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Multiple Types of Ammunition
IReview: I got this RIS M203 Launcher for my Rap4 paintball marker. It is a very interesting piece of hardware for many reasons. In this review I will review the said product as unbiased as possible and uncover the facts about it to the best of my ability.
I will break this review down into 5 categories (Looks and cosmetics, Features/special attributes, Shooting and related, Air and related, and Durability and maintenance), each with a potential of two points to be given or taken away.
IF it were not for the Glaze orange Tip this would be Identical to a real M203 launcher, It is quite detailed and authentic
The Grenade / Shells it takes are also Realistic looking whether it be mimicking a 40 mm grenade or a shotgun shell.
-<FEATURES / SPECIAL ATTRIBUTS>-
The M203 is a single shot under barrel weapon. It takes 40 mm paint grenade shells, Paint Shot shells, Airsoft Shells, Nerf sim rounds, and many other forms and variations of ammunition.
These can have a range of projectiles like .68 cal paint, .43 cal paint, Airsoft pellet, Smoke powder by itself or combined with projectiles for enhanced smoke effects, Nerf Sim rounds, Water balloons, and more.
The Launcher Itself Can be Mounted on any Standard 20mm rail. That means any Benn Tippmann, any gun with a stock 20mm rail, and any gun period if you get a shroud and attach a rail to it.
-<SHOOTING AND RELATED>-
On shooting the launcher one must push a release lever on the side of the unit to allow the slide to go forward, next a Charged Shell of some nature (Many available as I listed in the previous category) insert the shell, and bring the slide back locking the launcher and arming it.
Once Discharged the shell must be Removed And replaced with a fresh charged shell before it can be cycled again. It is realistic to the launcher it is modeled after.
When the Launcher itself is actually discharged the result will depend on what type of shell you chose to purchase with it. I chose the .43 cal Thunder shell.
The .43 Thunder Shell will offer a Shotgun effect or a “Scatter shot”. It is adjustable between 1 and 25 balls .43 call balls. The report from it firing was at least three times that of a normal .68 blow back marker, and had Notable recoil. In scenario play this is considered a cool thing.
The shot spread would depend on how many .43 cal balls were loaded. With 10 it would have about a 60-70 foot effective range and small diameter shot cone, with 25 it would have about a 30-40 foot effective range and a large diameter shot cone. Think of it like the Normal shotgun and super shotgun in the classic doom games.
Best of all it is sub 300 FPS velocities so it is field legal.
-<AIR AND RELTED>-
This launcher does not use air, Pulling the trigger will move a firing pin.
The shell itself is purchased with a charger, which usually comes with a regulator of some sort. This allows the Charger to have a co2 or HPA tank screwed into it. The charger is then plugged into the shell for roughly 5 seconds. After it is charged the shells needs to be loaded up with whatever compatible ammunition matches the specific shell you have, in my case .43 cal which requires “oversized” .43 cal grenade caps, which are just larger .43 cal balls that fit snugly in the shells barrels ( five micro barrels inside) so that no other balls can roll out while you have the grenade in the gun or in a grenade pouch.
Though this is not a flaw with the gun itself there is a big Cost issue here.
Launcher = $250
Charger = $20
Regulator = $50
Rail = $20 (if your marker doesn’t have a 20 mm rail stock)
Grenades = $80 Each (depending on style)
This is above what the average player to afford.
People said that they had problems with their shells leaking, I had this to, but I investigated it internally in the shells and found out it is not an O-ring, it is something much different, and easier to fix.
Inside the shell near the gas reservoir there is a housing with holes around its outside leading inward. In these holes there are tiny ball bearings. A leak will occur if these bearings come out of the holes. The solution to the leak is to take some grease ( like dow 33) and grease the holes so the ball bearings will not roll out easily, and disperse the ball bearing around the circle of holes equally ( I think there are enough for exactly 2 per hole but I am not 100% sure) but this did fix the problem 100% of the time.
-<DURABILITY AND MANTINENCE>-
This unit is painfully simple, this is oh such a good attribute. The simpler something is the fewer things that can go wrong with it and the less chance it has of breaking.
The trigger system is basic. It has two levers parallel to each other, one is the trigger, one is the safety. The safety 3 stage system (1. Safe trigger, 2. Pull trigger once to take safety off, 3 Armed Trigger).
The slide has one lever to release ( a simple spring lever) and a metal spring clip to keep the slide from coming off the metal guide track. The slide would come off the track if this clip was depressed (like a clothespin).
Its Construction was all metal with some high impact shatter proof plastic (for the shroud over the launcher)
Maintenance just as easy, you take the slide off the track and it could be easily cleaned with just about anything because of its massive bore diameter. Its as simple as open Clean Close. Maybe wipe down the outside. The trigger Mechanism is sealed and should never require more than a drop of oil every few months.
This Launcher is truly unique. It fires a wide range of ammunitions to fit many different situations from a shotgun, to a smoke screen, to a scenario missile launcher, to a grenade launcher.
This Units versatility and durability are very attractive. Though it is at the sacrifice of making your primary weapon much more heavy and cumbersome.
The intimidation factor for this Piece of machinery is insane. Everywhere my Rap4 with M203 goes whispers follow close behind, heads turn, and eyes widen.
It is not a cost effective upgrade, but if you can spare the cash, it gets my approval as a multi purpose tool that is both effective and will add a new dimension to your game play.
Based on my categories of review I give it a _9/10_
If you have any Questions of points of concern with this or any of my review please contact me at Travis@hitmanpaintball.ca
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 at 12:10 pm PST
The construction is very sturdy and can handle a beating.
The launcher, grenades, and CO2 charger do not come with any kind of instructions.
I recently purchased this product with two M203 Shells and two M68 Thunder Grenades.
The M203 launcher itself is extremely well made. The shell housing appears to be a very strong polymer and the latching and trigger mechanisms are all metal. As far as the M203 itself, the launcher is very well made and the combination of the M68 Thunder Grenades and a NERF Vortex is deadly against a tank. With repeated tests I was able to place a NERF round within a 1x1 foot square consistently at approx. 50 feet, with longer ranges achieved with slightly less accuracy. (If you are using that product for the same purpose, slide the rockets all the way into the tube). The launcher is easy to operate and is pretty self explanatory if you watch the RAP4 Grenade video on the website.
I have, however, had nothing but problems out of the M203 Grenades that are made to shoot the .43 caliber paintballs. Just to site a few issues:
- inaccurate (when it doesn't break paintballs)
- unreliable (leaks in various locations)
- difficult to refill (you have to take it apart to reset the springs inside the grenade)
If you are purchasing this product to fire NERF Rockets, GREAT PRODUCT (See Above).
If you are purchasing this product to fire paintballs, I do not recommend it.
I give the M203 Launcher a 9/10
- minus one for no instrucitons
- in this case, I believe weight comes with durability
I give the M68 Grenade a 10/10 for shooting a NERF Rocket, I give it a 6/10 for shooting paintballs.
I give the M203 Grenade (.43 caliber paintballs) a 1/10.
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Why would you want to get this big load of metal? Maybe you wanna impress the girl next door with your big guns or prove to your friends that you are serious about paintball. Remember when you went to ask your parents about it and they saw the price of it all and they said no? Well I have a solution that will solve all you problems for under $200. You saying to yourself thats impossible and a scam! Well its not okay. Go to any Airsoft website or store and look for a green gas powered launcher made by these people:Madbull,2Roy,Classic Army,CAW. Then look for some 40mm grenades powered by gas in the same site. They will be called like"40mm paintball greande" or something like that. get maybe 1 or 2 of those if you budget allows and some green gas or if they have the Co2 powered ones than get that.It is the exact same thing and way cheaper. Look for a comment that I will post later about what sites to go to for low prices.
Great assault weapon and very very realistic. Just don't complain when your rich neighbors call the cops on you because they saw an army man in their backyard.(lol)
5 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, January 1st, 2007 at 5:39 pm PST