Every beginner in paintball eventually reaches the point where they’re ready to go out and buy their first marker. While this purchase is definitely a fun one to make, it can often be a difficult one as there are so many different brands and models to choose from.
In order to make your life easier, the Azodin Blitz 3 was designed for players who are looking for an affordable electronic marker under the $200 price range. The Blitz 3 was also built to use both CO2 and HPA, as well as shoot up to a maximum rate of fire of 20 bps – making it a suitable marker for any beginner in speedball, woodsball or rec ball.
Unfortunately, because the Blitz 3 is so reasonably priced it doesn’t come with all of the fancy features you would typically find on a more expensive marker. For this reason, we would only recommend the Blitz 3 to the absolute beginner who wants to have fun and doesn’t care about being overly competitive. If this sounds a lot like you then buckle up your pod pack because it’s time to begin reading the rest of our review of the Azodin Blitz 3.
Azodin Blitz 3 Review
If you come to realize that the Azodin Blitz 3 isn’t the right marker for you while reading our review, don’t forget that we have plenty of other paintball gun reviews for you to read as well. As a beginner – it’s important you take your time when making this decision as you don’t want to end up stuck with a marker you don’t like.
Lightweight and Comfortable
One of the major problems with the previous two Blitz markers is that they were a little too heavy for some of the younger players to comfortably hold. In order to fix this problem, Azodin decided to build the frame of the Blitz 3 out of a composite material, as well as aggressively mill the body in order to help remove excess weight.
By doing so they brought the weight of the Blitz 3 down to 2.05lbs, which is more than 15% lighter than its predecessor. In addition, Azodin also gave the Blitz 3 a more streamline design by removing the microline with swivel fitting that would often get into the way of you comfortably holding the marker.
By switching to a coated steel braided airline the Blitz 3 is now much more comfortable to use in long games and is even easier to switch between your hands as well (great for shooting around both sides of bunker).
New Feather Regulator
Not only did Azodin ditch the flimsy microline with swivel fitting that came with the Blitz 1 and 2, but they also got rid of the old inline regulator as well. With the Blitz 3 you’ll instead get the all new feather regulator that uses a revolutionary piston with an integrated seat to make the marker both CO2 and HPA compatible. This makes the Blitz 3 one of the few electronic markers that can actually operate on both sources of air.
In order to make the Blitz 3 a more beginner friendly marker Azodin also made sure the feather regulator came preset and couldn’t be adjusted. While this may not necessarily be a benefit to the marker in any way, it does make the marker better for beginners as there’s one less thing to worry about whenever you go out to play.
While the Zen board in the Blitz 3 may be the same circuit board you’ll find in the Blitz 1 and 2, at least Azodin brightened up the back plate with some color and made it so you can actually feel the buttons when you push them. This is a big improvement over the previous two Blitz markers where you couldn’t actually tell if you were pushing the button or not unless you actively watched the LED’s light up as you pressed it.
Other than the improved back plate though everything else about the Zen board is virtually the same. It comes with 4 different preset firing modes – semi-auto (20 bps), PSP ramp (10.2 bps), Millenium ramp (15 bps) and CFOA semi-auto (10.2 bps) – and even comes with a Safe Mode to reduce the risk of you ever accidentally firing your marker.
- Nylon reinforced composite frame
- Ion/Impulse feedneck thread with Screw-lock feedneck
- Preset Feather regulator (400 PSI)
- Zen board (CO2 and HPA compatible)
- Coated steel braided airline
- Autococker barrel thread with 12” barrel
- Bottom ASA with dovetail mount
- Adjustable Scythe trigger
- Weight of 2.05 LBS
Is the Azodin Blitz 3 the Right Marker for You?
If you’re looking to buy an electronic marker can shoot up to 20 bps, use both CO2 and HPA and is also affordable enough for the average beginner player – then the Azodin Blitz 3 may just be for you. This paintball gun comes with many impressive features: such as a Zen board with 4 different firing modes, a preset feather regulator and a composite frame that is both lightweight and comfortable to hold.
However, while the Blitz 3 may be a great paintball gun for beginners, there are a few common complaints about this marker that we believe you should be aware of. The first issue that many people have with the Blitz 3 is the screw-lock feedneck. While I would have to agree that I would prefer a clamping feedneck instead, the screw-lock feedneck is actually a big step over the previous twist-lock design that was used on the Blitz 1 and 2.
Other common complaints that you’ll often hear about the Blitz 3 is that it has a fair amount of recoil and it’s also remarkably loud. This is the result of the Blitz 3 using a stacked tube blowback (STBB) design that requires a higher pressure input to blow back the bolt of the marker. Fortunately, Azodin did come out with their own Zero Recoil Operating System (ZeRO) that allows the Blitz 3 to run at a lower operating pressure of 250 PSI – reducing both the recoil and sound signature. Unfortunately, this does cost extra.
Well now that you know all the pros and cons of the Azodin Blitz 3 it should be much easier for you to decide if this is the right marker for you. Don’t forget though that if you do buy the Blitz 3 you will also need to get an electronic hopper that can keep up with shooting at 20 bps. If you have trouble finding the right loader remember to check out our other reviews on our site as well.