Some Angel history and knowledge...
Lately I've had a lot of people PM'ing me about what Angel's are about, how they work, and some general history... So I'll just post it here...
I'm not sure how long you have been playing paintball but back in the A4 days, (2004-2005) before the Ego and when the new DM series started (dm4 and up) everyone liked Angels, they were very sought after guns.
Since then Angel slowly stopped sponsoring professional teams like Dynasty and others. Their popularity slowly decreased. They stopped sponsoring teams because they were making enough money because of their popularity. Which ended up biting them in the ass since everyone for whatever reason looks at what the pro teams use and start using that. SP slowly took over, Dye and Planet Eclipse started sponsoring more teams to make up where Angel left off.
Angel at that time had some customer service issues and were fixed when they changed their name to APS (angel paintball sports) from WDP. This is another reason why people started disliking Angels (because of their bad CS (customer service) reputation.
People think Angel's are hard to work on because they are different guns, still using their famous triple tube design. And people generally go by what they hear. Angel's are actually very easy to work on once you take the time to understand them (reading the manual and taking it apart and putting it back together). Most people don't take the time to do this, even with their own markers.
Angel's to this date still hold some of the most sophisticated technology and one of the most reliable markers on the market. On friday I had a DM fanatic come up to me and compliment Angel's which was a surprise to me. He said they are the most solid marker he has ever shot (he shoots a DM9) but he switched to dye for a spool valve marker, which is understandable by all means.
Unlike many markers Angel's have no "real problems". There isn't any consistent problems with them. All the ones I have encountered have worked to perfection.
I can prove this by Mike's reasoning for disliking Angel's. He only doesn't like them because he had a CS issue 7 years ago which is invalid for not liking Angel's. He will still tell you that they are one of the best markers on the market, period.
I'm probably one of the most open minded, unbiased persons you may ever meet. I like Angel because there is no valid reason to dislike them.Again, yes some break, like all markers but can easily be fixed. For instance I already fixed one members Angel for basically free (he paid shipping and for the replacement ram, but nearly nothing on labor).
Another thing that is common to Angel's is that you must run LP on them, or at least it's recommended, which is ironic because most markers recommend LP but marker owners don't consult their owners manual which is probably the main reason that guns that recommend LP have so many problems because the user is running HP.
I hope this cleared up some issues you may have heard. Good luck.
Thanks for the information, however i do have a few questions about the technology angel uses in their markers. I have done some reading as of late and do understand the fundamentals of an Angel marker, except i find it difficult to find solid information regarding a few factors of this technology such as durability, and its susceptibility to the elements and such.
Why do Angel's still use a triple tube design? I have to be quite honest... I'm not sure. I'm by far not a engineer but with the "look" of added weight, there is none. It might possibly be because that is the Angel design and that's the way they want to keep it. Most markers have bigger trigger frames to house the solenoid. On Angels the solenoid is housed at the top of the marker behind the bolt. Also, after taking Angel's apart many times I suppose they could fit the exhaust, LPR and ram into one tube, they just choose not to do it.
Current Angel's use a sophisticated board made in England. I have looked it up before but I forgot the name of the company now. I've never hand an issue with these boards nor seen anyone with issues.
The more technical information that you want to know it might be best to email Mr. Frazer Colley at email@example.com. He is a very busy individual seeing as he is high authority at APS and he lives in England but he should be able to respond.
I've shot Angel's below freezing and in the hot Texas summer heat with no problems. Their boards have a plastic covering on them so paint nor water can damage them.
Angel's are simply poppet valve markers, LPR is in one tube, ram and exhaust in the other. The top tube is for the bolt, chamber, and solenoid. Angel likes to be different with everything they do which is probably the main reason they are keeping the triple tube design.
I can't say that Angel's are the best gun on the market. Nor can I say any gun is. They all have their up's and downs. Angel's biggest down is their resale value due to the lowered popularity and they were hurt when they used to make so many markers but these problems are slowly being fixed.
The last thing I'll say is another reason why I like Angel's is because every model is different.
LED, LCD, IR3, A4, A4 Fly, G7, G7 Fly, A1, A1 Fly were all much different as opposed to the Egos and DM's which for the most part remain the same marker with a little bit different stuff and more milling to cut down weight and size.
I didn't list the speeds because they were just milled down versions of the platforms before them.
Would you say that the A1 would be a good start if i can find one in working condition and relatively cheap?
Absolutely. Just do a good maintenance of it when you get it.
Edited by D.K., 08 May 2009 - 09:52 PM.