Hello everyone, the Atom X16 has a few pictures floating around but nothing really in detail, I wanted to post a tear down of the gun and my first impressions so anyone interested in it can make their decision.
These were taken with my phone so I apologize if any are too blurry, I will be doing the same thing for my X21 gun and I will try to use an actual camera.
The box it comes in is sturdy and thick, not a thin piece of paper has all the gun’s details on the box, when I first got it and saw the box I already knew these would be decent guns.
I had already opened it before the pictures so I tried to replicate how everything is packaged neatly in the box
The gun comes wrapped in a cloth/canvas bag to protect it, everything comes wrapped not just thrown about
I like the small little attention to detail, the lid has a little line on the cap to indicate which way the little breather hole is facing so you don’t have to search for the hole.
Gaskets to prevent leaking and so you don’t have to over tighten
The metal nut is molded INTO the cup not glued through it like alot of other guns I have used, lid has a black gasket around the top to prevent further leaking
The finish is a very nice dark gray, it is consistent and smooth, all the caps, and knobs are finished in a black with gold insert
They went the extra mile to stamp the 1.2 tip on the gun, most guns I have used just have it lasered on. The air holes are consistent and evenly spaced
Just another shot
The holes in the air cap are also consistent and evenly spaced, I only own 1 X16 but the quality control looks amazing
The knobs have a good amount of weight to them making them feel high end, the spring has a nylon insert to take up any slack, if you look at the needle it has the size on it, VERY nice touch, I don’t believe my Devilbiss FLG4 has that.
Tip is also marked which is common practice
Never had a gun like this but I can already tell I am going to like this design, the threads for the knob stay ON the gun and the knob only threads on, this makes putting the knob back on VERY easy and reduces the chance of cross threading as you aren’t wrestling with the tension of the spring.
Everything is coated on the inside, holes drilled out consistently I have had some Chinese guns that were WAY off
More attention to detail I have only seen on higher end guns, there is a little pad to take up the slack in the trigger making the gun ultra precise.
What I liked:
1)The gun feels awesome, I have never owned a mini gun that felt this high end and expensive. I mentioned it in the other post that I was expecting a cheap Chinese knock off and I was absolutely surprised when I opened this. Small attention to detail like the stamped line on the lid cap and the needle markings shows this is a well built and thought out gun. The fan knob is very tight and high end, it almost feels notched which is awesome and gives you confidence the fan won’t change over time
The gun feels very comfortable in my hands and is not too heavy but not light that it feels like a toy or a cheap gun.
Price especially considering I got it for 50% with the sale, but at $177 this gun would not have disappointed me.
Now a quick side note, my most expensive gun is a Devilbis FLG4 which was $230 a few years ago, I don’t own any Iwata or SATAs, anything over $400 etc, but with the fit and finish of this gun, I honestly don’t believe I am missing out on much.
What I don’t like:
The regulator feels like the cheapest thing in the package, I also bought the X21 which comes with the Pro mini regulator and it feels 1000 times better, the pro regulator can’t be that much more money to not have it in the X16 package.
The documentation could be a tiny bit better, the X21 lists the gun as a solvent/waterborne gun, this one does not have that information, the manual is very simple you need to have some sort of understanding of how to set these guns up, luckily Tony has videos on it.
Seeing a gun like this annoys me that everything else I buy that is made in China isn’t built this well and with this great amount of care.
I can’t really use it yet as the temperatures are in the 20s-30s but I will update this once I can shoot something with it.