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Don Parsons Monday, February 9th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Started with BOSS. Most experienced with autocockers, mine is a custom 2002, great gun. This is my first electronic, wanted to take a big step for a tournament marker.
Marker Setup: Stock Texas Storm with WAS. Shoctech Ram, Shocktech Bolt, Empire Barrel set and Warped Sportz Lucky 15 Barrels sets
Recommended
Upgrades:
Shocktech Ram with adjustable ram cap and Shocteck bolt.
Strengths: Great reputation. Highly recommended marker. It's lite weight, looks great, and can stream paint.
Weaknesses: The stock ram does not allow adjustment to set the bolt depth in receiver.
Review: First I purchased this marker from my local paintball supplier "New Generation". I wanted local support and instruction from their experienced staff.

The day after picking up my texas storm I had team practice and wanted to use the texas storm to get familiar with it before the CFOA opener.

Could not get the marker to shoot in forced eye mode. After consultation and checkout by numerous players it was determined that the bolt was recessed too far back into the receiver alllowing the paintball to roll back into a position where it could not be detected by the eye. Tilting the marker down kept the ball at the eye and allowed the marker to fire, this was not practical in a game so I played in "bypass" eye mode, and chopped a considerable amount of paint.
After practice I took the marker back to new gen and they "Eric H." cleaned the marker, receiver and eyes, tightened a few things and then installed and adjusted an adjustable ram cap.

After several months of use I was still working to tune the accuracy of the marker, Yes, it is accurate but more of an accuracy by volume marker compared to my autococker. After, installing a Shocktech Bolt and using the Warped Sportrz (one piece) barrels the accuracy improved "DRAMATICALLY!!!"

At this time the marker is very accurate with very consistent velocity.

The bps with a halo belt drive is 20 bps with minimal ball breakage. Ball breakage only encountered with cheaper field paint at high rates of fire indicating that the HAlO B force feed is breaking the balls more so than the marker. With good paint (mid evil or equivalent) breakage is not a problem at the highest firing rates I have achieved.

The LCD is great! BPS delivery, total balls fired, battery strength, game timer, temperature, and mode info is readily available. My friends that shoot DM4's are only guessing at what their bps delivery rate was at game break when trying to close a lane. I can review my numbers at the end of a game and know if I achieved my max fire rate or not. I use the information to set goals and tune my performance.


Conclusion: I believe for the money the texas storm is the best tournament marker available, It's as fast and accurate as the DM4 for 100's less even with the upgrades. It's field proven and the LCD gives valuable feedback to improve your game.

A great tournament gun, fast and light.

At its costs should come with that adjustable ram!
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004 at 3:16 pm PST
 

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