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amhildreth Friday, March 14th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
More than 5 years1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Sheridan PMI1-DF, NSG Splatmaster
Marker Setup: Cooper-T EZ Pull bolt, rear VA, oversized CO2 change knob
CO2 speed-changer, rear velocity adjuster, speed-loader
Strengths: The older PGP is very well built. The brass and metal construction make for a very solid-feeling shooter. Very accurate for such a small barrel. Compact size. Fairly conservative on CO2 (25-30 shots before dropoff). Great for tight situations, with no hopper to take a hit on or bump. Very little ball breakage, and if you do bust one inside, it's easy to squeegee out. Many aftermarket parts and mods still available to suit your style of play. Holsters easily. Short pump-stroke. Paints chambers with only a slight rearward tilt. Barrel is easy to polish for increased accuracy. It feels like yer shootin' somethin', son!
Weaknesses: without aftermarket speed-changer, 12 gram changes take too long while under fire. Stock bolt makes for stiff cocking until broken in properly. Needs a rear velocity adjuster, unless you enjoy clipping/shimming springs. Stock feeder-tube cap not quick to use, and easy to lose on the field. Valve system can only be removed with special Sheridan valve tool, and can be pretty complicated to reassemble once removed. Efficiency not as good as some markers, due to increased internal air path. Short pump stroke is cumbersome for some users. Marker is heavier compared to others in its size class. With no spring-assist, marker must be tipped back while cocking to chamber a ball. Most need to have the barrel polished for maximum accuracy. Field stripping for cleaning takes more time than other markers.
Conclusion: Built like a small tank, but much easier to carry. The PGP can take extended periods of abuse, and still throw paint like a champ. It's great for any type of game, fits right in with stock-class rules, and works well for speedball applications by helping to improve snapshooting and bunkering. As long as you clean it out at the end of the day and drop some oil in it, this is one of the few markers available that will be a dependable field friend for as long as you play. I've had mine for 7 years, and I'd never give it up.
9 out of 10

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