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sonnemann Tuesday, May 25th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month12 of 13 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
Boomstick (Heavier...but better all-around)
J&J Full Tilt 2pc (quality is simliar to Boomstick.)
Marker Setup: I use this kit on my ULE RT Mag.
Whatever fits the backs. High grade paint is, as always, highly recommended,
Strengths: -Price
-Weight (or lack thereof)
-Sweet case
Weaknesses: -Not the greatest barrel out what?!
-Only comes in 2 colors
Review: The first thing I noticed when I pulled it out of the box was the excellent case. It's heavy-duty nylon, with large stitched Empire logos on either side. It has a nice handle on top, as well.
The other first impression was-holy crap, it's light! I am used to barrels with stainless back like Boomies, and of course the aluminum Empires are lighter...but still, they are very light for an aluminum kit.
The 4 piece kit is the perfect compromise between a single-bore barrel and a gigantic kit like the Freak. You son't need an insert for EVERY DIAMETER (Freak...pssh.) The 4 pc kit is perfect because it can handle smallish, normal, and largish sizes with no rpoblems. The only disadvantage I can see is that it only comes with one tip (14".) While it is a good size, I always like to have a 10 and a 16 in there for hard-bunker speedball and airball, respectively.
You might compare this kit to the MacDev Matchstik kit; they are both around $100 USD. The Matchstik has an extra front in addition to the three backs, but it only comes with silver backs, not black like the Empire (and it's MacDev's polished silver and not actually chrome, so it's hard to match with stuff.)
The barrel shoots well with the appropriate paint. I noticed that it shot through breaks quite well, returning to the normal flight path after 4-5 clearing shots (of course, squeegeeing is always recommended.)
Of course, there are higher quality barrels out there; for this price you can get 2 backs and a front for a CP 2-pc, or a Freak and an insert or two. But, for those people like me who don't tend to shoot paint that ranges from .680 to .695 (who does?!) a basic kit like this is perfect.
Conclusion: A great kit at a great price; also check out the Matchstik kit if you want to keep your options open. The Empire kit is flawless.

Oh yeah...I noticed the new review category (year made in...) and while I can't quite understand why it's least it looks nice.
10 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, May 25th, 2004 at 6:12 pm PST

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