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chromesoul Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
1 year11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
Zap zxs-400/Winchester Durango/Point Zero (they're all the same gun), almost every crappy BE marker out there, Tippman
Marker Setup: Point Zero w/ bottom line and upgraded barrel
-New barrel - Yes they're out there. It's custom-threaded, though, so make sure the barrel is for Zap/Point Zero/Durango. If you use the stock barrel, polish the hell out of it.
-Bottom line if you so wish
-LUBE. This gun performs great if you keep it really well lubed. Also, cleaning and sanding the internals helps tremendously for accuaracy and noise.
Strengths: -Dirt Cheap
-Suprisingly accurate
-Fun to tinker with
-Very gas efficient
Weaknesses: -Loud.
-Not the best firing rate.
-Rear bolt
Review: I picked this thing up at a pawn shop for $25. I have to admit, I love this gun. While my friends Tippys are obvioulsy better markers, you'd be surprised at how well this gun can hold its own in the hands of a decent player. Upgrades are minimal, but there are a few out there. Accuracy's actually quite nice in the short range. Even with a new barrel, you're not gonna pick off players at a good distance with this thing. For my occasional woodsball games, this was an excellent find. It performs very decently (nothing incredible, but not too shaby) overall, and performs incredibly considering I payed what some people pay for a BE Blade for it. The low cost makes me more willing to tinker with it, not to mention fall on it, bang it around, and occasionally throw it at other players and run (it's a surprisingly effective diversionary tactic).
-Dirt Cheap. I bought this thing used with a 9 oz tank and VL hopper for $25.
-Light (but tought). I'm not sure what kind of polymer this thing is made of, but despite what everyone thinks, it's virtually indestructable. Believe me, as cheap as this thing was, I haven't been gentle with it.
-Suprisingly accurate
-Fun to tinker with
-Very gas efficient
-Compact. With a 12gram adaptor and 45 rnd hopper, it makes a great side arm.

-Loud. This doesn't bother me at all, but everyone who sees it seems disturbed by this. Cleaning the internals and filling the handle with styrofoam/resin/etc helps some.
-Not the best firing rate. Tinkering with the trigger helps the long hard pull. Cleanly pulling the trigger all the way back each time eliminates 85% of all chopping problems. This gun is relatively accurate and not meant to sling gallons of paint. If you try to keep the rate of fire on par with a spyder, you're gonna chop some paint. It's rated at 6 bps, but 3 is about all you can get and consistantly not chop.
-Rear bolt. While it helps to keep crap out of the gun, it's a pain to cock. Try drilling a small hole in the cocking knob and sliding a key ring through it. Also, watch the bolt. It will catch you in the cheek if you're someone who tends to not pay attention.
-Despite the gun's overall good performance, you will be mocked by players with "real" guns.

Many people have pointed out that it would be better to save and by a better gun. I agree with this since most people noted the gun retailed for about $50-$70 originally. Now that it has come down a good deal and price, I recommend you pick one up if you are developing an interest in paintball. While this is not the greatest marker out there, it is probably the best gun for beginners or occasional players. A search of Ebay can find one of these (or similar models) for less than dinner and a movie, so what have you got to lose?
Conclusion: Perfect beginner gun...good back-up or sidearm...decent intermediate gun (especially if you're looking for a slight challenge/handicap). Yes, the elitists with Angels have better guns. Yes, they will probably cane you in a match. But you might be surprised what you can do with this little gem. Please note that my product rating is aimed for the Beginner-Intermediate range.
7 out of 10

Review Comments
danny pelt Thursday, February 12th, 2004 | 7:30 am PST
It's gems like these that you should only find in a cereal box...

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