As I grow older my style of play has changed. I used to be a pretty decent sniper. Loved to sneak, hide, set the ambush, run the flank that they never saw coming. I used to love sitting in the woods 70 feet out listening to them say, "Where's Andrew?" "OMG, I think I saw something!" *points wrong way*
However, I began playing more and more aggressively to where I am now. I still enjoy the being hidden and flanking and setting ambushes, but now I like to play hardball. Stay hidden better, flank faster, and when the ambush gets sprung, I need to shoot faster than my 7-8 BPS on my trigger finger.
After research and spotting a marvelous deal [God bless friends and E-Bay - I picked mine up for $20+ shipping] I bought a Firestorm Crank.
Installation is a breeze. It attaches on to your trigger guard, using two screws to hold it tight. The only con I can really think of is that those screws "bite" into the bottom of the guard. However, you can pad it using a few layers of cloth/tissue if you want to preserve your trigger guard. I don't give a flip for scuff marks on the bottom of my dinky plastic trigger guard, so it's not really a big deal to me.
Equalizer Paintball recommends you remove the Firestorm Crank after games to keep the Crank and the trigger guard from warping. Installing it each time you want to use it is a minor hassle. Not much different from loading your pods, hopper, screwing in the air tank, etc.
Every quarter of a turn, the firestorm crank sends a small plastic piece out, which pushes on the trigger. Every full turn pushes the trigger 4 times. When holding the gun sideways on my lap, I can almost crank 5 times in a second. That's 20bps. Now, obviously, I can't do that in a game, nor would I want to. I can easily pull of the the 3 cranks required for 12BPS and if I need to, I can crank faster getting up to 15-17BPS.
Accuracy decreases the faster you crank. This has little to do with the Crank, as it does with the user. You just, naturally, can not both keep the marker steady, and move your hand or arm that fast.
You also can still use the trigger normally - pulling with your finger. It's not 100% comfy, but after playing with it a few games, I've noticed that it doesn't affect me at all. I simply slip my index finger tip into the little gap and fire normally.
The intimidation factor on this product is insane. You can tell someone "Hey look, I've got a response trigger [which, by the way, I can now outshoot] on my gun!" and point to the little silver stub at the back on the trigger, but really now, it's not that scary. RTs are everywhere. You can tell them, "OMG I have full auto!" - and you can even demonstrate it. It's still not as scary as this crank.
I just bust it out and put it on and it's instantly noticeable. "Woah, what's that?", they'll say. *Shado raises gun and fires off 8 or so balls* Most people melt. Even some of the more experienced players that are not usually scared of anything anyone brings shy away from the Crank. It's new, it's unheard of, and it majorly increases your cool factor.
I also find it extremely versatile. Since it's easy to put on and take off, if you want to change your style of play - or if the field your on decides they don't like it - you can just take a minute and uninstall. Viola!
If you wanted to have a bit of fun you could hide it in a pocket and make everyone think you have a normal 98, and then install on the field. It's very easy to put on.
Another helpful feature is that the "crank" part of the crank can be installed on either side of the "box". Lefties can crank with their left and righties with their right. It's all personal preference and is easy to change.
The last thing is - you will need a high-speed hopper. I borrowed a friend's revvy during my second game with the crank. I wanted to see if the revvy's 12 bps could keep up with it. It couldn't. In a light test shoot, I chopped the 6th or 7th ball. I cranked slowly during the game.
I have since purchased a Ricochet Apache. Ran 200 balls through the marker without a problem. Cranking that thing at full speed and having the Apache feed the entire time, turning my backyard fence into a wall of white paint was something to behold. Very nice.
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This upgrade is fantastic. It looks great, it's cheap, and it takes you from 5BPS to 15 in a snap.
- Dramatically increases rate of fire.
- Looks good and intimidates.
- Is easy to install/uninstall and switch from left to right sides.
- You have to buy a fast hopper to keep up with it. And fast hoppers are usually expensive.
- It scuffs/bites the bottom of the trigger guard.
- Very minor risk of warping trigger guard if left on for a long period of time [think days/weeks]
Easily a 9 out of 10 for me.