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Unregistered User Wednesday, August 23rd, 2000
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Strengths: In my opinion the Rapide is the ruler by which all modern paintball sidearms should be measured against. It is light, compact, and rugged. The double-action semi-automatic firing mechanism is something which sets it apart from countless pump-action sidearms; and in my opinion when I need a sidearm, I need the firepower of a semi-automatic. The gun, for being compact, is quite accurate, wth the open sights I could easily hit a pop can at 30 yards. The Sheridan XGS/Jackal, a more modern paint pistol, operates along the same principle of the Rapide, but has a rather bulky loader. There are several aftermarket parts made for the Rapide, but the gun, and the parts, are hard to come by.
Weaknesses: What's bad? -Rare, you're not going to find these very often. National Survival Games went out of business a long time ago, and you have a better chance of finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow than finding a willing seller. -Field Stripping. It's a pain in the ass. You'll need a nice philips screwdriver and paitience if you want to crack this green monster apart. -It's LOUD. No sniping with this baby, the first shot off a 12 gram rockets out of it, and has a beefy recoil for a paintgun. -Long trigger pull. That's how this sucker operates, the trigger feeds the ball, and cocks the gun. If you mind the pull, you can still zing off about 4 rounds a second.
Conclusion: I would definatly recommend this marker to a collector of markers, or someone who's been looking for a fun marker to show off. There are very few guns like it; however, if you're after a more modern paintpistol that's similar you would be better off with a Sheridan Jackal for parts and service. I have had my Rapide for over a year now, and I love having it as a piece of paintball history, as well as a reliable back-up marker.
8 out of 10

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