Originally Posted by CJOttawa
The Empire Sniper is an excellent gun; it'd be great for anyone, new or experienced.
Some of the little touches I like about it are the on-off ASA, the included barrel kit, and the quick-pull bolt for fast on-field barrel cleaning. (no lost bolt pins)
If I were buying an open class pump, the Empire Sniper is the gun I'd buy.
I'll chime in here with some constructive criticism. Great gun, fabulous value for the $ for a new pump player, great features stock.
That said I don't personally recommend it to new (to the sport) players or those not mechanically inclined. There was a few local guys in FL that had them and they were notorious for shooting a couple small parts off and causing a full scale search. All that just from guys messing around with removing the bolt.
Nothing like 10 guys at a big game crawling around in the grass like they're looking for a contact. I personally consider it a design flaw considering the package IS aimed at new players.
If you are able to tech your own gear without breaking the gun or losing parts you should
I second the recommendation for a used Sniper (pump kitted Autococker) from the BST. You can get a lot of gun for $100-250. Use that to decide if pump is for you, then you can sell it for close to the same coin and upgrade if you're going to stick with it.