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By Bill Mills - Aug 2005
Aim Paintball is a company specializing in machined accessory products for paintball. Their product offerings include drop forwards, aftermarket paintgun bodies and ASAs.
Part of AIMís product line is the Tidal
Rave, a name keeping with their earlier drop forward, the Tsunami.
The Tidal Rave drop forward is curved, with some decorative cuts, billet machined from aluminum, and hard anodized. The top of the drop forward is equipped with two inline holes for industry standard mounting on almost any paintball gun (Spyders will require an adapter to match it to their offset screw placement.) The bottom end of the drop features a ¾ inch dovetail rail.
pair of set screws allow the drop forward to lock to its ASA. The
screws are removable, and positioned such that duckbill ASAs or other bottom-line
mount devices can be mounted to the drop forward even if they do not have
slots for a dovetail. A nice feature on the drop is an access hole
drilled directly above the rear set screw. Many air mount devices
leave little room for a hex wrench to get in to their lock screws.
This can sometimes mean that they have to be removed from the paintgun,
to get a wrench in at the right angle, or that only the short end of the
wrench can be used. With the access hole in the Tidal Rave, locking
the ASA in place is quick and easy.
The ASA not only will turn the tank on or off, but it is also equipped with a degassing feature. After turning a tank off, a couple more turns allow the internal depressor pin to slide past the point where it seals, and excess gas in the hose is released around the knob threads and through a tiny vent hole in the center of the knob. This simple feature avoids the need for dry-firing while unscrewing a tank to protect the bottle o-ring.
One eighth inch NPT openings on either
side of the ASA allow it to be set up for right or left hand hoses, with
the option of a pressure gauge on the unused side.
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