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Old 09-18-2017, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best stack tube poppet for $500?

So I'm trying to find the best mid-range poppet marker (I already have a spool and want something different) and I've narrowed my choices down to: Planet Eclipse Etek 5, Dangerous Power Fusion Elite, and the JT Impulse.

From what I hear the impulse is the smoothest, but parts are hard to find. The Etek is reliable and shoots pretty well, but the ergonomics and the trigger aren't great (a good trigger is very important for me). The Fusion Elite has a lot of nice features and I really like the G5 trigger, but i don't know much about how it actually shoots.

My priorities from most important to least important are: Reliability, good trigger, comfortable, quiet shot, how well it handles brittle paint, smooth shot.
What do you think I should get and why?
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm still running an 07 cyborg, because it's reliable, smooth, quiet, and gentle. Parts are impossible to find, but unnecessary. A PBK trigger is a must though.
A Cyborg RX might suit your purposes, if you have $500.

Of your choices, I've found PE to be much more reliable and have better triggers than DP, but I've never really interacted with a JT Impulse.
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I really like my JT Impulse. Fairly efficient, and comfortable in the hand. It has an screen... No dam colored, blinky LEDs!

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I'd get a etek 5.

I think the trigger is good / fine
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The JT impulse is really loud though. Or at least it has that loud "clap" shot sound. Every Etek 5 I've seen has seemed quieter.
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Old 09-18-2017, 11:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have shot a JT Impulse and owned an Etek 5 for a couple seasons. I would go with the the 5 over the Impulse, every impulse I've shot is loud. The 5 is quiet, efficient, and reliable, try to find a used one with an OLED upgrade and you will be set. I got mine when they were pretty new on the market and they came with a .693 barrel back but they may come with a .689 now (don't quote me on that) and even with the giant back size, I had no problem getting 6 pods off of a 68/3000 fill
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Etrk 5s with oled easy to find for around 350. Hard to beat
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Etek 5 if you're buying new, but honestly if you're not worried about used you can snag an ego lv1 for around that price used.
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Etek 5 if you're buying new, but honestly if you're not worried about used you can snag an ego lv1 for around that price used.

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Etek 300 to 350 used

Bomber lv1s are at least a hundred dollars more.
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