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PaintballPimp01 Saturday, June 7th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
This could best be compared to the Nova, DarkStar and maybe an ACI Sonic Griffin.
Marker Setup: ShockTech SFL Autococker
Recommended
Upgrades:
None, please read below.
Strengths: Unique design. Light trigger. Switchable feed system.
Weaknesses: Unique design. Long trigger. Lack of upgrade availability. Bad controller boards.
Review: I had always wanted to try one of these babies out from the day I first saw an ad in APG. One day when I show up for practice at our homefield my friend (now teammate) Dan had one and was happy to hand it over to me. Why? It wasn't firing properly. That is what you do at our field. If it isn't working, hand it over to Pappy or me.

While I admire this gun for it's unique design, I also know to steer clear of it for the same reason. Taking a look back at it's predessors the AirStar Nova series and the Section 8 DarkStar, I see a gun which requires alot of work to get working properly and company that rushes a gun into production before giving it proper testing. AirStar had problems with faulty regs, and other overlooked flaws in the Novas that drove them out of business. From what I understand AirStar split, becoming Section 8 and PGI. Section 8 has since gone out of business and the DarkStars out of production. Like our buddies at these companies, PGI has released a product without first playing with it for some time...

The Mayhem's fatal flaw is the fact that it cannot even operate correctly. The board which controls the firing sequence does NOT have "de-bounce" programmed into it. There fore what you get is a "turbo"-like effect in which the gun will continue to fire a few shots after you've stopped pulling the trigger. This can make the gun VERY unsafe.

My ex-girlfriend's Sonic Griffin (sucker) uses the same Reg and frame as a Mayhem, and they share another thing in common, they both chop like a mother. I mean these things are real blenders, and it isn't anywhere as easy clean them up as it would be with an Impulse/Bushmaster or Autococker.
Conclusion: There is a reason some guns are not "main-stream". Blending paint, bad boards and a lack of upgrades will keep this marker from ever being as dependable and worthwhile and a main-stream marker of equal value.

I would suggest a similarly priced AutoMag or Bushmaster BKO as opposed to this hunk-o-junk. I advise you to stay away from the War Machine Assault 80... it looks like a decendent of the Nova as well.
Rating:
1 out of 10Last edited on Friday, February 20th, 2004 at 10:42 am PST
 

Review Comments
jeep4x4 Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003 | 3:08 am PST
Why did you give this a 1?! That's a very inaccurate rating to give such a great gun as this. You were just given a neglected marker, that's all. If you bought one brand new and kept it oiled and properly maintained like any other gun, then it works great. And for the price, why are you complaining? BTW, any gun that isn't properly maintained will break down. Paintball guns are machines with moving parts, it needs oil! Basically, before you trash this gun, try using a new one or at least one that wasn't neglected, and then give it a rating.
Last edited on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003 at 3:14 am PST
   

jeep4x4 Sunday, December 7th, 2003 | 8:59 am PST
You contradict yourself when you listed a light trigger pull as a strength, but then listed a long trigger pull as a weakness! Does NOT make any logical sense what so ever!
Last edited on Sunday, December 7th, 2003 at 9:00 am PST
   

kamacaze7030 Friday, January 9th, 2004 | 7:32 pm PST
no sense
   

darktamer Saturday, February 12th, 2005 | 3:32 pm PST
Makes perfect sense to me.... the trigger is light but very long.... for an extreme example, think of a huge hinge without a spring... you can push it effortlessly, but the actuall swing is very long. Least, that's how I understood it.

   

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