From the designer of the most custom milled paintball markers on the planet comes the brand new Reptile from BLAST. This gun is on the VIS platform and was originally drawn by a famous Italian custom car designer. There will only be 500 made with engraved serial numbers. This will truly be the most custom designed and milled marker made by us or anyone to date.
Bob Long Technologies ReptileThe sexiest and most intricately milled marq. Bob long made a truly fantastic marker. There are only 200 actual reptiles out there, I was lucky enough to own #190.
I am a huge BL fan, I've owned...
The sexiest and most intricately milled marq. Bob long made a truly fantastic marker. There are only 200 actual reptiles out there, I was lucky enough to own #190.
I am a huge BL fan, I've owned more bob guns than I can remember. The marq line was one of the most innovative and popular lines Bob made. The Reptile was a small production run of Marqs with a reptilian milling motif which looks awesome, (the first 6 Reptiles had shallower milling). With a full barrel kit, and both the VIS and VCOM engines, you're really getting two guns in one, the performance of both engines is, in my opinion, highly under rated. The value on these holds strong to this day, I see many going for around $800-$1000, and for that price you get a lot.
1. EFFICIENT- Both engines are very efficient, the VCOM spool engine gets an average of 10 pods while the VIS poppet engine gets an average of 12. I keep the dwell on the spool at 10 and the poppet at 8. These dwells are both efficient and reliable
2. QUIET- Both engines are pretty quiet, the VIS engine is noticeably louder but had a nice responsive pop that is quieter than an ego 11. The VCOM engine is much quiet and has a similar shot to the IV core but is smoother. Both engine sounds are difficult to detect from across field which gives you an advantage over other players on the field.
3. SHOT QUALITY- The VIS engine has a nice responsive shot that has a little kick but little barrel rise, its not as smooth as an LV1 but it comes very close. The VCOM engine is one of the smoothest shots Ive ever shot. Its smoother, quieter and more responsive than the IV core. Both engines have excellent performance and do require some tuning to get the most out of them, but once they're dialed in, their shots are very enjoyable.
4. TUNABILITY- This may be a con for some because some players may simply want a ready to go gun. It is important to understand that there is a need to tune the gun in order to get the most performance out of the VIS and VCOM, I typically set the VIS HPR to 200 and the LPR to 80, while the VCOM engine I set the HPR to 170 and the LPR to 65. Unlike a lot of guns like Dye, these engines will still work outside of their pressure ranges, but in order to make them shoot the way they were designed to, its important to keep them in those ranges.
5. LOOKS- Damn this think is sexy. The reptilian milling is deep and smooth. The machinists at BLAST have always been renowned in the paintball world for their skill. This pair with the unparalleled anno jobs that BL does really make the reptile stick out on the field. I always get looks and complements. For this reason, I only bring it to the field a few times a year, if it weren't for the stellar performance, the reptile would definitely be a wall hanger.
6. RELIABILITY- Both engines if regularly lubed are very reliable. Initially one of the Orings in the VCOM engine needed replacing because the space between the two engine halves would leak just slightly until you fired off a few shots. Once replaced, the VCOM engine shot like a champ. In cold or hot weather, both engines will shoot. I've played in 10 degree weather with both and had not issues with FSDO or bolt stick, even on the VCOM. The soft tip bolts are standard and are very gentle on paint. I've only had a few barrel break in extremely cold weather even with very brittle tournament paint.
7. VALUE- These things HOLD THEIR VALUE. because there were so few made, they are fairly rare, their performance is great, they are reliable and efficient, no matter how many shots are on them, they are a special edition gun that frequently go for $800-$1000.
1. BOB LONG/FIELD ONE- Since Bob Long has sold BLAST to Field One, it may be difficult to find parts in the future. As of now the techs that were once BLAST are now field one and their CS is still very helpful.
The Reptile is a phenomenal marker and was a truly special BL gun. Whether you are a poppet fan or a spool valve fan, you get the benefits of both in one package. These guns are a limited run but are still fairly easy to find. The milling and anno are gorgeous and will look good on a wall but will look better on the field, coupled with high-end performance, if you are lucky enough to become a Reptile owner, you will be one of a few and will be very, very pleased with it. If you're on the fence, take the leap, the Bob Long reptile is well worth it.
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Bob Long Technologies ReptileI've owned several Bob Long V2 Victories over the course of the last three seasons, including my current 2013 OLED V2 with VIS and VCOM engines. I'm very familiar with the Victory line so when I had...
I've owned several Bob Long V2 Victories over the course of the last three seasons, including my current 2013 OLED V2 with VIS and VCOM engines. I'm very familiar with the Victory line so when I had the opportunity to pick up a Reptile, I didn't hesitate.
First of all, there was much controversy in regards to Bob Long's claims about the Reptile being the most extensively milled marker ever. Whether or not that claim is true, I personally find the Reptile's milling to be absolutely stunning. Like any Bob Long gun, the Reptile's milling is top notch and really separates itself from other high end markers.
Aesthetics aside, the Reptile is an amazing shooter. My Reptile (with VIS engine) came out of the box shooting noticeably smoother than my broken in OLED V2 Victory (also with VIS engine). I think this is due to the Reptile being a heavier gun and also being "window-less". I can safely say that the Reptile is the smoothest shooting Victory I've owned, far and away. It's also a nice bonus that the Reptile came stock with both the VIS and VCOM engines - which is a big advantage Bob Long guns have over other marker manufacturers. Also worth mentioning is the incredible efficiency that the Reptile has with the VIS engine installed - which of course is typical of all Bob Long guns.
It's also worth noting that I always use a pressure tester with my Bob Long guns to get their pressures dialed in. I also always upgrade the eyes to 4c eyes for the sake of shooting semi at my local field. Additionally, I consistently maintain my Bob Long guns using Dow 33 and Tri-Flow on the bolt o-rings after each weekend of play. Apparently some people find Bob Long guns to be a bit too maintenance heavy, but I find them to be fairly simple and straightforward to maintain as long as you're willing to clean and lube them after a weekend of play. Adhering to that cleaning and lubing regiment, I've never had a problem with my Bob Long guns mechanically.
The Reptile is easily the king of my quiver for its beautiful milling and smooth shot. But I'm definitely already a fan of most all Bob Long guns due to their unique milling and consistent reliability given proper maintenance. The various engines and millings of the Victory line really set them apart from other manufacturer's offerings and I always feel good supporting Bob Long who still makes his products right here in the good ol' United States.
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Bob Long Technologies ReptileJust picked up a b.l reptile with all the goodies
Like it so far
Bob Long Technologies ReptileOk so this gun is a beast, had mine for about 3 years now, played ball with her all over, florida MI, rode to cali no action. Now I own a plethera of guns but unfortuynately oning a business has...
Ok so this gun is a beast, had mine for about 3 years now, played ball with her all over, florida MI, rode to cali no action. Now I own a plethera of guns but unfortuynately oning a business has taken my free time and has not allowed me to play in 1 1\2 yrs. either way bought some paint and went to the woods with our scubas and without any maintenance she railed all day, just been a workhorse, super air efficient, super smooth, super sexxy what can I say it's a BOB.
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Bob Long Technologies ReptileI have had my BL Reptile for 5 years and it has remained as reliable as the day I purchased it. Both the VCOM and VIS engines are great shooters but I prefer the VCOM. So buttery smooth and quiet...
I have had my BL Reptile for 5 years and it has remained as reliable as the day I purchased it. Both the VCOM and VIS engines are great shooters but I prefer the VCOM. So buttery smooth and quiet makes me enjoy every trigger pull. This is the marker that I will never sell or trade and that really means something. Only complaint I have is always being careful not to scratch this beautiful marker. So far I haven't let myself down.
Also being 100% built in the USA is a great thing in this day and age and I love to point that fact out when people ask me about the marker