The Classic Impulse was one of the most popular electropneumatic paintball markers ever produced. It found its way into the winner's circle in the hands of teams like the All Americans and Strange. Pros loved it for its performance and amateurs loved it for its price. Even though it has been out of production for several years, it remains a popular used marker due to its fast rate of fire, simple cleaning requirements and rock-solid reliability.
Easy Vision Maintenance Ė Whatís worse than losing an eye cover or critical screw in the staging pit? We canít think of much, thatís why we infused the Impulse with a technology that has been around since the middle ages Ė hinges. The Impulse has hinged eye covers that latch securely shut, but pop instantly open at the flick of a latch, making clean-up fast and trouble free.
Air Cushioned Piston Ė As if the ultra-low firing piston pressure wasnít enough, we also contoured the gas channels in the Impulse to provide an air buffer so that the bolt and piston come to a gentle stop at each end of their movement, instead of a hard knock. That gets rid of vibration so you can shoot a rope of paint as smooth as silk.
Impulse Command Panel Ė Straight-forward common-sense design puts full control of the Impulse right where you need it. The Impulse Command Panel at the rear of the markerís grip frame gives electronic control with the power and programming button and pressure control with direct allen wrench access to both regulators.
Venting ASA Ė Screw-in air systems are where itís at. The easy to turn knob on our integrated hose-less ASA will turn your air system on, or turn it off, and vent pressure to save its o-ring.
Lithium Polymer Power Ė You donít have to run to the corner store to buy batteries for your cell phone, and you shouldnít have to do that for your paintgun. A built in lithium polymer battery uses the same technology that drives mobile phones to drive your game. Just in case you blow through the batteryís optimal 100,000 shot charge in a single game (how many pods are you carrying?!?) and donít have time to charge, weíve got you covered. Our designers gave the impulse snap-grips and a spare battery. Swapping for a charged battery requires no tools and takes only seconds.
Two-Stage Regulation Ė Sure, a maker needs a regulator, but two? Thatís the secret to recoil elimination. The primary regulator in the Impulse grip sets the pressure of the air used to fire each paintball, and is tuned to adjust velocity and to get the maximum efficiency a poppet valve can deliver. This gives the Impulse the ability to shoot 1700 to 1800 shots from a 68ci 4500 psi tank. The Impulse is also equipped with a secondary regulator which drops the pressure further to an ultra-low 50 psi. Thatís about half what competing poppet valve markers use for their rams, but we can do that because we donít need to beat on our valve to get it to open. That makes the Impulse incredibly gentle with brittle paint, and totally gets rid of the kick.
Grip Integrated Regulators Ė No, the regulators arenít in the foregrip Ė they are in the grip frame, in a pair of compact modular packages. Both Regulators can be quickly removed, cleaned and rebuilt with a minimum of tools.
Integrated Relief Valve Ė Weíve noticed that some air system manufacturers have started leaving low-pressure burst disks out of their designs. We donít but that is because we care about your safety. We donít think your Impulse should have to pay for the price if their regulator leaks and delivers too much pressure. The Impulse foregrip not only serves as a super-sized volume chamber for the fire valve, but it also houses an integrated relief valve that safely vents off excessive pressure.
Pressure Balanced Poppet Valve Ė When you get your hands on an Impulse, take a look at the front. Thatís not a volume chamber under the barrel (we put a much bigger one in the foregrip, but thatís another story.) itís the valve housing. In its center youíll see the white front end of our valve core. Unlike most poppet valves, ours is exposed to atmospheric pressure on both ends. Instead of just pushing the valve shut, the gas pressure inside the valve pushes in both directions. The two opposing forces cancel each other out and the valve can be opened with just a gentle nudge. This means we donít have to slam a heavy ram or hammer around inside the marker. Without all the banging around, itís easy to shoot straight on the target, every time.
Hose Free Design Ė Hoses? We donít need no stinkiní hoses! Hoses can break. Hose fitting can leak. We got rid of the hoses and got rid of the problem. Compressed air flows through channels machined into the Impulse body and grip frame.
The Freak Barrel System Ė Itís the choice of champions because it works. A Freak compatible impulse Impulse barrel back holds a Freak insert and 14-inch All American barrel front. Out of the box, itís a great barrel, with the addition of a full The Freak insert kit, itís a complete barrel system ready for any playing condition.
Q-Lock Feedneck Ė Itís practically the industry standard. Our lever latching feedneck keeps your hopper securely in place, but unlocks in an instant.
* Pressure balanced poppet valve allowing 1700 to 1800 shots from a 4500 psi 68ci system
* Dual regulation allowing extremely low bolt force and eliminating kick
* Air buffered firing piston shoots smoother with less vibration
* Ultra-compact in-grip regulators reduce forward weight for improved balance
* Hose-free design eliminating common leak points
* Rechargeable lithium polymer battery powering the Impulse through approximately 100,000 shots per charge
* Hinged Vision eye covers open without tools for cleaning and aren't easily lost because they stay attached to the marker
* Volume chamber fore-grip eliminates shoot-down
* Modular body design allowing for fast repairs and mix-and-match color styling
* Freak compatible barrel system accepts bore inserts for changing paint sizes
* Trigger based programming with modes for all major leagues and scenario use
* Q-Lock feedneck quickly clamps and adjusts to all high performance hoppers
The Smart Parts Smart Parts 09 Impulse is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
Does not come with all the allen keys needed to adjust things.
When I opened this out of the box, the first thing I noticed was the finish on the gun and barrel....it is just stunning. I then charged the battery for 40 minutes, as instructed. Then, I put on my tank with just under 2,500psi left in it and my hopper and about 3 full pods and went into my backyard to test it out. Even at fast rates of fire, the consistancy of shots is incredible! Not only do they all go the same distance, but they also all shot in a tiny little cluster, which makes it even better. Also, I noticed the psi on my tank was around 1,300. That means I shot a hopper and 3 pods, that's around 500 paintballs, and I only used 1200psi, which is amazing air efficeincy.
One problem I do have is how all the allen keys I need did not come with the gun, so I had to go out and buy them myself. I could not adjust the velocity or trigger because those specific allen keys did not come with the gun. And the grip does not fit 100% perfectly over the grip frame, but that could just be mine being faulty. Other than those two minor, fixable things, the gun is perfect.
VERY IMPORTANT: ----> The only major problem about this gun actually has nothing to do with the gun itself. The maker of the Impulse, Smart Parts, has recently gone out of business. On the plus side, the price of the Impulse has dropped almost $200, but a major downside is, you cannot ship this gun back to Smart Parts for any maintanance you may need. For instance, my feed neck is sort of broken, and when I went to send it back, they said they could not fix it anymore because, for lack of better wording, they do not exist anymore. So, in my opinion, this marker itself is one of the best on the market today, but if you are prone to breaking things or smashing your marker around, I do not recommend getting this because antyhing you break is on you to fix now.
If you are willing to buy the best and have the money for it, buy the new Smart Parts Impulse. Just do not be rough with it because now that Smart Parts is out of business, it is on you, the owner of the gun, to deal with and fix all of its problems.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, April 4th, 2010 at 11:14 am PST
2009 Stock Impulse
2003 Rat Jr. Impulse
- All the goodies that came with the gun
Tippmann Pro Carbine
-12" Lapco Bigshot Barrel
I'm not sure anything is even out for it yet?
But honestly I feel like it doesn't really need anything
Had a leak when I first used it
Body is very small, light and sharp looking
I love the small size of the forgrip
Good milling and color
Trigger frame and grips are very comfortable.
All in all its just a bad ass looking gun
Obviously similar to the luxe but a lot smaller and felt a lot better in my hands
I'm absolutely in love with this gun, its so simple to use and it shoots great!
The trigger is like butter
When I went to the pro shop I had my eyes on the Impulse and the NXT Shocker, I tried different tanks on each and different hoppers and tried to get a good feel for each marker.
When I first checked out both, I decided I liked the shocker a lot better and I was going to go with it, but when I returned to the pro shop I couldn't stay away from the impulse.
Excellent Marker, its definitely going to be a big hit this year
I'd say othe impulses but it's a totally different beast. It's compairable to intimidators and shockers a bit
Dp fusion Fx and a closer virtued
Sly carbon fiber barrel/ ultralite
Custom pro flaline e double trigger and folding stock
Nothing. It even comes with a freak barrel
Easy to use
This is a great gun.it's lite fast and very easy to perform basic matanence on. It's an eye catcher as well. Everybody at the field may have heard of it but never even seen one. It's got the looks it's lite and performs amazing. And at 800$ it's pricey but u get a lot for that cash. The freak barrel kit included is one of my favorite barrels.
All around great gun. It's got all that and then some.
06 sft shocker all decked out
68/45 ninja tank
none known....if there was a different bolt....get the freak kit
Accuracy...Efficency....Sounds sexy....Looks sexy.....Feels good
Go to pbnation and read the forums on how to fine tune your impulse...this will make this thing shoot lazers, ball on top of ball, can easily shoot faces....The grips kinda dont fit but they go on with a little finese.....Front grip is a little slippery but nothing hockey tape wont fix.
You need to get this...Shoots better then any ego or luxe in my opinion.
Ive tested a couple of these guns, it offers every perk that any other stack tube does. And any drawbacks if you will. the lpr and hpr are both located in the back grip. This results in a very skinny front grip and a different feeling back grip. The trigger is also a love/hate feeling. The rechargable battery is the same as in the dlx luxe, so i would assume that is does great.
At least hold this thing before you buy. ********My rating on this gun is IF u just so happen to like the love/hate features***********