Spyder TL Plus and Xtra, Paintball Inc. GTV1, Pirahna BL, Viewloader Genesis (POS!)
Indian Creek Designs 2K3 BKO, AKA Mitey Max, Vapor Valve, J & J Edge barrel kit, Dead On Pro 2 drop forward, Ricochet AK, Nitro Duck 68/3000 Steel
Barrel, gas through foregrip or regulator
Cheap, well made, durable, upgradeable, lightweight, nice fit and finish, ball detent
Short non-ported barrel, powerfeed, no volumizer, composite grip frame
I ordered one of these for a friend. He was on a strict budget mandated by his wife (Goggle, Tank, Hopper, Elbow, Marker and Shipping for under $100). After a bit of research, I chose the Sabotage BL because it seemed to be the best marker to fit his budget.
In the box, the first thing you notice is the very pleasing appearance of the marker. On closer inspection, I found the fit and finish to be very good, especially for the $41 I payed for it. It's painted a nice flat black with a few black anodized parts. The whole package just looks "together".
The marker is fairly easy to field strip. It requires you to remove one retaining clip, the back block pin, and finally the connecting pin. Putting it back together is a little more difficult than a Spyder or Pirahna. Since it a top cocker, the connecting pin slides in a slot located on the top of the marker body. You have to pull the connecting pin all of the way out in order to get the bolt and striker out of the body. This leads to connection issues between the bolt and striker holes when reassembling the marker. If the striker rotates just a little bit out of alignment, you can't get the pin back in. To improve on this design, I think the slot should extend all the way out of the back of the marker.
The marker shoots suprisingly well. For such a short barrel, it's fairly accurate at closer ranges. I'm sure it will drop off with distance, though. The rate of fire is pretty good. 6 bps is pretty easily attained. My single favorite thing about it is the weight. It's so light with a non-motorized hopper and a small CO2 tank. (My BKO and setup felt like a tank compared to this.)
What other marker in its class has a ball detent like an Autococker?
The marker does have a few weaknesses. First, it a powerfeed. I'm not a big fan of them, but they still work. The barrel is short and it's not ported, at all (Loud!). The trigger needs a stop. It trips the sear at the first part of the stroke and then there is a ton of excess travel. Correcting this would increase the bps enough that a motorized hopper would be a good idea. One thing it doesn't include is a volumizer, nor is there a place for one. This part really doesn't have any effect on a marker's performance unless it is downline from a good regulator, though. None of these weaknesses are really that big of a deal, in my opinion.
From an overall functionality standpoint, this marker performs very well. It has good looks, accepts lots of upgrades, and gets the job done for a small cost. This marker may very well be the best bang for the buck if you are just entering the sport. It would also function well as a back-up or loaner for your friends. This is the only under $50 marker I have found that I would recommend. All others I have ever tried don't work, chop, or break after a little use. Don't be afraid to try this one out. It has replaced the GTV1 as my favorite low cost marker.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, May 28th, 2003 at 11:15 am PST