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Old 03-12-2009, 05:34 PM #1
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xluben's Azodin Kaos Pump (KP) Review

xluben's Azodin Kaos Pump aka KP Review

Azodin Website:

www.azodin.com

More Photos on my site:

http://benjohnson.smugmug.com/gallery/7581693_cqG7h

Packaging:

The Azodin Kaos Pump comes in a nice cardboard box. Inside there is no
foam, but the cardboard is cut/folded to fit the gun and accessories very
nicely. In addition the gun it comes with a very nice barrel condom and
various spare parts and allen keys. I was impressed with the packaging and
included accessories for the price of the gun!





Operation:

This gun operates nearly identically to any other halfblocked Autococker pump
out there. It uses a small sled and bolt pin connecting the bolt to the striker.
The striker is slotted just like a half/mid blocked 'Cocker. The striker does
NOT blowback when fired. This is a "true" pump gun.



The working velocity of the gun is controlled by adjusted the striker spring
pressure via a screw at the back of the gun. Unlike some of the other Azodin
guns, the valve spring tension is NOT adjustable (due to the pump handle). In
stock form there is no reg to "balance". The gun is very easy to set up and
works great on un-regged Co2.



Disassembly:

With a quick pull of the bolt pin, the bolt will slide out of the back of the gun.
To remove the striker the plug at the back of the gun can be unscrewed.
Normally this can be easily accomplished by hand (no tools), but if it does get
stuck in place it has been slotted for removal. Once the plug is out, the
spring and striker will be removable.

The striker in the Kaos Pump is NOT the featherlite version found on other
Azodin guns. It is a more traditional style that works best for this
configuration (non-blowback, pump action). This part should require VERY
little maintenance.

Weight:

The Kaos pump weighs in at just over 2.5lbs. It feels very light and small in
my hands. I don't think the weight of this gun is going to be an issue for
anyone. Just add a 13/3k and Winchester hopper, and you have a very light
overall setup.



Pump Handle:

Great! The Kaos Pump has a slim handle, that is very comfortable for me to
hold and use. It is on the smaller side, but I think it works great. The pump
handle itself is made from aluminum! There is no "back plate" like other pump
handles use. The pump stroke is incredibly smooth, twist free, and very light.
It includes a nice light return spring as well. With the striker spring backed all
the way out the pump stroke feels lighter than my S6 did (with the CCM
return spring). Pump twist is non-existent, and the pump stroke is very
smooth.

The gun also comes with a very basic "Hitman" mod, to allow the user to pump
the gun with 2 fingers. The bottom of the pump handle has a threaded steel
insert.

Into this insert a short threaded rod can screwed in and is held in place by an
o-ring. The Hitman mod works as designed, but does induce a bit of binding
due to the leverage created on the pump handle. I don't like using Hitman
mod's, but it's nice to have as an option.



Frame:

The frame on this gun is a standard (mechanical) double trigger like would be
found on any other Spyder. The hole spacing is NOT compatible with either
Spyders or Autococker frames. The frame is a 45 style and comes with two
slim, contoured panels installed. A nice feature (for some people) is that it
does have a mechanical safety. I would prefer a single trigger on a pump
marker, but it is understandable at this price point that the more common
double trigger style would be chosen. On the field the double trigger works
great and is mostly un-noticed.

The contour of the grip panels feels great in my hand and makes the frame
seem a bit thinner than it actually is. The panels are not hard plastic, but not
as tacky as some other grips. The double trigger has considerable pre and
post travel slack, but this is not much of an issue with a pump. On my marker
the anno on the trigger frame is considerably more "shiny" than the rest of the
gun. I am not sure if all KP's are like this.

One thing I do like about the trigger is that since it is sourced from a
blowback, the sear slides on its pin (instead of just rotating like in a 'Cocker).
This means that if you hold the trigger too far back and cock the gun the sear
will still catch on the hammer (unlike a non-AT'd Cocker which would require
you to re-cock and thus double feed). Once you release the trigger you are
ready to shoot!

Barrel:

The stock barrel is very basic, but flows well with the style of the gun. It is a
1 piece aluminum barrel that is anodized dust black to match the rest of the
gun. It has straight lines of porting holes down several inches of the barrel.
The barrel threading on the marker is Autococker style, so there are many,
many aftermarket barrels available.

Triad Ball Retention System:

In addition to the two detents seen on the sides of the marker, the Triad ball
Retention system is a groove cut into the back of the barrel (nearest the
breech). An o-ring sits in this groove and protrudes into the barrel in 3
machined slots. This holds the paint in place after the pump stroke is
completed and the ball is pushed past the normal detents. The system is very
simple and works with a VERY large variety of paint.



Feedneck:

The feedneck is a twist lock style. I have not had any problems mounting a
loader to this gun, but I do prefer the lever locking style. Fortunately the
feedneck threads into the body with Ion feedneck threading, so finding a
replacement is an easy task if you are so inclined.

Foregrip:

This marker does NOT come with an inline regulator. The vertical foregrip is
nothing more than a gas thru grip. This gun will work great with HPA or Co2,
but with the addition of a regulator it can be even more consistent than the
stock configuration. Any standard regulator will fit this gun as long as it can
adjust to at least 300psi or so.

ASA:

The ASA is dust black and mounted via standard mounting holes. It is not an
on/off, but finding a replacement would not be difficult if you find that the
added convenience is worth spending a few more bucks. It should also be
noted that the marker uses a steel braided hose between the ASA and the
foregrip. This could easily be replaced with macroline if the correct fittings
are installed, but is not necessary. The frame includes a standard dovetail
rail, so a rail mounted ASA could also be used.

Initial Impressions:

I haven't had a chance to play with the gun yet, but so far I am very
impressed. The pump stroke is excellent, but may get a bit harder to pump
once the striker spring is adjusted at the chrono. I will try to get better
pictures when I can get some more consistent lighting, and I will continue to
update this post after I have played with the gun (should be this weekend).

************************************************** *******

EDIT: Quick shooting video. (Please press the "HQ" button for better quality)



************************************************** *******

Now have an Azodin reg and on/off ASA on the KP. The on/off ASA vents
upon shutoff, and is actually really nice, IMO. Rivals all the other high end
stuff as far as I'm concerned. The reg looks good, and it allows me to shoot
at 300fps with the hammer spring backed all the way out (for the lightest
pump stroke possible). Haven't really gotten to do much formal "testing" with
the reg yet.










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Old 03-12-2009, 05:43 PM #2
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im impressed. they put some work into these things.
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:44 PM #3
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Another great review. Nice
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:44 PM #4
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:47 PM #5
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Wow, nice review and great pictures!
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:47 PM #6
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Very nice write up, thank you for sharing and congrats on the new gun!
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:48 PM #7
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Thanks for the very thorough review on the Azodin KP. This is very beneficial to me because I am interested in purchasing one. I checked one out at Paintballgateway and it looks like a very capable pump marker. I will be looking forward to your post-game review on the marker and how it performs on the field.
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Old 03-12-2009, 06:05 PM #8
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I thought you would mention something about the bottom line fitting coming out of the front end of the asa, not the side like most markers have.

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Old 03-12-2009, 06:23 PM #9
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Thank you! I appreciate the comments.

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I thought you would mention something about the bottom line fitting coming out of the front end of the asa, not the side like most markers have.

Good review!
Yeah, side macro is one of my pet peeves. A straight fitting is definitely nice to have.
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I wanna see how effecient this is on a 13/3k.
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:33 PM #11
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:37 PM #12
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Great so far! Cant wait for the rest of the review
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I wanna hear how it SHOOTS! field test PRONTO!!! nice photos and review so far.
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:52 PM #14
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I wanna hear how it SHOOTS! field test PRONTO!!! nice photos and review so far.
Dry fired a few times with the velocity adjuster backed all the way out, and it sounded a farty. I'll have to chrono it and see how it sounds.

In the near future I will also be testing it out with a reg
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If you don't have a review up on mcb yet please do so, this is another great one.....almost as good as the mini comp review.....almost
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Yep, put up the same thing over there:

http://www.mcarterbrown.com/forums/m...kp-review.html

Also, my S6 review:

http://www.mcarterbrown.com/forums/m...s6-review.html

Both are great guns, aimed at totally different markets
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Nice review.

You need to do a review of your deck next time. It's like in all your pics. lol
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Awesome review... hard not to buy one at nearly the same price as the ccm pump kit.
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Nice review! If the price ever drops down a bit, I'll jump on it.
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