2004 Shocker SFT - the size & weight are almost identical, but the Alias is much faster and better balanced.
TES - this marker looks similar but in no way does it cycle nearly as fast...its pretty fast for a sear but not close to the Alias
Alias (Black to Red)
Empire B (Black) or Halo B (Smoke)
Check It Sure Fit Feed Neck
Shocktech Mini Drop & On/Off (Black)
AKA 2 Liter Reg (This reg is amazingly great)
Violent Proucts LPR Cap
Violent Products LPR Piston
RMR LockDown adjustable ram cap
Crossfire 70/4500 Stubby or PE 45/4500
Empire Barrel Kit (7 Piece with 14" Black Tip and one additonal 12" Red Tip)
Dye Tank Cover(s)
1) Clamping Feed Neck - The stock feed neck is just harder to use than it should be.
2) Regulator - The stock Torpedo reg works just fine, but does not compare to the AKA 2 Liter.
3) Barrel Kit - The stock barrel is really pretty good, but not as versitile as the Empire, or any, barrel kit. NOTE: the Empire red barrel tip color matches my Alias red perfectly.
4) LPR Cap - The stock cap is too smooth to get a good grip to take it off if you need to. VP LPR Cap looks great and is easy to get off.
5) Grips - With the stock grips the LCD Screen window is so thick that it is almost more translucent vs transparent (ok maybe that's a bit extreme but you get the point). Hybrid makes a nice Alias grip.
6) Trigger - I think the trigger is ok, most don't though. I will be adding the Techna Trigger.
Easy to use
Manual - absolutely worthless
Feed Neck - hard to use
Grip Screen Window - hard to see through
The Alias, Empire and other 2005 Timmy markers are all pretty much the same, except for the milling. My specific Alias came packaged in the standard Intimidator box - the Alias looks really nice and is really well built. The Alias is really easy to work on. However, I have to say that the operating manual is basically worthless - its like buying a 2005 Ford Mustang and Ford supplying you with the 2000 Ford Mustang operating manual. The Alias does come ready to compete at tournament level (you of course need to add the obvious so it will shoot, etc.) and there are real good upgrades available now and more coming out soon.
The biggest difference for me is that the Alias has been more reliable whereby I can concentrate on playing without worry of when it will chop, or shoot down, or are the batteries getting drained too fast, or is the air efficiency bad and I'm running out of air, or did I lube every part of the gun that needs lubing until it is practically dripping to make sure that the bolt, valves & pistons, etc. work properly. I just want to get my marker ready to play (eyes are clean, barrel is clean, a drop of oil or a spot of lube) for the day and clean it up after the day is over if need be, or get it ready the next time I play. I can do this with the Alias.
And man does this thing rip! I'm slow and I can get 12bps with the stock settings, but a tech at our local PB Shop picked it up walked outside and got 17bps with no effort whatsoever....his comment - "Not bad, but you need to adjust that trigger and it will shoot faster".
Shot Total for Pure Energy 45/4500 = 1,008 shots (XBall Bronze & DBX) 285 (-+2) 70LPR
Shot Total for Crossfire 70/4500 = 1,506 shots (XBall Bronze) 285 (-+2) 70LPR
Trigger Update: I did not get the Techna Trigger because I heard others were coming out. I opted for the Critical Trigger - easy to install and really did increase my bps from 12 to 14/15.
Bottle Update: I started using a Crossfire Low Pressure 45/4500 and the low pressure (450 psi) has really made a difference in the shot being tighter. I don't have those random "weird" balls when walking the trigger. Recharge seems better/faster. Shot count is basically the same = 1,090 (White Box)
Barrel Update: The Empire kit works great, but since switching to the Low Pressure Crossfire, the shot is even better. I added a Dye 10" Boomstick for playing front and the shot is dead-on accurate like the 14" Empire when playing back. I've used White Box practice paint and it shoots great.
Lubrications: I tried Dow 33, Dow 55, Slick Honey, and Tri-Flow. I use the following combination and my Alias shoots faster longer:
1) Slick Honey on the Ram & Ram Orings - well coated
2) Slick Honey on the Bolt Orings - very light coating (this worked better than the Tri-Flow)
3) Slick Honey on the LPR Piston Oring - very light coating
4) Tri-Flow in the Regulator (AKA) - 2 drops periodically
5) Dow 55 on the Orings that seal - Adjustable Ram Cap & AKA Regulator
I think I'm like most people and started out playing paintball just for fun or as cheap as I could to see if it was something I even wanted to "get into". From there we all try and get our markers to shoot straighter (barrels), then better (reg, compressed air & bolts), then faster (triggers, springs & shims) and then it hits us - a little better marker will make it all better, and so on. Don't frustrate yourself any longer than needed, just go straight from "I just started playing paintball and really like it" to buying the Alias (or a higher brand/level marker).....you will not regret it! I would have saved lots of money doing it that way.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, May 13th, 2005 at 1:39 pm PST
I have all of the listed upgrades and now I have more new upgrades - Critical Trigger (15bps with ease), Crossfire Low Pressure 45/4500, and a 10" Dye Boomstick. My 5 man team all use the Alias. Incidentally we've never lost to a team that uses M3 Draguns.
Last edited on Friday, May 13th, 2005 at 1:37 pm PST