Shoots through lube FAST
Break in time
Ok well I picked up my FEP Quest without ever having shot one before and I never looked back. I open it up and I immediately feel how light and how comfortable it is to hold. I like the looks and the way that the colors flow as well. Especially the black back to the 007 barrel and black trigger. It flows really nicely with the gun. I will be comparing the Quest to the other 3 high-ends that I have either shot or owned at one point in my life. The Ego, Matrices, and Shockers.
The weight and balancing are flawless. I believe it weighs 1.3 lbs and it balances perfectly. Some people say that it feels lighter than an ego because of the balancing, I personally can't tell the difference. Another big plus is the size and profile of the marker. The only gun on the market that has a smaller profile is the shocker; they look very similar but I believe the shocker has the quest beat in length although the quest wins in width.
The overall feel of the Quest is perfect as well. It has four holes on the bottom of the frame so you can adjust your bottomline setup. It also has two holes in the body of the marker so you can adjust whether you prefer the trigger frame to be close to the regulator or a little farther (I like it farther, it's a little to cramped when it's in tight, feels like a defiant 2.) The trigger frame is plenty big and there is no need to change the stock trigger.
Now on to the performance... The speed of the Quest is questioned by the other owners. Their guns are capped higher than the Quest which is capped at 26 bps. I guarantee you, the Quest will not be outshot by any Ego or Matrix in terms of speed. It will hang in there with all of the other big boys and will go as fast as your fingers will just like any other legal high-end.
The accuracy and the way the quest shoots is very similar to that of a Matrix. It has an operating pressure of 200-220 psi and an lpr pressure of 80-100 psi which when broken in can be dropped to as low as 40 psi. This means relatively no kick. You will experience some as with any marker. But the kick is definitely a strength of the Quest. This also means NO CHOPS. Some people have gotten or said they had faulty eye logic on the stock board, I've never had any such problem. I haven't had a single chop and only one barrel break within the first couple weeks I've been using it. The accuracy with the stock 007 barrel shoots ball on ball. I wont be upgrading the barrel, it's already 14" and it is comparable to a Ultralight, plus it's anno'd to match the gun. FEP is coming out with a barrel kit for the 007's as well.
Consistency and Efficiency on the Quest is really what separates it from other spool-valve markers. The Matrices and Shockers both have the smoothness and no kick of a spool-valve, but they lack the efficiency that the Quest has. My Quest is not entirely broken in and I get about 1000 shots off my 45/45. That means 1500 off a 68/45 without even being broken in yet. The claim from FEP was 1500 off a 68/45. As far as the Matrices and Shockers, you'd be lucky to get 1000 from a 68/45 although there are some mods you can do for the Matrix and several bolt kits for the Shocker. The consistency is just the same as most other high-end, +/- 7 out of the box, +/- 3 when broken in with hater sauce.
FEP is known for having great customer service. I called them up and they gave me an oring kit because I bought my Quest used and didn't have one. They also include Hater Sauce in the new Quests, which is the best lube in paintball. They have turned several big teams (so I heard) to shoot the Quest because they weren't ready to offer the best service possible. Enough said.
The maintenance on the Quest couldn't be easier. Take out the two-piece bolt. There are a total of like 8 orings that need to be relubed. A big difference between the fuse bolt in the matrix. Occasionally you will need to relube a piston in the lpr, and a piston in the hpr, that's it. The only marker with simpler maintenance is an Ego.
The programming on the stock board is simple, I don't know much about the WAS. All new generation Quests are being sent out with the WAS board. The stock board has a fast response and instant on/off, so no more waiting for your gun to turn on. There are a couple of chips coming out for the stock board such as the Virtue, the NOX is already out.
I bought my Quest for $650 lnib(only shot over the chrono once) off pbnation, which I consider to be a steal. The MSRP is $925, but I believe they sell in the around the $800-850s now. It is definitely worth the money. If you think about all the money you'll be saving when you don't need to purchase any upgrades. A Shocker is $599 right now, and it'll cost over $700 just to get it shooting and possibly more for performance upgrades and preferances. An upped shocker wont shoot anything close to as nice as a Quest. As far as Matrices, they have similar performance but cost much more than Quests. In particular the PM6 and the Quest are constantly debated, yet I have been offered PM6s w/ Ultralight frames for my Quest. The Matrices are very similar to the Quest, yet they lack the efficiency and profile of the Quest. And Egos have a completely different style, I prefer the spool-valves, but again Egos cost well over what Quests do.
Well the first weakness of my marker was the bounce that I had when I adjusted my trigger. I heard many stock boards have this bouncing problem, and mine was only compounded by the fact that I was missing my magnetic tension screw. I had to back out the trigger because of the insane amounts of bounce I was getting. It's not a big deal I can still rip on my trigger just like before. Just lengthen the pull a little bit and turn up your trigger sensitivity and anti-mechanical bounce on the board and that should take care of it.
Another problem that is in my mind is annoying at best is the placement of the macro fitting in the stock reg. It is really high on the reg which means there is two problems. First of all it is annoying to hold, obviously. And second, you have to take off the frame or take off the macro fitting every time you want to remove the regulator. I recommend taking off the frame, but it becomes a hassle. If you don't like it, get a new reg. Some people don't like how the stock reg over pressurizes, but it doesn't make a difference.
The upgradability has an up side and a down side to it. The gun doesn't need any upgrades so I guess you can call that an upside. But most upgrades are all about preference and if you don't like something about the Quest, it's pretty hard to change it. For example there are no aftermarket triggers whatsoever, but most people don't want to change it so that's ok. Otherwise there is a gold bolt out that supposedly gets you an extra pod or two of efficiency and a bolt guide or bolt pin to go along with it I think. That's about all I can think of.
Next is the break in time and how fast this thing goes through lube. You should keep your lpr pressure around 90 psi and bring it down about 5 psi a month until it becomes stable. It can take a hella long time to break this thing in. But at 90 psi it still performs outstanding. You should also relube the bolt every 1000 shots once you first get it. I've even heard stories of people who have to relube their bolts every other game, so lube it up cause it goes through it pretty quick. Slowly as the gun breaks in you will start to see you don't need to relube it until every 1200, then 1500, then 2000 and so on.
And last is the stock grips, they weren't comfortable to me at all. They were pretty hard but they do look cool although all new Quests are coming with new grips which FEP even offered to replace the old grips with the new ones on pbnation for a buck if you have a warranty (I don't; bought it used like I said before.) Nothing too big though.
Overall I love my Quest and I will probably never sell this gun. I've only ran into one problem which I fixed relatively fast, and it shoots just as nice if not nicer than 99% of the competition.
The weight, speed, and simplicity of an Ego, the accuracy and kick of a Matrix, and the size of a Shocker. It's also kind of nice being the only one at the field with a Quest. What are you waiting for? You get my full recommendation to buy this marker, you won't be disappointed and if you are, well then you can sell it to someone else cause the resale value is great! The Quest gets a 10.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, August 17th, 2006 at 11:22 am PST