with the F4 is a tight looking, easy to maintain, reliable, good performing paintball gun.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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