Bob Long Technologies Marq VISI purchased this marker used coming from a Planet Eclipse LV1. What drew me to this marker is the ability to use either a Spool or Poppet engine in the same gun. This gives you a ton of flexibility...
I purchased this marker used coming from a Planet Eclipse LV1. What drew me to this marker is the ability to use either a Spool or Poppet engine in the same gun. This gives you a ton of flexibility for different types of play and is just a nice option for switching out the shot feel when you are bored. I have shot numerous Marqs in the past and it is really impressive to see just how much this platform has improved over the years. The VIS competes against the very smoothest and efficient poppets while also including a Spool Engine that is as smooth as anything out there. I also appreciate BLAST's dedication to producing their markers in the USA along with the excellent customer service I have always had with the company. Onto the gun...
Packaging:The gun comes with excellent packaging now with a handy soft case that holds the extra engine, three barrel backs with tip, tools, o-rings, lube, and a decent amount of extra items that one may want to put in there. BLAST is definitely competitive with any other manufacturer out there and even exceeds a number of them in packaging now.
Performance:Shot quality is exceptional regardless of which engine you choose. I personally find myself using the VIS Poppet engine more, simply because the shot quality is still excellent, I can shoot around a case of paint off of a 68/4500 fill and I only need to re-lube the gun whenever I feel like it. If you want a slightly (and I mean very slightly) better shot quality, you can utilize the spool engine and sacrifice some efficiency (around 5-6 pods) and opt for a tighter maintenance schedule (around once per day of play). So far the gun has been 100% reliable and has been able to shoot brittle tournament grade paint without any issues.
Drawbacks:There are only a few downsides to the gun that are worth noting and all are relatively small. The first is the requirement of a low pressure tank. Due to the design of the internal air routing, you will want to run either Super Low Pressure or Low Pressure on the gun to ensure seal integrity. The next is the LPR access. In order to maintain the LPR, you have to take the frame off which requires disconnecting some wires and a bit of hassle overall. It only needs to be done about once a year, but it certainly isn't a quick or super convenient task. The last is the adjustability of the regulators (actually a plus for me but a downside for some). Because the regulators on this gun are so adjustable, you either need to know how to tune the marker properly or utilize a pressure tester in order to ensure they are set in the proper ranges. Messing around with the regulators without knowing what you are doing can effect performance, reliability, and can even cause you to damage the solenoid.
Overall: I am super impressed with the marker. It is everything you would expect from Bob Long's flagship gun and definitely delivers across the performance spectrum. For the same price range as many of its competitors, you get two high end guns in one package combined with a great barrel kit and improved packaging.
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Currently 5/5 stars.
Bob Long Technologies Marq VISFirst of all I'm not a pro just your average paintball junkie with over 20 years experience with over 20 different guns. Anyway I got my brand new 2014 Bob Long VIS and came with 3 barrel backs .679,...
First of all I'm not a pro just your average paintball junkie with over 20 years experience with over 20 different guns. Anyway I got my brand new 2014 Bob Long VIS and came with 3 barrel backs .679, .685, .691, some secret sauce in a syringe, spool engine, poppit engine(installed), some orings, and a manual for the Frenzy 5.0 OLED board. The poppit engine was already installed. The pressure setting was 195/70 and dwell was at 8. Chronoed at 280, 279, 281. That is consistent! The grouping was amazing and by far the most accurate paintball gun I've shot with no vibration or kick. It was also a lot quitter than my V1 with the spool engine installed. Emptied the hopper with no breaks. I installed the spool engine and set the pressure to 170/70 and changed the dwell to 10 per Bob Long Tech. Chronoed at 280, 279, 285. Not bad! The shot was quitter but not as accurate. Emptied the hopper and did break one ball. With that said I put the poppit engine back in and adjusted the pressure settings and dwell back to 8. Absolutely amazing accuracy! I will take accuracy over quietness all day! Hope this review helps! I love my VIS!!!
This review has been rated:
Currently 5/5 stars.
Bob Long Technologies Marq VISEverything is very nice I have no issues with the gun