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Number of Reviews: 5
Average Rating: 5.6 / 10
Manufacturer Website: Click here
Suggested Retail Price: $40

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The Firestorm Crank™ is a simple but effective, rapid fire trigger attachment for your paintball marker.  The Firestorm Crank™ will fire the trigger on your paintball marker 4 times for every turn of the crank. Turn it 10 times and lay down a firestorm. It mounts easily with just two screws that tighten up on the trigger guard; it’s even easier to use. Choose whether you want to use it right handed or left handed. You don’t even have to take apart you marker! After mounting, just attach your Co2 or air tank, fill your hopper with paintballs and you’re ready to go. Release the safety on your marker and you’re ready to fire by “cranking the handle”.  It’s like having a Paintball Gating gun!
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The Equalizer Paintball Firestorm Crank is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
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Ivar Nelson Friday, January 30th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
More than 5 years16 of 20 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
This same product, or a very similar item was available in the 1970's for use with .22 caliber semi-automatic rifles. I sold it in my sporting goods store "All Outdoors" in Lynnwood, Washington. Sold the store in 1980. It went out of business in 1982............
Marker Setup: Spyder Imagine, ANS delrin bolt , ANS X-chamber and ANS feed neck, SP 14" Teardrop Barrel, Empire Reloader, Several "Cosmetic" Upgrades
Tippman A-5 with 14" ANS two-piece barrel
Dragun TES w/HPA & Ev'Lution 2 (Egg) hopper, 14" SP All-American Barrel
Strengths: Novelty; Relatively easy to move from marker to marker
Weaknesses: Impractical; expensive; Slower than most better triggers already; Mars finishes
Review: General: This product attaches with two adjustable set screws on the trigger guard of many markers and actual firearms. One turn of the crank fires the trigger four times with a cam mechanism that if turned fast enough will let you reach the maximum cyclical ROF of your Marker.

Strengths:
1. It is different
2. Can be adapted to a variety of triggers.

Weaknesses
1. When you are cranking the gun with one hand, it is almost impossible to aim it accurately. Think about it. If you hold the grip in your right or left hand and "crank" with the other, your gun will move around due to the forces applied by the "crank hand".
Take this test: Hold your marker in front of you with one hand, and pretend that you are turning the handle of this contraption. Does the gun move around? This is without the real handle and better than results with the actual Firestorm would be. Now hold your marker with your normal grip and "click" the trigger. Which do think would be more accurate? The one exception might be with a slow mechanical trigger, where it takes a lot of force, and can not be walked. And now you will probably "chop" on those guns too! Any Electro grip should be better. And if you already have "burst" or "auto" on your gun, forget it!
2. $40 will get you a new barrel or drop forward, all or most of many mechanized hoppers, a new expansion chamber or bolt, or any number of nice improvements.
3. It takes 4 complete revolutions to fire 16 shots. Can you do that in less than a second? I can't do it reliably. But I am almost a senior citizen. (I am one at Mickey D's)
4. The set screws can scratch the finish on the guard. Especially if they get loose or bumped. If the unit moves any appreciable distance, it stops working too. Precise placement is crucial to proper operation.
Conclusion: The Gatling Gun was formidible weapon in its time. It was mounted on a T&E (Traversing and Elevating) mechanism (quite stable) and cranked by hand. There are good reasons why Gatling Guns went out with the covered wagon. If you want a novelty item to play with, be my guest. But, I'm willing to bet that it will soon end up in a box or drawer somewhere next to the 8 track tapes, sliderule, 110 Film Camera and "church key" can openers.
Rating:
3 out of 10Last edited on Friday, January 30th, 2004 at 10:40 am PST
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DrewRiggio Monday, March 29th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month7 of 15 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
6 months
Similar
Products Used:
There are no similar products to this one on the market as far as I know.
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5
DOP 5.25" forward, 2.25" downward Drop Forward
PMI Pure Energy 88ci 3000psi HPA tank
Smart Parts All American 14" barrel
Two Finger Trigger
Firestorm Crank
Strengths: Drastically increases rate of fire on markers with low ROF.
Weaknesses: Requires tucking marker in tightly to compensate for increased marker movement.
Review: I heard about this item from a friend and went to their web site to learn more about it. I took one look at the video of this item in action and was hooked on the idea of using it. It's primarily used on the video with a Tippmann a-5, which is what I have, presumably due to the reliable feed of the A-5 Cyclone Feed System.

I bought it and the shop owner was kind enough to give me a 500-round bag of paint to test it with. Installing it was a little bit more difficult than I had thought. The device works by pushing a flat tab backwards into the trigger, which is kicked back into the crank by the trigger return. this happens four times per revolution of the crank. I had to position it carefully and cut the tab to fit my trigger. This requires disassembly, but there is a perfectly clear picture of how to do it on the packaging. This requires the included allen wrench and one smaller one whose size I don't recall but I found by trial and error. Once done, I pulled the trigger frame off the marker and attached it easily with the provided allen wrench. Then I re-attached the trigger frame and was ready to rock. The set screws did scratch my trigger guard, but it's a plastic Tippmann 2-finger guard, I don't care if it's dinged a bit and the Crank covers it anyway.

I gassed up the marker and went out behind the shop to the test range and unloaded the whole bag of paint with the crank, less about 5 shots I did firing manually to confirm I could still single shot without the crank being an interference. It worked fine in both modes.

Using it is different from normal firing because the position of your firing hand has to change. Because the marker will tend to mvoe more than if you are pulling just the trigger, you need to keep the marker tucked in tightly to your shoulder to brace it. If you do that it will move pretty much the way it does when firing without the crank. The amount of physical force needed to turn the crank is very small. If you lost anything by way of accuracy, you can make up for it in sheer volume of fire. Because keeping it rucked in tightly is requried to stabilize it, this unit will probably have a tougher time working well on markers without a stock or which use a remote because you cannot easily tuck them in.

This tool is most useful on markers that are difficult to shoot quickly. If you can already fire your marker faster than 12 BPS because it has a very light trigger pull and you are very skilled in walking it, there's no reason to use the Firestorm Crank. If you are using a mechanical marker with a heavier trigger pull, this item can drastically increase your rate of fire. Without disrupting my ability to shoot fairly straight I can turn the crank three times a second easily; if I want to push my luck I can send it around four times though that will tend to make the marker move a bit more. Still, without this crank there's no way I would get my mechanical A-5 to fire 16 BPS, which it can do with the crank.
Conclusion: This is a wonderful add-on for a marker with a mechanical trigger. If you choose to get it, and you have an appropriate marker, you will be pleased with the increased rate of fire. If your marker is already a very fast-firing marker, it will be of no practical benefit. I happen to think it's a gas to use it and it drastically increases the ROF of a mechanical A-5 without requiring a gas-eating response trigger or a battery dependent E-Grip. I give it a 9 instead of a ten because it should include an allen wrench for the smaller sized screws and a pad to protect the trigger guard on markers with fancy finishes, but otherwise I love it.
Rating:
9 out of 10
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Fridaddy Wednesday, June 30th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested4 of 8 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
None
Strengths: Yes, this item puts out a lot of paint.
Weaknesses: One hand holding the gun, the other spinning the crank will lead to inaccurate shots.
Review: For those in California. This item is a Felony to possess Even though its marketed for a Paintball gun this item will fit on a firearm. Be aware before you buy one.

refer to Cal Penal Code section 12020 (redacted for this item)

12020. (a) Any person in this state who does any of the following
is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year
or in the state prison:.............any multiburst trigger activator.........,

As used in this section, a "multiburst trigger activator"
means one of the following devices:
(A) A device designed or redesigned to be attached to a
semiautomatic firearm which allows the firearm to discharge two or
more shots in a burst by activating the device.
(B) A manual or power-driven trigger activating device constructed
and designed so that when attached to a semiautomatic firearm it
increases the rate of fire of that firearm.
Conclusion: Walking the trigger is faster and more accurate.
Rating:
4 out of 10
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taison Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Similar
Products Used:
none, its like a gattling gun
Marker Setup: icon X with my buddies' 14 barrel 20 oz co2
Strengths: Fast, really fast, can use it on most-non electric fields.
Weaknesses: Ugly, cots lots to make it good.
Review: its a decent fast firing crank if used correctly. This guy i saw one time was using it with
2 tippmann A-5's so it shot like 20 bps, which i think is pretty good, if you want firepower over accuracy, thats why its bad. Its good for covering friends, but don't expect to get many kills with it. if u want to know more about this beast, go to
special ops paintball

and see that monster!!!!
Conclusion: Get it if your a serious heavy gunner, or if u've got a crazy trigger finger, (or hand i should say).
Rating:
6 out of 10
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ericfreakyv Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Marker Setup: ION , NDZ fire body, CP barrel, QEV, CCM no-rise feedneck
Strengths: Speed
Weaknesses: Cant really let it rip
Review: I found whenever i really started cranking on this puppy the balls would jam and break. If you have a slower more smoother rythme it tends to work alot better. You shouldnt use a flatline with this thing because that sand paper in the barrel tends to kill the paint at these higher rates of fire.
Conclusion: Its OK, But not the first thing you should buy for your gun.
Rating:
6 out of 10
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