Before purchasing a new or used gun I sat down and really thought about what I wanted. The paintball gun world is full of cool guns and I knew that if I just started looking at them without any direction I would end up buying something that wasn't everything I wanted. So with that in mind, this is the list that I came up with. The gun had to be light. My 98 is a bit on the heavy side and I am not very quick on the draw so to speak. The gun had to be compact. The sheer length of my 98 got in the way of playing on the dense spool field mentioned earlier. I was actually shot in the butt because I was trying to keep my gun from sticking out to far. The gun had to be good quality. I wasn't looking for a Viewloader Triton. I wanted something that would perform. For me that rules out Brass Eagle, Viewloader, Spyder, and unfortunetly, Autococker. My brother in law bought a Trilogy Sport and it has been nothing but trouble. The gun had to be under $200 dollars. Before anyone flips out about my Autococker comment above, all the good Autocockers are over $200 dollars. I got the privilege to play with a Karnivor Pump once and loved every second of it. So no, I am not a hater on Autocockers. The gun had to be simple. I don't like playing with complicated electros. I am very much a gas up, hopper on, point and shoot kind of guy. Those were the base criteria for the gun I was looking for. Next I had to sift through the many guns that fit those criteria.
There were several finalists, the BT-4, 98 Custom, Vibe, SP-1, Proto SLG, and Diablo Wrath. The BT-4 and 98 Custom would require some customizing to fit the previous criteria, such as milling to make it lighter, shorter barrels, and new internals to make it as light as possible. That was something that I wanted to avoid. I didn't intend to replace my 98 as my primary gun, so I didn't want something that I would sink a lot of money into just to get it to where I wanted it. The Proto SLG was at the top of my money limit. It is a great gun but it had a lot of extras that I didn't want. It has a lot of firing modes and I wanted something simpler than it. Also I am a cheap skate at heart and I wanted to see if there was something that was cheaper, even though the SLG is probably the best buy for your money right now. I don't know what it was about the Diablo Wrath but I just didn't like it. Sorry, can't give a better reason for it than that. That left only the Vibe and the SP-1
I chose the Vibe over the SP1 because I was looking for a simple gun that I wouldn't be tempted to buy a lot of accessories for the rails on the SP1. I am a mil-sim junkie and those pretty rails would be far too tempting for me to resist putting a flashlight, red dot, scope, bayonet, and whatever else I could find on it. (The bayonet was a joke. Haha.) The Vibe offered everything that I was looking for at a much cheaper price than the SLG, and it only had 3 firing modes. Since I play a lot like a pump player with my 98, firing modes weren't important to me. Semi auto is plenty for my style of play. So after making my choice I placed my order with Actionvillage.com and waited.
After I received my gun I carefully opened the box and slid the packaging sleeve back. The gun itself comes in a gray box with a lid so that you can use the box to store the gun in the off season. After opening the lid you will notice that the left side of the grip panel is unscrewed and the screws are somewhere in the box. I had to move the plastic form that held the gun to find the second screw but they were both there. Since the box is shrink wrapped, there is no worry about one the screws falling out. The barrel is 9.75 inches long with porting about 2 inches from the tip. I popped a 9 volt in, gased it up with a CO2 tank, put on a gravity hopper, Richochet G2K, and took it outside to test fire it.
It shot very consistently right out of the box, with only about 5 fps difference in between shots. Accuracy is also very good. Shooting by hand I could group 7 out of 10 in a 5 inch square from 60 feet consistently. Overall it was a dream to shoot. Even with a gravity hopper I only had a couple misfires. None of which chopped paint, but just fire blanks. I was using month old Monster Balls that I had left over from a previous game. So the paint quality wasnââ‚¬â„˘t very good. Just for fun I put it in full auto and let it rip. I had several misfires again but no chopped paint. The accuracy went down to about 5 out of ten in a 5 inch square from sixty feet. So all in all not bad performance for a gun that was under $150.
I would recommend this gun to anyone looking for a cheap, good quality gun that will perform much higher than its price point. It hasn't replace my 98 yet, and probably never will, but I will be proud to let friends borrow it when they go with me and they will be equipped just as good as I am. Over all I would give it a 8 out of 10.
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This post has been edited by Arn: 24 July 2008 - 01:48 PM