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DethWshBkr Thursday, August 14th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
Smart Parts ION
Tippmann A-5, loaded.
Marker Setup: SP Epiphany (225 PSI regulator pressure!)
Drop forward
Crossfire 68/4500 HP tank

Better ASA
Freak bore kit
Strengths: Fast - stock.
Easy trigger
Freak Barrel
Weaknesses: HEAVY (body)
ASA (see review)
Maintenance is time consuming
Review: OK. I had an Ion a few years back, and got out of playing, so I sold it.
I've kept my A5, but it isn't a speedball marker at all, so I bought something slightly better than my old Ion, as I was on a budget.
- Enter the Silver/blue epiphany. I'm pleased.

First thing, get the Freak bore kit. She's got the barrel, but the .693 insert is a safe bore to put in from factory. Unless it's the ONLY one you'll need, get the kit!

First time I was out, I had the settings all messed up. I couldn't get it to shoot properly, so I didn't get to use it. Not the markers' fault though! After re-doing all the ROF delay and dwells, it worked like champ. I actually ended up going into a 1 V 1 with my one buddy, with his Dangerous Power F8, after a game! Ref's just suddenly yelled FREE FOR ALL!!
So, we went at it. The Epiphany didn't give up much. Accuracy, excellent. ROF, excellent, everything was very, very nice. ESPECIALLY for a $240 marker!!

I really hate tearing it apart though. It is very involved, just like the regular ION. Thankfully it doesn't need it much.

The trigger is great. Bearing, with a conical allen screw to tighten. I get no wiggle in mine, and it's super smooth - ah yes, magnet too! I like a blade trigger, and this thing has it. I have no trouble walking it at all. I didn not really ever like the stock Ion trigger.

I do NOT like the ASA. While I DO like it's on/off capabilities, it doesn't bleed down. SO, even after shutting the ASA off, and shooting the marker down, I STILL fight to get my tank off. Reason - the ASA still has 800 PSI in it, since the ASA just shuts off the air flow, it does not pull the pin away from the tank pin. You need to unthread the tank to dis-engage the pin. This puts a LOT of pressure on the threads as you're trying to take the tank off, and it's a royal pain! A bleed-off ASA would be perfect.

Shot consistancy is fair. I usually do shoot +/- 8 or so FPS, which while it's not that impressive, gets the job done at the level I am at.

I wish this thing had a clamping feedneck. It just uses 2 o-rings in the neck, which is tall. Be careful if you are going to get another neck, make sure it fits, the Epiphany body is thick, and I certainly could not fit the ultra low rise one I was going to get for it.

I've never had a single chop, so the eyes seem to work flawlessly. Excellent!

Programming is relatively simple, just like the Ion. Capped at 17 bps, it's very sufficient, yet just shy of being "impressive". You will want to get a decent loader, so you can fire as fast as the beast allows, but the eyes will save you if the loader can't keep up.

It seems to be pretty air efficient. I use a 68/4500, and I get quite a few games out of a tank. Now, I don't spray a ton, so that's hard to really say. I run at 225 psi, with the smallest volume chamber, and get 280 fps easy.
Conclusion: I think I would recommend it to someone who wanted a "gizmo gun" that is relatively inexpensive, performs very well, and will give them a good platform to improve with.
9 out of 10

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