regulator, drop, barrel kit, fast loader, compressed air
So I just received my Red to Black fade TES a few Fridays ago. I had just received my T1 a few days earlier, and I wanted a TES as well. My teammates say I am a gun whore. Back to the point of this review, I am going to tell you how the gun compares to some other markers, and I will attempt to be as detailed as possible. Nobody likes reading those s*it reviews that say "Buy it cause itís cool," and so on to the details we go :-)
When I first received my T1, I was amazed by the quality of the looks. I must say, that when the TES arrived, I again, was not disappointed. I cannot believe how good these guns look. I think the designers of the milling and color fades need a pat on the back. It is a VERY nice polished black fading into an equally polished red. The marker comes packed nicely with spare parts, warranty cards, manual, and the stock barrel in the same kind of case as the T1. I scanned the marker throughout, and I found no blemishes, etc. Unfortunately, there would be a few when I was done this weekend, but back to the review.
As always, I decided to take the marker apart before it gets any field time. I had a good idea of what to expect, as I am quite fond of blowbacks, and with the exception of my T1, it is all I have ever owned. The marker field strips much the same as the T1, but with a little more ease. You do not have hoses to worry about. The bolt is a standard aluminum bolt, with the pull pin at the top. I was however impressed with the striker. It is designed with a rubber lip rather than an o-ring. It serves to "catch" more air to recock at lower pressures. I would advise owners to keep this moist with oil or lube, as it can dry out, and tear or wear to the point of leaking. This would probably lead to some of that sputtering I always read about. I then took the trigger frame off to modify the switch, and to look inside. Same frame as the T1, but with less "stuff" inside. The switch modification was easier because of this. I did manage to put a scratch on the trigger frame when I was taking the trigger out. The eye wire channel on the gun could use to be a little deeper, but no big deal. Just tip the gun upside down when reassembling, and gently set the trigger frame on top until the metals touch w/o any resistance. This will ensure you do not pinch the eye wiring. The front block leaking problem has been addressed on the newer TES. They have made the fit tighter, and the screw to hold it to the body contains a tiny o-ring. I had to pull very hard, just to get the front block off. The block reveals a nice big port for high flow, and the same valve as my T1. I lubed up all the o-rings and began to reassemble. So far, I was impressed with the looks and design of the marker.
Sunday practice came again, and I got to shoot both my T1, and TES. My setup was a 47 / 3000, egg II w/ z-board, stock TES, and Nelson paint. I adjusted the regulator to 350 psi, and began to shoot. I was shooting @ 265 fps. I increased the pressure, and I was shooting @ 285 fps at about 375 psi. Not too bad. I quickly dry fired the hell out of the gun, and I did not experience the dreaded burping, leaking, or half cocking. My gun shot perfectly. I then tested it against my T1. I must say for those who are curious, there are similarities in looks, but a whole lot of differences in performance. First of all, this thing kicks WAY less then a stock Spyder, but more then my T1. For those who say this is not a noticeable difference, they are incorrect. It is not quite a night and day difference, but its there. The TES gets better gas efficiency. I was getting 400 - 450 shots w/ my T1, and 600-650 w/ my TES. That is a benefit. The accuracy is great out of the box ( with a good paint match ), but I did notice that my T1 is more "stable." The eye system is the same, and so I was able to test the two against each other without any noticeable difference. The stock setup is the same, so there are no differences there. It was time to field test this thing.
The first few matches of the day I let one of my teammates use the TES. I wanted to get some more matches in with my T1. According to him, the gun was very impressive. He said it shot better then his Spyder clone, and that the consistency / performance was good. The regulator was stable, and there was little to no drop off. He was getting + / - 5 with the stock setup. I had completely lubed the reg with dow 33 before, and on both the T1 and TES, this has paid off. He encountered no problems with the eye, sear, or other dreaded TES problems. About half way through the day, I decided to try it out. I noticed that the accuracy was pretty good as I matched my paint, but it seems that the ONE is more stable. The speed factor is pretty much equal as even though the T1 is capped at 30 vs. the TES at 20, few people can actually hit 20. In this test, both markers shot as fast as I could w/o any lag time. I did notice however, the T1 was able to maintain the higher rates of fire w/o as much deviation in shot groupings. The TES was still better then any of the Spyder or Clones out there. I did forget to turn on my Egg one game, but the eye prevented any chopping. I feel the eye systems on these guns is pretty good. There is a little room for improvement, but they do get the job done. All in all, this gun met all my expectations. It is a fast, accurate, nice looking, supremely designed blowback. It is worthy of a much higher price tag, and you are getting a great gun for the price. Mine will serve for me as a nice little backup to my T1.
I think the TES is the best blowback you can get for your dollar. It has a huge potential, and when taken care of, will treat you well. My advice is to research the gun before you purchase, and if any of those dreaded problems come up.....be calm, and analyze the problem. Because this is a blowback, the fixes are cake. If you are on the fence about a T1 or a TES, I still think the T1 has the advantage. That being said, this still is a great gun, and worthy of a 10 / 10. The people who are giving it 1 /10 like the previous review, probably are either at a 1st grade reading level, or are mistaking the TES for a BE Avenger.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, July 24th, 2004 at 10:48 pm PST