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Valken Sports - Proton Information
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Valken Sports
597 Mantua Boulevard
Sewell, NJ 08080

Email: info@valkensports.com
Website: http://www.valkenpaintball.com
Valken re-worked the Mokal Aura to what is now the Proton
 Manual: Submit a manual
 Release Date: 2012
 MSRP: $325.00
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 stars.
 Reviews: 19
 Rating Summary:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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Valken Sports - Proton Reviews
Valken Sports Proton The Valken Proton simply put is the best bang for your buck tournament marker in the sub $400 range. The efficiency is good (I got ~1,500 shots off of a 68/45), it's light (1lb 2oz without a barrel),...
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Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Rice Lake, WI
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $324.99
Pros: Efficienct, light, trigger, feedneck
Cons: Barrel, board, trigger bounce
The Valken Proton simply put is the best bang for your buck tournament marker in the sub $400 range. The efficiency is good (I got ~1,500 shots off of a 68/45), it's light (1lb 2oz without a barrel), the feedneck is amazing because if you have it set right it'll be completely free in the open position and it will hold like a vise in the closed position, and the trigger is AMAZING in semi. Now onto the cons. The board is basic, easier tournament mode adjustments could definitely be implemented, I understand having the tournament lock be required but would it be too much to ask to be able to change the BPS of each mode without having to get the board reflashed? Also, the barrel is basic, not really a huge con since it's a nice barrel, but if it was a 14" barrel it could kill the competition without a doubt. The trigger was also pretty bouncy in anything other than semi, even after some pretty extreme adjustment it liked to bounce which was surprising considering the stiff trigger pull. Finally, this gun does not, and I mean does NOT like water. I played a day, crawled up to snake in some light rain, and by the time I got back to my truck the gun just wouldn't fire, got home, wouldn't fire. After I took it apart and wiped down the boards with a dry cloth (which came off damp) it finally wanted to fire again. Now I didn't list that as a con because that was partly my fault, but I know a lot of players (including myself) that occasionally have to fight through a tournament in the rain and this gun just wouldn't make it alive.

Now for the $325 I spent, this marker is by FAR the best in the $350 and under range. It's shot was quiet and smooth, the battery lasted for a few cases, the gun was nice and long (rivaling a Luxe), and it felt great in the hands. Does it get the efficiency of a Mini? No, but it is much better in almost every regard. This is one of the two guns that I can say without a doubt I regret letting go.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Valken Sports Proton After about 4 cases of paint in a month the Proton is still shooting great. It's fun to shoot and easy to use. The trigger is a little hard for me to walk coming from a mini but I'm getting used to...
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Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: San Diego, Ca.
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $225.00
Pros: Inexpensive, light, easy to use
Cons: No upgrades yet, needs HP air
After about 4 cases of paint in a month the Proton is still shooting great. It's fun to shoot and easy to use. The trigger is a little hard for me to walk coming from a mini but I'm getting used to it. For the price you can't beat this gun, just as good as the mini but more comfortable in my hands.
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Valken Sports Proton macroless and comes with an on and off asa
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Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: my house
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $324.99
Pros: no macro lone
Cons: certain leaks
macroless and comes with an on and off asa
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  • Currently 2/5 stars.
Valken Sports Proton Bought used. Shot perfect out of the box. The stock barrel im not a fan of, but when I put my deadly winds with .682 on it... Shot ball on ball at about 50-75 feet. I was well impressed. Shot felt...
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $200.00
Pros: Trigger, Feedbeck, Tool-less removal of engine
Cons: Stock Barrel
Bought used. Shot perfect out of the box. The stock barrel im not a fan of, but when I put my deadly winds with .682 on it... Shot ball on ball at about 50-75 feet. I was well impressed. Shot felt like a mix of luxe, and marq. For the price, I dont see how you cant own one. Very impressed.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Valken Sports Proton This gun is very good for the money and if you are just getting into the speedball world it is a nice cheap choice. I myself have just started and i can compare this gun to some high end markers....
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Join Date: Mar 2014
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $200.00
Pros: nice, cheap, good for money, reliable, good air,
Cons: breaks balls, bad stock barrel,
This gun is very good for the money and if you are just getting into the speedball world it is a nice cheap choice. I myself have just started and i can compare this gun to some high end markers. Except for the fact that my gun doesn't talk to me with its simple board, it is somewhat reliable, and easy to use. I only really use one mode which is ramp and all you do is turn it on and your ready to go. Which by the way the on switch is awesome because it is right in the trigger guard and is good for when you're about to go off for the break. Makes the battery last a while. I got this gun at Christmas and have used it about every weekend and the stock battery is still in there. Grip and foregrip are also nice, on off ASA is a good addition. Also the regulator is in a good spot. Doesn't use too much air, have to refill after about 3 games. It also is very easy to clean, you just take out the bolt no tools needed and can squeagie it. Very nice for field stripping. Also comes with nice barrel cover. Good to point manual, but cheap box. Nice cutout foam though to put into a nicer case. But there are some bit of cons for the gun. My first con is not to big of an issue but when i got the fun the grip around the frame comes bent a little outwards because of the screws that are factory tightened. Which can leave the solenoid open to get ruined by paint and other debris. So I bent the grip in a little so there is no gap between the grip and frame when you tighten the screws. My second is that it breaks balls all of the time. I don't know much about why balls break but i'm guessing its because of the barrel, paint, velocity, and temperature. Used this gun the other day and the temperature was an average of around 60* F I was shooting around 290 and I was using some good paint. But my paintballs kept breaking and then after that they would curve like a ***** out of the stock barrel which I do recommend replacing. It is stock 12" I recommend using a 16". Another con is that the feedneck screws off very easily and while I was playing I dove into snake and it went sideways and my hopper almost fell off because the threads aren't that long. Only needs like one turn to take off. One more con is that the guns trigger is not the best. I for one love it but you cannot compare it to an Invert Mini or whatever. It it very stiff out of the box and not that easy to walk after a minute or two. But after you adjust it to your liking it is very accessible. Lastly for a con I wouldn't really consider a con just preference is the board, that is very simple to use which is nice it has three lights and two buttons. one light is for the eyes, other for the mode, and one for warnings i think such as no ball in breach. The buttons are for eyes, and mode. I myself do well with this gun and think it is very good for the price and know it is going to last a while. Hope i didn't sound like too much of an idiot but that's my review.
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Valken Sports Proton very impressed with this marker especially for its price. my mask tips to valken proton, i will change reliability and performance once i have played a little more with it.
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $280.00
Pros: light, stylish
Cons: none yet
very impressed with this marker especially for its price. my mask tips to valken proton, i will change reliability and performance once i have played a little more with it.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Valken Sports Proton Nice gun, decent and simple board. Defiantly needs a better barrel and you'll be set.
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $325.00
Pros: light weight and comfortable
Cons: barrel
Nice gun, decent and simple board. Defiantly needs a better barrel and you'll be set.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Valken Sports Proton
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
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: $330.00
Pros: Light, soft, awesome
Cons: Board, and on/off switch
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Valken Sports Proton Extremely lightweight gun and the best value for a tournament gun. Get a different barrel for sure. No macro line and I like the on/off asa. I broke a couple of paintballs on day one but nothing a...
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $324.99
Pros: Lightweight, Feed neck, No macro line, Price
Cons: Stock barrel
Extremely lightweight gun and the best value for a tournament gun. Get a different barrel for sure. No macro line and I like the on/off asa. I broke a couple of paintballs on day one but nothing a squeegee couldn't fix. Overall great value for an entry level tournament marker.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Valken Sports Proton I went out this last weekend, and I noticed a few things. In semi, it was difficult to walk the trigger, I turned the marker off once while in a game (one of the first couple of games), but that was...
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $250.00
Pros: Thin, light weight, Macrolineless
Cons: See below
I went out this last weekend, and I noticed a few things.

In semi, it was difficult to walk the trigger, I turned the marker off once while in a game (one of the first couple of games), but that was partly due to being my first day back playing paintball.

In ramping, it shot great, until every once in a while, it would automatically shoot without me touching the trigger. I think adjusting the trigger and changing the trigger debounce will improve it. I adjusted the debounce to 6 ms and tuned the trigger a little, and I shot a pod tonight (day after I played) and it didn't automatically fire, so it might be fix, next time I play I'll look for it.

I got this marker, brand new, for 250 + shipping on Ebay. Little beginner marker, if I fixed the automatically firing on ramping, I'll keep this and play in some local tournaments.

Great buy.

Rumors: I have heard this will start leaking after 5 cases of paint, but I have only used about 2000 shots through it, so I can't really tell you if this is true or not.
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