2003 ICD BKO-misses on a few marks
2006 Smartparts ION-the same thing, only diffrent (Epiph is better)
2005 Autococker Trilogy pro- (slow) (epiph is better)
2005 Autococker Super Stock select fire-(awesome, but has many problems)
2005 Spyder Pilot ACS- (ok for someone who has never played paintball) (Epiph wins)
2007 PMR - Much better than epiphany once you add upgrades, however it will attack your wallet, and hates pretty much any form of c02
Feed neck- (same diffrence as ion's feed neck)
Barrel insert- (comes with .693 bore, most rec balls roll right out)
Drop forward-(if you want)
Common ion upgrades come stock.
Extremely solid feel compared to ion.
Feedneck hasnt changed much over ion.
Barrel insert is a bit large.
Heavier than ion.
The line up:
So about 5 months ago i sold my paintball gear in order to pay for (cough) college expenses while i was attending school. So finally last month i was shooting my friends BT4 and remembered, hey i have no gear now! oh joy! i get to go shop for new paintball gear.
Reason for buying:
i went right to looking into another ion, because i had owned one about a year ago and loved it. my decision was made rough by the low price tag of proto's new SLG and it came down to me needing about the same amount of cash to set up the cheaper ion as it would to get the SLG set up (barrel, trigger(ion), on/off asa, Feed neck) so i actually ran into the idea of an Epiphany the night i went to order an ion. i mis-clicked on the epiphany and was astounded at the price tag (199.99). ( back in 2006 i had just got my ion when these things were hitting the market), and i wanted one, but it was like ($425 then, and i wasnâ€™t going to pay that much for an upgraded ion!! lol) For that price i could either just get an SLG or have an ion with a new feed neck. No brainer! i bought it that night, and because i also live in BFE i had to order an anti-siphon c02 tank as well (nearest hpa fill is over 50 miles).
I was actually stunned at how good it looked when i first opened the box. The marker looks like its bloodline is nowhere near an ion, i mean this thing is classy! at the same time its kind of a love hate, because i like the dark, stealth look of an ion..but it was a good change for me.
Next thing you notice is how this thing is pretty hefty compared to an ion. If you are a featherweight, i can see some complaining, but its something i gladly get over for this marker. The on/off switch is also revised, it is much easier to operate than the on/off sticker found on the ion. Next thing you will like is how solid it feels. that extra weight pays off, because it feels like its 2x as stout as an ion. i mean this thing feels solid.
The feedneck is a disappointment, i though it would be much better than the ion (smoke stack) but its pretty much just shorter and wider. Having a stock JR freak is a major reason i went with this marker, if you are looking to pick up an Epiphany though, get a .689, and .691 insert to go with it. my marker shot pretty crappy with the stock insert, in fact my brothers stock Vibe with its 10" stocker barrel shot a better pattern using the same paint i was using...matching bore/to paint size really counts. With its stock firebolt, this thing shoots really smooth, shot on shot, there is very little feedback from recoil. This marker also preformes very well on Anti-siphon co2, which is important to me, as a long drive for HPA becomes more of a chore when i want to play paintball after work, this ability to adapt is another sell point for me. The electornics board is pretty much the same thing as the ion (unless yours had the Blackheart upgrade) the only real diffrence is the internal hoses are thicker and beefy, this is because the Epiphany has a higher Opperating pressure than the ion. The other major diffrence between the ion and the Epiphany is that the firing can has inserts for volume. this is kind of nice when you want to adjust your marker for shooting Re-balls and for playing indoors.
overall if you are in the same situation as i was in, or trying to get a step up from a blowback marker, at this price for a mid-grade electropnumatic, there are only 2 choices in my head. A PMR if you want to spend moolah on upgrades and make an all out ripper, or there is the Epiphany, if you want your marker to need almost nothing out of the box, and be a solid performer. I wanted to get a solid marker, without spending $100s on upgrades, my choice was obviously the Epiphany.
At $200 brand new, with its list of upgrades, you will be hard pressed to buy a better stock setup than an epiphany. for the price of an ion with a q-lock you can the epiphany. The stock Epiphany internals would set you back $370 for an ion with just the same upgrades, let alone the Jr Freak, and the on/off asa. An upgraded PMR would be better than this marker, im not going to lie, they are awesome, and if you want one/get one, but out of the box, i had a hard time justifying its $50 more price tag...especially when you can get your bore inserts and Q lock for that price..but than again, the choice is up to you.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, March 21st, 2008 at 10:02 am PST