The sidewinder regulator was designed specifically for use on the Excalibur because of its extremely low operating pressure. The regulator will work extremely well on other guns as well. The design of the regulator permits the air hose to be connected to the gun in any location the user wishes within a 360 degree circle around the base of the reg, while still allowing the regulator to be externally adjusted from the bottom. The top endcap of the regulator can be replaced with different length ones to allow the user to adjust total length of the reg.
The AKA Sidewinder Regulator is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
Black Magic reg - fairly consistent, very twitchy when you adjust it, difficult to rebuild. Not nearly as nice as the Sidewinder.
Used on an ebladed Dye Ultralite, and an 04 Freestyle.
Nice convenience features
Not beautiful looking
Needs oil occasionally (easy)
A little pricey
CONSISTENCY AND RECHARGE. This reg is second to none in consistency - after your 2-case-break-in-period, most owners see +/-1 FPS with good paint on good markers. It's absolutely incredible. And its recharge is fast enough to keep up with anything.
Aside from that, the base swivels around, so that your fitting can be positioned anywhere. Plus, it's not in your way when you grab the reg.
Also, it can be purchased with different removeable endcaps, which gives you different lengths.
It's real reliable, but you need to keep it oiled. Fortunately, oiling consists of dropping some oil in the ASA and firing your gun a few times. That's it.
On the other hand...
Some people don't like its looks. Also, there's no gauge port, but if you know how, you can drill and tap the endcap for one.
Keep it oiled. Not that that's much of a problem - it's very easy.
A bit pricey - $75 shipped is about the cheapest you'll find.
Something to note - although you will not find fault in this reg, it has been replaced by the 2-Liter reg made by AKA, which is a bit better. However, the sidewinder is adjustable from 0-700psi, while the 2L is only 0-350, plus the 2L's macroline fitting is in the way - at the middle of the reg. And the 2L costs $30 more. So I still think the sidewinder is the way to go.
This is my favorite reg on the market, bar none. An excellent product.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, January 20th, 2005 at 4:56 pm PST
I replace my bottomline max-flo with this reg and im glad i did.This reg is one of the top performers.It is a little expensive at $95 bucks, But you really appreciate it when you get to the chronos.Although this reg sticks out like a sore thumb on almost every gun imaginable it out perform everything i have ever seen.I mean its not all about looks.is it?
I give this reg a 7 based on looks.But im so amazed by this regs peformance That i give it a 12 based on that aspect.So overall its gonna get a 9.
This is the stock reg on Viking, blah blah blah...short of the 2-Liter it is probably the best reg out there, and is my personal favorite. It looks awesome and goes well with the minimalist look of an unmilled Viking, it's easy to adjust, maintenance consists of dropping in a bit of AKA lube now and then...and it's consistent. Very, very much so. Readings of +/- 1 and 2 are had regularly, with decent paint and barrels, on my Viking.
It's a small thing, but the swivel fitting on the bottom is a godsend. No more having your macro fitting sticking right into the palm of your hand...you can just swivel it around to the other side. The 'winder is very smooth and nondescript, so it also makes an excellent and very comfortable handgrip in addition to its regulating ability.If you're on a tight budget, buy a CP reg. If you can afford to spend 20 more, buy a Sidewinder. If you're rolling in dough and need every last bit of performance from your parts, buy a 2-Liter. That's all there is to it.
If you have a Viking or Excal with one, keep it...if you have any other marker...buy one. Or a 2-Liter if you're so inclined.
Tippmann A-5 with Removed R/T, Pure Energy 68/3000, Dye 14" Ultralight barrel, Lapco Grip bottom with Uni-Mount, AKA Sidewinder Secondary Regulator.
Ease and accuracy of setup. Customer Service. Bottom Hose connection.
I had the Palmers Stabs on my 2 A-5's. One broke and the other would never let me get over 255 FPS with the Dye ULight barrel. Called and talked to AKA and they were so helpful and willing to work with me. I didn't know but they are the main regulator used in those "Robots" on that "Robot Wars" show. I figure they must have the quality.
I wish I had known about AKA before I wasted my money on the Palmers. Oh yea, the Sidewinders need no break in like the Palmers. I asked the AKA Tech about break in and he just laughed. He said there's are ready to go out of the box.
You can also interchange parts on the body to increase or decrease body length. You don't have to buy another Regulator.
If you use HPA, this is the proven Regulator. Call them up and talk to them. That always tells me a lot about a company.
dragun "the one" w/ smart parts teardrop barrel, qloader, AKA sidewinder REG, CP flame drop, cobra paintball on off valve, Bandit Bolts TES bolt, 20oz c02 tank
nothing cept the looks but who cares?
of all the regulators that i have tested this is by far the best one it is very consistent and much more accurate than the stock dragun regulator my marker came with. before i got this regulator my marker used to fire all over the place but but when i got this i went out in my back yard and fired it and was able to hit a stick multiple time about 1 or 2 inches wide from about 25 feet away.
over all this is a great reg it is very consistent and i recommend it to anyone
Spyder Aggressor, CiP Assualt Block , CiP Fullforce ,AKA Sidewinder ,Rocket valve,Freak ,Boo-Yah , and shocktech drop w/thor
-high volume [when using the tallest its really good]
-swivel end cap
-looks to some people but to me it means business
Well I recieved this reg from Splatt Entertainment a few weeks ago. When I got it outta the package I fell in love. This reg doen't use looks to sell obviously but it looks nice and simple to me. Anyways I put this on my lp spyder and emptied my hole tank. It was increadibly consistent and I had no problems with it. The appearance is a little acward in the fact of the hard anno kind is lighter than black but thats not a problem fot me. The thing never gave me any problems
Great reg, decently priced. Not purely cosmetics, it more of a performer than a looker. I really suggest it if ur looking for a good reg
wgp ergoreg, angel mini reg, pure energy reg, max flow
Black 2002 Angel IR3
12" Dye Aluminum
Blue 2002 STO Atucocker
WGP 2 piece barrel
WGP hinge frame with flame trigger
high flow. Ive never seen shootdown, even on trixes or timmys shooting 20 bps
consistant. Ive got no numbers, but its very consistant for sure
different lengths. You can buy it in different lenghts so it will clear your drop, etc.
swiveling bottom. Its easy that way to mount your air lines
uh bad is that it is rather expensive, although worth the money. And it doesnt look great, rather plain, but its quite all right.
well worth the money. In my mind the best performing reg on the market. 9 for the plain looks and expense.
BKO Bushmaster,AKA Sidewinder,AKA Mighty Max, AKA Tornado Valve, 12" Freak Barrel, System X drop w/on-off, PE 68/3000
ready to go, right out of package
If using marco line do not screw in adapter too far into the reg
I have just started using this product from AKA. To start with the tech support is very user friendly and easy to get in touch with. I have replaced the stock reg and a Thor sec stage reg for the Sidewider...........and what a difference just this single reg made. OUTSTANDING.........hats off to AKA................the base of the reg rotates to make the connection to your air supply easy. Just do not screw it in too far for it will have an affect on the air coming in. Like I said Tech's are very user friendly at AKA.
If you decide that you want play this sport and have a good system to shoot, try the sidewinder as your reg, you will be very pleased that you did. Vapor works....well i ordered some stuff from them...but still have not gotten them......go ahead and spend a couple of dollars more........get AKA
WGP ergo, black ice, Blackmagic reg, ANS reg, vigilante(if you can call it a reg), palmer, i think thats it.
2003 Autococker, custom milled body, ans ram, oracle 3-way, rhino reg, rat valve, lightning bolt, blah blah blah. Yeah the only thing wgp on this thing is the serial #.
Consistency. This reg is by far the most acurate, reliable reg on the market.
I bought this reg at a shop on vacation in Indianapolis, (akalmp's home town, mine too). It was before they even hit the stores, over two years ago. This thing has not given me a single hiccup since purchase. The reg posts constant velocities +,- 2fps, has an easy grip to it and is simple to operate. The hex setting on the bottom is very tight and cannot be accidently changed. (unlike ALL air-america equipment)
Compact design, easy grip, great look in nickle or black anno, and the best performance ive ever seen.
DO NOT USE WITH CO2.
If you've got the money, don't hessitate. If your lookin at buying something cheaper.....keep saving.
ICD Bushmaster 2002 BK0 with
>12" Freak Barrel (SS backing with Silver Freak front)
>14" J&J Performance Ceramic
>Dye Stickies (2 piece)
>MacDev Red Valve
>Phat Performance Flame Drop
>Phat Performance On/Off valve
>Viewloader 12v Revolution with with X-Board
>Comfortable to hold
>Fits just about any marker with a ASA
>Besides being expensive, none yet that I have seen or had
The Sidewinder is a very nice regulator, very consistent, fits any vertical ASA, and has a very high flow rate. The swivel base is big plus, you never have to worry about the gas line getting in the way and making the regulator uncomfortable to hold. The high flow rate is perfect for those low pressure markers that are all the rave now, so you dont have to worry about poor performance because there is not alot of air behind the ball. The Sidewinder is very consistent, maybe a +/- of 2 to 5 fps, so you can set you very close to the field fps limit and never really worry about the fps going over the field fps limit. And the fact that it fits just about any marker is a big plus, especially the BK0, mainly because it is one of the only regulators that I know that will fit the stock ASA with no problem.
The only problme that I had with mine was that it came with a blown O-ring on the swivel base, but since there is Pro Shop with the right O-ring that was fixed easily.
Like I said above it is very comfortable to hold, it is consistent, and has a very high flow rate. And very nice for all those BK0 owners out there because it fits perfectly on the stock ASA. All in all, it is a very nice regulator and I suggest it to any body in the market for a new regulator.