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RedHelix Thursday, February 5th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Diablos, Diablos Diablos. Infernos.
Marker Setup: Brass Eagle Stingray 2 with:
-Venturi Bolt (with better O-Ring, the one that comes with it sucks.) -Plastic Detent Ball -8" ported DYE Barrel -Mounted Laser Pointer -Hammer-Penny trick -Hole in handle and stock buttplate for strap -Remote adapter (cut a hole in the top of a two-tube ammo pouch for the 9oz CO2 tank so it now carries the tank in 1 part and a 100-round tube in the other.) -Gas-thru stock attached to remote -Widened the hole in the gun frame where the Velocity Adjustment Screw hole is so the screw could go just a little bit higher. -Velocity Adjustment expansion -Handpainted the Stingray logo and text bright silver
http://members.aol.com/vvstingray/images/stingray2.jpg

Recommended
Barrels:
Coke cans.
Strengths: Well, they're relatively cheap....
Weaknesses: ...but they break like they don't want to be shot.
Review: I hadn't used these before I headed to a local indoor place because pretty much all of the outdoor courses in MA are closed until April. So, I've been using them for awhile there because they only allow field paint and they only sell 98 degree paintballs. My friend and I were initially delighted to see that this place charged less for thousand-round cases of paintballs, of which the box was labelled "98 Degree."

Now I'm usually not one to be able to tell a huge difference between performance in paintballs... but these are just awful. Most of the time they break before they even get to your chamber. Honestly, it was with these rounds I encountered my first internal hopper explosion, and I was less than pleased to see the entirety of my Viewloader lid get spattered with white paint.

I'm also entirely aware that many people would jump to say that I break a lot of paint because I use a Stingray, but trust me;' I'm one of those bored kids who mod the bejeezus out of their marker and when I use pretty much any other brand, I don't get breaks.

But these on the other hand... oh, man. Not only do they break, but they have some kind of solid mineral type of thing in them; when I pulled out my detent ball to clean it it looked like it had been spattered with confetti. That and they'd embedded themselves in the O-Ring of my bolt by some act of God, and it's like they ate away at it or something, because now it looks cratered from where said mineral-thingies were. Were these paintballs designed for the sole function of destroying your marker or something?

I'd never chopped as much paint before I used these even with my stock bolt AFTER it was dinged. And I was firing these off with a brand spanking new coned Venturi and a plastic detent ball that'd been through less than 100 shots. That and the entire chamber of my gun was coated in ATF. It's been the exact kind of situation where a ball should NEVER break. But they do. By some act of God, or lack thereof, these balls do nothing but break.
Conclusion: Just... run. These are reminiscent of the factory defects that you can find for marked-down prices on the shelves of paintball field stores, only labelled as an actual brand. Use them as a cheap, cheap alternative to buying rounds for gun-testing. (Though I'm sure many of you aren't fanatical gun modders like STING members, so I guess that gives you reason to never buy these paintballs at all.)
Rating:
3 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, February 5th, 2004 at 11:48 am PST
 

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