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dawgs712 Thursday, June 12th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month23 of 26 people found this review helpful.

4 years
Products Used:
Black Magic Cocker
Marker Setup: ANS GX3 Polish Blue
Freak Barrel Kit-10 Inch, Blue Freak Front
Blue System X Drop Forward
12 vlt Smoke revvy with x board
68/3k Crossfire Fiber Wrapped
RASE Tank Cover
It doesnt come with a barrel, it needs nitro, a revvy is necessary. you need these 3 things. at very least get anti-siphoned co2 or used 48 3k steel tank
Strengths: see review
Weaknesses: see review
Review: Packaging:
It was a huge box that had hundreds of those little foam figure 8's in it. There was a separate box that the ANS came in inside the big one. This was a rectangle box with those grey foam sheets like on the inside of the gun cases. The gun was perfectly protected from any rough handling during shipping. The gun does not come with the regulator set up, nor does it come with any kind of stock barrel. The gun looks amazing, the only difference from the picture online was that it came with Black Dye Sticky Grips, a plus.

I had to buy paint and air, so I went to a local pro shop. There I bought the drop forward and macroline kit along with the paint and air. They said they would install the regulator and the hose and the drop forward for 15 dollars, and since I didn't have loc tite or teflon tape, I let them. They did a great job, there were no leaks from, any of the fittings, nor any unsightly tape or loc tite. The regulator and drop forward each have 2 input holes, on the left and right side of the gun, so I could choose to have the macroline running on either side of the gun. Since I shoot with my right hand and foregrip with my left, I wanted it on the right side. I did notice that it was realy hard top fit my hopper into the feed neck. Also, since I have a two piece barrel, when i try to unscrew it, the front piece comes off first because I tightened the back piece too much. I cannot grip the back becuase the pneumatics are in the way, so I will have to work that out later.

With the System X Drop Forward, I can leave my tank on the gun and simply screw in the front to let air in, and unscrew it to let air out, which is very convenient. The guys at the pro shop had the regulator at 140 psi, which I thought was low. I moved it up to 375. I could not sweetspot it since i do not have a chronograph. Initially, I was having trouble with the trigger. I had never shot an autococker before, and was not used to it. I was short stroking and half stroking it, although it did not once chop a ball (shooting All Star with the .693 insert), rather I was pinching them. On a few occasions 2 and even 3 balls were in the chamber at once (when I tried to rip at the trigger miss-fire upon miss-fire made this happen). However each time this happened I would smoothly pull the trigger, and both or all 3 of the th balls would come out with breaking, they just would not go in far. In 3 cases they 2 balls landed on the same spot!. I got the hang of the trigger however, and was son able to fire a tight continuous stream. I let my borther shoot the gun and it was clear that if a ball was off target, it was almost exclusively the shooters fault, as the string of paint actually forms a straight line back to the shooter. I turned off the air to get more paint, and when I let the air back in, the front pneumatics started to hiss very softly. After one pull of the trigger it stopped. I degased and gased the marker 3 more times and it did not happen again, but I will certainly be on the lookout for this.

I do not have any numerical statistics. I was shooting a tree that was about 100 feet away. The accuracy was still perfect, there was just some slight dropoff. Sighting is also very easy. I changed targets to 6 different trees and hit 5 of them, only firing one shot per tree. I did break one ball in the barrel out of 500. I did not have a squeegee on me so I fired through it, and did not notice the slightest change in accuracy aside from the first 2 balls after I broke one. When I was finished firing, I ran a squeegee through the gun and there was nothing there, the paint had all been shot out.

Overall the gun fired great. I had to get used to the trigger, btu once I did it was amazing. There are 3 minor issues so far. The 2 piece barrel is a pain to take off because of the pneumatics, the hopper is very hard to get on, and once the pneumatics were leaking when i gased up, but that went away with the first shot.

Although the gun was packaged and protected well, it did not come with a manual! The ANS site ( has one you can download that I looked through, although it is not too expensive. It tells how to time the gun and install and sweetspot the regulator. It did not come with pictures or a schemtaic or parts list. I will be emailing ANS to see if I can get one
Conclusion: This is a great gun. If you want a cocker that you do not need to mess with this is great. The bolt has a button at back that you push to remove. Runa squeegee thorugh the chamber, wipe down and oil the bolt, put a few drops of oil in the vertical asa and thats all the cleaning you need to worry about. This gun does not need any internal upgrades. If you like to tinker with it, i mean it is a cocker, you could have a field day. Great gun, very impressed.
10 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, August 11th, 2004 at 12:22 am PST

Review Comments
Zujin Thursday, June 12th, 2003 | 10:03 pm PST
BRAVO!!! someone who REALLY gets the idea of a review.

dawgs712 Friday, June 13th, 2003 | 7:10 pm PST
Yeah i was really sick of people who write stuff like this guns the best cuz i dont wanna admit that i spent 500 dollars on somethign that sucks. if u actually do like the gun, and want other poeple to buy it and like it as much as you do, why not spend the time to write a coherent and extensive review.

PaintkidJJ Sunday, November 30th, 2003 | 6:47 am PST
yayayaya great review n all BUT those little 8 thingy's in the box are called packaging pop corn i think...IT DOSENT TASTE LIKE POPCORN< I ALREADY TRIED!

skytracker27 Thursday, December 25th, 2003 | 6:24 pm PST
Great review, thanks to you I went out and purchased my very own Gen X-3. Again, thanks for all the great information, pros and cons.

joshbo Monday, June 7th, 2004 | 7:06 am PST
great review. it's nice to know what a gun is really like out of the box, and how it preforms.

GX34life Sunday, June 13th, 2004 | 11:19 pm PST
Great review, i own one of these guns and they are awesome. Hey PaintkidJJ, what the heck does the popcorn have to do with paintball, so he called it the wrong thing, the point is the quality and accuracy of this great gun, something you'll never have.

sonnemann Thursday, July 8th, 2004 | 7:01 am PST
Oh snap, time to save for*drool*

Moose0nTheLoose Monday, October 11th, 2004 | 5:52 pm PST
nice review man but it kinda sucks for you that you field tested it with allstars. what a waste if only 2 flew right!!!!

p.s. after this im runnin and getting a chrome gx3 yay!!!!

Moose0nTheLoose Monday, October 11th, 2004 | 5:54 pm PST
damn i accidentally hit unhelpful on the bottom instead of helpful. don't pay attention to that.

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