My Empire Trracer didn't have issues. Thing was a champ brand new. I shoulda kept it (stock bolt started getting premature wear on the lip from the hammer sear, sold it, THEN they released a steel hammer... bummer).
The Hammer 7 is comparable but with mag option, dual detents and straight feed. It's a little heavier than the Trracer from what i remember, probably because the body seems meatier, but so far i haven't come across a legitimate downside.
I don't even care about First Strikes, i just think the Hammer 7 is cool, and within my peasant-like budget.