flyweightnate, on Jun 14 2009, 03:50 PM, said:
Valveless Droid? So it's a Threshold/ Hollowpoint/ Rev-I/ Ion/ Crome clone? Ewww. I mean, yes, the design can be tweaked to be downright excellent. I don't see this being excellent, though. At all. I see it being mundane, unneccesarily 'dressed up', 'faster and easier to maintain', but less efficient, less smooth, louder, and just overall a disappointment. MacDev dropped the ball on this one, hard, is my preliminary guess. I could have seen so many more interesting routes for them to take.
That said, at very least 'valveless' means it is most likely not a Matrix/Shocker clone, which I can appreciate. ...so why is it so long?
We'll start the *butt* kissing with ---- you!
Seems it IS a rather simple 'dump-valve' style spoolie, like the Threshold, Hollowpoint Ion, Geo, and the like... however, we've all seen what the design is capable of with even mediocre finishes and regulation, so I could see this being a very capable marker, to say the least. Efficiency is only 1400 per 68/4500, or about 2/3 of 'optimum', but hey... overall, seems to be a lot of gun for the price.
What makes this better? Look at the gas routing, for one. The bolt never actually leaves the stem, which is a drastic improvement in design. High-five, MacDev. Might actually be as smooth as a Droid. The dump volume in the back is... odd. I'm curious as to why the complex back cap/can assembly, unless they were worried about a poor surface finish on the body. It will make abused guns much easier and cheaper to repair, though, as compared to an integrated body-milled bolt guide.
I'd love to see a stripped down, plain-milled $500 version. I realize the reg is worth $60, the board is another $50, and the barrel is yet another $30, but I'm not seeing that gun costing much to make, past those parts. Very efficient design, as far as machining operations required.
This post has been edited by flyweightnate: 08 September 2009 - 08:25 PM