The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Product Use:
Less than a month
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Looks sweet ( It looks like a shocker, not a metal ion)
The Derder movie Obscure Influence really opened my eyes on the tournament world of paintball. It caused me to switch from slow paced woodsball to fast paced speedball. I was playing speedball with my Tippmann, so , it was time for a speedball gun.
I originally intended on buying an ICD Promaster, but multiple sources said that they have air problems, aren't reliable, internals randomly explode etc, and they stopped making them. So I saw the new Epiphany at my local paintball store, and it really was the ideal marker for me (a walk on speedballer.) I ordered it in black and silver
The other guns that compete with it are the Mini and the Rail. I test fired the Mini, and it was alright, as fast as the Epiphany in semi but the Epiphany looks way cooler, and I think that Smart Parts is the better brand. As for the Rail, the trigger is horrible, and apparently the end cap falls out. I just want a gun that I pick up and play with, one that doesn't have a lot of maintance and is easy to use.
My local paintball store's gun technician, said that I just need to bring it in every 50, 000 shots and he will take it apart for me, lube the bolt, and reasemble it for 15$, what a deal! I fit were up to me to take the gun apart, lube the bolt, and reasemble it, I think that I would break something, or it would take me like 3 hours.
It comes with different fire inserts. I had the technician put in the silver firing insert, thinking that I was going to get more shotts per tank, but I only got 500 and at 280 PSI I think the velocity is limied to like 250 FPS. Also appartently if you buy an Epiphany QEV, it will increase your effientcy. I plan to get one and when the bolt needs lubing, I'll swap it with the green or blue insert.
As for performance, I never have shot a rope before, but now with the Epiphany, it is too easy. The trigger was difficult to walk at first but now that I have learned how to walk it, I think it is great. I was playing with it in semi and is was very fast. If I thought semi was fast, I'll be in for a treat when using the other modes. Also the gun is very accurate, even with the "useless" 0.693 Freak Insert. Still, if your not satisfied, you can pick up an insert for like 10$, or a kit of all 8 inserts for 80$.
When playing with it, I had a bit of trouble, the gun was shooting occasionaly when walking the trigger, even with vision off. I changed the battery and it worked perfectly. (Too much gun clicking on my bed before I suspect).
What I hate is people who call it a metal Ion. It is not a metal ion, I admit it is based of the ion but, the body, internals, trigger, trigger frame, operating pressure, and performance is substancially better.
Some people say that you need an locking feedneck. With the orings taking out of the neck, it holds my Halo B tightly and securly. The only down side is that you have to screw it in to save your self 50$ towards a clmaping feedneck. I have a black halo B, and it looks so cool with black and metal body.
Overall the Epiphany is a great gun,and I would choose it over a Rail or Mini
You should have taken a look at the Fusion, my favorite gun for the price range next to Intimidators. Actually you can spend $15 and get a gun lubed basically anywhere, and when considering a poppet valve/FASOR, taking the gun apart and lubing it can be done within 2 minutes at a slow pace. Do you mean Freak inserts when talking about "fire" inserts? Because actually the insert has very very little to do with efficiency, the porting after the insert affects efficiency the most. If the gun was occasionally shooting while walking the trigger, theres something wrong. While walking the trigger, the should always shoot. And internally the Epiphany is almost identical to the Ion, most of the upgrades on the Epiphany aren't very performance enhancing.
Dispute: indian Creek did not stop making the promasters. I bought one a few weeks ago and have never heard of any air problems with it or anything about the internals exploding. You are giving the promaster a bad name when it is better than almost any smart parts gun for the price.
quote:Originally posted by babustos You should have taken a look at the Fusion, my favorite gun for the price range next to Intimidators. Actually you can spend $15 and get a gun lubed basically anywhere, and when considering a poppet valve/FASOR, taking the gun apart and lubing it can be done within 2 minutes at a slow pace. Do you mean Freak inserts when talking about "fire" inserts? Because actually the insert has very very little to do with efficiency, the porting after the insert affects efficiency the most. If the gun was occasionally shooting while walking the trigger, theres something wrong. While walking the trigger, the should always shoot. And internally the Epiphany is almost identical to the Ion, most of the upgrades on the Epiphany aren't very performance enhancing.
He's talking about the fire chamber inserts behind the bolt. As far as your comment about the upgrades having very little to do with performance. That makes no sence. Every thing in the marker is performance based, from a better trigger,lighter bolt, Freak barrel,fire chamber inserts and higher opperating pressure(all of which improve performance).
If the gun is mis-firing check the bottom adjusting screw in the grip frame. They have tendency to loosen. It just needs a drop of "GREEN" loctite(don't use red). As far as efficiency goes it all depends where you play. For indoor or where the FPS is 250 or under use the thickest insert and reset the dwell. I get around 1000 shots from a 70/4500