I am curious
where you get the info about Armos being remolded Bruizers. I am a regular in the Armotech Forum (http://forum.armotech.com/
) and my understanding is that all Armos are manufactured in France and are proprietary systems (that is to say that they aren't interchangeable with any other brand, partswise).
As for gittmo's query, I have a WG65-RIS on order. I've done a bit of research before making the decision to buy and what I can tell you is this... they are basicly stacked-tube blowbacks (albeit, very well built ones with a high degree of polish).
They are set up to run high velocity out of the box (300+fps) but a low velocity kit (280-285fps) is apparently in the works. The main tech/engineer for Armotech (Thomas) has also posted how to make the neccessary mods to the marker to achieve the lower velocity (it involves trimming a sping).
They are primarily metal construction, with some high impact plastic parts. They are on the heavy side for a marker but this is due to the fact that they are designed to be training tools for the police/military. They emulate the appearance, weight and kick of their real-world counterparts.
Regarding the models which have the RIS (Rail Interface System)... if it bolts to a real M16-M4 (or AR15) in the case of the 65s, or to an MP5 in the case of the 75 Series, it bolts right on to the WG. Which is cool for me, seeing as I'm saving to buy an AR15 next year.
Armo has various gadgets available and more on the way. Available now are scopes/sight rails (despite what some will undoubtedly say to the contrary, there is a useful place for scopes in paintball if you actually know how to dial one in), laser sights (ditto), flashlight kits (for those 26 hr. scenario games!), bipods (steady, boy. Steady!), a tactical drop handle (MP5 style, comes standard with RIS markers), and an electric triggerframe upgrade (double trigger, semi-3shot-full auto, which Thomas from Armo says will also be made available in single trigger soon for those people who want to retain an authentic look to their marker). Upcoming releases include a custom barrel upgrade (which includes a.... um... <whisper> silencer
), the affore mentioned single trigger e-frame, a folding stock for the 75 Series (MP5s) and possibly an M203 grenade launcher that will mount underbarrel. A friend of mine and I are starting to develop some aftermarket upgrades as well (can't tell ya... not patented yet
). The company seems genuinely interested in wanting to hear and respond to customers' requests. I regularly hear from Richard (the owner) and Thomas (the chief engineer) in the posts at http://forum.armotech.com/.
I have a friend in MN (who is an Armo dealer -http://www.teamspecialforcespaintball.com -, and it's also his weapon of choice) who says he regularly pegs guys out to 100'+. I haven't seen it myself (yet... my Armo will be here soon), but knowing the kind of guy Maverick is, I have no reason to doubt him. If you're gonna buy one, you might wanna buy through him~ he really goes out of his way to take care of you. Tell 'im Ghostwolf sent you.
Armotech is fairly new to the states, but has been around in Europe for awhile. They've had a mess of problems here mainly because a hacker royally screwed up their phone system and they weren't quite expecting the overwhelming demand for their markers that they've got. They seem to be getting back on their feet, though.
Lastly, don't be surprised to hear alot of Armo dissing going on. The Impulse, Cocker, Mag etc. crowd seem to really hate these things, even though most (if not all) of them have never even held one. It really boils down to this... if you're looking for a really light, snazzy TOURNAMENT or SPEEDBALL marker, maybe you should go with a Mars EVO or an Imp. If you're looking for a scenarioball marker (or one that will just plain scare the bejeezus out of your buddies out in the woods) and don't mind the fact that it's not the absolute latest in paintball technology (although Thomas did kinda like the idea for putting ball sensing lasers in the breach to prevent chopping/doublefeeds), then Armotech is right for you. As for me, I got into paintball (in '85) because I've always liked playing soldier when I was a kid and that's how I approach paintball today... I'm putting together a Scenarioball team modeled after a CIA S.O.G. Unit. And as for the guys who say that using military terms, or approaching paintball in a military way gives the sport a bad name... get over it. If it makes you mad, why don't you come down into my little valley in your pretty pink and purple jerseys and try and lay some paint on me
Note: this last statement is honestly meant to poke a little fun at the Speedball boys. I really don't care what you wear or how you play... but you're still welcome to try
Anyway, I hope this helps.
ps. Would anyone mind if I posted some pictures of Armos that I got from Thomas/Richard here or would that be spamming?