Autococker Freeflow, E-Cockers, Tippmann 98-decked out (not comparable, but i love my tippy, it was my first gun) and a few other guns. I've only gotten my hands on a Angel (IR3) once to use for a day so I can't compare to any Angels.
Evil Omen with a few odds and ends added, but nothin really major.
Nitro-48cu. in. at 4500 PSI
CO2- CO2 with anti-siphon kit
HPA tank- I wouldn't buy this gun unless you can afford a Nitro tank
Evil Pipe Kit if you wanna stick with Evil
A J&J Edge for a low priced alternative to a Freak or Evil
A Total Freak kit if you want to splurge
A WGP Kaner works very well also
A fast hopper, but u don't need one that feeds 22+ bps, 15-18 will suffice.
It's an Evil
Takes some screwing with to work
A few makes of the gun suck
I've tested quite a bit of guns from my friends and I can't say an Omen is the best gun I've ever used. It's up there though. What gets me is when people compare a $500 gun to a $1500 gun. It isn't designed to function like a decked out Angel. I can say that it will hold its own on the field, though. This is my general view, but the gun doesn't make the player. I can't stand it when some snotty kid goes out and has his parents buy him the most expensive gun there is when he has never played a game in his life. My friend who has been playing for 7+ years can easily whip me or anyone else with a Brass Eagle Talon. But back to the Omen. There are a few strengths I wanna explain and a few weaknesses also.
-SPEED-This gun for the price is very fast and the trigger pull is so light that you can't rest your finger on the trigger or it might shoot. Sure, you could go buy a Tactical Electronic Sniper for less than half the price (not a diss on T.E.S.), but you won't get the same quality.
-Quality-The Omen has Evil quality behind it. Countless people say Evil sucks because it's made by PMI, but hey, Ford owns Jaguar and Aston Martin, so why can't a lower end company have another division for higher end products
-Accuracy-I truly don't think there is much of a difference between a closed-bolt and open bolt system in accuracy, but I know I'll be called an idiot and newbie if I say that. Either way the Omen is very accurate for the price
-Looks- With a PIPE kit, you will drool
-Strong-I ran over my stock Omen barrel with a car, on accident, and it only left a minor dent at the end that was able to be repaired.
-Doesn't Break Balls-self explanatory, but use marballizer if you need to be sure.
-Great Customer Service-Absolutely the best I've ever been in contact with.
-Reliability-Not the most reliable gun in the world. You have to know how to tune it to make it work. Don't throw away that little page that comes seperate from the manual in the box that tells how to adjust the recock pressure, you'll be lost as a... very lost... thing without it.
-Love or Hate Relationship- I've noticed how much Impulse owners hate this gun. I've actually heard people say that because the name is Evil, if you buy this gun you are worshipping Satan and are going to Hell. Impulses are great guns. Omens are great guns. It's just a matter of taste. To borrow a phrase, why can't we all just get along?
-Cam Feed-This should be a strength because it works so well, but sometimes I'll have to open the little shield thing around the cam to dislodge a ball, probably something I'm doing wrong though.
-Upgrades-I HEAR (realize this is all hear-say, i don't know for sure) Evil is coming out with some upgrades for the Omen in the distant future, including an upgrade to allow full auto and a new bolt system to allow for faster firing, but please, who needs to shoot faster than 15 bps.? As of right now though, upgrades are limited to barrel, feeder, and tank.
-Loud-With some barrels on your Omen you might as well scream "Here I am, in this bush, come shoot me!", but that can be fixed with the right barrel.
-Needs Nitro- While technically you can run on CO2 with an anti-siphon kit, I've used both and I would never recommend this gun without Nitro. It is so much more consistent. If your going to buy a $500 gun, spend an extra $150 for a good tank.
-Some waves/makes of the Omen are really sucky, never buy a used one from anyone, go with the newest possible for the best results
Ok, I was out exploring on this site and found out about a single upgrade for the Omen to make it faster. The PDP (I don't know if those are the right letters, I'd look under accessories for the Omen on this site to be sure) is a new $50 board that will raise your speed cap to 25bps., if you really need to shoot that fast.
I am aware that there are just as many weaknesses as strengths that I wrote, but that was purposeful. I don't think reviews are helpful if they say there are no weaknesses or no strengths. Overall, the Omen is one of the best, if not the best, gun for the money. Even if you are a serious Tourney player, I think this gun is a good choice, even if it has a sub $500 price tag. I wouldn't, however, recommend this gun to anyone who doesn't have more than a year experience in paintball, it takes some tweaking and you really shouldn't be paying $500 for your first or possibly second gun. Work your way up.
I would definately recommend this gun to anyone who:
Is willing to tweak a gun
Loves Impulses but wants to break through the current hate barrier between the two types of owners and reach a higher level of paintball enlightenment.
Wants a really good gun for the money.
Is just tired of reading my page long review so they'll humor me and buy it.
--Side note-- I added up the costs of an Omen, Revvy or Egg hopper, PIPE kit, and 68 cu. in. 4500 PSI tank and the cost comes out to around $1032 (with 7.5% sales tax included) so if you really need an expensive gun, with everything added, thats what you'll get.
IF ANYONE HAS A PROBLEM WITH WHAT I WROTE, FINDS AN ERROR, OR JUST HATES ME, DON'T FLAME ME, BE CIVIL. I'm entitled to my opinion too.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004 at 9:56 pm PST
Truly, I'd stick with the shocker if you're going all out. If you just want a good gun that shoots well, I'd definately go with the Omen (Especially with the huge drop in price). An even better option may be a Smart Parts Ion, I've shot one, and they're pretty darn good for the price. Granted, not the best on earth, but for $285, it's amazing.
The thing about the Omen: It's hit or miss. The one's I've played/worked with are amazingly good guns, except for one that had a couple bad springs. Unfortunately, many others have had a horrible time with them. I don't think that it's really the make of the gun anymore, I just think that people don't have the time and patience to read the manual and learn how to use the independent recock pressure.
In the end, it your call. All three are great guns with varying levels of performance. An 03 Shocker is definately the best performer, the Omen is unique and just a friggin good gun, and an Ion is a mass produced but extremely good buy. It all depends on your skill level, and what you plan to do. If you're looking at local tourneys (or plan on playing frequently) then a shocker is what you need. If you just play every so often at the local field, an Omen or Ion is much more economical.
Sadly, I got rid of my Omen, I've moved on to other markers. I still get a bit choked up whenever I see a player using one though. I may go buy a new one though, if they're only selling for $329.99 now =D