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Old 03-13-2013, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What makes a regulator good?

Obviously a regulator is good if it has a very fast recharge and is very consistent.

What characteristics give good regulators those qualities? (Or what qualities give it those characteristics?)

Let's assume we have a regulator with perfect tolerances. What else does the regulator need?

Is there a trade off between recharge and consistency?
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Obviously a regulator is good if it has a very fast recharge and is very consistent.

What characteristics give good regulators those qualities? (Or what qualities give it those characteristics?)

Let's assume we have a regulator with perfect tolerances. What else does the regulator need?

Is there a trade off between recharge and consistency?
Quality and design are what make a reg good. There is not trade off between recharge & consistency.

AKA's make a great reg for HPA, PPS for CO2. Dye Hyper 2s & 3 are a copy of AKA's sidewinder. CP regs are also good.
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Regulators should deliver consistent pressures over their entire range of operation.
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Ergonomics
Cp has the best in that
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Ergonomics
Cp has the best in that
but, the consistency of CP regs are suspect, at best. some are good, some are bad. some have a small range, some wide. haven't met one where i fell in love with, unlike AKA HPRs.

Sidewinders, 2 liters and STSs are the best. some stick with Palmers as they have done it for so long.

overall, its all what you want. some people want a look and deal with the performance. some people rather let performance gloss over looks.

just like what barrel, what gun, whatever is the best. its all what you want and what you like.
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being made by AKA.

for serious: they were the first reg I'm aware of with the ergonomically-brilliant swivel base... their adjustment is very linear and predictable (even by the height of the adjusting cap screw), consistency is bang on, incredibly reliable, fairly easy to source new or used, and works for both co2 and HPA. The Sidewinder is the reg by which any and all other regs are judged

(I've got at least five regular use markers which run the Sidewinder, and thousands of field hours between them)
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Cp has the best in that
How does that make one lick of sense? The entire purpose of a regulator is to regulate air pressure to ensure consistent, reliable operation of the gun it's plumbed to. Ergonomics is at very best an afterthought to that, and I fail to see how CP's straight tube is any more ergomic than any other company's straight tube...

Unless you were going for sarcasm that I missed or something?

That being said, I'm curious as to the OP's question as well. What physical features make one reg better than another? Coil spring vs. Belleville washer? Volume? Materials?
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How does that make one lick of sense? The entire purpose of a regulator is to regulate air pressure to ensure consistent, reliable operation of the gun it's plumbed to. Ergonomics is at very best an afterthought to that, and I fail to see how CP's straight tube is any more ergomic than any other company's straight tube...
maybe macro fitting at the bottom of reg?

i look for consistency, reliability, ability to purge, macro fitting swivels, macro fitting at bottom of marker, easy to rebuild, easy to make small adjustments in pressure.
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It's comfy to hold a cp. plus there is a ton out there cheap. I had one shoot great for 2 years without a single rebuild
Currently use a ccm tho and it's great

The vibe enemy Luxe reg is amazing to but has a small range
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