9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Mid-Level Mechanical Marker for me!
, May 5, 2005
I purchased my Trilogy Pro a few months ago once I came to terms with the fact that I am addicted to paintball. I was a little concerned when I found out WGP was purchased by the same company that owns Brass Eagle, Viewloader, and JT USA... until I found out it was none other than K2 - my favorite snow sport brand! It appears that each brand still runs as a seperate business and the equipment has only gotten better.
Trilogy Pro marker review:
The marker performs flawlessly, compared to the Piranha rental and two older Brass Eagles I own (as it should). It is a very quiet marker, the sound of an autococker is very quiet by design yet distinct. Every time I play, someone comments on how quiet the marker is. It's easier to bunker/bunker tag people when they can't hear where you're coming from. I have shot around 5000 rounds Draxxus, Diablo, PMI Big Ball, and Scorch paint through this marker and have experienced less than 10 breaks. Of those 10 or less, it was normally due to the ball being mis-shaped because it got wet from the sprinkling rain. It is possible to short stroke with this autococker as with any mech, but it is even easier to get used to not shorting the trigger.
For a mechanical (non-electric) marker it has a fast fire rate. Equipped with a Compressed Air tank you can fire as fast as your little fingers will let you. You will probably need an electronic hopper with this marker, I do. It looks silly when you are behind a bunker popping off a few shots and you start dry firing and shaking your gear because your hopper got stuck or can't keep up! Even then the only things limiting your fire-rate will be your skill, hopper speed, and air source. If using CO2 you will notice a drop in performance if you are a fast shooter. The regulator can get very cold and covered in condensation after several fast shots. CO2 only affected my game play one time in a 5 hour woodsball day. If you plan on playing speedball, I highly recommend a compressed air tank and you may even want to consider saving/spending a bit more on the electronic SuperStock cocker!
The barrel is very accurate for a stock barrel and the two different back sizes are nice, although I've not needed to use my larger back yet.
I use a large 88ci 4500psi tank with a large drop forward and a Ricochet AK hopper that makes my setup fairly heavy. I'm no wimp but by no means am I Hulk Hogan; and the weight does not bother me, even in a long round of woodsball. With that in mind, the only minor comfort issue I have is that the grip is kind of large to me and my slightly below average sized hands. I'm sure it's an average sized .45 grip though. It does fit my hand better than any Spyder I've picked up. The SuperStock fits the very best so far, and I'm contemplating upgrading to that or a Shocker soon just to get on a higher level of equipment and possibly customization...
I don't know why, but it seems to be a man-thing, we want to customize everything, paintball markers included. The Trilogy series, not just the Pro, scores low when it comes to customizing. I personally don't really care to spend more than I already have on my marker, but others might. Of course you can add any cocker-threaded barrel, most drop forwards, and I assume you can upgrade the bolt (no real need, it's already delrin/delron whatever). Rumors have it,(search the web and worr.com forums for e-Trilogy, or Trilogy e-blade)that there is an adapter available that will allow you to e-blade your Trilogy marker. Sounds interesting, but I'd rather just buy a SuperStock
Cleaning and Maintenance:
The DVD included with the marker is quite helpful if this is your first autococker. Cleaning the thing is very simple, a little rubbing alcohol, water, petroleum jelly (for the bolt), and a rag or two will keep your chrome finish looking like a mirror! Other than removing the air source and barrel you have to remove one pin and the bolt.
In conclusion, this is a wonderful marker for someone that is serious about playing paintball, but wants to save some cash for the other evil of the sport, the paintballs!