Zap 700 ZXS
Pt xtreme Pro
A-5 w/ Flatline
03 Base Model Autococker
SBS Stationary Barrel System: Upgraded to Two Stage Bolt early 2004
Supercharger- not really needed: Can't outshoot stock regulator
Evil Pipe Barrel System: Shoots Darts
Remote Co2 setup w/ Inline Palmer Stablizer + Filter
2004 Upgrade to HPA 47ci 300psi
The inline filter is a MUST
Low rise collet for hopper is a must, order when getting marker.
Lighter trigger switch, avail on manufactures site.
Use a good synthetic oil for low maintence.
Push button velocity, ROF.
Co2 or HPA
Front regulator a little awkward to handle as grip.
Not a trendy looking design.
This may seen long winded. But since information is scarce on the Assault 80 here it is.
I played recreational ball for three hours today.
After tweaking out the LPR I started on the HPR side the night before playing. After experimenting and finding out that 500psi on my in-line Palmer gave the same performance as an 800psi input I settled for that. Reason being is I hoped to use my coiled remote as an expansion/thermal exchange unit, it worked. The A-80 body and regulator got cool but nothing like my Palmer in-line regulator. That baby was sweating like Martha Stewart on the Court House steps. Just before hitting the chrony station I turned the A-80 on. Then tap, tap, tap on the velocity control 298, 299, 286, 299.
2004 Upgrade: I'm getting no less than 500 shots from a 47/3k Crossfire tank. The shooting pressure is 135-155psi.
The recoil on the A-80 is almost non existent so placing shots in a tight grouping is fairly easy. It gets even better if you can tweak the LPR. You have probably noticed that most of the metal in the A-80 is in the front of the grip. After playing an hour or so the uneven weight distribution began to become noticeable as my hand began to feel just a tad sore. But after reworking the hoses this annoyance dissappeared. As you probably picked up from my previous ramblings I'm running a Co2 remote system. If a HPA or Co2 anti-siphon setup was mounted on the marker I have a feeling that it would probably balance it out. Yup, I was right. After putting a HPA and Warmachine dropfoward it tucks perfectly and the weight is balanced better. Wait right there I'm not finished with the front regulator setup. I have small hands, please be kind and there is no truth to the myth. Getting a grip on this assembly was slightly uncomfortable. The small size, length, and the whole Supercharger, guage and hose setup kinda leaves you shifting your hand around looking for a sweet spot on how to handle it. No longer a problem as I mentioned earlier it just too a rework of the hoses. This made no difference during fire fights in controlling the marker. For some reason the regulator assembly wobbles just a tad even when gassed. No big deal and I never really noticed when I was playing, this is just an observation. WMP fixed that.
The A-80 performed flawlessly and only chopped one ball during the day. Because the screw to secure the hopper in the neck was pointed at the rear it almost exactly lined up on seam of the neck on my EVO II. This pushed the plastic edge of the EVO II neck inward. It was either tape it on which you all know how well that would have worked or let the hopper flop around. I choose the edge option for the chop. This might have slowed the feed rate. Can't really tell if this caused the chop but because of the SBS design it didn't affect the cycling performance. WMP now has a low rise collet to hold the hopper in place so this won't happen if you get the upgrade, well worth it. I upgraded to the Two Stage Barrel and haven't chopped since. The Two Stage Bolt System is designed to to pinch paint. I put a ball in the path of the bolt and sure enough it bounced off the ball but after three bounces it chopped like a Giusu knife and goo was everywhere. As for the push button controls it became obvious while handling the marker in the safe area that the protruding button tabs need to be replaced. WMP fixed that too. It was just too easy for an accidental brush against them to change the settings. This brings up the subject of Regulated field play. Thankfully I'm a good friend with the owner. He said it was OK for me to play for the day even though this looked like a glaring opportunity to cheat. If it had been anyone else he might not have been so understanding. Thankfully Chris at WMP has heard of the problem and taken care of it. He told me that all the new A-80s being produced had recessed push buttons.
Now here is my personal opinion about the A-80 to date. The Assault 80 with it's incorporated features is probably the best spool design marker avaliable, haven't shot the the new Shocker.
I don't need to shoot the Shocker the Assault has performed flawlessly for two springs, summers and one fall.
The push button digital velocity and rate of fire control is nothing more than a sign of things to come. The fact that not once did I have to look for an Allen wrench the whole day at the field is definitely worth lots of brownie points, kudos Warmachinepaintball. The light recoil and flawless flow of paintballs on a nice trigger made for a great day of paintball.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, December 25th, 2004 at 9:14 am PST