The new Proto SLG includes patented Spool Valve Technology, which allows the gun to operate more consistently at a lower
operating pressure, giving you 1500 shots on a 68/4500-air tank. In addition, the new multifunction, self-lubricating Force Button allows clearing the bolt without tools, acts as a cocking mechanism, and prevents unsafe disassembly of the marker when gassed up. The SLG comes standard with the new Hyper3 In-Line Air Regulator featuring higher flow, more consistency, and smoother velocity adjustment. Regular maintenance and cleaning are easy with one-tool-one-screw bolt breakdown. The Proto SLG consists of solid construction using a hardened steel sear, aluminum body and bolt, and a reinforced polymer frame and trigger. All this adds up to a tournament grade package you can afford.
No Rise pressure feed neck
Single piece proto barrel
Anti chop break beam eye system
Orbital Rotating Sear - reduces wear
Compact lightweight body weighing only 2 lbs. 2 oz!
Stamped metal insert logo
Self closing valve 2 piece bolt
Multifunction self lubricating force button
Super low 145psi operating pressure
Adjustable reinforced polymer trigger
Ergonomic 45 grip frame
Hyper3 inline air regulator
Proto dual durometer injection sticky grip
Program with four tournament modes
Proto bottomline with dovetail
The Proto SLG is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion on the comments page.
Period of Product Use:
Less than a month
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Similar Products Used:
-Diablo Wrath; not even comparable
-Karnivor; trigger on the SLG is better
-Various Spyders; again, these don't even compare
-98 Custom with 14" SmartParts Progressive barrel, remote line, and Tapco T6 CAR Stock
-Proto SLG with SmartParts Q-Lock feedneck, 14 in. Junior Freak kit 50ci 3000psi Pure Energy HPA tank, Dye Rhino tank cover, Evo3
Clamping Feedneck. Possibly a new barrel, but the stock one isn't bad.
-Super low pressure
-Very small feedneck
-Not much else
So I saw this gun in an issue of APG and I was immediately intrigued. I went on PaintballGear and was amazed to see it being offered at the low, low price of $249.95! Within 2 days of PaintballGear stocking the SLG I bought one and was not disappointed. When it arrived I pulled it out of the box and just about sprouted a woody right then and there. The thing is so hot and so light, it's unbelievable. It weighs in at only 2.2 lbs.!
I stuck the battery in and turned it on. Much to my delight, everything was in working order. (I've had a couple bad experiences with guns in the past. Cough, Diablo...) It was then that I noticed the one and only problem with the gun. When I tried to put my Evo3 on, the feedneck was too small. Eventually I crammed the thing in there enough to allow some test shooting, but I would definitely recommend a new feedneck. First of all, the thing rips despite technically being a sear-tripper. I had no trouble getting into the factory-rated 19-20 bps range. Second, with the new Dye Hyper3 reg on, the consistency is outstanding. There was like zero deviation in the shots. Not a single spike or shootdown in the few ropes I shot. The stock barrel is more than accurate enough for speedball, but it is a bit loud, so if you want to quiet the gun down a bit and additionally give it nail-driver accuracy, you might want to buy a new barrel.
This gun truly is one of the most user-friendly I have ever come across. Just turn it on and it's ready to go. Hold down the bottom button for a few seconds and the eyes are off. Hold it down again and they're back on. Simple as that. Programming this thing is really easy and well-explained, which brings me to my next point.
Now this may sound odd, but one of the most impressive things about this gun is the instruction manual. For a guy who's used to the usual crappy, thrown-together manuals that most guns come with, this manual is like heaven. Awesome detailed diagrams. Detailed explanations. Someone actually seems to have planned this one out decently. Props to Proto just for that.
I would recommend this to anyone whether they're just getting into paintball or they're just looking for a new gun. In fact, I already have one of my best friends considering buying one. This thing can easily step with ions, impy's, karni's, just about anything. And to those who believe that an ion is better just because the ion is electro-pneumatic, see what they see when the get roped by the gun that you didn't have to put $100 of upgrades into to make it competitive.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, February 14th, 2008 at 10:49 am PST