I have been beta testing the LV since November of last year and I must say that it has been an absolute blast to get to learn this gun. Like everyone, I scratched my head when I first saw it - BUT not in a bad way. I actually dig the looks...it is just that it is so different from what we are used to, I think people are reacting to the shock. One of the things that has always bugged me about my EGOs is the LPR. The elimination of the external LPR cap is an AMAZING enhancement for the feel and ergonomics of shooting the LV. I can now wrap my hand along the bore and barrel like I can on a GEO, which adds stability and comfort while shooting, as well as quicker transitions from left hand to right hand. I have never had a problem with my hand getting uncomfortably wedged between the grip frame and HPR with the gas pipe assembly. In fact, the gas pipe has also been fantastic, as I play in very cold weather sometimes and ALWAYS had little annoying macroline leaks that came and went - NO MORE. this thing seals up in 15 degree weather (which I played in this winter, with snow on the ground and the gun performed flawlessly) or warm weather. Disassembly is also smoother and easier with the air pipe assembly...no more tugging on macrolines!
As for the rubber on the front - it is all subjective. I dont necessarily love the look of the rubber, but I love the FEEL of the rubber - it helps glue the gun in my hands and make for better shooting experience. combine the higher hand placement along the bore and a more balanced feel to the gun overall (much sturdier and more balanced than previous EGOs in my opinion), with the glue-like grip I have with the rubber up front, and you have a dramatically enhanced shooting platform.
But I really could care less about looks - if Jack gave me a gun that looked like a cinder block but it performed great, I would use it!! The internals is really what does it for me with this gun. The PE team has made tremendous advances in the function, performance, maintenance with this gun.
Let's start with the most obvious wow factor - the cam lever assembly. The great thing about EGOs over the years has been ease of maintenance, high cycle speeds and good efficiency, largely due to the poppet design. Where it suffered was sound signature and smoothness. The cam lever design changes all that. It offers the same level of ease of maintenance but dramatically quiets the gun down by slowly opening the exhaust valve via the cam lever. Think of it like a suppressor on a firearm - by allowing the gases in the gun to expand more slowly, you reduce the sound from the shot. My tests show a full 3 decibel reduction in sound over the GEO3 - THAT IS QUIET!!!!! My team mates tell me they cannot hear me shooting - and they and other people say they hear my paint whizzing and breaking over the sound of the gun. This slower expansion also smooths the shot out - much less vibration in the operation. This is further assisted by the addition of a valve stem - a new piece that goes over the valve spring that reduces the turbulence inside the operation of the gun. Finally, a newly designed, bulbous exhaust valve further reduces the turbulence. All combined, you have by far and away the smoothest shooting EGO ever. I really can't say enough about these enhancements...and I have taken a lot of time to really delve in and understand how they all work together - it isnt just one thing here or there - Jack and team completely rennovated the platform - to the point where I said it should be called something new entirely!! It is like a magical frankenstein of different gun platforms!
But while the cam lever slows down the opening of the valve and quieting/smoothing the shot, it does NOT slow the operation of the bolt and rammer - these still have the high cycle rates that EGO users expect. Two rammers will be coming with the guns as I understand it, which all of us beta testers have been using both. One is larger and smoother shooting, the other is tapered and provides better efficiency.
And when you combine the mix and match capabilities of the rammers with the same SFR design carried over from the EGO11, you have a dramatic ability to fine tune the LV to YOUR needs - faster, slower, smoother, quieter - it can really be tuned like a race car to get what you want out of it...mess with the dwell, SFRs, and different rammers and see what you can come up with - I have had a lot of fun trying different combos and permutations to see what works best for me!
I have some other results that I will share later, but as my hands are getting tired, I would be remiss to not mention the efficiency this gun gets. I have been getting close to A CASE OF PAINT on a single 68/4500 fill!!!!! Literally, in 18 degree weather, I was getting 1850 rounds off a hot fill. THAT IS CRAZY!!!!
Bottom line is that while the gun may look strange to folks, the "strangeness" has functional merits. And behind the look, are the most amazing advances in technology I have seen on a poppet platform. The gun is just freaking awesome. I was a huge GEO3 fan, as was most of my team. We are ALL switching to the LV full time. Jack is maniacal laughing at his desk about all the bipolar EGO/GEO personality complexes he is creating...both guns are fantastic, but I have to give the LV the edge in a competition, and it is really advances the ball of the EGO line.
Please feel free to ask me any questions on the forum or PM - happy to discuss my testing results.