Mini vs Shocker
Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:37 AM
Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:16 PM
The Shocker will be a smooth shooting, quiet gun; albeit a bit heavier than the mini.
Anyway, any Shocker you're looking at needs to have these upgrades in order to be competitive:
1. Clamping feedneck: Some Shockers came with a stovepipe that doesn't accommodate bigger loaders like the Halo or Rotor. Most owners upgraded these out of the box, but just make sure yours has one.
2. Asa: the standard Smart Parts asa's are non-purging on/off asa's; meaning that they hold enough gas for several shots even after you take the tank off, which is potentially dangerous if you forget about them doing that. They also wear out your tank threads faster than others. Most owners have upgraded this as well.
3. Regulator: the standard NXT reg is really consistent, and has a cyclic rate of about 50 bps; but you need a wrench to adjust them, and you'll need a deep-well socket if you plan to take one apart. Again, this is a part that most owners have upgraded over the years; so it shouldn't be an issue.
4. Board: this isn't as big of a deal, but the stock circuit board in most pre-2009 Shockers is going to be either a Semi-only board, or a non-adjustable board with basic ramping modes. This can be problematic if you intend to play tournaments with it; but it works just fine for rec play. Quite a few owners upgraded theirs. Virtue, Tadao, 7th Element, Hater, and APE all make great circuit boards.
Like I said, most Shocker owners upgraded those parts over the years, but it's best to make sure, or else plan ahead if your seller didn't.
Probably the best non-essential upgrade you can get, however is the Lurker Eigenbolt. Although it needs a bit of a break-in, it more than doubles your standard efficiency. Out of the box, with zero adjustments, my Lurker bolt gives me 7 pods with my 45/45. With a 68/45, you could expect 1500-2000 shots per fill.
A well set-up Shocker can last you for a very long time and will perform just as well as any $1000 gun on the market, so long as you know how to care for it. My youtube channel has a complete maintenance video if you're curious how to take one apart. The video quality isn't great, but you'll get the idea.
Hope all that helped.
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask me or post in the Smart Parts Owners club and the people there will do their best to help.
Using a gun that's been hardly maintained and tossed from person to person more than a village whore is hardly a fair way to compare the marker.
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