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Jarlath Saturday, November 15th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested6 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
BE Avenger - Almost Identical.
Marker Setup: Tippman A-5 w/o RT
Flatline Barrel
Collapsing Stock
Remote Coil - 20oz CO2
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel - SP Progressive is good for that.
Strengths: See Review.
Weaknesses: See Review.
Review: Strengths:
1. Lightweight
2. Cheap
3. Overall Strength (Metal body)
4. Decent looking
5. Excellent grip
6. Holds loaders solid in vertical neck
7. Quick Pin stripping for fast cleaning.

Weaknesses:
1. Accuracy, stock barrel is pretty poor
2. Needs a drop forward if using larger tanks (20oz is in the way)
3. When it chops paint, it is all over. Ball detent leaks paint, barrel ports drip it.
4. Cocking lever cycles in front of view making for a possible annoyance when using.

Hey looks alot like my Avenger review. That is because the Afterburner uses pretty much the exact same internals and barrel as an Avenger. The major differences are as follows. Quick pin internals release allows for much faster internal cleaning but I recommend a full takedown every couple thousand balls or so. Color is better now with the black versus Avenger's bright red (personal preference). The cocking lever is in motion during firing right in you field of vision which may be a distraction to some players. Also the Vertical Neck is a bit higher than the Avenger's so has a slightly larger profile. So it's both better and worse that it's predecessor.
Conclusion: As I only used this in testing I cannot say if the newer layout would be superior to the Avenger or not in quality or reliability, but since all the insides are basically the same I will give them the benefit of the doubt and say that it is on par with the Avenger. A good starter marker for beginners and for indoor arenas (Non-Speedball), with a cheap but better barrel it's most likely equal to well used Tippman 98 rentals at most fields. Another solid 8 from me for it's cost/performance/intended market.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

Review Comments
runningw235 Monday, October 9th, 2006 | 1:39 pm PST
you've got to be joking, an 8?
   

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