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sflusch Monday, May 7th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
See my other reviews for other markers I've used.
Marker Setup: Ego6 with 2.00 board, cure bolt, completely stock otherwise.
Recommended
Upgrades:
None needed except possibly cure bolt.
Strengths: Tight, fast, efficient, fun.
Weaknesses: Some say it's loud and kicks, but I never notice.
Review: I've really enjoyed my Ego. I purchased it used at the beginning of December from a friend, and it came to me in great condition.

The first thing I did was go home and read the manual, which is very detailed and self-explanatory. The Ego is simply the easiest gun to work on. Maintenance is a breeze and I have yet to have an problems with the marker. Every time I pull it out of my bag I can expect it to be under 300 FPS, and reg creep has never been an issue. I regularly maintain the rammer with gold cup oil and use vaseline for the hp and lp regs, but you don't really need to get into them much.

The Ego's board has given me no problems, nor have the eyes, and the 2.00 board has all the modes I need, i.e. uncapped semi, capped semi, and capped ramp.

My Ego simply shoots ropes, and I've played in all sorts of conditions, rain, sleet, mud, you name it, and I've had three breech chops (I may be forgetting one or two) in around 20 cases of paint put through it. One thing to look out for if you're getting chops would be the detents. I've found the detents in my Ego to be extremely variable in their durability. One pair lasted me fifteen cases of paint, then the next set only lasted two. In most cases, chops will come from the loader forcing a ball past the detents and then you end up with a half-loaded paintball.

If you have barrel breaks, it's time to reexamine your paint selection, because the Ego can shoot anything you put in it with no problem. The only exceptions to this would be if you're shooting paint that's out of round (such as some seconds paints), cold (I've found around 60 to be where the shell starts going on brittle paint), or you might've just ended up with a bad batch of paint.

The stock bolt is fine, but the Cure really makes the whole thing feel a bit more precise, in that the o-ring around the bolt keeps it from rattling against the sides of the breech, and I think the cure bolt may be a bit lighter than the stock bolt, which for the Ego matters somewhat because, as with all poppets, it has more noticable recoil than a spool valve due to the cyclical mass.

My experience with the marker has been entirely positive, and I really love the adjustability of the trigger. You can pad your rof a bit by backing off the magnet, introducing controllable bounce, or you can make the trigger snappy and crisp by engaging the magnet. Also, it's a great tool for strengthening your fingers because you can engage the magnet all the way and put the Ego on training mode and sit and go for hours without burning through your air.

Speaking of going for hours, the Ego is quite simply the most air efficient marker I've ever used. I can routinely get a hopper and eight or nine pods off a full 68/45 fill.

**Anecdote time!**
We were playing a 3-man tournament recently, and due to poor planning the venue ran out of air. Rather than using a compressor, the people in charge had just used scuba tanks to fill HPA. There was plenty of air for most of the day, but as the finals rolled around they were only getting about 2000 psi (hot) fills. After the tanks cooled down we were looking at between 1500 to 1750 psi in each tank. After scrounging up some spare tanks from other teams who were sticking around to watch the finals, we went and filled all of them up, and played our way through the finals. I and one other teammate shoot the Ego and we only went through a tank apiece in three games (read: 1750 psi took us through three games).
Conclusion: Bottom line, I've been impressed with every aspect of this marker, from maintenance and performance to efficiency. If you have the chance to get ahold of an 06 Ego, I'd go for it without hesitation. The price on used Egos has been dropping since the introduction of the 07, and if you're looking for a good high-end marker for a moderate price, definitely look into the Ego.

I'm going to give the 06 Ego a 9 because of the issues I've had with detents. There have been a few people saying I should go ahead and get the Killa detents, but in my mind that's money that would be better spent on paint. Replacement detents are cheap and PE is really great about customer service.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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