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This is a review I did in 2004, actually I edited it after awhile for a follow up report.
srgross Friday, September 17th, 2004
Less than a month 3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Experience: More than 5 years
Products Used: Autococker, Custom Cocker(built from the base up), Sypder,AutoMag Classic, Impulse, Sov I, Inferno Heat and a couple I can not remember.
Marker Setup: stock, added spyder thread adapter
Jacko Infinity 12in barrel
Angel Vert Regulator
Upgrades: Hinge Trigger, Palmer Rock LPR, 3way, but will require custom milling.
Strengths: Accurate, silent, not everyone has one.
Weaknesses: Trigger and 3way
Review: I own 4 Sov I's, the second generation is a much greater improvement. The Ram-bolt is smoother and lighter then from the Sov I. The gun is very similar to the cocker in many ways. You have to be careful of short stroking the gun, which will cause a double feed.
I bought my Sov II from a player in England, when the gun arrived it was in perfect condition. I noticed first was the Spyder Thread Adapter. Which now gives you a greater selection of barrels. Next I noticed that the Bolt and cocking rod are now up and down instead of left to right like in the Sov I and Autocockers. which is an easy pull pin for taking out the bolt. The 3way also on the side seem to have been reworked a little and the response is a lot better. And as you can see on the picture the LPR to 3way is hard line in chrome metal tubing.
Ok now for the the firing. I used the Jack-o barrel, ( a must for any Sov Owner),I connected my Nitro to the benchmark drop with on and off, pulled the cocking rod back and opened the nitro tank, the bolt moved forward smoothly, no leakage from the 3way, this was a problem with the Sov I. I dry fired the gun a few time , and she cycled smoothly. Next I put on a my Vloader 9v and some field paint. I fired the gun once and the ball dropped into the feed chamber. Taking aim at the target some 26 yards away. I fired one quick shot, the ball struck close to the area I has aiming at, firing a few more shoots, I got a nice 5in spread. Next I decided to get some trigger fanning on it, I can fire on a stock autococker about 12 balls per second. Fanning the trigger, I double loaded twice, the balls did not break, I checked the grouping and got the same as doing single firing. I was very impressed.
When I took the gun to the local field she drew alot of attention, especially at the Chrono, I fired 290,291,290
PROS: right of the box goodness, the timing and accurancy are very good for any paintball marker. Very light, little to no kick back. Velocity Adjustment is a breeze, hold the trigger down and a small allen wrench will adjust the insert forward of backwards.
Cons: Upgrades and support. Price, not for Co2
Recommended upgrades: Barrels, as the paint changes so should your barrels
Would Like to see a hinge Trigger or Roller Trigger
LPR is sort of weak internally, I would go with a
Palmer Rocker other proven LPR
3way upgrade, the bomb would greatly improve balls per
Super Upgrade: Powerball UK offers a Sov I or II conversion to a Sov III for 275.00USD not including shipping.
Conclusion: This is an excellent gun. BUT I must warn you, the upgrades are limited and support is also in the US. I would not recommand this gun for a beginner.
For the price I would get an nice vert feed cocker and upgrade it.
Reason I gave the gun a 9, one of a kind marker, no one makes anything like it, You get many of the features of the autococker that has made them an excellent gun but in a smaller and lighter package. This not a gun for the beginner.
9 out of 10 Last edited on Monday, September 20th, 2004 at 6:32 pm PS