This review is a collaborative effort between me (own an L6), 2 Xist (owns a Nano), and YouGotOwned (owns Firebolt).
All pictures taken by either nyhl, 2 Xist, or YouGotOwned.
Well, when first receiving the bolt, it comes in a nice plastic box with some pretty basic instructions on the back of the box. After opening the box, and holding the bolt for a few minutes, you notice how light this bolt is, and quite frankly, I was impressed.
After removing my stock bolt from my gun, I immediately felt a huge weight difference between the two bolts, and the L6 is around 50-52% lighter than the stock bolt.
After taking around 5 pictures of this bolt, I decided to get it in the gun and start test firing it.
Let me just begin by saying that you must put a lot of lube on this bolt to get it going. Just put more than you see on the stock bolt, and more than you think necessary.
Once I had the bolt in the marker, I set my dwell down to 7 (could definitely go lower), and put my regulator input pressure at 120. After I turned on my air, and started dry firing this, I was very
My gun had absolutely no kick, and on top of that, it seemed quieter than the stock bolt.
Finally, after firing around 100 shots of dryfire, I decided to get some paint, and actually test this out. The L6 makes the gun shoot like a shocker, you feel a slight vibration when shooting the gun... it was the most fun I have ever had shooting paint at a target. Now, about efficiency, after around 400 paintballs and 100 dry fire shots (equivalent to around 200 shots with paint), I still had 2000 psi left in my tank, and before testing I had around 3500 psi left in my tank.
600shots = 1500psi
4500/1500 = 3
3 x 600 = 1800 spt (shots per tank)
I had taken these results out of my original review because I didn't think they were accurate enough. 1800 shots per tank sounded a bit high (although it's possible). I will have a more extensive test on Saturday, and will update this Saturday night.
I will make a video of me test firing the L6 on Sunday (tomorrow), I didn't have enough air after my day of paintballing on Saturday (today), so I'm gonna get it aired up tomorrow.
When I had arrived at the field, they only had the 3000psi fills available, so I was only able to fill my 68ci/4500psi tank up to 3000psi.
I had chronographed the gun at 285fps, 130 psi, dwell at 7, and recharge at 15. Once I got out for the first match, I couldn't wait to actually start firing gun and see how this runs. After I had started playing, this bolt shot like a dream. Every single bit and piece about the L6 was amazing. There was no such thing as kick, or recoil when feeling my gun shoot with the L6. Watching my opponents fall because of this, made it all much more worthwhile. This bolt is phenomenal.
After about 6 rounds, I had finally run out of air. Remember, my tank was only filled to 3000psi, and I had used 2 bags of paint and a full hopper of a Halo B (180rnd capacity). This adds up to about 1180 paintballs.
4500/3000 = 1.5
1180 x 1.5 = 1770 spt (shots per tank)
So, with these results, you can expect to get approximately 1700-1900 shots per tank, from a 68ci/4500psi nitro tank with the L6.
With amazing effeciency, no kick whatsoever, an extremely light bolt, and exceptional service from TechT. You simply can't
get any better than this.
Without a doubt, one of, if not THE best bolt out there right now.
Note: This will be updated whenever necessary
O r a n g e - N a n o
This will be updated once 2 Xist finishes his review.
So I got my Smart Parts Firebolt in the mail. It was amazing. It was so damn nice and light. Another PBN thread for the Firebolt said the bolt weighed a simple 16g, 0.5g less than the L6. I used 2 different scales, and both came out to roughly 16g. Tuesday, at school, if I can remember, I will take both bolts to chemistry class and ask to use one of those nice scales the teacher has. I will try to take pictures of it on the scale, so just wait till then.
So I slapped a good amount of Hater Sauce onto the bolt. I fine tuned my gun to 45 dwell, running at 160psi, and 280-290fps. I didn’t have any problem with drop off, or anything like that. What amazed me was how I adjusted the Firebolt to 20 dwell clicks from the bottom, and it still cycled. I don’t think it would of done me any good, because I could see paintballs descending quite early.
So here’s a list of upgrades and settings on my Ion: ( NOTE: I don’t have a qev.)
Empire 16" 4 pc. kit
NDZ Autococker threaded breech
CCM No-Rise Feedneck
Smart Parts Firebolt
So now, I’m done worshiping this bolt. Some say this is a poor man’s bolt, but I wouldn’t say that.
-Kick reduction. I had a terrible batch of stingers, and the kick increased accuracy, along with the barrel
-Efficiency. I saw 1500 shots to a 4000psi fill. Amazing for no qev. I didn’t expect this, but I guess I wasted money getting all day air. I filled my tank right as I got to my 4th bag. Expect 1600+ with a Stage 2 and 360 QEV.
-The weight reduction. Amazing. It’s feather-light, I could compare it to an almost-empty Dr. Pepper can.
-Looks. I love it. Looking into the breech when it fires is awesome. You just see this red flash.
-Noise change? My Ion sounded different, I cant explain it, get one for yourself
-If you haven’t already voided your warranty, the Firebolt will add on to it.
-No more concave face! I had a major problem with small paintballs rolling back to fit the face, allowing another ball to be force fed by my halo halfway in, causing ball breaks.
-GREAT PRICE. $40!
-I’ve seen some pics, and even mine had this. Around the ribs, there was some anno scratches around the edge of the ribs. No problem. Just cosmetics, and you wont be seeing the bolt often.
-Anno wears off. I had the lube wiped off previously. And this time I just wiped it again. The first picture shows how much of the anno just came right off. Now my bolt front is a lighter red and has wear near the edges of the face. Maybe it's the same aluminum as the shocker's? Because my stock never wore....
-No performance flaws though.
Results with QEV___
FPS: 260 +9/-9
Efficiency count: 10 pods + 2 halos= 1660ish shots. Pods were 140rd, and the halo usually was 3/4 full.
Overall, I’ll give this bolt a 8/10 because the anno came off and I found a couple other issues with it. Other than that, it’s amazing. I can compare it to a L6. I had mixed feelings about this bolt, being that it was sooooo cheap. I was wrong. It’s worth the money for sure if you cant afford the L6. However, if you have the money, go for the L6.
P.S. Don’t think that Smart Parts only paid for manufacturing costs. They hire real professional engineers, that work very hard on this. This costs a lot. So don’t be talking smack about Smart Parts. I thank Smart Parts for amazing me.
Pic of the worn off anno.
Pic of the firebolt