System X NME . . . no difference in performance
Eclipse cockers . . . different feel, love that back block, not as smooth & a lot more kick
1 RacegunUSA SystemX NME LE
2 stock NME LEs
3 stock NMEs
Purple to black factory team Eclipse cocker w/integrated front block, full Nexus kit, E2
Black Planet Eclipse cocker, full Nexus kit, E1 w/E2 software
Red to black early Planet Eclipse cocker, E1 & old style Bellsales ram w/press in barbs
05 WGP Superstock starting to get upped to match the Eclipse cockers
05 WGP Prostock
As for ANY, a barrel kit
Looks, speed, cocker threaded, comfortable
Well, it's been almost a year since we first got an NME & yes, the kid got his RacegunUSA NME LE for Christmas last year, and as you can see, I've picked up a couple more of them since, and here's what I've learned about these gats. I stand by my original review of the NME, and from my experience, as far as performance, I've seen no difference between our NMEs & STOCK LEs . . .the Racegun LE does have a smoother feel, little less kick & Tom has that trigger set up so even I can REALLY rip on it. NONE of the NMEs or LEs have ever chopped a ball . . . ever . . . we had paint swell up in the summer heat, puff up three barrel sizes & break in the barrel once, but never in the guns. Switched barrel backs & went back out & no problems. They don't give much of a warning when the battery is about to bite either, middle of a game or not, but shame on me for not paying attention to my batteries. It's still the best feeling, most comfortable well balanced marker that I've held in my hands. I've been looking around to pick up a couple Timmies to add to the collection, and last week at Encounter a kid had an 06 Infamous he let me check out. I gave it back to him after about 5 seconds, didn't like it, felt like a little kids toy, nothing to it, too small & cramped. I'm still looking for an 05 style to check out though, since they're a little bigger & have more meat to them. Again, feel is personal preference, & personally, I don't care for the feel of the DMs, PMs, Shockers, & even the new Egos either, although a lot of people do, and I'm sure they're good guns too . . . almost as good as the NMEs . . . 8^)
Now, for the tempermental part . . . maybe they're really not, since Jim Drew (Wicked Air Sportz, & the guy who designed the gun) says in the manual to clean & lube it completely every 6k shots . . . & I'm sure some of you NME/NME LE owners out there will say you can get away without cleaning/lubing the gun for longer, but every little glitch, or reduction in performance on all six NMEs were cured by breaking it down, cleaning it & lubing it with a Dow33 based lubricant. You do not want any o-ring that moves to swell.
The NME/NME LE is a professional tournament ready, tournament quality gun right out of the box that will, even today, two years after it came out, keep up with or out shoot ANY gun you come up against . . . you may not beat that person, but it's no fault of the gun.
As I stated above, the NME LE is a professional grade tournament quality gun that is equal to or better than any marker you will run into. That said, it's also probably not the best choice for someone new to paintball, or that is not into maintaining their marker in a professional manner. While it is very easy to completely break down the gun, clean & lube it & put it back together, not everyone is willing to do that after running three or so cases of paint through it . . . but if you are, you're gonna have one awesome gat in your hands.