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Unregistered User Wednesday, April 17th, 2002
Period of
Product Use:
3 years
More than 5 years
Products Used:
Raptors, F4's, Model 98's
Marker Setup: ICD Thundercat with Smart Parts 14" Teardrop barrel, WGP Autococker regulator, ICD Raised Sight Rail, fully polished internal metallic parts, custom trigger job (zero slop, short pull)
For accuracy a barrel is a must. Nothing else is really needed.
Strengths: Easily field-stripped (no tools long as your cocking lug isn't too tight). Machined from solid block aluminum (much more durable than guns that have cast or stamped the Model 98). Extremely quiet...I've read a few places that this is the quietest paintgun ever made, and I believe it. With a ported barrel, this gun is AWESOME for sniping (from ten feet away, the gun isn't much louder than a whisper). Dual ASA connections make air system configurations unlimited (Back bottle, vertical bottle, bottomline, quick connect, gas-thru stock, whatever you can imagine you can mount on this gun).
Weaknesses: ICD barrel stock barrel never loosened, but my Smart Parts barrel wouldn't stay tight. Loctite fixed that. My other gripe is ICD Customer Service...asking ICD any questions via email is like playing Russian Roulette; they may answer, but most likely you won't hear anything back at all.
Conclusion: Most people that reviewed this gun said it would be great for a beginner because it's easy to use and maintain...I agree. But the real beauty of this marker lies in more subtle features. It may be the quietest paintgun on the market (I personally think it is THE quietest)...throw an aftermarket barrel on this gun and you have a compact paintgun that's great for sniping. Even if this gun's retail price doubled, I would still buy it. Great for a beginner because of the durability/reliability and great for the veteran that likes to do some long range sniping because it's quiet and deadly accurate with an aftermarket barrel. Too bad ICD Customer Service is kind of inconsistent.
9 out of 10

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