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    Introduction to the sovereign semi

    Due to the sad fact that most people anymore don't know anything about the sovereigns (probably my secound favorite paintball gun), I thought i'd write up a little fast and dirty introduction.

    The originol sovereign line was developed by Englands Lada-Sterling with help by Danny Love as a semi auto to complement their famous Sterling pumps. News releases and a review by Ravi Chopra appeared in 1996 (not sure when the first guns actually hit the market). Sole US distibutorship was announced to be through Bad Boys Toys but quickly became distributed by PMI. in 1998 Lada Sterling was sold to Arrow Precision and the fate of the Sovereign became doubtful. In 2000 the Sterling 2 was released with little fanfare with the offer of a parts swap to upgrade existing sovereign 1's to sovereing 2's. After years of delay's, sovereign 3's began to appear on the market in late 2005/early 2006, but with virtually no US distributorship they are all but unkown in the US.

    Danny Love built 10 custom sovereign 1's, including one of the only vert feed Sovereign 1's. Eclipse, always a strong partner for sterling, gave a much stronger support by offering an eclipse version and marketed upgrade parts. In both cases, they featured upgraded rambolts, milling and anno's. Brad Nestle, Ken at KPCS and Doc N have all done custom work on Sov's. Popular mods have been rethreading for scocker LPR's and hinge frames.

    All sovereigns use a specially designed rambolt that elminates the autocockers normal ram and integrates it into the bolt. The standard sovereign barrel is a propiatary design. Functionally, they are nearly identicle to an autococker with the exception fo the rambolt and layout.

    Sovereign 1's had an actual back block and featured a very unpopular lpr that was only replacable with some rethreading. Both BBT and Eclipse released their versions.

    Sovereign 2's replaced the back block with a pin style system and updated many of the compents. Eclipse released a few of their version Sov 2's, as well as a limited run of aftermarket parts.

    Sovereign 3's made only a few changes over the 2's, but some are being produced using spyder threads.

    Sovereign 1:

    Sovereign 2:
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    Proline U.K. / Lada Sterling Press Release (1996)
    Sovereign 45 Ram Bolt
    For starters, the Sovereign uses the same main body as the Sterling. The exhaust valve and donkey are the same except being located at the front rather than being situated at the back of the gun. The bolt is similar however Dave has ingeniously created a self actuating bolt which is a painstakingly simple concept but totally evolutionary.

    The Sovereign is designed as a automatic cocking system: utilizing a self regulating regulator; 3 way valve; and a patented actuating ram-bolt. The Sovereign fires from a closed bolt system. The automatic cocking system activates during the last half of the trigger pull. The trigger pull is slide operation with a pair of adjustment screws on the underside which ensures crisp action and fine tune adjustments. The trigger pull activates the three way valve which diverts the regulated power source to the rear of the ram-bolt. This trigger pull enables the ram-bolt to open the breach, allowing a ball to drop and simultaneously re-cocks the hammer to firing position. On releasing the trigger the 3 way valve will divert gas/air to the front of the ram-bolt and close in the breach ready for firing.

    The Sovereign is very user friendly meaning it's easy to strip down and easy to maintain. Stepping up top to this high performance semi-auto will not leave you intimidated to handle unless you're on the receiving end.

    * You can remove the bolt and hammer assembly without affecting the timing of the three way valve.
    * Velocity adjustment is achieved by re-cocking the system and inserting a hexagonal key into the rear block.
    * .45 grip frame with hogue grips are standard.
    * Comes with standard 13" barrel.
    * The Sovereign weighs little more than a kilo (2 lb. 4 oz).
    * The regulator is geared for compressed air however if a player uses Co2 as a power source a Co2 regulator will be installed @ no extra cost.
    * The gun can be serviced for under $15.00
    * The Sovereign comes in standard black but custom colors will be available (Green, Violet, Black with Silver and Gold splash).
    * Many optional items will be available on request like:
    o RAT valve
    o venturi bolt
    o breech adapter
    o anti tamper and quick strip bolt
    o light weight hammer
    Prototype Machining
    Custom Milling
    Powder Coating
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    Found this while browsing around, i'll try and include the pictures as well, but kind of a nice writeup with a good bit of info from an archived site. this is split into 3 parts
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    Sovereign Infosheet
    © Christopher Rumpf and Rob Ross, 1998

    Welcome to our first attempt at providing some useful information and tips on the Lada-Sterling Sovereign. We've recently received a couple of these fine markers, and in the process of familiarizing ourselves with them, we have had ample opportunity to disassemble and troubleshoot them. While we make no claims that we are all-knowing `experts' on the Sovereign or guarantee that all this is correct, we hope that this infosheet will eventually be a thorough source of information on the Sovereign's operation, performance, maintenance, and repair.

    Table of Contents
    Theory of Operation
    Gassing-up the Sovereign
    Finding Your Serial Number
    Trouble Shooting
    Servicing the Sovereign
    After-Market Products
    Getting Customer Support
    Features of the Sovereign
    While the Sovereign is in many ways similar to the Autococker and other all-pneumatic autococking markers, it has a number of characteristics that are unique. The most obvious of these is the relocation and reworking of the autococking system. All other autococking markers use a pneumatic ram connected to the bolt in order to recock the marker and feed a ball into the chamber. In the Sovereign, two chambers for air are created around the bolt itself, so that the bolt is also used as the ram (which is why it is called the ram-bolt). Below, the ram-bolt is shown in its two positions, with collar back (bolt forward), and collar forward (bolt back).

    A less obvious feature of the marker is its ease of disassembly. There are three screws on the underside of the marker which hold most of the components together. The screws at the front and rear of the trigger assembly hold the trigger assembly in place. The third screw, slightly in front of the front trigger assembly screw, holds the guide rail in place. With these three screws removed and the 3-way disconnected (one more screw), the hammer can be pulled out of the back of the marker without removing the cocking lug, which means it can be removed without affecting the timing of the marker. The valve can also be accessed via the removal of the frontmost screw. This feature makes valve replacement trivial.
    Finally, a set screw is included underneath the trigger to remove slop, some polishing is done to the sear plate prior to shipping, and a light sear spring and trigger spring are used, all on the stock marker. This results in an excellent trigger straight out of the box.

    Theory of Operation
    The Sovereign operates on an automatic cocking principle and fires the paintball from a closed bolt position. The stages of operation are firing, cocking, feeding, and chambering. The first stage of this sequence, firing, happens during the first part of the trigger pull. As the trigger is pulled, the sear is released from the cocking lug which allows the hammer to travel forward and hit the valve. This action releases a burst of air that travels up through the bolt and propells the paintball down the barrel. After this stage, the trigger pull actuates the 3-way valve in order to cock the gun. The 3-way valve diverts the air from the low pressure regulator to the back-chamber of the ram-bolt. This pressure causes the bolt to slide rearwards and open the breach. The movement of the bolt also carries the cocking rod and hammer rearwards compressing the mainspring behind the hammer. With the trigger in the rear position, the bolt remains clear of the feed port so that a paintball can feed into the breech. As the trigger is released to the forward position, the air flow through the 3-way valve is directed into the front chamber of the ram-bolt closing the ball in the breech. The sear catches the cocking lug attached to the hammer and the mainspring remains compressed and ready for firing.
    Gassing-up the Sovereign
    The Sovereign has been designed to operate on CO2, N2 or compressed air. For optimum performance, the gas supply should be regulated. If an on-gun CO2 setup is used, an anti-siphon tube should be installed. The manufacturer recommends supplying 550-575 psi, but the operating pressure may be reduced as low as 450 psi.
    Always point your marker away from you and in a safe direction before powering it. Also make sure that it is not loaded.
    Before gassing up the Sovereign, manually recock it several times by pulling the cocking block and push pin until the bolt moves in and out freely.
    Pull the trigger and hold it back.
    Add the power source (either screw in your CO2 bottle or open your power source's on/off valve). When gassed, the ram-bolt and cocking block should move rapidly to the rear and cock the 'gun.
    Release the trigger. The ram-bolt should return to the forward position. At this point the Sovereign is ready to fire.
    Finding Your Serial Number
    Although the question, "Where is the serial number on my Sovereign?", may sound like the owner has not paid that much attention to their marker, in fact it is a valid inquiry. The serial number on the Sovereign is etched into the underside of the body. In order to read the serial number, you must remove the trigger frame as shown in the figure below. The serial number is located on the underside of the body at the end closest to the vertical ASA.
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    part 2.

    Trouble Shooting
    This section covers some basic problems, how to identify specific parts that are failing, and how to hopefully cure the ailment. For a comprehensive list of the components in the sovereign, we have scanned in a diagram of the Sovereign that shows all of the parts and their related part numbers. (note: the diagram is a slow build)
    The majority of the problems that we have encountered so far have been leaks in one place or another, especially around the hard line and associated connections. When trying to identify the exact location of leaks, remember that the old leak finding tricks such as putting soapy water around joints can be a great help.

    Also, often times (as with Autocockers) running a few drops of oil through the 'gun can solve leaks by helping loosen dirt and grime that can build up on o-rings. Remember to use an appropriate oil. If you aren't sure what kind of oil is appropriate for a paintball marker, go to your local paintball retailer and get a bottle of oil from them.

    As an aside, lots of problems with markers can be prevented simply by keeping the marker clean. There's nothing much that can rust on this marker, so we simply hose them off after a day of play with luke-warm water, then shoot some air (and a couple of drops oil) through to get all the water out. Then re-lubricate and your Sovereign should be ready to go next weekend.

    In any case, here's a list of some the problems that can't be fixed by just cleaning along with how to fix them:

    "Gas leaking down the barrel"
    Cause: Gas leaking through the front seal of the ram-bolt or the valve stem is dirty or malfunctioning.
    Remedy: First, squeeze the front urethane hose connected to the ram-bolt. If the leak stops, then the front o-ring seal on the ram-bolt requires replacement. Also check that the ram-bolt screw is not overtightened. If this is not the source of the leak, then the valve seal is dirty or malfunctioning. Place a few drops of oil in the ASA and cycle the gun a few times. If the leak stops, then your valve seal was dry. Remember to maintain your gun by cycling oil through the system every now and again. If the leak continues, then the exhaust valve needs to be serviced. Clean the valve guide and valve stem and check the seal on the valve stem. If the leak persists, replace the valve.
    "Urethane hose blows off"
    Cause: Low Pressure Regulator insert is malfunctioning.
    Remedy: Service the low pressure regulator. Replace the regulator insert.
    "Gas heard leaking from the 3-way valve"
    Cause: 3-way o-rings have worn out, or trigger rod is poorly adjusted.
    Remedy: There are a couple of things that could be going on here. If the leak occurs only when the trigger is completely released or completely pulled, it could be that the trigger rod is badly adjusted. Follow the instructions on timing the gun to get things back in order. If this doesn't work or doesn't apply, you probably have a bad o-ring (or two) on your 3-way spool. Replace them.
    "Trigger sticks in rearward position"
    Cause: Trigger spring too soft or worn out.
    Remedy: Replace trigger spring with a longer or stiffer spring. These can be found at your local hardware store or ordered from PMI.
    "Having excessive ball breakage"
    Cause: Most ball-breakage problems with the Sovereign are caused by 'short-stroking' the gun.. This happens when the operator does not fully cycle the trigger and the bolt does not travel far enough to allow paintballs to feed properly. Other breakage problems; cocking system is overpressurized, wire nubbin anti-doubler needs adjustment or replacement, or 'gun is 'out of time'.
    Remedy: First solution, don't short-stroke. Sit down with several tanks of air and dry-fire your maker until you are comfortable with the trigger. If you are not short-stroking and the problem persists, check the pressure supplied from your low pressure regulator by holding the trigger back and pressing on the back of the bolt. The resistance should be a little "spongy" with similar feel to a super bouncy ball. Adjust the regulator screw counter-clockwise, lowering the pressure, until the bolt is "spongy." A misaligned anti-doubler can also be the culprit. If the anti-doubler is too loose or too tight, a paintball may be inbetween the breech and feed tube when the bolt moves forward. Service the anti-doubler. Lastly, check the timing on your gun and re-time if necessary.
    "Gas leaking around the low-pressure hard-line fitting to the Regulator"
    Cause: It's not surprising that you may develop a small air leak around the fitting that connects the hard-line to the low-pressure regulator. This is due to the fact that the only sealant the factory uses to seal this part is loc-tite.
    Remedy: Basically, you just need to find a better solution to seal the fitting. We have discoverd a few fixes for this annoyance. If you have an extra bungey O-ring (the O-ring that seals the connection between the hard-line and the 3-way valve) you can drop that in. Another solution is to use a little silicone sealant on the threads of the hard-line fitting.
    "Ram-Bolt sticks when trigger is released and trigger stroke becomes hard"
    Cause: The Ram-Bolt collar is sticky or out of position causing the bolt to move out of alignment in the upper receiver.
    Remedy: Usually this symptom occurs if the Ram-Bolt thumb screw is overtightened. This will cause the bolt to bind during operation. It's perfectly natural to want to really tighten that screw, after all, you don't want to loose it, but this will hurt the operation of your marker. Instead, back it off just a little and then put a piece of tape over it keep it from backing off. If that isn't your cup of tea cosmetically, then try finding a larger washer or O-ring to distance the thumb-screw properly. Also, make sure that the Ram-Bolt is clean and oiled and that the ram collar is moving freely.
    Servicing the Sovereign
    This section covers servicing various components of the Sovereign. Included in each section is a list of parts and tools you might need to perform the service.
    Note: Before servicing your Sovereign, make sure that air sources have been removed and that the marker is fully degassed in order to prevent injury.
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    part 3

    Low Pressure Regulator Service

    What you'll need: Needle-nose pliers, 'Schrader' core removal tool, Regulator piston O-rings, Regulator insert

    Turn the regulator adjustment screw counter-clockwise until removed. Remove the regulator spring and pull out the regulator piston with needle-nose pliers. Insert the 'schrader' core removal tool and remove the regulator core insert. Replace with new factory core insert. If a 'schrader' core tool is not available, careful use of the needle-nose pliers can also remove the core insert. Replace the 0-rings on the regulator piston. Reinsert piston and replace regulator screw.

    3-Way Valve Service

    What you'll need: 2.5mm allen key, small flat-head screwdriver, 3-way spool O-rings, urethane hose

    The 3-way is secured to the trigger frame by a single 2.5mm allen screw through the upper part of the frame. Remove the urethane hoses connecting the 3-way valve to the ram-bolt inlet ports. With the flat-head screwdriver, remove the gas-through screw that connects the low pressure hard line to the 3-way body. Take care not to loose the O-ring that seals the gas-through screw to the 3-way body. With the 2.5mm allen key, remove the allen screw that holds the 3-way valve to the trigger frame. At this point, the 3-way valve body is free and may be removed.

    With the 3-way removed, the trigger rod and spool slide out of the valve body. Be careful not to rotate the trigger rod in the threaded spool connector, this will affect the timming of your marker. Replace the O-rings on the spool, replace the O-ring seal between the hard line and 3-way body, and replace the urethane hoses. Reassemble.

    Ram-Bolt Service

    What you'll need: New ram-bolt O-rings

    De-gas the marker in order stop air flow to the ram-bolt. Remove the bolt pull-pin through the cocking block and the ram-bolt set screw in the top of the gun. Pull the bolt out of the upper tube. Replace all O-rings on the ram-bolt and apply a drop of oil to each of the O-rings. Reassemble.

    Fine-Tuning the Sovereign
    While the stock sovereign comes with an exceptionally smooth action, there are a number of small improvements that can be made. The most important of these are ensuring that the 'gun is properly timed, lightening the sear release, and polishing the valve stem.
    The easiest method of timing the marker is by adjusting the length of the trigger rod by screwing it in or out of the spool. Adjusting the trigger rod into the spool makes the activation of the ram later in the firing sequence. Further adjustment can be made via the cocking lug, but since this is loc-tite'd into position, it is best left as is if possible.

    The sear plate on the Sovereign comes with some polishing work that allows for the smooth release of the hammer. However, as the marker wears in, the cocking lug wears and can become rough, causing extra friction between the sear and the cocking lug. This results in a noticably harsher trigger pull. The simplest solution to this problem is to polish the cocking lug, flattening out a couple of threads near the bottom (outermost region) of the cocking lug on the side where the sear contacts the lug. Make sure that you polish the cocking lug in moderation since this is one of the timing points of the automatic cocking system.

    The stock valve stem is extremely rough, with grooves along its length. With newer valves, this can cause the valve to leak and/or stick in an open position. As the gun is used the valve stem should begin to wear in and move freely. You can help out this process and ensure proper operation by carefully polishing the valve stem and valve guide.

    After-Market Products
    The Sovereign comes standard with many of the features that the tournament paintball public views as "necessary" upgrades on other markers. With its stock configuration, the Sovereign is quite capable of tournament play. There are a number of manufacturers producing after-market parts for the Sovereign. Most of the major barrel manufacturers (Smart Parts, DYE, J&J, Jacko, LAPCO, etc.) have expanded their barrel range to include the Sovereign. In addition, Eclipse is producing some fine products, including the Eclipse ram-bolt. Unfortunantly, we do not have the resources to test and evaluate the range of after-market parts that exist, and our focus on this Infosheet is the Sovereign, not its after-market products. Thus, stand alone articles will be written regarding any third party products that we obtain for evaluation.
    Getting Customer Support
    In the United States, PMI is the distributor for the Sovereign and handles warranty service. If you are unable to fix a problem and are in the United States, you should contact PMI. Their number is (847)233-9900.
    If you need to get parts, you will need to contact your local PMI reseller since PMI operates in wholesale to dealers only. Optionally, you may try giving Bad Boyz Toyz a call at (708)418-8888. They carry an impressive line of high-end Sovereigns and replacement parts.

    I recently stumbled across this Sovereign update on and thought that I would share it. I have not attempted to contact this source (so I don't know if it's 100% correct) and the content is presented as it was posted on the newsgroup. Thanks to "gadget" for the information.

    Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 22:39:35 -0000
    From: gadget

    I have some upto date info on the sovereign.

    A company called Arrow Precision have bought out the rights to the
    gun and are distibuting it through Powerball(uk)ltd.There are several
    upgrades to the model including New cocking reg,hardline to the 3 way with
    push fittings,rear cocking block mod giving a moving bolt
    only and left,right or centre ball feed will be available.All exhisting
    parts are also available.It does exhist as I saw the prototype today.

    The modifications have been designed by John Bonnich.
    They can be reached on +44(0)1252 408 550 or faxed on +44(0)1252 408 551

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    Sovereign Questions

    Question I

    What are the standard features on the Sovereign, and is the marker user friendly?

    Answer I

    The Sovereign comes standard with a highly polished black anodized body, quick change barrel, 45 frame with Hogue grips, ball detent, adjustable regulator and Ram-Bolt. As far as "is the gun user friendly?"...the answer would be yes, clean it when needed and oil what is needed to be oiled, BUT if you are the type of person who must take the gun apart and become a junior airsmith then no the gun will not be user friendly. So leave it alone and become a player not an airsmith!

    Question II

    I have owned a Sterling Pump for years and am thoroughly impressed with it's range and accuracy. Therefore, I am considering buying a Sovereign for my first semi-auto. My problem is, I play with CO2 and am very pleased with it's performance but we're closing in on the new year and now it's time for Nitro. My question is, would there be any modifications or aftermarket parts I would need to make the Sovereign nitro ready? Also, is it necessary to have the Sovereign double regulated?

    Answer II

    The Sovereign is nitro ready from the factory. Lada Sterling has tested the gun over and over again with both CO2 and Nitro and have found great results with both. The gun will function perfectly with CO2, but since Nitro is the hottest thing and is not all that expensive anymore don't hesitate to make the switch. And to answer the question, is double regulation necessary? I wouldn't say it is absolutely necessary but it is beneficial to the gun's performance. The velocity will not fluctuate much and your shot count will increase due to a constant pressure.

    Question III

    After reading several articles and speaking with many people, I've decided to purchase a Sovereign. I presently play with a cocker and love it but it's time to try something new. My main concern is the Ram-Bolt. Is it durable? Easy to remove? Any cool new ones available like a venturi? If removal is difficult, is anything being done to simplify the matter?

    Answer III

    Yes, the Ram-Bolt is durable, we've shot thousands and thousands of rounds with absolutely no problems whatsoever. You may have heard of some problems with prototype versions but the production model is fine. The bolt on the cocker is easier to remove, but I wouldn't say it is all that difficult anyhow. Deregulate, pull a push pin, loosen a thumb screw and you're done. To answer the last question, Yes, venturi bolts will be hitting the market shortly.

    Note: Do not let rumors of bolt removal hinder your decision of purchasing the Sovereign, the gun is truly worth checking out.
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    Review and some resources
    maybe mods will be nice enough and post eh articicle here
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    A Preview of the Now Available
    Sterling Sovereign
    © Ravi Chopra, 1996

    I have had the pleasure to take a look at, and run some paint through, a functioning prototype of Sterling's Semi-Auto, the Sovereign.

    It was sent to me for a preliminary look by Bad Boyz Toyz (the Sovereign's sole US distributor). It was made very clear to me that the 'gun being sent was a prototype only, not ready for evaluation or performance testing.

    Like that's going to stop me.

    It looks kind of like a cross between a Sterling pump and an Autococker. It has the same cross-sectional shape as the Sterling, but it has a block and cocking pin at the back like an Autococker. It also has a vertical ASA mounted at the front and a Rock Regulator mounted horizontally in front of that under the barrel. A 3-way valve is mounted on the left side of the 'gun above and slightly behind the trigger which is mounted in a 45-style grip frame.

    Notice anything missing? There's no ram or pump-rod! The most brilliant innovation of this 'gun is that the bolt IS the ram! There's a fixed center sleeve around a narrowed part of the bolt. The bolt can slide back and forth inside this sleeve. When gas is fed behind the sleeve, it enters the narrowed space and blows the bolt back. When it's fed in front of the sleeve, it blows the bolt forward. The result - no need for a ram and a reduction of weight.

    So how does it shoot? Well, I first have to say a few things about the genesis of this prototype. The 'gun itself was designed by David Gallsworthy, and built by Millsey over at Sterling. For some time, prototype semis have been coming over to Bad Boyz Toyz for Danny Love to play around with. Danny tinkers around with the prototype, noting strengths and weaknesses, and tries to fix the problems he finds. He then passes his observations back over the pond to Sterling where they go back to work improving the 'gun. The changes Danny Love made to this prototype before it found it's way into my hands include the replacement of the stock regulator with Palmer's Rock, replacement of the stock 3-way, smoothing of the trigger, and retiming. Danny claims that the work he did was very conservative since this is the only Sovereign he had to work with, and no extra parts were available. When the production model is complete, he expects that the stock 'gun will be quite functional without these mods. Furthermore, when extra parts are available, he promises even better performance from his own mods.

    My impressions:

    This 'gun is damn light. Even the most milled out 'cocker comes nowhere near the low mass of this thing. Aftermarket add-ons (plastic blocks, lighter vertical mount front blocks, etc) will likely reduce the weight even further. In the configuration sent to me, this thing is lighter than a stock Automag.

    Shoots like a 'cocker. The straight-back pull of this particular prototype is very Autococker-like. If you've shot a Danny Love-built 'cocker, you have a pretty good idea of how this 'gun's trigger feels. It actually may even be a bit smoother. I am a notorious tinkerer and rarely like the feel of a trigger unless I've had a hand in its tuning. Not here. I pulled this thing out of the box, gassed it up, and ripped on it as fast, if not faster, than I've ever shot my own 'cocker. I LOVE the trigger on this thing.

    Reliable. Since the technology is the well-tested Autococker-type configuration, it is a well known, robust system. I would expect this thing to be as reliable as a well timed and tuned Autococker (for example, my own tuned-to-the-edge Autococker has worked problem-free for over a year without my having to retime or tune it). I feel VERY comfortable with the reliability of the Sovereign if the production model is as robustly built as the prototype.

    Dislikes. The stock barrel is pretty lousy, but it should be as accurate as any closed-bolt 'gun when set-up with a good aftermarket barrel. Also, there's currently no way to pull the bolt to use a pull-through squeegie. To remove the bolt, you have to degas the 'gun and remove a screw in the top which holds the sleeve in place. The barrel comes out with 4 turns so it can be removed and squeegied if you get a really bad break and you have a little time.

    This prototype is very clearly a Danny Love creation. The trigger is too sweet and the timing is too perfect (impossible to pinch a ball - no joke) for it to be anything else. It's too soon to say how the final stock production model will turn out, but this first look is definately promising. Also encouraging is the fact that they haven't rushed the thing to market before working out all the bugs. When it does hit the store shelves, it should be a pretty damn nice piece.

    If you have the good Doctor Danny Love work on it, he promises that it will be even better than the prototype since he'll go nuts when he actually has extra parts to play with without worrying about messing up the only parts of the only 'gun available.

    Word on the street is that the Sovereign will retail at $440 - not bad when you look at the complete package. The basic design of the 'gun leads me to believe that, out of the box, this should outperform a stock Auto or Minicocker because it has fewer parts (no ram to go bad, etc), lighter parts, and an overall much lighter weight.

    Frankly, I wish they'd let me keep it a little longer. I've got a speedball tournament this weekend which I'd love to use it in. This 'gun is sweet.

    Since I originally wrote this preview article up, there have been a lot of changes. Bad Boyz Toyz no longer distributes this ´gun in the US. It is now handled by PMI. Bad Boyz Toyz does still build a limited number of highly customized Sovereigns, mostly to order.

    Additionally, I have not had the chance to use a final production Sovereign, and I have no new information about them. If you are looking for more information about the Sovereign, a really nice Sovereign Infosheet has gone up at another site with good information and really nice photos. I highly recommend checking it out. All material at this site is © Ravi Chopra, 1999
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