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Old 10-30-2012, 01:22 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I'm going to go beyond your question regarding specific brands and talk about MODELS of marker that are worth considering. Not sure what you're price point is, but all of these are worth a close look:

1. Dye: DM5 w/ UL Frame, DM7, DM8, DM9 (all available used for less $$ and serviceable by the manufacturer)
2. Eclipse: ETEK 1, 2, 3 and also EGO 7, 8, 9 (all available used for less $$ and serviceable by the manufacturer)
3. Empire: Mini, Axe

I have never used Bob Long markers, so I cannot comment. They have always struck me as a bit of a gamble since they seem to use different lube (Dow 55 verus Dow 22) and need pressure testers, etc., to be set perfectly. Plus BLAST is a smaller outfite than the "Big Three" above. Good luck.
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:07 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Bob Long for sure. All the timmy's I've owned have been solid shooters, and their customer service has always been top-notch. Just stay away from the Gen4 guns and you'll be fine.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:20 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Bob Long Vice: The most underrated paintball marker of all time.
Not even in the slightest.

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Old 12-08-2012, 05:20 PM   #34 (permalink)
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The reason I like the Axe is because there are so few parts to it, and the ease of maintenance is awesome. Push a button and turn the assembly Automag style and there you go. I didn't like my Mini because the magnetic trigger had no feel. They also seem to be a dime a dozen. People are always selling them, and there's not much that can go wrong with them. That's my 2.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:16 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I'm looking at re-entering the sport with a new, middle of the road, whiz-bang, light-weight electro and want to know what companies to look at. In this up/down economy, I don't want to buy a gun and have the manufacturer fold a year down the line. I want a solidly produced gun with good fit and finish that isn't going to crap out after a single season. I want something durable and reliable that isn't a Tippmann.
sounds like empire axe to me. they're the successor to the mini, kinda.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:58 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Hi all,

A little background first: I'm a veteran player returning to the sport after a hiatus (last played in 2005, started playing in 1997). I own a VM-68, Tippmann A5, Pro-Carbine and Phantom.

I've noticed that a lot of familiar manufacturers (WGP, SP, ADG) have gone the way of the dinosaur or have very limited exposure in this new age of electropneumatic wonder-guns. I've seen that a lot of new manufacturers have sprung up (Empire, GoG, Dangerous Power, Eclipse - not just E-cockers any more).

I'm looking at re-entering the sport with a new, middle of the road, whiz-bang, light-weight electro and want to know what companies to look at. In this up/down economy, I don't want to buy a gun and have the manufacturer fold a year down the line. I want a solidly produced gun with good fit and finish that isn't going to crap out after a single season. I want something durable and reliable that isn't a Tippmann.

I'd like to avoid specifics as far as gun models, but which manufacturers should be I be looking at and which should I be avoiding?
I'm in the same boat you're in. I've only been playing about once a year for the past 7 years so I haven't updated my gear. (Still shooting a Halo and Shocker SFT) and I'm seriously looking at Dye equipment, you should checkout the Reflex's they have, good value for the price.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:02 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I'm in the same boat you're in. I've only been playing about once a year for the past 7 years so I haven't updated my gear. (Still shooting a Halo and Shocker SFT) and I'm seriously looking at Dye equipment, you should checkout the Reflex's they have, good value for the price.
Why would you change from an SFT to a rail?
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