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Old 07-21-2014, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Valken proton thoughts and questions.

Ok so I am not new to the sport; I have played recreational paintball for about 4 years now and recently got into pump but I want to dabble in speedball by getting on a team
So what I was wondering; what are your guys thoughts on the valken proton for a first " real" tournament gun? I have done a lot of research and love the features on it (clamping feedneck, user servicable reg, on/off asa, on the fly mode switching, and etc) but I have heard a lot of mixed reviews on them like; " the gun wouldnt shoot out of the box" and it; " doesnt shoot well" although I dont know if it is the persons or markers fault in this instance. I have held the proton and love the length/ ergonomics of it but the knowlege I am lacking is how it shoots, is it reliable, and how is the trigger? ( because I heard it was hard to walk)
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Old 07-21-2014, 01:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Neat marker for sure.
Haven't shot one but looked one over: Interesting bolt design.
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Old 07-21-2014, 01:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I bought one for my girlfriend. I had an issue with part of the bolt assembly un-threading, but it is a decent little shooter. If you have the money though, I'd look into getting an axe instead. For the price you really can't beat the axe.
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Old 07-21-2014, 03:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Proton is one of the best E guns at its price point IMO. Nice trigger, balanced, love the way it shoots. I like its sister gun, the Mokal Aura, a tad better though.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Proton is a good little gun, just be sure you get one of the new 2014 ones and you'll be set.

Only complaint was the trigger being really stiff no matter how much it was adjusted, don't know if they have changed that yet. And you will want an upgrade barrel, but you'll want to do that with just about any marker!

As for the bolt design, its just a sleeved high efficiency Ion drivetrain. BUT with the nice milled body, internal air routing, better electronics, on/off ASA, low pro clamping feedneck, tool less bolt removal, etc. Just remember you have to take the trigger out before taking the frame off and only put the trigger back in after you have the frame on the gun (I think that's what the special thing about these guns was)?
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I love mine. However, some people complain about the PSP mode if you want a "real" tournament gun (ie. the 3 shot burst doesn't work much the same way MacDev's didn't when the Drone first came out--many just set their own ramp and live with it). I only shoot semi so I've had none of those issues.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Proton is a good little gun, just be sure you get one of the new 2014 ones and you'll be set.

Only complaint was the trigger being really stiff no matter how much it was adjusted, don't know if they have changed that yet. And you will want an upgrade barrel, but you'll want to do that with just about any marker!

As for the bolt design, its just a sleeved high efficiency Ion drivetrain. BUT with the nice milled body, internal air routing, better electronics, on/off ASA, low pro clamping feedneck, tool less bolt removal, etc. Just remember you have to take the trigger out before taking the frame off and only put the trigger back in after you have the frame on the gun (I think that's what the special thing about these guns was)?
Yeah I noticed that on the hustle paintball review but that doesn't concern me to much as I wont be taking it apart much anyways ( only if paint gets stuck or for maintence purposes)
Also that is part of the reasons why I am looking into the proton because it is one of the few that are autococker threaded And I already have a Ifit kit.
also does it shoot similar to the gog envy ( smart parts vibe)? Has anybody else had the problem with the psp mode ( or Is It just the older ones that do this?) because I would Imagine using it more once the team gets more serious.
Thanks for all the replies guys!
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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One of my teammates had one...he certainly didn't have any trouble raising welts with it...but then again that boy would kick most people's arses if he had nothing but a splatmaster. It seems like a well-made gun and I like the way it shoots. He didn't have any problems with his that I'm aware of.

I did think the trigger was a bit heavy. I'm not sure which gun, if any, in that price range has a nice trigger.
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Ok thanks guys I have gathered all the information that I need to decide to get one.. if anybody has one that they are looking to get rid of; let me know because I have a marker in mind that I would be willing to trade with.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:32 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Somebody on Custom Cockers was selling one recently at a fair price.
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