new barrel couldn't hurt
star frame if you want LCD and qev's
none are really necessary, it works great out of box.
Speed, accuracy, weight, ease of maintenance, looks, efficiency.
none... some might prefer magnetic trigger, qev's and LCD
This gun performs amazingly well. Its only 1 kg. This is heavier than new ego's, but not by much. The gun is very effortless to shoot, never chops, and im getting about 1600 shots out of a 68/45 right out of the box. First crono shot at about 250, turned it up to 270. (field limit is 280) The chrono read 272, 270, 270, 272, 271, 274. I fired about 10 more, the highest spike was at 275, lowest of 270. This is fresh out of the box, never fired. After breaking it in its to +/-2, usually +/-1.
The body size brings the line of fire closer to your hands than alot of other markers which makes it more natural to aim. Personally i dont like the feel of shockers, which bring the line of fire to almost right on your hands, i like the stacked tube design.
The maintenance on this marker is amazingly easy, you only really need one hex wrench to get the rammer out, only takes about 5-10 minutes for a good cleaning including the rammer, bolt, eyes, lpr, and inline reg.
The trigger feel on this marker is perfect for me, the micro switch is not too stiff, and the spring tension is adjustable enough to make the pull surprisingly light. It could be a little better if it was on bearings and had a magnetic return, but it is still very smooth and snappy.
The stock board has adjustable debounce, dwell, max rof with eyes on and off, ball detection time, and tourney lock. Granted its not an LCD and it takes an extra 10 seconds to set your parameters it doesnt bother me at all. It has ramping modes that work with PSP and Mill rules as long as you set your max rof accordingly, but if you want more modes then there are other available boards out there.
The fastest ive gotten it to fire is 19bps on uncapped semi(with all factory settings). I'm sure it could cycle faster but my fingers just arent that fast, so its plenty fast for anyone but people who just want to show off how fast their marker can ramp.
It is a little loud, but as i break it in i can turn down the lpr and it gets quieter. The noise hasn't been a problem for me. Some say it has a bit of kick, and yeah there is some, but it isnt enough to cause any sort of problem, and if you really care there is the zick kit.
The stock barrel performs quite well. I prefer a bigger barrel because although its not as accurate as getting a great fit it tends to keep balls from breaking in the barrel better, so the .693 is great for me, and surprisingly accurate. I could easily hit a 10in target from about 100 feet, about 9/10 shots hit (using zap spank paint...) so i was impressed.
The last complaint i hear is the feedneck should be lever-clamping. Yeah i agree it is easier to have a lever clamp, but using a hex wrench isnt much of a problem, and if it bugs you you can always upgrade.
The gun is great, especially for the price. It performs extremely well in almost all situations, but there are some features that could be better, but thats why its not an ego 08. I see value as a function of both price and quality, and although this isnt the highest quality product i think its is fantastic for the price. If possible i would give this a 9.5 because of the non-lever feedneck and because it could be better, lighter, faster and so on, but not by much. For lack of 9.5 and because i really like the gun, despite the fact that its not the best one out there i say a 10. There isn't really anything i feel it should be marked off for based on my opinion, but some others might really want some small features it doesnt come with.
I have a question for ya...
I have a PMR and I am really please with its performance. Your review says taht you have used a PMR before. Did you own the PMR and play very much with it? If so, could you compare the Etek 2 to the PMR, just for comparison sake? Like was there anything you actually like better about the PMR? or How much better was the Etek 2 than the PMR in different categories? I hope you will do this as it will help me understand whether the gun viable upgrade to a pmr! IF not, you could always compare it to your angel... Thanks a bunch!
Last edited on Thursday, March 27th, 2008 at 2:41 pm PST