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Airgun Designs USA - Automag Information
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Airgun Designs USA
401 Florine Court
Cary, IL 60090

Phone: (847) 520-7225
Fax: (847) 520-7848
Email: romanr@airgundesignsusa.com
Website: http://www.airgundesignsusa.com
AGD's entry level automag.
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 Release Date: 1988
 MSRP: $260.00
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 stars.
 Reviews: 16
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Airgun Designs USA Automag I love this marker. The reason why there is a cult following (I am included in that group) because it does what it should every single time. Put the marker away for years. Oil it up and fires like it...
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Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $120.00
Pros: excellent marker. work horse
Cons: older.
I love this marker. The reason why there is a cult following (I am included in that group) because it does what it should every single time. Put the marker away for years. Oil it up and fires like it did when you played last. Super easy to clean and I have no issues keeping up with all the newer faster markers today. It is worth every penny you pay and you can customize it with a lot of stuff that is out there. It is getting harder to find stuff but there is still a lot out there. I recommend a ULE body for it and you should be good to go.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Airgun Designs USA Automag The automag by design is one of the fastest and simplest markers out there. There are only 3 moving parts excluding the regulator and trigger. The bolt, the sear, and the on/off valve. All of which...
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Join Date: May 2012
Location: Bel Air MD
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $70.00
Pros: Reliable, low kick, quiet, simple, customizable
Cons: Air hog, back heavy, can get expensive fast
The automag by design is one of the fastest and simplest markers out there. There are only 3 moving parts excluding the regulator and trigger. The bolt, the sear, and the on/off valve. All of which can be activated (if properly tuned) within 1/16th of an inch, one of the shortest pulls of all mechanicals. For the absolute shortest, simply install the ULE trigger kit. This shortens the pull to 1/32nd of an inch.

The automag is also very quiet. Having a very muffled but macho thud when fired. This is because while still technically high pressure the automag is regulated. This also allows it to be fairly gentle with paint, even more so with the level 10 bolt. This performance however does not mean efficiency. The automag barrels through air and can actually exhaust a 68/4500 tank in between 800 and 1200 shots depending on various factors including but not limited to barrel fit, paint quality, ambient temperature, etc. The automag also, notoriously, does not agree with Co2. It chronos all over the place, and if fired quickly easily becomes flooded and locked up. That being said the automag was never really made to run on Co2, instead being designed to run on nitrogen or HPA.

Back in old times, when tournament play was still dominated by pump markers, the automag was the first to emerge as a viable semi automatic marker to be used in tournaments. This is because of the complicated nature and inherent unreliability of markers like the autococker and illustrator. It is in this category where the automag is at its best. It is dare I say more reliable than a Tippmann 98 or even a BT4. The only two reasons any automag would ever be unreliable are if the trigger was adjusted too far and not letting the on/off valve fill the firing chamber, or a buildup of dirt due to a lack of maintainence.

The automag is also ridiculed for being slow these days. This is unfair as it was designed more than 15 years ago and at the time the 8 bps it could achieve before drop off was unheard of. Even now if one is to install an X valve the marked has been recorded cycling up to 40 bps. Slow? I think not.

Many call it ugly. I say well this one might be (holding up a stock mag), but how about this one? (Holding my Karta bodied mag). This again highlights a great strength of the mag. Customizability. Google it and you will see very rarely are two automags ever the same. There are so many options it is easy to lose yourself in it.

In the end the automag is the AR of the paintball world. While its been around for a bit, it is as relevant as ever and has changed and adapted as time goes on as well as for each and every user. There are hundreds of options when it comes to yours and you are only limited by your wallet and imagination.

Get one, and never let it go.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Airgun Designs USA Automag Gun is built tough stainless steel body, and carbon fiber trigger frame that can hold up a car. The valve is stainless steel as well. Super reliable, *** some oil in the asa before every use and it...
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
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Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $150.00
Pros: super reliable
Cons: Its heavy and not much to look at
Gun is built tough stainless steel body, and carbon fiber trigger frame that can hold up a car. The valve is stainless steel as well.

Super reliable, *** some oil in the asa before every use and it just works, no questions asked
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Airgun Designs USA Automag I got mine with the stock rail, carbon fiber single trigger frame, stock power feed body and classic valve with 4 stars still on it a while ago. The markings on the gun indicate it was a rental in...
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Join Date: Nov 2006
Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $80.00
Pros: Reliable, small
Cons: heavy in stock form, not exactly efficient
I got mine with the stock rail, carbon fiber single trigger frame, stock power feed body and classic valve with 4 stars still on it a while ago. The markings on the gun indicate it was a rental in its former life, so it was not surprising to see gunk all over the inside of the gun and the main spring rusting. A quick cleaning session and a new spring later and it is working great again. (actually it might even have worked without the cleaning, but we won't know now)

that's all that's needed to be say about its reliability. It's also a very small gun with lots of upgrading options, not unlike the Ion, except this gun did it first.

From the stock stainless power feed body you could go with steel bodies of other feeding styles, ULE body, or if you are lucky like me, find a Z-body. With the latter 2, you can use cocker threaded barrels too, but the twist lock is kind of cooler.

The trigger frame can be swapped for a double trigger (Intelliframe, Y-frame, Z-frame, etc etc) with ULT installed, an aftermarket electric sear tripper trigger, or even home-modded to pneumatic.

Classic valve can be upgraded to ReTro, E-Mag, or X Valve, with or without Level X bolt, depending on how much you can afford, and there are equally endless options for the rail.

How you want to mount the tank is up to you also. Want a foregrip? Get it! Want to keep it a pistol? Do it! Bottomline like everyone else? Go ahead! Back bottle the old school way? This gun can do it too!

I'm not really liking the foregrip placement though. It doesn't leave much gap between itself and the frame. I have since gotten a foregrip extender and was happy.

It also eats gas a little bit...

Appearance: looks was never the point. This gun was meant to perform.
Performance: The modular design lets you change the performance to exactly what you want.
Reliability: it's an old rusted rental that got a second life, I can't say it's not reliable...
Value: these guns hold their value, especially if you buy used these days. They rarely go bad and when they do a repair kit is usually all that is needed.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Airgun Designs USA Automag I've owned multiples of pretty much ever kind on mag over the years, the 68 automag is no exception. It's a mag, can take a beating and won't let you down...here's the skinny... Looks - Mags...
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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $150.00
Pros: Small, durable
Cons: stock options
I've owned multiples of pretty much ever kind on mag over the years, the 68 automag is no exception. It's a mag, can take a beating and won't let you down...here's the skinny...

Looks - Mags typically come stock in a blasted grey PF or SF body with a carbon fiber gripframe. It isn't the most attractive marker in the world. There are a ton of things you can do to make it purdy though. Splash kits, gripframes and polished or ULE bodies are all great on these. I based the rating on the STOCK marker though.

Performance - It's a mag. If you're unfamiliar with mags it is rediculiously reliable and durable. The classic valve will get you average efficiency, nothing to write home about, and is very consistant. It has a descent recharge rate and you can achieve low-mid teens as far as ROF goes with a little trigger practice and an upgraded gripframe. It will work well if properly setup on CO2 as well as HPA. It is a well balanced marker and feels very solid, it is hard to find a better quality marker than AGD.

Maintenance - Rediculiously easy markers to maintain. One thumbscrew and you can remove the entire valve/bolt assembly to clean/lube. Another allen screw and the gripframe/rail/body come apart. There isn't much that can go wrong with these, an oring is usually the only thing you ever see go bad over time in these.

Value - Mags in general have a pretty sturdy resale value and even if you buy one brand new, it will outlive you. I'd call that a worthwhile investment.

It should also be mentioned that there are a slew of aftermarket upgrades for any type of mag from bodies to gripframes to rails and valves so you can customize your marker to fit your own play style.
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  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Airgun Designs USA Automag In April last year (2007) I traded my Tacamo type 68 for this. When I recieved the marker from the friend I traded to it had been sitting for a while. My friend had told me all about how good it was...
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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Dead Deer, Alberia
Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $250.00
Pros: Reliablility, uniqinuess, smoothest shot ever
Cons: Cost of parts, being non mainstream anymore
In April last year (2007) I traded my Tacamo type 68 for this. When I recieved the marker from the friend I traded to it had been sitting for a while. My friend had told me all about how good it was and that parts may be a little hard to get but that it never went down. As I got to a game I filled my air tank my friend told me that it was going to get a little time getting used to it and that I would have to pull the trigger all the way. At this point I was confused and he told me that I would find out. So I took this marker to the chrono and shoot WOOSH all my paint was all coming out my barrel. My friend yelled at me "Shoot but pull the trigger all the way" I did. From that point I have loved this marker. It is a little on the heavy side. But all that can be fixed with a new body and valve. The shooting of this gun is excellent, it takes a while to learn on how to not short stroke. It is a real smooth shot with kick comparible to that of a PM if tuned correctly. Efficency wise it could be better but I am not complaining just because it shoots so great. The looks of the original stainless steel body is a little weird but different bodies are available. For anything needed visit the Automag forum's BST (Automags.org) as since this is a cult marker parts can be hard to get but since it is a mag community there are parts and the general people there are very helpful. Overall I give this excellent marker an A+ for withstanding 15 years of abuse.
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  • Currently 3.8/5 stars.
Airgun Designs USA Automag I thought I already had enough markers. I was wrong. I bought this for 60 dollars just because the deal was really good. Boy am I glad I did! This marker is incredible. I used it because my...
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Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $60.00
Pros: Durable, Will not break, Can be shot really fast
Cons: Heavy
I thought I already had enough markers. I was wrong. I bought this for 60 dollars just because the deal was really good. Boy am I glad I did!

This marker is incredible. I used it because my finicky impulse went down, and after playing one game with it the automag became my number one gun. I don't feel outgunned at all when I step onto the field. The trigger on it is blazingly fast.

HOWEVER: The guy who wrote the first review said he could not get the hang of the trigger and didn't like it. That's understandable. The trigger takes 3 pounds to pull back, however it doesn't seem like that when you're in rapid fire. The trigger is something you'll either love or you'll hate. If you have the option, I would suggest firing a mag before buying one. If you don't have the option, then I would suggest getting one anyways. The resale value is solid, and it's always nice to have a gun that you can loan to a noob and not have to worry at all about it being messed up.
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  • Currently 2.5/5 stars.
Airgun Designs USA Automag Owned one for a VERY short time. I bought it, had to fix it, and then ended up selling it. It shot fairly nicely for the brief time I owned it, but I just couldnt get the hang of the trigger. It...
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Price paid: $185.00
Pros: Reliable
Cons: Heavy
Owned one for a VERY short time. I bought it, had to fix it, and then ended up selling it. It shot fairly nicely for the brief time I owned it, but I just couldnt get the hang of the trigger. It was impossible to adjust and impossible to shoot quickly. Nice design and reliable (once I fixed it), but not my type of marker.
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Airgun Designs USA Automag My Paintball gun has been holding up for a while now..I'm happy with it and i dont have a team..but it would be cool to join one of you guy's team..lol
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Price paid: $250.00
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My Paintball gun has been holding up for a while now..I'm happy with it and i dont have a team..but it would be cool to join one of you guy's team..lol
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Airgun Designs USA Automag For a gun that is from the 90's it is a head turner and still does the job what can I say it's everything all the hype is about it and then some, I can't find one negative thing to say about it.
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Price paid: $125.00
Pros: Field strippable
Cons: unknown
For a gun that is from the 90's it is a head turner and still does the job what can I say it's everything all the hype is about it and then some, I can't find one negative thing to say about it.
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