The Vector M1 Military version includes the Vector's integrated expansion chamber, 10" teflon coated barrel, a telescoping stock and raised, grooved sight rail for improved accuracy. Tool free disassembly makes maintenance quick and simple.
The Auto-Ordnance Vector M1 Military is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
First, let me say that I LOVE this marker, and these are the reasons why:
This is a fairly rare marker so when you step on the field with one of these, you won't blend in w/the rest of the guys who have Tippmans.
This marker already has a pretty good mil-sim look to it out of the box. It doesn't need a whole lot more stuff. The flat black paint and squared off casting of the marker gives it a very serious and "we mean business" look. It doesn't look like a candy coated carnival where you expect 20 clowns to magically pop out of the maker like a lot of others out there.
The flat black finish is very durable (it's finish is actually milspec). The expansion chamber is actually welded to the marker body so the whole thing is one solid piece. The power feed is also welded to the body so there are no pieces to break off or unscrew and fall off with the exception of the trigger assembly. Another example of the solid construction of this marker is how the trigger assembly screw actually screws into the rear hammer bolt. This locks the hammer-stop in place and keeps it from unscrewing during the course of play. The bolt is delrin plastic, with small ports similar to a Venturi bolt, but not quite the same to ensure even pressure on the paintball to prevent breakage. When you hold the marker you notice it's "heft". It's well balanced, if not a little on the heavy side, but to me that is what makes it so "solid" feeling.
The 10' stock barrel is fairly accurate, probably more accurate than the standard stock barrel found with most markers. It's non-stick impregnated a'la a J & J. The 14" upgrade gives you much more accuracy at range. I have better accuracy and range than my friend w/a Tippman A-5 with a 16' J & J.
I love the looks of this marker....have I said that yet... I also love the way this marker sips co2. 12oz tank easily lasts 1000 rounds. I could probably go 1500 rounds, but haven't yet so I can't say for certain. Velocity is very consistant. The whole marker, because of it's integrated expansion chamber being part of the body of the marker itself, is one giant heat sink. This is why the velocity is so consistant and also why this marker performs much better than a typical marker when it's cold outside. Want to rip up your friends, take them out when the temp is cold to play. You'll have zero issues with consistancy or snow, while your friends will more likely have issues....easy pickings...
This is an expensive marker if you look at it simply from the aspect that it's a mechanical blowback, however it's rock solid and won't ever let you down. It's milsim looks, accuracy, construction, and uniqueness makes it worth it if you're looking for a great woodsball marker. Some milsim woodsball markers are all about looks, but are too highly tuned and subject to problems. It reminds me of a guy who has a Chevy big block engine in his hotrod, and a guy w/a finely tuned Italian sportscar. Both will be fast, but the Italian sportscar will be in the shop a lot more...This marker will never be in the shop.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 at 11:01 am PST
Tippmann A-5, Flatline barrel, collapsible stock 48 ci 3000psi HPA
Any thing you can find really
Very limited upgrades
I purchased this gun used on an ebay auction. I had never heard of it before and after reading the review from warpig.com I had to get it. When i got it came with a gravity fed hopper, a 20oz C02 and a BSA red dot sight. Thanks to the carry handle/ rail on the gun the sight sits comfortably tucked up against the hopper, I generally use a Viewloader revolution on this gun just to ensure it feeds. With a 20 oz tank the gun balances almost perfectly at the trigger, but i prefer to use a remote coil to keep the weight down. The barrel on the gun completely unique the barrel recesses into the gun to just past the breach, so in case there is a break you give the barrel a 1/4 turn and slid it straight off. Because of the barrel being recessed any break is completely contained in the barrel so it is very easy to clean. It also is very accurate so when coupled with a sight, it is amazing. I had heard of there being a spyder barrel adapter for it which consisted of a piece that recessed into the gun and then was threaded for the spyder barrel. I managed to track down the 14" barrel and i actually prefer the 10" the 14 looks better but i like the up tight carbine feel of the 10. Its great and air and has never let me down. I had one afternoon of outlaw play where i was using a case of monster balls that where really old so the didn't want to break, it was a 2 v 2 I had one guy try to flank me and my teammate and all i could see was his head over the bushes i fired a few shots and he disappeared we he popped up again i did the same thing we did this a few times till he finally called himself out. After the game i found out that about 75% of my shots found their target right on his noggin. He called himself out because he was tired of being shot and had a headache for the rest of the night.
Sadly repair parts for this gun are few and far between, but the only problems i have ever had is the usual wear and tear of the o-rings so all the key pieces are still holding up good. If you can find one of these guns buy it they are worth the money if you don't mind the lack of upgrades but most of them aren't even necessary anyway. Though I have consider talking to the guys at the local machine shop if they could help with any customizations for it, because I have been thinking about modifying a spyder e-grip to use on it