The Minimag features outstanding looks in a
compact design for the player who demands the
balance of a vertical bottle and the convenience
of a quick disconnect hose.
The Minimag includes the same high-performance
valve system as the 68Automag with a shorter 8"
barrel for fast maneuverability in tight spots.
The Airgun Designs Minimag is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
I bought a Minimag used w/ 4 stars and 16" CP Barrel for 167$. Some of best money I ever spent.
Gun is SOOOO small. Gun with the 8inch stock barrel is same length as a 98c without barrel. Add a warp and Psycho Ballistics drop you will have a heavy but TINY gun. More compact than an Autococker, and as far as I know the most compact the make period.
The whole gun is made out of SS. It is extrememly easy to Field Strip, and once you take it apart, there is the body, trigger frame, valve, and thats it. So far I have had no problems w/ leaks or anything, and I don't think I ever will.
THE best paintball gun company out there. There isn't one low quality product they make.Every gun they make has a STAR warranty. MInimag's have 4 which means I can send the gun to Airgun Design 4 times and they will fix it for free. If there ever is a problem it is probably a O-Ring, which they wil send to your house for free. I am pretty sure that all AIR Valve's have 4 stars, but I am not sure. Best warranty they make on a paintball gun.
The A.I.R is one of the best regulators out there. Almost every shot is one on top of each other. It is about +/- 2fps the whole day if you use Nitro.
This is basically what paint and barrel you have. But stock the gun still has great accuracy, even though the stock barrel is pretty big. Even though all of those tests that show that open bolt vs closed bolt doesn't matter. For some reason I feel like a cocker is more accurate than a blow-forward mag.
This gun is EXTREMELY quiet. Even with the stock barrel with no porting its still a TON quieter than my TL+ w/ CP barrel. It makes this little ching noise during the shot but it doesn't really bother me. I would say its 1/3 of a Spyder's noise and they operate at about the same pressure.
The AGD rubber grips on the MInimag is by far the best grips I've ever felt. Twice as good as Dye Stickies. The gun fits your hands perfectly.
Since the gun is made out of pure Stainless Steel, it is heavy. Never mind with a Revy,200 pbs, and a Steel 68/3000 psi tank. However the weight is perfectly ballanced Therefore it gives you a good steady feel of the gun. If people think this gun is too heavy to hold they are WEAK.
This gun has very few visable moving parts. Even on the inside of the valve they are not that many moving parts. The gun is soo easy to clean. It even has a spot on the valve where it says OIL, and you put some oil in it every like 10 games and your fine.
AGD makes many upgrades such as..
RT Valve- Makes gun able to shoot from 13 bps too about 27 bps with no shoot down.
lvl10 Bolt- Never chop a ball again.
Intellifeed- Electric trigger that makes gun a TON faster
ULE body- For pure looks, and weight.
Warp feed- Up to 20 bps and lowers profile a lot
A few others too...
This is where the mag doesn't do too good. I get about 750 shots out of my 68/3000 which isn't horrible, but on my spyder I got a good 1000. And there really isn't an upgrade that can fix the efficiency problem.... yet.
Great gun for ANYONE.
I'll round up which means this gun is a perfect 10.
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Tippmann 98 Custom - best gun you can find for horsing around in the back yard with your buddies, but simply can not compare to the minimag's compact design and obtainable ROF.
Spyder Xtra - Gun is absolute trash
Spyder Flash - I was very impressed with this gun, incredible ROF, good range and accuracy. Shoots faster than a mag ever will, but the mag is more accurate, more durable, and if the government ever accidently exploded an EMT (electromagnetic) bomb the flash would be fried, but the mag has no electronic pieces and would live to fight another day.
Minimag with Intelliframe (blade style trigger), flame drop forward, kapp gas through (only one that fits with the intelliframe...i wanted it anyway cause they rule), 16" SS Freak Kit (with freak head), 68ci/3000psi Nitro Duct tank, 12v revvy.
If you leave your mag stock you will never obtain its true potential. First, and foremost, get the level 10 bolt! Second, get a new barrel, no shorter than a 12". Third, upgrade the trigger frame. Fourth, get a nitro tank. Finally, no gun should ever be without a motorized hopper whether you fire 1 or 20 balls per second. If you want a reason...watch the poor fools who use rentals...they usually don't fire more than 3-5bps and yet they CONSTANTLY misfeed paint because it gets stuck in the crappy plastic hopper.
I am not one of those people who gives everything a 10 simply because i bought it so that means its the best thing since sliced bread. I will give you facts about the gun, the good and the bad, according to my experience with it.
The good about this gun is the quality of the marker. It is more durable than a tippmann and easier to maintain than any other marker i have come across. Unlike other high-end markers, you will not have to worry about tinkering with your gun because the timing is off or your battery is low, etc. When you take it to play, just oil 1 or 2 orings and you're good for the day.
The reason i bought this gun was for 2 reasons: one was the compact design, two was that i cought word of the level 10 bolt. I play speedball and constantly find myself in tight situations, and this gun was the perfect solution it. Even in woods, i get right up in peoples' faces and get crunched into tight quarters. This gun allowed me to move a lot more freely and get more angles by having a smaller profile to worry about being exposed. As for the level 10 bolt...
The level 10 bolt should be anyone's sole purpose for buying a mag of any kind. This product has its own review catigory so i am not going to get into it any further, however i will say that it is the most incredible piece of equipment paintball has EVER seen.
After upgrading this gun to function and look the way i wanted it to...it is just simply amazing. The looks get all kinds of comments on the field, mostly "THATS A MAG!?" Everything is bright black, with the SS color valve and SS freak front, attached to the bright black freak font...all i need to do is either polish the body or powder coat it black. This is what is good about the mag...there very many upgrade options and routes to take for customizing your gun (granted not as many as a cocker, but cockers are WAY more complicated than any other gun out there).
After getting a new barrel, no shorter than a 12" (recommend 14), the gun shoots straight, accurate and gets much greater distance.
After getting a new trigger frame the trigger pull, though not technically lightened, becomes an easier pull.
Getting an RT (Retro) Vale is what gives you a perfectly smooth and light trigger pull and allows a very high ROF (Rate Of Fire). **Bad is that it costs $200 bucks, and you need to trade your old valve in... or you could be a fool and pay $300 and keep your valve...but why???**
I got this gun for only $290 (plus 50 for the bottom line kit and gas through grip)! It is an amazing price for the basic gun, leaving room in your wallet for the upgrades you want.
Cleaning the gun is as simple as screwing your tank on (making the gun fully pressurized...assuming your tank has air in it) and then dunking it under water and swishing it around to clean off paint.
Disessembly is very easy once you have successfully taken it apart and put it back together once. And do not worry about not being able to do it because AGD gives you a step by step instructional video which shows you how to take your gun apart and reassemble it, and also trouble shoot it incase something goes wrong. You can have the confidence of learning your marker inside and out without fear of leaving something out, or screwing anything up, or having to decipher a manual.
To oil your power tube o-ring (or level 10 carrier o-ring) all you need to do is unscrew ONE screw, slip the valve off, unsrew the powertube tip, take it out, oil it and put it back. It took me longer to write this than it would have to actually do it. The entire gun can be field stripped with 2 tools, 1/8" allen key, and either a nickle (for the level 7 power tube tip) or 3/8" wrench (for the level 10 power tube tip). There are only 2 bolts on the body, 1 that screws into the valve and the other into the body. It is a very simplistic design and still very effective.
Along with the good, this product has plenty of bad. HOWEVER, all the bad CAN be eliminated by upgrading your gun. I can confidently say that if you leave this gun stock, you WILL have problems and a poor paintball experience.
The stock trigger is long and very heavy (i'd say about 10-11 pounds and for that you might as well fire a 44 magnum!). AND, this is NOT easily solved by upgrading to a new trigger frame as most people would think. The reason the trigger pull is so tough is because of the valve, not the frame. When you pull the trigger back you are pulling against the sear pin which is used as a lever to push up on the on/off assembly and simultaneously release the bolt. No matter what frame you have, you still need to exert the exact same amount of force on the sear pin and thus you still have a nasty trigger pull. Of course, by the laws of physics, you can lessen the amount of applied force by increasing the torque. In other words, get a double trigger. Personally i went with the Intelliframe because the pull is slightly shortened and you have the double trigger length with a grooved spot at the end for your finger (plus is looks sexy). It is the best frame you can get for your mag without spending an exuberant amount of money on an electronic hyper frame.
...Also, if you want an increaded ROF and light trigger pull, then get the RT Valve. It is simply amazing how much of a difference it makes. It costs $200 if you trade in your old valve for it...and you would need to get one anyway if you got an electro frame so that the valve could keep up with your ROF. NOW THATS A LOT OF MONEY! If you got the intelliframe and that valve, you would shoot faster than you'd ever need to and have a nice clean, crisp, and light trigger pull.
The distance for mags is terrible. Especially with the stock barrel...i would suggest using it as a paper weight...if it wouldn't roll off your desk. I guess it will just be the most useless thing you own. that barrel has terrible range and horrific accuracy after about 35 feet (anything before that is very accurate), and its loud as hell. The best solution i could come up with for this was a 16" SS Freak Barrel Set...and it made all the difference in the world! Granted i still do not get the distance an autococker does (and never will), i am very accurate. The freak kit was the best $224 dollars i ever spent.
The body, made of SS, can strach easily so becareful.
Mags are also a gas hog, so you should get at least a medium sized tank.
The worst part of owning a mag has always been short stroking. I gaurentee you NO ONE who has owned a mag with a semi frame has never short stroked. They are lying through their teeth if they say otherwise. Mags have many nick names, such as "mag-crushers," and this is because they are the easiest guns to short stroke, and when you do you are totally screwed. This is why mags never became that popular, and why you see so few people with them. However, this is easily solved by AGD's newest creation of the Level 10 Bolt! Once you get that thing installed and fine tuned you will never break another ball as long as you live. It puts an end to the term "mag-crusher" forever! Word of this device is spreading fast and over the next 6 months you will see a LOT more people with mags with their level 10 upgrade, than ever before. I remind you that it is the reason i bought my mag ; )
The last bad thing about a mag is CO2...all mags HATE CO2 with a passion. The reason is that if any liquid gets into the gun it will freeze the o-rings and you will need to wait a good 10-15 minutes for them to dethaw. If you get a mag, get compressed air! Compressed air is simply the best you can get for ANY gun you have...CO2 is dirty, filled according to weight, not pressure, you get constant velocity spikes and drops, etc. Going compressed air is the best way to go, the mag just helps push you in that direction.
The very first thing you should do is get the level 10 bolt!!! It costs $85 and is like buying a new gun. You will never break another ball and have the confidence to walk on the field without a squeege. It will be the most important thing you buy for your gun.
Second, thing you need to do is get a new barrel, because, to be blunt, the range and accuracy sucks. I would recommend the freak barrel system to everyone, simply, because it is the SECOND most innovative piece of technology out there, after the Level 10 of course. You will never need to buy a new barrel again no matter what gun you use, all you need to do is buy the back piece threaded for your different gun.
Third, you need a new Trigger Frame. The stock one is just discusting, long, heavy, ugly...my recommondation is the Intelliframe (blade trigger style). killer looks and preforms very well, deffinently worth the extra $$$.
Forth, you should get a nitro tank. (Reasons listed above). I would recommend a carbon fiber wrapped one no smaller than a 68ci/3000psi, because the mags are a gas hog.
In Conclusion I love my gun very much, i have done much research and applied many upgrades. The gun now works the way I want it to, and i enjoy it very much. The next upgrade i am considering is the RT valve because it would create for me the perfect gun. I gave this gun a rating of 7, because this gun kept stock sucks (of course i kept in mind upgrading a barrel is something everyone does anyway). After getting the Freak Kit, Level 10 Bolt, Intelliframe and a Nitro tank (something i planned on getting no matter what), i rate MY gun with a 9/10. If i decide to get a RT valve it would give me the perfect 10/10 gun to suit my needs.
Despite all the good and bad comments i have spit out, i would still recommend this gun to people, because it is deffinently a quality product. All you need to do is apply a few upgrades (depending on the kind of player you are) and you will have the gun perfectly suited for you.
Pure Energy 72/3000 HPA
ASP 12" Barrel
Durable (like, bulletproof)
Close to No ball Breakage
Old as ****
inaccurate (get a 12" or better)
All right, here's what i say
Weight: Very light, if i had 2 of these things on 9oz CO2's i could dual-wield them.the only downsize is that i have a 72/3000 tank on it and its so badly balanced, but for an obvious reason :P
Size: its small, really ****ing small. Hence the name, i mean, MINI MAG, that tells me small, this thing is smaller than a frigging 98 Custom.
Accuracy: it depends on your barrel, but i have a 12" and its pretty accurate. but if you had a freaking 8" then good lucky buddy!
Durability: seriously, this thing could be dropped from the Eiffel tower and it would be fine. (exaggeration please do not drop your marker from the Eiffel tower!) its pretty damn durable
Quality: i haven't broken a ball yet, which I've shot about 2000 balls, but i guess it depends on how good quality you get it in (see durability). i got this in great quality. and I've done some stupid mistakes with it, its in great condition.
Age: its old, really. if your looking for parts your gonna have to go used. yea that sucks. BTW, it uses a twist-lock barrel, :| fail
i would suggest this gun to anyone, its amazing, and i love it :D. go get it! (get a 12" barrel with it too! remember: twist-lock!)
Mag classic, sto autococker, shocker, Palmer blazer,
14 dye excel, gas through chrome dye fore grip, bottom line, gas through stalk. 12v revvy w x board.
Barrel, gas through foregrip. Nitro or co2 remote system.
Durability, easy of use, compact, in gun reg, Lots of agd upgrades.
Twist lock barrel system
Great gun for the price, Shoots decently fast, and its built like a tank. I've never had a ball chopping problem even with out the level 10 upgrade. Works just fine on CO2 on remote or HPA. You can easily change between the two as well. If your HPA tank runs low and you don't have a fill station near by slap a 20oz CO2 on it and away you go.
Copper 90° elbows. ugly ! replace them right away.
Great gun for intermediate players or people just getting into tourneys.
Ok, well, most of you are probably looking at my gear list and asking "Why is he doing a review on a gun he doesn't even own?" To answer that, the gear list up there is my CURRENT gear. I've owned a MiniMag before, and completely regret selling it, though it did get me a pretty tight 'cocker.
Ok, onto the review:
This thing is LIGHT! People say it's heavy, but I think it's all a mental thing. Honestly, this thing is only 1/2 a pound heavier than my buddy's Icon w/ CP reg. Is that heavy? No! I'll admit, it's not as light as the newer high end guns, but is 3lbs really all that heavy? If you think so, oh boy are you in trouble!
This thing is QUITE accurate. Very comparable to my 'cocker I have now. I could hit a 4" target from about 80' away about 8/10 times. How's that for accuracy?
With the velocity set at 285, I could hit up to about 100' incredibly accurately. At about 110' to 150' the accuracy would vary by about 5" to 13". After that, the accuracy was way off, but I could still get it to shoot and still break paint up to about 250' (NOTE: I DID HAVE TO ARC THE GUN REASONABLY TO GET IT TO SHOOT THAT FAR).
Oh my God is this thing consistant! I'd go all day +-2 in velocity. The valve has an internal regulator, and it's the best on the market. All I did was slap on a gas thru and played my heart out! The internal reg. also lowers the psi down to about 400 psi, which I think is very good. My 'cocker runs at 350psi. I got about 1300 shots off of my 68ci 4500psi
The size is comparable to a newer Shocker or Ion. Basically, you can't get any smaller than this. It's one tube with a feed port comming off of it. With a good drop forward, you can get into a bunker pretty well. I've had no problem maneuvering it around on the field. It's pretty quick to switch hands, and the single tube aspect makes it a bit easier to aim. Literally, I pulled it up and the body was level with my eyes. Talk about quick targeting.
Well, mine came with a Level 10, so I'm not sure how bad chopping is with the Level 7 or other bolts, but man, with the 10, chopping was completely abolished! I didn't chop a single ball while it was in my ownership. It came pretuned, too.
Stock, there aren't many options (unless you go ULE, which I think is over-rated). I just found out from www.automags.org that the bead blasted stainless steel bodies can be spray painted with a Rustoleum type spray paint. So, as long as youdon't mind a matte finish, paint away! Now I want one in emeral green... pretty... or sapphire blue... really pretty.
In conclusion, this is one solid marker. The best I've ever used! I 100% completely regret selling it and am now in the process of buying a new one. It's not very pretty, but if you don't mind painting it yourself, it can be. The only reason I got rid of it was because I fell into the whole "agg" thing and thought I needed a 'cocker. I really miss this gun.
i have a minimag cp flame drop forward and a pmi expansion chamber a dye Axel barrel, and a electric hopper.
i would recommend the level 10 upgrade along with double finger trigger frame and the ule short trigger pul upgrade. and your going to need nitro cause it freezes with C02.
doesn't break balls very reliable compact just a all around sturdy gun wont break.
very heavy heavy trigger pull doesn't work with C02 it freezes weird barrel thread
I think this gun is good for someone who wants a gun that there not going to need to get fixed every month. with a little upgrades and some care this gun cood last for 20 years. i do think price is steep though, but thats the cost for a reliable gun.
this is a good gun i would recommend this gun to the best and the beginners very simple and yet very good and reliable.
I now have a AGD Minimag with a KAPP Drop Zone III, a on/off valve, AGD intelliframe,RT valve,10" full freak barrel kit, 68 ci 4500psi crossfire nitro tank, 12v revolution wired to my intelliframe, and a chrome minimag body
I also had a spyder xtra with a boo-yaah electric trigger frame and a 12' DYE boomstick barrel
pretty much every thing. new barrel new trigger frane. Gas setup
It is quiet.It shoots fast. Looks good.accurate
it does not shoot far.stock trigger is horibble.expensive
It is quiet.It shoots fast. Looks good.accurate
it does not shoot far.stock trigger is horibble.expensive
This is a great gun if you have money to add on accesories. I bought my gun used for two hundred and fifty dollors. It was a great buy. It was stock and it was two years old. But now I have a pretty much new gun after all the stuff I put on it.
This is a great gun if you have money to add on accesories.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, April 16th, 2003 at 7:10 pm PST
Autococker with E1(Zero-B), Freak, Halo-B, Eclipse Internals, Orange bolt, CCM feed neck, gen-x, palmers LPR, Psyco-Balistics Bullet Drop, 68/4500 tank
-Size (very compact)
-Heavy trigger pull
This was my first dive into the speedball world. This is the smallest gun available, even smaller than the new shockers. It has very few moving parts so it needs little maintenance and never breaks. It is made of stainless steel so it is very heavy, and the stock trigger is heavy as well.
I give this gun a 7 because, stock, it can not compete on the tourney level. However, it is very small and very upgradeable.
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
somewhat obstructed vison for those who aren't used to powerfeed or centerfeed
I bought this well today and I am very impressed! first shot I took broke a ball... because the velocity was cranked = 540 fps... But not to worry took me a first time automag user about 3 minutes to clean. Although I did blows the guts of my gun completely accross the room... hehe forgot to turn off my tank. Just simply close the p/f, take off your barrel and take the guts out of the gun. Clean off the bolt and clean the inside of the barrel and your done. I reassembled it and turn the velocity down about 1.3 turns and it shot flawlessly. I had been shooting a cocker for two years and this was a difference of night and day! Although I wasn't used to obstructed vision, every shot I took was exactly on target. (Which by the way was a Klenex box at 80 feet away) After a loader or two, just to get the feel of the trigger I was hooked, I shot at the damn crows pecking through my trash bags and that's when I realized... My Fugging trigger was bouncing off of my finger. Similar to the Rt but with a minimag.... It would bounce almost 3 times everytime I would pull the trigger half way and then pull the rest 1/3 of a second later! I hear that pressure affects the bhounce of the trigger but STILL! A STOCK MINIMAG VALVE BOUNCING! amazing... about 6 bps was what I totaled. I'm guessing because I went through my rev in 30 seconds flat. Some were probably even over and some were probably under but that's an average.
This gun will blow your mind... I only wish that gwen Stafni would blow my mind now... hehe