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RAP4 is proud to announce that not a single 468 loaned out during OK D-Day came back with chopped paint evident in the chamber. Despite the humidity, thousands of rounds, and some brutal play in downpours and sweltering forests, the 468s simply, reliably worked.
How they worked was something altogether new for many players who, like most magfed converts, came to the format familiar with traditional hopper-fed paintball gun designs. The 468 took a bit of getting used to, because it is designed as a 1:1 ergonomic, aesthetic, and functional reproduction of the M4/M16 family of battle rifles. The feedback we received was very interesting - rave reviews from those who embraced the 468 as the most authentic reproduction of a combat rifle available...
...and confusion from those who didn't quite know what to expect of the gun designed to functionally reproduce a battle rifle instead of a traditional paintball gun.
Here's what we learned at OK D-Day...so that when you loan your 468 to a friend (or receive your first magfed marker), you can tell them exactly what to expect.
The DMags feature twin stacks of paint in perfectly vertical columns, so there is no u-shaped track to slow down the feeding rate or make cleaning difficult. This means the 20 round DMags each feature twin stacks of 10 rounds. The 14 round DMags feature twin stacks of 7. This is far less paint than a hopper holds...and right around the realistic number of shots you get from a military-issue magazine before you would swap it out, lest your rifle run dry in combat. That realistic count keeps magfed paintball from involving the "who can buy more paint" contest you find with unrealistic, high rate of fire electronic markers...and keeps things as real as it gets.
The LOK Bolt in the 468, and in many of our MKP and T68 models, is a purely mechanical means of keeping the bolt from chopping partially seated paint or bursting swollen, moisture-compromised paint. If you pull the trigger on an empty chamber, as when losing count of your shots, on a too-soft-to-shoot paintball, or on an only-partially-seated ball, the LOK Bolt holds the bolt open...just like on a combat-issue M4/M16 that ran dry or jammed. And just like on that rifle, after inserting a fresh DMag, you'll have to charge the 468 with the charging handle. This keeps even the reloading and jam clearing sequences as real as it gets, further enhancing the 468's utility as a training arm for the world's top soldiers...and further distinguishing it from traditional, less realistic paintball guns.
Be sure to push the magazines in firmly - slap them if you want to be sure they lock into place when battle conditions are too loud to hear the click. The 468 benefits from this same standard military procedure, meaning that you can train in gun handling, reloading, and chamber clearing, exactly the way you'll fight. That's as real as it gets.
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