The Gun Gallery
The AGD Automag Tac-One
Initial write up 8-17-05
By preregistering for the third annual Shatner Big Game for
SPPLAT, I was entered into a drawing for a Tac-One. I
ended up winning on the very first drawing in April and within
a month I had my hands on this gun. The gun is small and light
weight. It shoots fast enough for woods ball. It has plenty
of places to hook up a scope or other appliances, none of
which will ever make it on the gun. The rails just end up
making it look cool and very difficult to clean.
The trigger should be an RT, but doesn't seem to operate
as fast as the classic RT or Emag mechanical RT. The straight
bar trigger allows for easy use with both fingers.
The gun comes standard with Dye grips, which are a huge upgrade
over the classic Automag 45 grips.
The front gas-thru grip is useless. I plugged the input hole
in the bottom with a spare gauge and the top exit hole with
a burst valve, just to keep the dirt out. I felt it was better
just to run the macro line from the tank to the X-valve.
The stock barrel is really good. It is a 2-piece, cocker
threaded aluminum barrel. It is more accurate than my Dye
Stainless and J&J Rifled, but not as accurate as my Freak
kit. I have noticed the porting at the end is a bit extreme,
as most ball breaks (if the paint is crappy) happen as soon
as they hit the porting.
So far I have about 3 cases through
it and no breaks on the bolt. The Level 10 bolt kit came installed,
so no maintenance on that piece for me. I have yet to open
the gun up and if things go well, I will just add oil for
the next few years and never take the valve off.
5-17-06 Further Review
I now have mounted a smaller bottle
on the gun and added a Special-Ops flashlight on the right
side rail and a red-dot laser sight on the left side rail
with pressure switches. I only use this gun for night play.
I now have about 8-9 cases thru this gun, but most of it night
play where 300 rounds is a big event. I have recently removed
the red dot laser, as it more of a problem than anything else.
The stock barrel is useless. Yes it
is accurate, but it must be made of aluminum or some other
light weight, non-durable metal. I put some nice dents and
scrapes in the tip - it still shoots fine, but looks ugly.
Also, after rapid firing the barrel tends to loosen up, creating
some inaccuracy. I now use a long 16 inch empire two piece
barrel that tends to stick in there really well.
Gas consumption on this beast is bad. It is not as efficient
as many other guns, but for small amounts of firing at night
I tend not to worry about that.
Overall the gun is very reliable. I never clean it, oil it,
or take it apart and it always works. This is a great gun
to also loan to newbies, as it is so simple to maintain and
The gun does tend to break balls when rapid firing. The level
10 helps, but not enough for most scenario grade paintballs.