Retro 7 Accuracy and Reliability?
My main concern with any marker that I become interested in is it's Accuracy and Reliability. So to ask the obvious question, how accurate and reliable is the Retro 7?
I was getting 25 usable shots up here, in 10C weather...I was using my stiffi 9" barrel, and the paint was going where I pointed. The stock barrel sits flush, when I chrono'd with it, I was aiming for Ronald McDonalds head (yep full size RM in the chrono area) and was hitting it 95% of the time at 40ft.
I should have never sold it, I loved playing with it, good thing I have another on the way. I highly recommend them!
I have the factory freak bored barrel on mine. I have been able to aim very easily and hit almost exactly what I want to hit by sighting down the top of the gun (when I get the time to actually aim). The grip frame is very comfortable and makes it very very easy to point at the target.
As for reliablity. Its a nelson! Super simple, and very well made. Any issues that resulted in Gen 1 and 2 runs have been sorted out for Gen 3 guns. The pierce pin seal was an easy fix and has been fixed at the factory now. And the TPC has been fixed as well I think? If not, a standard phantom TPC and red spring fix that problem too.
I was getting 30 shots from mine no problem with a bit of gas left to spare 1-3 less usable shots. This is without any tuning whats so ever...
I love my R7.
Accuracy is pretty much where you point it. I run a freak back with a 4" tip and it seems to be the best all around barrel size for my applications. I do have the freak bored, stock barrel, but it is far too short for my tastes.
Reliability, in a nutshell it is a nelson and it performs very much like one. In decent weather, I can get 30-40 shots off a 12 gram 285ish FPS.
I do want to make mention, it you are going with the (2nd gen?) whatever the gunmetals were, the threads were a bit weak due to the who annodizer fiasco. Many, myself included, have punched out the old threads and went to a CCI threadsert.
One last thing... THE GRIP FRAME IS SOOOOO COMFY!!!
Reliability: It's a Nelson. There's not much to go wrong.
Accuracy: Mostly a function of the paint, then the gun. But mine is incredibly accurate. I use Ty McNeer brass inserts. The gun seems to just point naturally. Everyone that has tried mine has noticed the same thing, it just points right where you want it.
I owned R7 number seven, 4 different times. It's that good!!! Ultimately, the style of play required to best utilize an R7 isn't my game. For plinking in the back yard, however, it was a blast!
So would it be safe to say that it would be just as accurate as my phantom since internally they're pretty much the same?
To a distance, yes.
Thanks Broch buddy.
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