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#1 PEfanboy

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:07 PM

I've had the Proto Rail for 6 or so months now, and put about 8-9 cases through it, so I think i'll put a review up.
Here we go:

Barrel-It works. It's a barrel. Honing is pretty good. Glossy on the inside. It is a tad hard to point, being only 11 1/2", so i picked up a disruptive two piece barrel (shout out to Orange Chicken ;))

Body/Milling- Nice milling. It looks great. The Anno is really nice. I got mine in dust blue. It looks blurple until you take it into the sunlight. It looks amazing on sunny days

Feedneck- It's a composite clamp around an aluminum neck. It works well. I've taken a few spills and my Pinokio has never moved. It isn't a lever feedneck, so it's a slight inconvenience.

Frame/Grips-Soft and comfy grips that wrap around the front, feels nice but it's a little too fat around my ring and pinky fingers. the frame is nothing to scream about, just composite.

Trigger- It's ridiculously light. It feels like plastic. There is a little side to side motion, but not enough to say THIS TRIGGER SUCKS IT'S UNUSABLE RAGERAGERAGE

Regulator- Here's where i complain a little. It's the hyper3 reg, same internals as the DM's. It wobbles. The reg is held to the body by a nut on top of the reg itself. this keeps it on the gun. the reg is attached to the nut, but not tightened by it, giving it the ability to swivel. It bugs me a lot on the field. It's not going to fall off during a game or anything, it's just a little hinderance.
EDIT: the wobbling is able to be fixed, it's just like that out of the box. Tighten it properly when you get around to servicing your regulator.

ASA/Line- It's a standard ASA, not an on/off. It's a bit of a shame they didn't put one on, since the eXTCy has one. The steel braided line is nice, since it's one less thing to worry about.

Performance/Efficiency- It shoots really smooth. It's incredibly soft on paint, and the sound signature is pretty sweet. The Rail's biggest downfall to me is efficiency. You can get roughly 4 pods with a 48/3000. I can barely play two games without needing to fill up. I have to fill up after every game on an airball field. God, I ned a 68/45.

Reliability- Never broke down on me once.. I hope never. I've never gotten a chop or barrel break for that matter.

Maintenance-It's low maintenance, I haven't had to replace an o-ring yet. It also isn't lube sensitive. You should consider getting an o-ring pick to get an o-ring on the front of the bolt off. The steel braided line contributes to the low maintenance factor, so no new macro every season!

Overall, the Rail should definitely be considered when looking for a first marker. I love it, and I'd choose it over an eXTCy or any other marker in the price range, new of course.

TL;DR: Shoots nice, feels good, Barrel is too short for my taste, efficiency is really bad.

That's about it guys, thanks for taking a little bit of time reading this. If I goofed, or if there's something you think I could improve or elaborate on, please let me know. :D

Edited by PEfanboy, 24 April 2013 - 06:36 AM.

"So, how many feet per second can you get now?"
"You mean balls per second.."
"...Dammit."

Hey! I reviewed the proto rail. http://www.techpb.co...0

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:22 PM

Short sweet and to the point. Could you elaborate on how the reg wobbles exactly and if it's major or meh? Number of pods per fill as opposed to number of games? anndd perhaps a section on maintenance.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:25 PM

I don't think the reg is supposed to wobble......
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:33 PM

I don't think the reg is supposed to wobble......

Unfortunately, to my knowledge, it is. I edited the post and explained. It's held on by a hex nut on the top. that's what keeps it on the marker.
"So, how many feet per second can you get now?"
"You mean balls per second.."
"...Dammit."

Hey! I reviewed the proto rail. http://www.techpb.co...0

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:45 PM


I don't think the reg is supposed to wobble......

Unfortunately, to my knowledge, it is. I edited the post and explained. It's held on by a hex nut on the top. that's what keeps it on the marker.

Could you maybe make a video? To my undestanding is you just have to unscrew the asa and just tighten the reg.
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:01 PM



I don't think the reg is supposed to wobble......

Unfortunately, to my knowledge, it is. I edited the post and explained. It's held on by a hex nut on the top. that's what keeps it on the marker.

Could you maybe make a video? To my undestanding is you just have to unscrew the asa and just tighten the reg.



Barnacles. I couldn't find the thread, but i know it's out there.

Edited by PEfanboy, 24 April 2013 - 03:28 PM.

"So, how many feet per second can you get now?"
"You mean balls per second.."
"...Dammit."

Hey! I reviewed the proto rail. http://www.techpb.co...0

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:05 PM

Ahhhh, thankyou very much :lol:
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 09:12 PM

Ahhhh, thankyou very much :lol:

You're very welcome, sir ;)
EDIT: CARP ON A SUNNY DAY! You were right. My reg is loose. Whoops

Edited by PEfanboy, 24 April 2013 - 06:33 AM.

"So, how many feet per second can you get now?"
"You mean balls per second.."
"...Dammit."

Hey! I reviewed the proto rail. http://www.techpb.co...0

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:22 PM

Your reg is loose, when u service the reg next make sure it is properly tightened, mine came like that as well.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:29 PM

THIS TRIGGER SUCKS IT'S UNUSABLE RAGERAGERAGE

lol^


This makes me kinda want a rail now. How does it shoot compared to an axe? nice writeup you covered the important stuff.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:16 AM


THIS TRIGGER SUCKS IT'S UNUSABLE RAGERAGERAGE

lol^


This makes me kinda want a rail now. How does it shoot compared to an axe? nice writeup you covered the important stuff.


Thanks. Hmm compared to an axe? The Axe's shot is a bit snappier than the rail's. when you shoot the rail, it feels like the bolt is open for longer (because it is, 40ms or so of dwell). It's a great shooter still, just a bit more kick (like barely enough to tell the difference) and a smidge louder.
"So, how many feet per second can you get now?"
"You mean balls per second.."
"...Dammit."

Hey! I reviewed the proto rail. http://www.techpb.co...0

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:18 AM

Your reg is loose, when u service the reg next make sure it is properly tightened, mine came like that as well.

Hmm. I'll definitely do that. My reg is due for service, anyway. Thanks :D
"So, how many feet per second can you get now?"
"You mean balls per second.."
"...Dammit."

Hey! I reviewed the proto rail. http://www.techpb.co...0

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:11 AM

Glad you got something you like! If you like the new rail you'll love the older 09-010 series pmr's which were set originally in the $450 price range. They are basically the new reflex rails. They are all metal for the most part, and it has a dye proto on/off asa. I got one recently and I absolutely love it! Proto puts out amazing products.

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