Tippmann98- I have used my friends tippy and it can compare to the short crisp trigger pull of the minimag. It is also a very upgradeable gun
Minimag, y-grip(intellifeeded to my warp), retro valve w/lvl 10, warpfeed, vl12 with x feeding my warp, and an 88/45 armageddon. I also have a 12" teardrop barrel
Before I start to say anything I will be reviewing the minimag in it's stock form. Though there are some upgrades that can really boost the performance of your mag.
I had no problems chopping paint in my minimag. If you seem to short stroke a lot or are going to upgrade your mag to perform high rates of fire, then you may want the level 10 bolt system. The bolt really babies the paintballs so you can't chop. It also somewhat lightens the trigger pull.
The minimag trigger pull is a stiff one. It will break in and will become less stiff. My suggestion as your first upgrade is to put an intelliframe or Y-grip onto your minimag. The double trigger will make your trigger pull seem lighter by increasing leverage and torque, thus increasing your bps by roughly 3 bps or so. You can also link it up to your warpfeed or revolution or new evolutio 2 and make the propeller spin every time you pull the trigger.
The mag valve system cannot have liquid co2 in the valve. If it gets into the valve, the orings will freeze up and you will have to wait for them to thaw. If you are planning on running your mag on CO2, you MUST have a remote kit, and/or expansion chamber. When I first got my minimag, I ran it through an expansion chamber and I had not one problem.
The stock minimag barrel is surprisingly very accurate for a stock barrel. The only problem with it is it is very loud. This can be fixed with maybe a longer barrel with some porting.
To not worry about getting liquid into your gun you might want to use nitrogen. You can by some small tanks for as low as $70
-short,crisp trigger pull
-ease of upgradability
-stiff trigger(can be fixed)
-upgrades can be expensive
The automag has been here since the early 90s. There has been no change to the design of the automag. I've heard of people that have owned their mag for 10 years without a problem that can't be fixed. Can you say that about any other marker.
Due to the open bolt design of the automag there is great accuracy, even with the stock barrel. Due to the blow forward valve system of the minimag there is not near as much kick back when you fire a paintball compared to the blowbacks such as spyders and tippmanns. With the level 10 antichop bolt your gun won't even so much as budge when a paintball is fired. And if you have a problem with short stroking you will probably want to burchase the level 10.
automags are gas hogs. This is the only problem in the automag, and is the only problem that can't be fixed with upgrades.
The minimag is very simple. Without the use of tools you can unscrew one screw and will have complete access to your gun. You can field strip your automag within 30 seconds.
The AGD customer service is awesome. With the star warranty where you have from 2 to 4 stars on your valve, each one means you can send you gun back for a free repair if there ever is a problem that you can't fix.
This is a great gun at a great price. Once again the rating I gave the minimag in it's stock form. With all the upgrades I put on mine I would rate it a 10.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, January 31st, 2004 at 8:13 am PST