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13 April 2008 - 04:46 PMThe X-7 is a great marker, though one of it's primary shortcomings is the lack of easy-to-incorporate regulator ergonomics. Regulators are a seriously important element in the performance of just about any marker, so it doesn't make sense that the X-7 wouldn't have a good system for allowing players to enjoy this performance benefit.
'CONCEPT A' I've dreamed up has us starting with a standard X-7 Air-through stock. As we take of the back plate or 'recoil pad,' there would a little compartment there with an ASA ready to go. The catch would be that this compartment would have to be large enough to accommodate threading a regulator into the ASA with a 90 degree elbow attached to the regulator. Of course, when threading the regulator in one would have their steel braid hose or macroline attached to the 90 degree elbow already, which would eliminate the need for 'access ports' and what not. From here, getting the regulator to hook up to the quick disconnect nipple that the remote would hook onto could be accomplished by either threading the hose from the regulator into it, or by another quick-disconnect fitting.
'CONCEPT B' is essentially the same, but would be a little more work to fabricate. The stock would have a whole panel that opens up via the side to access the regulator compartment instead of taking off the backplate. This would be a little more user friendly, as well as offhandedly, accommodate those regulator users that just have to have a gauge on their regulators (being able to eyeball it and drill through the stock for that conveniently placed gauge fitting). Of course - having a 360 degree swiveling ASA like on some regulators' input lines would make this the cat's meow, as it would be able to accommodate any and every regulator out there.
An M4 concept could be done, though not without a bit of serious forethought. I've tried to think my way around it, and nothing user friendly is coming to mind that you wouldn't have to completely re-engineer any and all 6 position stock components to get.
18 September 2007 - 03:22 PMOkay - here goes.
Currently, the power tube on the M98C+, the A-5, and the X-7 is really only long enough to give moderate sealing space between the "O" ring on the hammer and the valve chamber once the hammer has struck the valve stem. This sealing space is important, because it not only provides the recocking force needed to cycle the marker, it is also a large proving grounds to improve upon air efficiency. CO2 users, especially, can attest to the exhaust coming from the cocking knob port due to an improper seal between the hammer "O" ring and the walls of the power tube. In part, this is because when the marker is getting colder than it should, the valve becomes a little sluggish, or the "O" ring may be less effective and resiliant. However, the hammer fully exits the power tube when it is in the cocked position, meaning that when cycling, the hammer "O" ring takes a beating from the receiver walls (if they aren't polished) and the often-times sharp step of the wall of the power tube in it's foreward to aft movement path. This could easily contribute to premature "O" ring wear, which would greatly contribute to blow-by when the hammer is supposed to be sealing the power tube off during re-cocking.
So, the obvious solution would simply be to develop a full-length power tube with a new hammer design that incorporated two forward O-rings instead of one. The full-length power tube would provide a precision surface for a precision machined hammer to operate in (resulting in less noise and greater efficiency), as well as eliminate the wear in the hammer "O" ring caused by the receiver interior or the short-length power-tube lip. The gas used to re-cock the marker would still need to vent, but venting could easily be incorporated into the design
Now, the full-length power tube can't be a solid tube - it will have to be slotted to allow for the gripframe interaction (sear, etc). On the M98C+, it would have to be slotted for the grip, and slotted for the ACS. Now, the hammer could be made to fill these slots - like a keyway - or it could be made proprietary of other design factors, and just come with a new, taller sear to be able to clear the height of the power tube wall thickness. In either case - it would be advisable to make this upgrade out of quality, billet stainless steel - as well as the hammer (it is the opinion of the writer that the keyed hammer would actually increase the mechanical precision of the design and provide a more consistent operation, as well as limit the necessity of re-work concerning people that already own Tippmann markers and having to install a new sear).
While we're at it, the necessary re-engineering of this new hammer could be done with attention to other areas of concern. Making a replacable vulcanized rubber pad centered on the hammers striking face, secured by three small hex screws or having the threading incorporated as a solid, on-body design (concerning the rubber pad) would quiet the marker down considerably, as well as prolong the life of the valve internals by curbing the sharp percussion the hammer imparts to it, which in turn would ease the delivery of pressurized gasses to the paintball itself.
Also, the hammer could be of a bi-metallic design - utilizing the qualities of brass with respect to precision motion in machineing with the finished ID of the stainless powertube. The sear catch could be a replacable, steel insert.
Now, I realize that the cost of a unit like this could easily cap $100.00, but at the same time, can you put a price on perfection?
24 August 2007 - 10:48 PMSo anyway...I 'R' el Tippmann...user.
Works when I need it to, marks when I need it to.
It has been said before, but there is so much about the 'sniper' position in paintball that is in-tangible - bordering on the philosophical. Hopefully everyone that's anyone knows that with the exception of the Flat(swerve)line factor - every paint marker has very nearly the same effective range as every other paint marker. Muzzle energy of the paintball doesn't change no matter -what- barrel you are using. Though markers are many and varied - they amount to a lot of the same thing in different packages (I'm not even going to acknowledge ROF at this point).
The only gear a paintball sniper would or should want to invest in would be those ups that translate into noise reduction and consistency - and thereby - performance (also ergonomics). The paintball sniper needs to be on the cutting edge of paintball technology to be able to affect consistent 'one shot' elims and uncanny distance shots over his faster firing brethren because the science behind getting a paintball downrange is not at all deep (though it is wide). Which is to say - there might be plenty of markers out there, but the bottom line is that once we get to the part where the pressurized gas propels the paintball down the barrel - it's all the same. Whether it came from a DM7000 or a Brass Eagle Talon, given a like pressure and volume - each paintball will have an identical flight path.
The nuts and bolts of value to the paintball sniper are those articles which aid him or her in placing paintball after paintball with a -greater than average- degree of consistency. That's it. Talking strictly hardware and equipment - the only 'edge' a paintball sniper can hope to have is a marginal one *at best* compared to his other players. Dual regulated setups, quality barrel kits, precision internals, and the best quality paint that money can buy (and a few others) will certainly affect performance in a good way - but in the world of paintball there is a point of no return, too, and it is hit all too fast for many people to realize. There are no triple-regulated setups for a reason (shush, you 'Cocker users). There is also a reason why hoppers hold -hundreds- of paintballs, and not just 20 or 30.
By comparing 'gear' alone - the paintball sniper just can't set his game apart from his other players. This is because whatever is fastest, quietest, most consistent, and moves best - wins - no matter what position you are playing. This is why peoples' setups are as varied as the day is long - they are all pursuing their own speed, silence, consistent, and ergo feel.
Just like in football or baseball - pads are pads. A jock strap is a jock strap. Baseball bats vary by make and manufacturer, though they get the ball to the outfield and nothing more. A football helmet protects your noggin.
A paintball marker flings paint.
The rest, comes from you.
PS: We're here - but some people can't see paintball snipers for the ghille.
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