Dark Shocker/ 04 Vision Shocker (Backup)
Lucky 15 Kit
Hammerhead barrel kit
Freak Barrel kit
All American Barrel
Twist tight feedneck
ND firing can
Hybrid bolt guide
Halo B w/ Victory Board and rip drive
Empire Reloader B and rip drive w/ Hybrid suicide shell
92, 88, 45 CI Crossfire tank
Barrel Kit of your choice
For personal preference:
Accurate, Fast, Light, Small Profile, Reliable, Consistent, Easy to maintain, has quick lock feedneck
Expensive, single bore size
For a more comprehensive review, please visit my right up on the Nexus Ego. It's fairly long but I tried to make it as objective as possible for those of you who are considering this marker. I will compare the Dark with other Egos and markers I've shot without trying to be too redundant with my Nexus review. My goal is to try to be as helpful as possible to anyone reading because this is quite a large purchase and I would be pissed if I got something I wasn't expecting.
Accuracy- Always the first factor I consider in a marker. Similar to other egos, it's ball on ball. It's accuracy is even more noticable in a game when you rack up eliminations. I'm a big believer on barrel kits to size paint with your barrel. I test and chrono at home and I've noticed huge differences in consistency, accuracy, and efficiency with a proper sizing and consistent ball size with better quality paint. I personally like the Lucky 15 kit but also carry a freak. The ultralite is also a good choice as long as you get multiple backs. I'm considering a sly kit once more reviews are put out on it.
Consistency- Also up there because it affects your accuracy at high rates of fire. Very consistent. I added a SP maxflo micro to reduce weight, reduce a couple of inches and add a more consistent flow rate. I've been able to get consistency of 284, 284, 284, 284, 285, 286 with some tweaking but it's pretty consistent straight out of the box. About as good as you can get with good paint and a good barrel match.
Profile- Very small and tight, perfect for snap shooting. It inspires alot of confidence going one on one. Very important to me
Weight- Light just like all egos but my Nexus feels lighter because there is more milled off of the body. I do prefer the dark ego's bolt. It's a nexus bolt with a delrin pin. It seems to help with cycle speed, weight, and reducing bounce.
Rate of fire- not that important to me anymore but is one of the fastest guns I've ever shot on straight semi w/o bounce. If you want to shoot faster, you have the option of using one of the two ramping modes but it's capped at 15 bps or bouncing on unlimited semi. Another option is to get a new board. I prefer the virtue but have not switched any of my ego boards because I like the LCD screen and have no desire to shoot faster than 15 bps because it's never tournament legal, its a waste of paint, and no field around me lets you ramp anyways.
Reliability- Neither of my egos have failed me yet. I may sale one of them since I have not had to use a back up gun since shooting egos. Much easier to maintain than a shocker or DM. On par with an Angel without having the occassional problem of having to get it shipped off. This was important to me.
Maintenance- Just wipe it down after a game and run a battle swab through the barrel and breach. That's it. Occassional oil the ram beneath the bolt and it's good to go for next game. It takes about 1 minute no lie. You can break down the star reg and lpr to oil those as well but you don't have to do that very often. I've yet to do it on mine. The eyses are much easier to clean than a shocker or DM and if you set the lpr and reg up right, you shouldn't have any breaks anyways.
Looks- This is important to many people, not so much for me but as with all egos, it is built first class. The milling and anno is sharp, the day mine came in the shop, everyone wanted to look at it and hold it. One guy who has shot every ego made except the SL 66 which hadn't been released yet, said it was the nicest ego he has ever seen. I got the black with red accents. The trigger frame is bigger than my nexus which is nice and has a bigger, longer trigger. Although, I prefer the feel of the star trigger on the 06 egos and nexus. The milling seems much more muscular and aggressive in person than the other egos, which may not be as noticible from online pictures. For those who know on the fields, they always admire and respect the dark because they are so exclusive, 25 made per month. I see other egos but rarely a private label one like a Nexus or XSV and I've never seen another dark ego. Personally, I prefer the look of a DM6 or hybrid shocker but different people will have different opinions so that's neither a positive or negative, just my opinion. But the black/ red does look better than the online pictures, quite a head turner. I love the red demon power botton on the back. I bought some black/ red 06 hybrid bad guy grips because they looked cool but didn't like the way they didn't seal up the grip frame as well to protect it from dust/ dirt during play so I switched back. As far as feel, I prefer the older planet eclipse grips (black and red) with the big e on them because they are thinner and feel better eventhough they don't look as nice as the newer grips. I have them both. Just another personal preference.
A great gun if you're willing to pay the price. Terrific performance with great looks and exclusivity. Personally I prefer the Nexus so I swapped out the red accents with my all black nexus and swapped the all delrin bolt pin onto my Nexus. The delrin pin does seem to make a difference in cycle rates, less bounce, and weight. It shoots great like all of the other egos with a touch of class and rarity. I know just like any other gun, it's not perfect but It's closer to a 10 than a 9. I hope this review helps, don't forget to check out my Nexus review. Please post whether you found this helpful because I add occassional updates and pride myself on helping others in the paintball community.
Update: I've been using this marker and my nexus ego all year now and they still rock with absolutely no maintenance issues or requirements. No chops either, unless you use old ultra evil that is irregularly shaped and sized. That's the last time I'll ever try that.
Update:11/26/06- I've been playing with my egos for a full season now and they still perform as well today as when I first got them and best of all, no maintenance issues, a major plus. The only bad thing is I've got 2 PL egos but neither of them go down, so one of them never gets used. I may trade one for one of the new 07's after I get some feedback and am able to try one for myself.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, November 26th, 2006 at 7:46 pm PST
With the sheer looks that the Dark Ego has, and the fact that I KNOW it is awesome, now reading your review has pretty much made my mind up... Once I get finished parts swapping my 06 Ego, I'm going to sell it for every penny I can get and then get me a nice, new, lovely Dark Ego... Thanks for the awesome review...
I was planning to get and EGO alright. That I was sure about. But I wasn't sure if I was gonna go SL66, Dark, or Nexus.....I think in reading this review you just sold me on the Dark. Seeing as they are all the same the fact that this is the most exclusive of them all really got me. That plus the fact that you seem to have said that it looks far better in person then it does pictured online.