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Toothlesrooster Saturday, September 13th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
3 months40 of 40 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Impulse
Marker Setup: Dust Black 2003 Bushmaster 2000 w/PDS, Palmers stabilizer, 12" freak barrel kit, chrome CP razor drop with on/off and DYE microguage.
Recommended
Upgrades:
A bolt may be necessary since occasionally the bolt may be cut a little small from the factory allowing blowback.

Mac Dev LPR kit. (not necessary but it does allow better efficiancy and upgraded looks, stock LPR seems to work great after it's properly broken in but since I use a 45/45 I need as many shots out of a tank I can get)

Freak or other adaptable barrel kit to match paint bore size ( a must for almost any maker for maximum efficiency).

Strengths: Fast, light, small, won't chop, new standard asa, awesome grip frame and trigger.
Weaknesses: Milling could be a tad smoother, may need new bolt if you get blowback
Review: I have finally decided to write a review on this marker after owning it for 3 months. I didn't want to write a review on a gun that I hadn't thouroghly tested. If I'm going to take the time to write this I want it make it worth your time.

I purchased my BM2K3 w/PDS just over 3 months ago. When I recieved it It was packaged nice but the manual was a little confusing. They haven't updated it much since the B2K so it still talks about dip switches for mode settings, which this gun doesn't have. Other than that it has all of the helpfull info you would need for the gun.

I was very surprised at the light weight and compactness of the marker. I'm a short guy with short arms and with my CP drop it fits almost perfectly. Very tight. I have no problems giving a small profile when shooting off of bunkers.

After I recieved my drop and on/off in the mail I put it on the gun and gassed it up. I noticed very quickly that the trigger felt good and the marker could cycle insanley fast once you got the trigger adjusted. I pulled the trigger and switch out and chose to remove the trigger spring. This is not recomended unless you are an airsmith or know what you're doing. I suppose it could void the warranty, but with it removed it was even smoother. With the adjust ment screws set, I have the trigger set to a buttery 1mm pull. You have a trigger travel, pull and stop adjustment as well as 3 different pivot points for the trigger. Very well thought out. The new grip frame is very comfortable.

The PDS system is well thought out too. It's a double eye. It shoots an infrared beam through the breech so when ball breaks the beam the processor in the gripframe knows that there is a ball in the breech and it's ok to fire. This means it will work on ANY color paint. Even black shells and it works extremely well. It also has an on/off switch for the eyes just infront of the on off switch for the power so you can dry fire the marker (to degas when done playing, or for testing).
So Far I have broken 4 balls. 3 of which were broken when I forgot to turn the eye back on, one was broken after I cleaned the marker and forgot to oil the ram. All breaks were my fault. So far I've put over 6 cases of paint with NO chops. Nice job ICD.

I also must commend ICD on the fact that they made very worthwhile upgrades to the 2003 model. Autococker threads, threaded feedneck, kickin' trigger and trigger frame with adjustments (very walkable), standard ASA so you can put any regulator on it that you wish and last but not least, the new ball detente system. Instead of using cocker detents like before they use two small o-rings that protrude into the breach just above the eyes. If one breaks you just go to the hardware store and buy a #5 (I believe) o-ring and you're back in business. For about $2 you can buy a box of 10. No more spending $10 plus to change a detent.

Conclusion: After the break in phase I adjusted all of the regulators and this gun has never let me down. It's reasonably efficient (about 600 rounds on a 45/4500), quiet, and fast as a striped butt monkey. It can easily keep up with any Angel or Matrix at half the cost. And best part is that contrary to the Impulse, it's DEPENDABLE out of the box. You don't NEED to add a LPR setup , bolt or regulator if you don't want. Those things may be a nice upgrade for even more efficency but the gun rocks out of the box! I had more problems with my Impulse with all the upgrades (sans vision) than I have ever had with my Bushy and I won't go back! :)
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, September 13th, 2003 at 5:42 pm PST
 

Review Comments
pilot09 Wednesday, May 11th, 2005 | 5:29 pm PST
Have you tried to use CO2 with ur bushmaster? I have a 20 oz and was wondering if I would still get a good amount of shots through it before running out of air. My e-mail is Flyingmaster09@hotmail.com or you can post a reply.
   

DrKop Saturday, June 18th, 2005 | 12:34 am PST
ummm well u could get umm a kit so that you can use co2 on ur bushy but... i would rather get a nitro tank.
   

QC MAD KID Thursday, June 28th, 2007 | 9:31 pm PST
ah you get 600 shot out of a 45/45 that really not much
   

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