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TimberWolf Monday, June 2nd, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month20 of 20 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
Less than a month
Similar
Products Used:
None - I am a total newbie
Marker Setup: A-5 Response Trigger, 20oz co2
Recommended
Upgrades:
* 20 oz co2 w/butt stock and cover
Strengths: *Functional iron sights
*Reliable
*Durable and solid
*Ease of maint
* Cyclone feeder
Weaknesses: *Bit of a gas hog
*Short front handle
*Flat edge on hopper
Review: I am a total newbie to this sport, but not to guns. This thing feels and shoots like a real gun (even looks remarkably real). I even like the "single" trigger - feels more like a real trigger to me and made me feel right at home. Since I have experienced no other markers, I am not biased (I have shot others that belonged to my friends, but only a few tiimes and never in combat).

Having read the reviews from others here, I half expected to not be able to hit the broad side of a barn with the stock barrel. Boy was THAT wrong! This thing shoots great right out of the box. I was able to hit soda cans at 50 feet with a SINGLE SHOT. Granted, accuracy fades proportionally as distance is increased, so perhaps that is what the others meant.

We play scenario-style CTF in very thick woods. Seldom are targets encountered at great distances. In those cases, I would just lay down a lot of fire and advance (and boy this thing can lay down an amazing amount of suppression fire).

Two of my four kills this past weekend were when I was laying down and using the sights, and in both cases, a single paintball was used. This marker fits my style of playing like a glove! You can use wolf-tactics very effectively due to having real sights that really work good, or you can stand your ground in heavy shootouts by using short, fast bursts. An EXTREMELY versitile weapon, much like it's real world counterpart, the MP5. Also like the MP5, it can be shouldered for a tight, accurate shot, or pistolled like a handgun when in pursuit or being chased. Especially useful in CTF since as the flag carrier, you are usually holding the flag with one hand. I made a kill on a friend that was chasing me in just that fashion.

The marker seemed light to me, but not having owned others and having experienced real guns, I don't see it's wight as an issue unless you have a long march to the battlefield, which we do (about 20 mins). The metal ring on the back is very easy to clip on a sling. A very solid weapon that just feels right when I hold it.

The front grip is short. It doesn't fit in my (somewhat large) hand well, but that didn't bother me much; it was when I was laying on the ground trying to line up a shot, it would have helped a lot if it had been a bit longer. As it is, I had to prop my left fist under it to elevate the barrel - no big deal, really, but I'll be getting a better one when they come out.

To date, I have fired approx 3000 rounds through this baby without a single mishap or chop. Very easy to disassemble, but each time I take it apart after playing, it is sqeaky clean on the inside - no paint anywhere, even though the outside was covered with it. This brings up another good feature: the entire marker is enclosed. There is no entry point for dirt, paint, etc, except right down the barrel, and no annoying hammer/cocker to hit your face or thumb.

It's true what they say about the front (flat) edge on the hopper being a paint magnet. I took a direct hit there (no damage whatsoever to the hopper) which by our rules, constitutes a kill, so I was dead. Had it been more rounded, it would have deflected the shot, which MAY have then hit me, but it's definitely gonna break when it hits it as is on the hopper.

It does use a little more juice than say my friend's tweaked-out Spyder E99. But this last time I used a 20oz aluminum tank and had no problems. Previous times I was using a 14oz, that always ran out before anyone else.

You might want to get a chrono, though, mine was set to 305fps (+/- 5) from the factory, which might explain some of the gas usage since I only fixed it (280fps) this weekend.

One thing I noticed, and this may be my own ignorance, but it seems that when I wanted sustained auto fire with the response trigger, it would only go a couple of seconds. I couldn't lay on it and empty a hopper, which is no big deal for me and my style of play, but others should take note. There were NO problems in combat shooting frequent bursts, just didn't seem to like sustained (which I only tried when practicing). But for all _I_ know, this may be normal for a RT.

Overall I am VERY impressed with this product and am happy I made the purchase. I will probably get a better barrel eventually, but I am not in a hurry. There are enough upgrades available that I feel this is a gun that can grow with me as I get better.

Since I never have and likely never will play speedball, etc, I cannot speak to the marker's performance in those applications, but out in the woods, it is taken VERY seriously by your enemies!

The quality and thought that went into designing this marker are obvious at the onset, and become more so as you use it in combat.

So that's the total newbie's view on this thing - hope someone finds it useful.

-TimberWolf (June 2, 03)

Conclusion: I bought the gun, read the manual, set it up, entered the woods and began killing! No malfunctions or mishaps, no surprises, just good quality fun. I am very pleased and would recommend this to anyone who plays woodsball.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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