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PSYCHO+LOGICAL Tuesday, September 9th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month5 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
Less than a month
Marker Setup: Minimag Valve with four stars, Level 10 bolt, black ULE body, 12" cocker thread Boomstick, Vertical adapter, Dye Gas-Thru Grips (matches Boomy), Dye Angel Lo-Rize, clear x-board 12v Revvy w/modified JMJ Vortex Impeller, chrome Omega Body Rail, Hyperframe set to 12bps with black Dye stickies, DZ2 w/CP on-off, MacDev Conquest 68/4500, Dye Tank cover. Ugghhh... Dye... Dye makes crap... Don't buy Dye.
Strengths: - SUPER Light
- Vertical Feed
- Cocker threads
- Angel feed threads
- Detent instead of nubbins
Weaknesses: - Detent flaw (easily fixed)
- Not exactly Easton RAD aluminum (easily dinged)
Review: This is undoubtedly one of the best upgrades you can put on a mag. It's lighter than the old clunky steel bodies. It is vertical feed so you can aim down both sides of the gun instead of just the side that the "power feed" isn't blocking which is a major plus for kids who can shoot off-hand. Also has angel threads on the feed hole so you can pick up Dye or CP high or low rise feed necks and these parts as well as the body come in many different colors to bring new life to the automag design.

It has autococker threads. This is good and bad. Meaning; if you have been building up on a body with mag threads and own a mag threaded barrel, you will need a new barrel to replace it. On the other hand, this means no losing barrel detent pins, and not to mention there are an ABUNDANCE of cockers out there (for some reason), so barrels are like dirt. Cheap and everywhere. Have fun finding a mag threaded Freak kit.

There are too many people that think the automag is old and outdated but thats like saying washing machines are outdated. There are old ones out there that are more reliable and do a better job than most of the new ones. Newer ones have alot of extra parts and features, but that doesn't always make them better because they still do the same job in the end. The only thing is you can't upgrade a washing machine.

The Automag can easily be turned into a tournament grade marker that can compete with the Angel and Intimidator users out there. Thats what matters. Yes, the 68 classic is old. About 10 years old, but people have to start understanding that the Hyperframe with a 20bps board, X-Valve, Level 10 bolt, and this new Ultra Light Engineering body ARE NOT. One could own a classic mag and replace parts with newer ones, one part at a time and still be able to use it, but depending on what you feel needs to be better, this could take years. However, once each part is replaced, it's not a 68 classic anymore... it's your mag. That is what makes them so great.
Conclusion: Well, like I say this is an almost essential upgrade. The quality is up there with the X-Valve and, like the X, it is worth every cent. If you own ANY mag, even a stock 68, I highly recommend this body as one of your first upgrades. It will help you reform your playing style and put an end to ridicule from other players saying 'eww a mag'. I give this a 9 out of 10 only because nothing is perfect and there are VERY few things I would actually give a 10 or even a 9, but this is extremely deserving of the rating I give it. It will bring life and color and practicality to your otherwise 'old' marker.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

Review Comments
AutoMagX Sunday, September 18th, 2005 | 7:17 am PST
Actually freak 'mag kits aren't too rare, since nobody rocks a stock body anymore...
   

cowboyjoe Friday, August 4th, 2006 | 7:52 pm PST
There are alot more freak mag kits out there than you think. You must not have looked too hard.
   

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