System X NME
Empire Reloader B
Matchstick .693 back 14in tip.
Config used in 7 unlimited tourney recently.
Empire Reloader B
Matchstick barrel kit
A little heavy
Cocker threads mean my favourite barrel kit screws straight in.
Clamping feed neck. Didnít have any problems with this although I have read it can be a problem on some hoppers.
Adjustable ram cap comes standard.
Completely enclosed board and battery. Unlike other markers where you remove the grip to get to the battery, the whole side plate needs to be removed to enable access. While this can be a little fiddly, I appreciate it now, after the 20 odd games I played recently at a seven man tourney. The ground was a mud bath and most of the markers I looked at later during servicing had water and other crud all the way inside. They were of course the people who didnít tape their grips (and some that did) but with the NME you no longer need to. The compartment was as clean and dry as the day it left the shop.
Trigger guard. What can I say, itís huge, you can get 3 fingers in there. But 2 will probably be enough for this monster. The trigger itself has a very positive feel but you can set it just about any way you like. I set my Debounce to 8ms. I started having a couple of bouncing issues at 7ms but with being able to adjust the settings in such small increments you will need to adjust this to your own liking. The factory setting of 10ms leaves you plenty of room for those picky chrono refs and then some.
The inline reg took a hiding all weekend and didnít miss a beat. We had rain, cold wind, mud, sun and rain again. Consistency was superb despite using paint that was one step above hopeless.
Kick. Because of the aforementioned paint, and larger bore to accommodate it, I had to set the LPR at about 95 psi. We were also shooting at 290FPS so I needed the extra velocity. At these settings there is a definite climb in the marker when firing ropes. There is also a noticeable kick. Bear in mind, good paint, better paint to bore match, lower LPR pressure, virtually no kick.
Weight. Fractionally heavier than an EGO when your holding one in each hand. But put a steel tank on there and the weight will creep up quickly. Put on a halo B or Empire and you better be ready to handle a little weight.
Size. She is a big monster. Not overly in any dimension but certainly could benefit from a little weight loss here and there.
The grips are chunky, good for larger hands, plenty of grip but not quite as comfortable as they could be. With a pair of gloves on, however, you arenít going to slip on these babies. Could use some additional grip around the back by the power button, but again user preference.
Looks. Iíll be honest and say Iím not usually too enamoured with the appearance of a marker, but the NME does look like itís been crafted by a 1000 years of sand storms. The lines are clean and flowing and give the impression of a refined predator.
The manual. This is where they didnít get it quite right. They havenít skimped on detailing how to get the most out of the marker but they have done a less than average job of their exploded view. Itís a piece of cake to strip down if youíve got a good engineering background or are naturally good with mechanics (tinkerer by nature), but god forbid, should you not have any idea, you could be in for a little shock. The maintenance section is 2 short paragraphs without any detailed steps to guide you through. Looking at the exploded view wonít give you any idea of which screws you need to undo, youíll have to figure this out by looking for them.
Performance. What a hellcat! If a couple of well-placed shots wonít do it, you can overwhelm you opposition with a wall of paint, the likes of which god hasnít seen. Shooting ropes is childís play and if you like full Auto ramping for that little bit extra of not-gonna-get-nailed-today, the NME will have you giggling all the way up the field. The only ball chop I had all weekend was because a member of our pit crew turned off my loader when it was being filled and I noticed when I was standing next to the chrony. Turning it on in a loud environment was a mistake but I was faced with little choice at the time. For reference I fired just over 4000 paintballs in the 2 day event. For a front it was a busy couple of days.
Still awake? Good.
Here it is. System X, I am a walking advertisement for this marker, the only thing that lets you down is the manual. Get a little carried away in this department next time and break down the maintenance and cleaning, step by step. Do it from your website if needs be. I spend too much time as it is repairing peopleís markers to ever want to see one of these come my way, in dire need of some TLC. The NME is fantastic to such an extent Iím selling off a couple of my other markers so I can get a second one .It gets a 9 because of the little things mentioned but it could have so easily been a 10.
update: 30th Aug 2005
Ok. Itís had a really good thrashing now. Fired in the neighbourhood of 11 cases through it and itís still purring like a kitten.
Recommended up grades: Harder detents.
Had an issue last weekend with the eyes not detecting to ball. Broke it open after cleaning the eyes and visually checking down the feed neck, the detents were folding down towards the barrel. The stock ones are lightweight and the halos and reloaders Bís are overpowering them after a while. Get enough movement of the ball forward in the breach and the marker will hang on you as youíd expect. Easy fixed as most Timmy users are aware, harder detents are the only way to go.
It's all good.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, August 29th, 2005 at 6:50 pm PST
Wow what a great review I am thinking about getting one because they seem like they preform well for a lower price. I would just like to know a couple of things.
1.) does it come stock with a was board
2.) is it of the rite size and weight to use if your a front man
3.) is it easy to adjust the settings
4.) i heard not to use a high pressure nitro tank on this is that true or can i use my high
Öand 3 months later I finally get back, Buckeye, sorry for the delay, if you havenít gotten one already.
Yep comes stock with a WAS board
I use it up front but I stand at about 6 foot so my arms and hands are up for the challenge. If youíre a little shorter, a bit of adaptation in your style and youíll be singing. It is a long marker when itís stacked next to a DM5 but nothing is impossible. And to be honest I still use a 16 inch tip because accuracy is more important to me than profile.
The settings are a piece of cake to adjust once you know what you are looking at. The manual does detail all the functions very well and should you do something daft itís very easy to reset to the stock set-up so you can start again.
About the air. Iíve been using a high pressure on mine for about 9 months without any problems. They do recommend low-pressure air and itís never good advice to go against the manufacturers specs, but I havenít had any issues to date, although IĎm not going to push my luck for too much longer.