Consistent regulations :
This is what we are really after RIGHT. How do we get this, well it requires a system of parts and any weak link in those part may cause the dreaded sad face. First, let's start with the foundation of the air supply system, the tank/reg. Now most airsoft stores generally will provide mid to low grade tank systems (850psi). These systems, although priced cheap, are the Achilles Heel of a system and cause "sad face." I have had more of these tanks be to culprit of poor chrono constancy PERIOD! They tend to not regulate consistent before and after BREAK-IN, yes reg BREAK-IN is a thing for regs. If you primary reg is not constantly providing air, your secondary reg will suffer. In this situation, if you secondary reg is an unbalanced type, it will suffer and potentially be inconsistent over the chrono. Now if it's a balance reg it will take that poor input pressure and manager it better. A balance reg works smarter and not harder. Most airsoft/PB regs are unbalance except the Redline SFR. Now keep in mind the redline air-stock reg is an unbalanced version hence why they want you to use a low input tank (<300psi.)
So, dose that make all unbalance regs crap? Well, NO, unless you feed them crap, "poorly regulated air." The funny thing is almost all secondary airsoft regs and build the same. Most issues come from poor workmanship, cheap o-rings and seals, and lake of maintenance which affects refresh rate and PSI consistency. Also, as mention above BREAK-IN is a thing with regs. Just like a new car motor requires break-in for top performance. It's generally 1000-10,000 cycles of the reg and this will need to happen after each rebuild.
So, we have talks about the two regs in the supply chain buy what about the hose. Well just like a garden hose if it's too small or to long, kinked or damaged will affect the transfer fluid.
So, the moral of the consistent supply system is do not cheap out on any of the parts and treat them as a complete system. But let's say you got one of those 850psi mid/low range tanks then what secondary reg should I get to "save $$" well your best bet for now IMO is the Balanced Redline SRF reg.
Usability with other guns:
Newer HPA air systems will work across all HPA engines (FA, and Sniper).
So which reg system. Well that a hard one. I live in the USA and Mancraft stuff is hard to get, so make sure what ever you get you will be able to service and get parts.
- Set at 450 to 300 psi
- https://powerhouseregs.com/ and HK Army AeroLite2 Pro (super consistent)
- Ninja PRO V2 SLP 300psi on 13ci tank
- Palmers paintball Bolder and Stabilizer reg. (Great for 0-300 psi)
- Old Ninja LPR (looks like the older redline reg) need to break-in
- Interstate Pneumatics WRCO2 CO2 Regulator (shush works great and cheap $$)
- Ninja LPR 2 reg (do not buy kind of junk) utilizes the tank pin valve for regulation…errrrr
- Ninja Big Bore lines with foster connectors