Review: Azodin Blitz Paintball Marker

Azodin Blitz

The Azodin Blitz is a versatile marker, and well loved by paintball enthusiasts who want to make the jump from mechanical markers to electro-pneumatic markers due to several qualities. It’s light weight, it’s extremely smooth an reliable firing mechanism that doesn’t chop or waste any paintballs, or very extremely rarely does, and it’s very light trigger.

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The Azodin Blitz weighs a mere 1.15 kg, or 2.46 lbs. That’s extremely light. Usually, top notch markers weigh that much or slightly less, but they also cost thrice or four times as much at least. The marker also uses C02, and .68 calibre paintballs, so no problem finding paintballs there. However, take note that if you don’t live near any C02 pump stations you might have a problem. Also, C02 may cost more than HPA or nitrogen, adding to long term costs on your marker.

The Azodin Blitz offers four firing modes: semi-automatic, PSP ramp, Millennium ramp, and NXL full auto. The semi-automatic mode fires one shot per trigger pull and is standard. The PSP ramp mode fires three shots in semi auto mode, then on the fourth shot by the trigger pull, fires 3 shots , and accelerates the fire rate to a maximum of 12 balls per second.

The Millennium ramp mode is similar to the PSP ramp mode, however it requires a fire rate on semi-automatic of 7.5 balls per second to maintain or start the acceleration towards the maximum fire rate. NXL full auto mode lets the user fire the first three shots in semi auto, and the fourth trigger pull when held down will fire on full auto.

On top of the above mentioned modes, another strong point about the Azodin Blitz is not from the marker specifications or build itself completely, but also rather the manufacturer. If you see the need to programme your marker’s maximum fire rate or fire modes, you can send your marker board in to Azodin and they can modify it for you. This is quite common especially if you want to use your marker in a tournament with specific rules on fire rate, ramping modes and fire modes.

The Featherweight

The Azodin Blitz is light on three things – weight, trigger pull, and air consumption.

Weight, as mentioned earlier, is only a mere 1.15 kg. Compare this to other brands, such as Tippmann, and its models with an e-grip conversion and you’ll realize that the Azodin Blitz is really in a weight class of its own.

Combine this with its other outstanding qualities and you get a great go-between marker for speedball and woodsball. This light weight allows users to look around corners, run about quickly and jump without feeling the fatigue and strain on their upper arms that a much heavier marker like the military simulation US Army Alpha Black Elite would cause if not accustomed to the weight. While not to say that the Tippmann brand doesn’t have its strengths, Azodin did a great job here with a lightweight and durable electro-pneumatic marker.

Trigger pull. As many players in speedball know, walking the trigger to lay down fire is an important tactic in the arsenal of a team during recreational or competitive matches. Also, walking the trigger also allows for usage of the various fire modes available to the Azodin Blitz. While this may be affected by the skill of the player, the amount of trigger pull needed to walk the trigger can be adjusted and this is a very handy option for both veterans and beginners to prevent fatigue.

Air consumption. The Azodin Blitz is great in this area, as the marketing material on their website even claims that the new High Performance (HP) Valve design offers a new level of air efficiency, accuracy and overall performance. This works out to allow for two thousand shots out of a 68 cubic inch 4500 psi tank buy-now-1 with the Azodin Blitz. Now, keeping in mind that if you use a 200 round hopper or loader, that’s ten refills. Almost worth half a day’s worth of paintballs, depending on how fast and often you play.

Some Bulk Needed

Since the inception of the Azodin Blitz buy-now-1, Azodin has improved some issues like the battery life performance of its Zen Circuit board that controls the fire modes and fire rate. It used to be able to last for about two days, and now that capacity has increased.

However, feedneck issues still persist for the 2010 manufacture version, and a feedneck clamp is available for purchase to remedy the problem, and sometimes the hopper can fall off due to its looseness due to this. The 2011 manufacture version remedies this issue or at least tries to with a “Twist lock II” feature.

All in all, it is recommended to purchase the 2011 manufacture version as most of the issues have been resolved in the newer model.

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