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PestyPoet Sunday, January 14th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month26 of 32 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Angel '05 Speed (tested) -- of course an Angel's amazing
Ion (tested) -- close, but not close

Tippmann A-5 E-grip -- Epiphany > A-5 (electrical or mechanical)
Marker Setup: White Epiphany (and wow, it's white!)
Egg III
68/4500

Tippmann A-5 E-grip
Expansion Chamber
Flatline
14" J&J Ceramic
Double Trigger
Ricochet R-5 Hopper
Recommended
Upgrades:
Possibly a new feedneck
Strengths: Accurate
Fast
Compact
Lightweight
Sturdy
Freak Jr.
Very easy operation
Easy to walk the trigger
Weaknesses: Possibly the feedneck (see review)
Eyes, kinda (see review)
Review: I may be judging my Epiphany a little harshly because I'm used to my indestructible Tippmann A-5. However, when I play with my Epiphany, I am sad that I spent so much money on my A-5.

I took my Epiphany out for its premier trial at my local paintball field and was amazed at the performance. It wasn't perfect out of the box, but after 10 minutes of fiddling/tweaking, it was perfect for the day.

Two things concerned me at first:
(1) When I aired up my marker, there was a slight hiss/leak from the regulator. After 10 seconds, the hissing stopped and never came back. Even after re-pressurizing the marker at later dates for more playing.
(2) At the local field the workers chrono, and because my marker shot too high out of the box, it chopped the first or second ball while they chrono'd--which sprayed on the eyes. Of course, this could happen to any marker with eyes. I turned the eyes off and played one game, and the eyes worked fine for the rest of the day. Later, I disassembled the marker to thoroughly clean the eyes just in case there was paint left, and the entire process took me only 10 minutes.

The marker is the most accurate marker I have ever shot, and I have a hard time believing that anyone could be picky enough to not find it accurate enough. Concerning the "gas-hog" rumor, I shot a case of 2000 with _less than_ two tank-fulls (68/4500). Also, the Epiphany comes with inserts for the firing chamber to allow the marker to reach the optimum efficiency in any situation. As for the feedneck, my Egg III fit perfectly and never moved/fell out. I had absolutely _no_ problems; however, the feedneck only uses two O-rings to grip the hopper and eventually, an O-ring will break. I don't know if getting a different feedneck is better, but if you have the money, it might be worth it.

There were two things that greatly impressed me about this marker:
(1) I have never shot any marker as fast as I shot my Epiphany. Ever. For what it's worth, my local pb field is reffed by tournament players, and all of them either complimented how easy walking the trigger is (especially after setting the trigger exactly the way you want it using the trigger's three-point setup), how fast the marker ripped, how light it was, or how sweet it looked.
(2) The first time I played with it was after a huge rainstorm, and so it was mud/flood paintball. I was extremely nervous about playing with my new marker, but thought that after owning an A-5, the Epiphany better hold its own. Even though I and the Epiphany were soaked and covered in mud, the marker never had a problem.

As for my performance through the day, either I played the best paintball I've ever played or the Epiphany helped my game quite a bit.
Conclusion: I recommend the Epiphany to anyone that wants a high-end electronic marker for less than $500. I especially love it because it comes stock with everything you need, and upgrading is more about personal style than marker performance.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Monday, January 15th, 2007 at 2:53 pm PST
 

Review Comments
navysealguy Monday, January 15th, 2007 | 5:45 am PST
that was actually a really well writeen refiew. it was thourough, concise, and helpful. nice job
   

Splatter Magnet Monday, January 15th, 2007 | 5:58 am PST
After playing with it in the mud how hard was it to clean? I have an A-5 and am planning on getting a Epiphany or an Ion.
   

PestyPoet Monday, January 15th, 2007 | 3:39 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by Splatter Magnet
After playing with it in the mud how hard was it to clean? I have an A-5 and am planning on getting a Epiphany or an Ion.

I cleaned the exterior with water+rag... that's not hard. I squeegeed out my barrel and made sure there wasn't any mud inside... that wasn't hard. I used a barrel swab to reach inside the marker where the barrel attaches (to clean in front of the bolt), and that was easy too. As stated in the review, I wanted to clean the eyes, so I took the marker apart, but when i checked for mud, none had gotten into the marker. Cleaning couldn't have been much easier.

I've had to clean my A-5 before, and that took longer because the A-5 is a little bit bigger and seems to have more places for mud to stick.
   

young66 Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 | 6:48 pm PST
IS THIS OR A PMR BETTER?
   

PestyPoet Thursday, January 18th, 2007 | 1:04 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by young66
IS THIS OR A PMR BETTER?

I've never played with a PMR before.
   

young66 Thursday, January 18th, 2007 | 1:19 pm PST
is it jus like an upgraded ion..if its not..can u tell me the differences?
   

xps35 Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 | 6:53 pm PST
it has better regs, better board, the barrel , the bolt , has an on off valv but an ion pro has an on off, ide get 1 gust beacuse everyone has an ion.
   

spyderpilotuser Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 | 8:42 am PST
can you put the ion virtue board in this?
   

spyderpilotuser Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 | 8:42 am PST
is it also possible to find this gun anywhere under $400 ?
   

PestyPoet Friday, February 23rd, 2007 | 3:00 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by spyderpilotuser
can you put the ion virtue board in this?

call Smart Parts and ask
   

corndog007 Sunday, February 25th, 2007 | 11:46 am PST
i was just wandering why you have two barrels for your a-5 and wondering if you use the flatline or the ceramic
   

corndog007 Sunday, February 25th, 2007 | 11:47 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by spyderpilotuser
can you put the ion virtue board in this?
Yes you can every part is compatible with the ion even the body kit but why would anyone do that
   

kidswithpbguns Monday, October 6th, 2008 | 7:58 pm PST
the hissing on ur gun was probably the exess gas releasing from the new valve system thats what mine does
   

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