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TZX-ZX Sunday, November 9th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
2 years4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Splatmaster Rapide
Splatmaster Rapide Comp
GZ 2000
Early BE (Pre-Golden Eagle)
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5, E-Grip, Taso 14" Nickel barrel, LAPCO grip block and drop, Hand-polished internals, CAR stock with RVA. (Main Gun)
Extended brass barrel if you can find it.
Alligator Kit.
Direct Feed kit or 40 round Magazine
Strengths: For the time it was made:
Extrmely Light
Weaknesses: Trigger pull
Rate of fire
Review: Well, this is a review for both the Splatmaster Rapide, and Rapide Comp.
First let me warn anyone looking to buy these guns: Their time has gone, owning one should only be out of novelty as these guns are far obsolete and past their prime, it is simply not practical to play with them anymore.

Let's start out about how the gun is operated. Unlike how the box of the gun advertises, it is NOT a Semi-Automatic paintball gun, it is double action. That means that pulling the trigger both cocks and fires the marker, it is not blowback action. This is where a key flaw to the gun's design comes out. The trigger is rather stiff, hard, and excrutiatingly long. With the Comp version of the gun (Rifle form) this isn't as much of a problem, seeing as how the stock is there to keep the gun balanced. However with the pistol, with the huge trigger pull, the barrel will probably be pointing at the ground. You have to really compensate to get the Rapide on target.

The gravity feeding clip is a rather neat trinket, however it is more pain than practical. Even when the gun was new, new magazines were hard to come by, and are even worse today, so you're pretty much stuck with hand-reloading your magazine. The magazine also makes the gun hard to holster, which almost defeats the gun's role as a sidearm in pistol form. The 40 round clip for the Comp is about twice the size, and the plastic slide mechanism has a tendency to break if you try to pull off the magazine too hard or fast.

Range is suprisingly very good for this gun, in pistol or Comp form, however the range doesn't really give you anything because the gun really isn't accurate out of 20 feet max. Really sad compared to some of the guns that the rapide was competing with, even the original Splatmaster far outshines the rapide when it comes to accuracy. Thats of course if you can get it to shoot consistently. The biggest complaint back in it's day was that the gun easily double-fed and often times the trigger would 'jam' where a ball wasn't sitting perfectly in the breech, or double fed, and when you pulled the trigger all the way, the bolt would slice your ball in half, shooting out a mess of paint. You couldn't clean the barrel without disassembling the whole gun either. The chopping problems with the rapide were bad, especially if you were trying for rapid fire.

The key problems with the rapide come with the way it was built. The rapide was never a top-of-the-line gun. It was a last ditch effort by NSG to keep themselves in business, along with the GZ-2000. I've serviced and fixed many rapides for people, and they all share common problems: Leaks around the C/A adapter, and the valve assembly going fubar, where the cocking arm fails to reach all the way back to grab the bolt.

Some good things about the rapide and comp, is that they are very light guns. The rapide is fairly balanced as a sidearm, and the Comp is an extremely comfortable and cool looking rifle (Almost seems as if it's modeled after the Australian Owen Machine Carbine from WWII). But looks only get you so far. It's made of the durable plastic the Splatmaster is, so although it isn't metal, you still won't be able to break it unless you are trying to.
Conclusion: Final recommendation: Don't buy unless you're a collector or someone who wan'ts the gun for novelty. This was never a competing gun, and shouldn't be used as such. This gun was say, the Sheridan XGS Jackal of it's day. Cheap, double action, and entry level. However with the lack of replacement parts and NSG going out of business, if something goes wrong, you're screwed. The way it's built, the accuracy, the feeding system, the consistency, and extremely long and ungainly trigger pull seriously work against the gun.

All in all, it's not a safely reliable sidearm, main marker, or any other role. The only thing it's truley good for it novelty and collection. Below-average, even for it's time.
4 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, November 9th, 2003 at 9:35 pm PST

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