Never touched anything quite like this. Closest would be an autococker or a mag. It out performed them both.
Stock Nova 700 + Crossfire 4500 88ci, Fastback Cocker, 99 cocker, Phantom, Sniper, Some Spyders (for loaning to friends)
The aftermarket forgrip for this kinda sucks, it comes loose too easy. I've yet to try the other barrels for the nova, but the stock one shoots like a dream.
Accurate, Quiet, Consistant, nice trigger, Attracts alot of attention. Sexy.
Difficult to service, hard to setup for rail mounted tanks.
I came across the Nova when I was looking for a replacement for my M98. I'm really into learning about how guns work and what makes various designs have the querks that they do. When I heard about this boltless gun with a moving barrel I was imediatly intreged. I eventually got one off E-Bay for $180+ shipping. I gased it up and it worked like a dream, well, using CO2 in the cold did not go as well as it should. It shot just fine, but it started to make noises that would make any airsmith cringe. I later learned this was the over pressure reliefe valve. I think the regulator isn't the best at keeping out liquid co2. I would be willing to bet if I just remoted the tank it would have no troubles with co2, but I always liked HPA better anyways. With HPA it was a thing of beauty.
Acuracy was great, with the stock 11" unported brass barrel it was shooting a real tight grouping. It was doing better than my friends autococker with a freak kit. I have yet to see a gun shoot a tighter group than my Nova, that includes tricked out phantom pumps.
The trigger on the Nova 700 is great for a mechanical trigger. It too is a little different getting used to because it's part of a valve assembly. You can really rip on the trigger, not like an electric, but it's not bad either. The best way to describe it is it's like a slide trigger for a cocker only without the sear.
Consistancy is great! I went to crono this gun and all I had gassed up was a 9oz co2. Even firing somewhat fast the speed only varied by 5 fps. With HPA, it swung about 1fps. Can't beat that with a stick.
I did have to take this gun apart once. Well, i didn't have to, but I wanted to know what condition the internals were in. I would not recomend opening this thing up unless you have lots of time, blue prints of it with you, and airsmithing experience. It took several tries to get it back together and working. (I think I put the spool valve in there backwards more than once.) For the most part you should never need to open this gun up, just oil liberally.
Also, little tidbit some people might find interesting. The timing of this gun is feedback based. So one phase of firing can't start without the previous ending. So the barrel won't move while a ball is still in the barrel. I guess you could say it's like a self timing autococker.
If you like solid mechanical guns and you can get your hands on one of these, do it. I love my nova and I'll never give it up.
It's a great alternative for an autococker. You can get one for $150-200 on average used, the cost of most entry level markers. This is probibly the most accurate and consistant guns I've ever shot and I've shot angels before. Probibly the most appealing part of this gun for me is it's so different from everything else out there. It's an oddball gun and I'm an oddball. I'm giving this gun a 10 because even though it's an oddball, it has never let me down and it's still my favorite gun.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, April 28th, 2005 at 6:28 pm PST
There's a long complicated story behind why Airstar went out of bussiness that I don't really know, but what I do know is that the Nova 700 is a great gun. If someone started to make these again I'd buy one.... maybe two.