Originally Posted by Calais
The really fishy part is the fact there are "counterfeit" ZR1's floating around from left over parts that the company deemed unsatisfactory thus ruining their relationship with the manufacturing company that was making them. As a result they declined to pay and to recoup their $30,000 they began assembling markers and selling them. Zodiac refuses to service these markers and if you accidentally send one in for service they will take it from you as "stolen property". That whole situation seems super shady on both sides. That would make me pretty apprehensive, especially buying used.
This actually needs some clearing up. First, Mike has ack'd the fact that he does have some inventory that he plans on getting out to market somehow/somewhere to recoup his losses, BUT they will not carry the Zodiac or ZR1 name/badge or the bolt system. If that's the case, why would anyone send it to Zodiac to fix? It'd be like sending an Ego to Dye to fix.
Also, they are not confiscating anything. Read the updated thread here
. I got one in January and am at least the 3rd owner of. It had a few issues with nasty FSDO and wanted to contact Zodiac about it. Of course, this was when all this counterfeit crap got blown to hell. I finally got in touch with Chris Cole asking about how to verify that mine was legit, the issues I was having with it, etc.. In a nutshell, for a VERY reasonable cost, I got my ZR1:
- Warranty registered to me (very impressive, as again, I am not the original owner!)
- Internals updated
- Engraved with a serial number
- Tuned to perfection
I shipped it out and got it back within a week. I'm just kicking myself in the *** now as I missed a voicemail from Chris asking if I wanted the new bolt in it before he shipped it back. It was already at my house before I got that message, lol. Hopefully Chris will be at one of the NPPL/PSP events with them available for sale.
Summary, this gun is the real deal. While I understand it's looks are not for everyone, aren't they all? It's a little heavier than it would appear, and lengthwise is comparable to a Luxe. With the stock barrel, it's a little "poppier" sounding than the Luxe, but every bit as butter smooth when laying down ropes. Putting a DW carbon fiber barrel quited it down a good amount too. The trigger is also amazing feeling with just the perfect amount of rebound. The ZR1 is now my new favorite spooly.