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ben_JD Wednesday, March 26th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
E-Mag; Angel
Marker Setup: Cut 'n' Carve X-Mag;
Evil Pipe barrel system;
Halo B (TE); and
AGD Flatline HPA regulator
Recommended
Upgrades:
Extremely fast hopper
Strengths: Lightweight;
REALLY gentle on paint;
Ridiculous rates of fire;
AntiChop eye; and
Modular breech.
Weaknesses: A little inefficient on air, but not abusively so.
Review: AGD's E-Mag hit the scene about 2 years too late. At the time (and still) it was the only high-end marker that did not rely on its electronics to function, but actually allowed the player to switch from pure electronic mode to mechanical mode in the event of a battery failure or uncommon electronics mishap.

The ability to switch back and forth from electronic to mechanical was fantastic, and the rates of fire accomplished with this marker were unreal. But, deserved or not, the E-Mag was still plagued with the reputation as a ball-chopping machine that leaned a little to the heavy side.

Things have changed...

AGD is now producing in numbers sufficient to whet the appetite of the paintball public the new X-Mag (fka, the "E-Mag Extreme"). Take everything loved about the E-Mag , change everything that was found lacking and Tom Kaye gives us the X-Mag. Where the E-Mag was too heavy, the X-Mag is one of the lightest markers on the planet (weighing in at a few ounces UNDER the Fly Angel). Where the E-Mag was considered to be a chopper, the X-Mag combines the ingenious Level 10 modification (available to EVERY SINGLE marker made by AGD) which independently eliminates the ability of the marker to chop a paintball with an electronic Anti-Chop Eye (ACE) to give us a marker that might see 20 or 30 cases of paint without a single chopped ball.

What is the result? A marker almost as light as air with a stock trigger pull of 1/2 of a millimeter (adjustable down to 1/3 if you need); rates of fire that other markers can only attain in their dreams; and the ability to pound paint downrange without the thought of a squeegee. Also, the CnC milling on this marker is elegant and aggressive; certainly a plus for those folks who actually care how their markers look.

Also, for those of you who like your Warp Feeds, just unscrew the Cocker-threaded barrel, pull out the vertical, no-rise breech module and replace it with a side-feeding Warp Feed module (right or left) and continue the party.

Conclusion: Is this the finest marker available right now? Probably. And for the price, it is without a doubt a necessary consideration for all those interested in a product that works and works well.

AGD is still getting their production numbers up, but expect to see a lot more of these markers VERY soon...if you are lucky, you'll see it in your own marker-bag.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, March 26th, 2003 at 2:25 pm PST
 

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