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RandyLCD Sunday, April 13th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month15 of 16 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
None
Marker Setup: M3 Black Dragon LCD, VL Revolution, JT Proteus II, 20 Oz Co2.
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel Upgrades...Immediately! Go with a Teardrop or Freak Barrel System. Get a VL Revolution hopper with your purchase.
Strengths: Ultra Fast Shot, Very Solid, The LCD is very nice...Easy to switch between modes!
Weaknesses: The Barrel is pretty weak. I would get an upgrade very fast!
Review: Well, here goes

Out of the box:
WOW...It was very impressive. It came in a black case with "Black Dragon" on the front. I opened it up and it looked awesome...Remember this was my first paintball marker. It seemed pretty light and looked very solid!

Cosmetics:
The gun is very shiny and looks very impressive. I like the PSI gauge on the markers handle. I'm not real crazy about the sight on the marker. The hopper connection is in the way and it was pretty difficult to aim. I really thought that the gun was easy to take apart, the batterys are easy to add and remove. The LCD display is very easy to read...Even on the field and in the sun. It has a shot counter, timer, maybe some other modes I have not used yet. You can set it between "Semi" mode, "Multi" mode, "Nitro" mode, and "Auto" mode. All you do is push one of the two button on the back of the handle and you can switch very quickly. Also the safety is another feature that is electronically controlled...I was pretty impressed!

First Test:
I took it to a local field to get it tested "FPS "Feet Per Second" and the CO2 tank loaded. The marker fired 279 fps out of the box...So I was pretty impressed, and it is very easy to adjust. At this point I was very happy with my choice and purchase. I did chop a ball the first day but it was because I was shooting full auto mode and I forgot to turn on my Revolution hopper...It was my fault. Since then I have not chopped a ball in over 800 rounds.

First Day at Woodsball:
I did have an advantage over the house gun players. The gun shoots ultra fast on "Semi" Mode. In fact the ref told me that I would have to sit out because he thought that I was shooting with this gun on "Auto" mode...I explained it to him and he was ok with it.

I would get a new barrel. I got into a few situations where the paintballs would vary by 3 to 4 feet from center on a 40 to 50 yard shot. The marker would typically fire straight however I would not say that it is ultra accurate out of the box...I mean this barrel is much better than you would find over a house gun but I would get an upgrade. For example I had a situation where I was behind a hay barrel and I had 3 guys from the other team firing at me from behind another hay barrel 30 yards away. I hit two of the guys...But only because the paint rounds would actually curve around the barrel and hit the other player...Don't get me wrong he was only a few inches behind the barrel but I found my self trying to compensate for the poor accuracy (Probably wasting 20 to 30 rounds of paint trying to find the angle)...I plan on a barrel upgrade very soon!

Conclusion: Overall,

I loved the gun, I probably should give this gun a 9 out of 10 but for the price of $209.00 it is a great value...Even though the barrel could use some work. I would get this gun if you have the money...I really like it a lot!

Thanks!
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, April 13th, 2003 at 8:50 pm PST
 

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