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Smart Parts 09 Impulse Marker Review

September 18, 2011 by Cliff B. in Markers with 0 Comments

Manufacturer: Smart Parts

Price: $ unavailable

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For a bit there Smart Parts got away from the impulses. I always thought that the Imps made great guns back in the day and it seems that Smart Parts is back for more Imping which is cool. So I was eager to get my hands on this gun so I took a little ride down to the Proshop to test fire this gun. It was a good time.

I want to start off this review by giving you some specs on the gun.

  • Pressure balanced poppet valve allowing 1700 to 1800 shots from a 4500 psi 68ci system
  • Dual regulation allowing extremely low bolt force and eliminating kick
  • Air buffered firing piston shoots smoother with less vibration
  • Ultra-compact in-grip regulator reduce forward weight for improved balance
  • Hose-free design eliminating common leak points
  • Rechargeable lithium polymer battery powering the Impulse through approximately 100,000 shots per charge
  • Hinged vision eye covers open without tools for cleaning and aren’t easily lost because they stay attached to the marker
  • Volume chamber fore-grip eliminates shoot-down
  • Modular body design allowing for fast repairs and mix-and-match color styling
  • Freak compatible barrel system accepts bore inserts for changing paint sizes
  • Trigger based programming with modes for all major leagues and scenario use
  • Q-Lock feedneck quickly clamps and adjusts to all high performance hoppers

Smart Parts really has a good concept in this gun with the in-grip regulator and hose-less design. That is pretty cool. Other key points that I want to point out about this gun is the fact of the dual regulation in the marker. This allows for realistically no kick in the gun which translates into smoother and more accurate shots. To be honest, you can handle the gun more effectively in a game and worry about other things like not getting shot out. On a side note, another gun that has virtually no kick whatsoever, and is the top gun on my list right now is the Dye NT 2010 which is a smoking hot gun. Good stuff.

When I went down to the BuyPBL proshop the gun was just sitting there waiting for me. It was sexy. One thing I will have to say about this gun is that it is lightweight and feels great in your hands. I wasn’t to keen on the trigger though, but I am a hard guy to please when it comes to triggers. It has to be perfect and feel perfect or I just plain don’t like it. I’m very picky. But it is a good trigger system either way. I could still play with this gun and love every second. Speaking of the trigger, this gun comes with every major tournament  setting that you could use which is also good and the battery is rechargeable and allows for approx 100,000 shots. That a whole bunch.

They say you can average around 1700 to 1800 shots of paint through the marker with good settings. This is using a 68ci/4500psi tank. When I shot it at the field, I was averaging around 1500 to 1600 which is probably due to my settings but still, I was satisfied. Out of those shots, I maybe chopped 2 balls. One thing I want to say though is that the paint I was using was field paint and it isn’t always the most reliable or best. So there really isn’t any way to confirm that it wasn’t the paint that failed. I’m sure it wasn’t the gun.

The barrel that comes stock on the impulse is basically a freak barrel. It is compatible with freak inserts and if you get them, you pretty much have a freak barrel kit right there stock on the gun. Pretty sweet I thought. So yes, if you are wondering, the stock barrel is very accurate. Upgrading the barrel would be on personal preference to branding or looks. Accuracy is on par.

To sum it all up, player to player, this gun was nice. Very nice. I think that if you bought this gun you wouldn’t be disappointed. I wasn’t when I shot it. But I do not own this gun as I shoot primarily Eclipse guns. I would recommend this gun to any tournament player. It is really a great gun. Easy maintenance, awesome shooting, great impulse name and reliability, great looks, what more can you want. I mean it even cost less than most guns of the same performance caliber. If you are looking for a well known awesome and reliable gun, get this. You will not want to take it back. And this is one of Smart Parts guns that doesn’t need every aspect of the marker upgraded which is saying something for the gun and them as a company. Hot gun. Get it.

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