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06 Dark Ego, Ego 7, Halo B, Freak Barrel with all american 14" tip with both aluminum and steal inserts, 14" shaft and shaft 2 barrel's, 68 cu. in. 5000psi Evil HP tank
Barrel Kit (Recomend a Freak kit w/ steal inserts)
Pulse Hopper (accessory)
45/4500 tank (accessory)
Board Features (Compared to previous models)
Shaft 2 Barrel
Break in period
Fit and finish of all body components
First I just wanna say that I'm am very picky about details involving Ego's cause I hold them at such a high standard in comparison to other markers out on the market. I've seen and used all eclipse products on the market and know what to expect from the engineers at planet eclipse. I got my Ego 7 and was impressed with the new case design it was packaged in because it was smaller then all previous years and it has areas for storing extra barrels in the upper case half (case has hinges and is made up of 2 halves and locking clasps). The only thing missing from the case is a carrying handle which would help if you keep your marker in its case when your transporting it. Next thing I looked at is the fit and finish of all the milling work done on the gun. The gun is sweet. Definately able to notice the weight differance and the profile of the gun which helps on break shooting and keeping tucked on your bunkers. I Have yet to see a "thinner" gun on the market then this one. There are some flaws with the fit of some components though. The eye covers do not fit flush against the "grips" leaving a small gap and exposing the eye wiring on both sides. I don't believe this to be a problem with the eye covers themselves but instead the trigger frame. If held up to back lighting you notice there is a gap that goes along the entire trigger frame of the gun where it meets the main body. (All it means is that more paint might get inside the body with marker shots. This is really a minor thing in comparison to the guns abilities though). The eye covers are recessed to keep them more flush with the rest of the "main body" and like previous models, can be easily removed to clean the eyes. The new ASA purge system is nice cause it incorporates the new T design. It deffinately helps keep your tank on the gun when your diving into your bunkers. Now for the trigger and trigger frame. The grips are very nice and are very comfortable like previous models. The trigger guard does have slightly less space for finger travel in comparison to the Star frame but for those who use the now popular three finger technique you'll still have no problems. Set up of the trigger resistance and travel is slightly differant. You wont find a small coil spring in back of the trigger for mechanical return. Instead the mechanical return is a small flap of spring steal attached to the micro-switch. this changes the characteristics of the mechanical return slightly but shouldn't impede you from getting the trigger response that you like. The manual is also one of the best I've seen. Like previous years they don't skimp on going into detail and well its actually a manual. (instead of a bunch of folded up papers)
Now for trials. Gassed up the marker and got some paint (Ramps). Checked consistancy and was shooting 298, 280, 301, 278. Kind of expected that cause the reg still needed to be broken in and the ball to barrel size was off. It took about 4000 rounds through the marker before the reg stabalized and shot 282, 280, 282, 278. Prior to the reg stabalizing, paint did have a tendancey to be very inacurate and chopped from time to time. To help correct this I switched from the shaft 2 barrel (.693) to a standard freak barrel (.689). It helped but I still got some chops in the breach. Now the gun is shooting like a dream (After 4000 rounds). The ropes are consistant, ball on ball, and very acurate from a 30 to 40 yard (90 to 120ft) distance away. Showing 6-9" radial patterns off center. I kept all timing and filter settings stock and only adjusted the high pressure reg to a lower velocity (265 ish). The gun seems to like a slightly lower velocity for more accurate shots. (note this may reduce travel distance slightly). If you get this gun and it chops or is very inconsistant just give it time to break in. Other then that the gun is yet again one of the nicest I've shot. Fast, steady, and accurate. Can't ask for much more to get the job done during tourney play. I don't expect them to hold their value though because I'm already seeing a ton of them out on the fields. Unlike the Darks which are still a rareity and still more pricey then the 07.
Get one. Theres still some slight tuning adjustments that may need to be done when you get it but I believe this gun will out perform all the previous models. Just at first be patient with it and let the internals go through their break in period, get a barrel kit to help with accuaracy / ball to barrel match, and read the manual. It helps you understand how your gun works. Also I'd recomend getting one of the new 45/4500 tanks. It will make the gun even lighter and more low pro. I'll give this gun a 9 because the trigger frame to body match is a little off for the $1250.00 price tag and the barrel, well I just never had good luck with any of the shaft barrel designs.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, May 6th, 2007 at 2:50 pm PST