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sonixr7 11-16-2011 07:50 PM

KPCS Peacemaker Review
 
I promised Ken that I would do a review on the Peacemaker, so here is my first review on MCB.

I contacted Ken in June about commissioning a Peacemaker. The Peacemaker would have 14" barrels with the option of both stock class and open class feeds. As for color, I already own a Ditto Deuce from Ken that I wanted the Peacemaker to match, Starlight Translucent Red.

I put down my first payment on June 20, 2011. I received it on November 12, 2011. Ken did not agree to a specific time frame, but I asked if he could finish it by the beginning of November. As with any custom order from any airsmith, it is wait a see, but I was not concerned because I already had previous experience with Ken. He created a thread in his section that provided updates on the progress of the Peacemaker's completion.

a Order for a Peacemaker


Now for the review(Picures First):


Stock Class Setup weighs in at 3lbs 12.2oz which includes the 12g changer and stock class feed.

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Open Class Setup weighs in at 3lbs 5.9oz, open class feed without 12g changer.

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First impression:
  • Powdercoating was excellent. It matches my Ditto Deuce exactly.
  • Lightweight for a double barrel marker.
  • Pump stroke is stiff. Maybe due to being brand new and pumping two bolts
  • Small pump handle. I don't have very big hands, but it is small to me.
  • Easy to aim.

Performance:
  • Low velocity for the lower tube. Due to the design of the Peacemaker the bottom bolt activates the top bolt, therefore losing some of its velocity hitting the valve. It came installed with a silver mainspring and silver valve spring. To remedy this, a stronger main spring and lighter valve spring needed to be installed to achieve a usable velocity. With this change my velocity was around 270fps.
  • Stock Phantom Barrels are not fit for smaller paint we come across these days. Rollouts were prevalent. The best upgrade would be to get the barrels bored for freak inserts. I have a 14" Phantom barrel already bored for freak inserts and used a tymcneer .680 brass freak insert to tune both tubes.
  • Loading paintballs into both barrels was not difficult. It would seem that paintballs would get pinched somehow, but there is a wire detente that raises the bottom paintball to keep both paintballs in line with their respective barrel.

Concerns:
  • The pump arms connecting the pump to the bolts has the "PEACEMAKER" name on it, but it is just stickers. I can see the stickers peeling off over time.

Overall, The Peacemaker is an eye catching marker. Since it is made out of Phantom parts, it performs like a Phantom. It is two phantoms in over/under configuration. The only part made was the pump arms. Every other part was either stock or modified from Phantom parts. It shoots great with no kick firing both barrels. You would not notice a difference from a regular Phantom when playing with the Peacemaker due to the over/under configuration.

If you decide to purchase a Peacemaker, I would recommend getting both barrels bored for freak inserts and if you have larger hands to get a larger pump handle.

Thanks Ken.

Julien 11-16-2011 07:58 PM

Love that red colour.

idkfa 11-16-2011 08:58 PM

That looks to be a newer style pump handle compared to the original runs. It looks a lot beefier and easier to hold. :thumbup:

palerider 11-16-2011 10:16 PM

Oh I like it. always been a fan of doubles

Do both balls shoot at same velocity? in other words do they hit the target at the same time?

sonixr7 11-16-2011 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by palerider (Post 2088240)
Oh I like it. always been a fan of doubles

Do both balls shoot at same velocity? in other words do they hit the target at the same time?

With the right spring combinations, both balls can come out at the same velocity. The bottom barrel configuration, I would recommend a heavy main spring and light valve spring.

dundadun 11-16-2011 11:01 PM

ooh I would like to see and hear more about the wire detent :)

lechooch 11-17-2011 12:15 AM

That gun is my ideal double barrel. Definately on my wtb list:)

sonixr7 11-17-2011 12:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dundadun (Post 2088318)
ooh I would like to see and hear more about the wire detent :)

The wire detent is connected to the lower body and sits in channel of the trigger frame where the pump arm would normally be for Phantoms. Since there are pump arms connecting the pump handle to the bolts, that area is left vacant leaving room for the wire detent.

Its purpose is to keep the bottom ball from dropping down all the way to the bottom of the breech. Normally the bottom ball would drop to the bottom of the breech, but that would make the top ball sitting on top of the bottom ball fall too far to be aligned with the top barrel thus causing chopped balls.

Using this diagram, it is located underneath the bottom ball, elevating it enough to align the top ball with the top barrel.

http://www.zdspb.com/media/tech/animations/nelson.gif

dundadun 11-17-2011 12:30 AM

That's exactly what phantoms/redux's/r7's would need for any raised/reverse feed tubes!

KPCS 11-17-2011 06:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sonixr7 (Post 2088421)
The wire detent is connected to the lower body and sits in channel of the trigger frame where the pump arm would normally be for Phantoms. Since there are pump arms connecting the pump handle to the bolts, that area is left vacant leaving room for the wire detent.

Its purpose is to keep the bottom ball from dropping down all the way to the bottom of the breech. Normally the bottom ball would drop to the bottom of the breech, but that would make the top ball sitting on top of the bottom ball fall too far to be aligned with the top barrel thus causing chopped balls.

Using this diagram, it is located underneath the bottom ball, elevating it enough to align the top ball with the top barrel.

http://www.zdspb.com/media/tech/animations/nelson.gif

Sshhhh. That's a trade secret .... ( j/k )

On the first run Peacemaker the pump handle was in the middle of the barrels. Now I dropped the handle lower so your hand is not riding on the lower barrel but on the pump handle itself.

Ken W


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