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Vysith Wednesday, June 18th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

3 months
Products Used:
Talon, opaque model (best)
Tigershark (better)
Marker Setup: Tippmann 98
- Flatline
Spyder Compact w/
- SubZero Gas through grip
- Some 12 inch ported barrel
Spyder TL
- 16" Black Custom Products barrel
- Bob Long Cyclone II Venturi bolt (custom milled)
- ACI Vigilante Low Pressure regulator
Completely redesigning the body, trigger, sights, the list goes on.
Strengths: Inexpensive, decent felt recoil, small size, gas efficient, good impact weapon
Weaknesses: Trigger and guard, grip, action, sights, disassembly, barrel, CO2 well, safety.
Review: These were onsale for 10 bucks each, and after reading the reviews on this website I picked up 3 of them online.

I must have gotten all the lemons.

(I used Zap Primer). The biggest fault on this gun is the feeding. The paintballs tend to get stuck because the neck is just barely wide enough for the paint to fall in when the pump has been forced ALL the way back. When you missed your first shot because of the "rifled" barrel or poor sights, and need to rechamber a paintball, you will probably end up chopping a ball from cocking too quickly. The trigger has an extreme pivot, so you must always shoot by squeezing from the very bottom for a clean shot. The trigger guard is too small, it is a hassle to get your finger in if you are wearing gloves. The grips get mud stuck in them, and you have to rotate the end plug in the CO2 well about 25 times before you can remove the 12 gram. The gun is held together with pins, which makes it a pain to strip apart. The barrel is not smooth, it has some sort of "straight rifling", which I don't think would help with accuracy. And the safely is annoying cause it sticks.

You can get about 60 shots off one 12 gram, but it does leak gas so if you load it and come back the next day, you will not have any CO2 left. The gun is grip heavy, so when you transition from your primary (you would be nuts to try to use the Beetle as your first gun) you can grab the Beetle by the barrel and try to throw it at the opponent like a boomerang.

Some of you may say, you can't expect a $10 gun to be flawless. I know that, but this gun seems to have been designed by morons. I expected far better from a gun manufacturer (The Beetle looks like a slightly modified Winchester Laredo, the manual and hopper have the Winchester name on them).
Conclusion: If its less than 5 dollars, then pick one up, mabye you'll be lucky and get something nice.
4 out of 10

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