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bigluch1 Sunday, October 19th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
6 months14 of 16 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Angel, Impulse, Shocker, etc.
Marker Setup: Empire B reloader
Pure energy 88/45
Kapp drop forward
Epiphany (stock)
New Freak inserts
New feedneck (depending on hopper, egg)
Fast hopper
Strengths: Price
Weaknesses: Feedneck (depending on hopper)
Comes with .693 insert
Review: First looks at the gun were great. It is a very nice looking gun, light, balanced, and has a good feel.

I tried the epiphany for the first time stock, without adjusting any settings to see how it would operate from the factory. It shot about 300 FPS at 260PSI with stock firebolt and green volume insert. The trigger pull was a bit long from the factory and the .693 freak insert was a bit large for the DXXS triumph i was using that day. But with everything in consideration. The gun fired true and I had no shootdown issues (because the factory dwell setting is incredibly conservative).

After the day was over I realized there was some work to be done to get the gun firing to its potential. I will share my research with you because it took me a bit of time to learn about how the epiphany works. Rather then you having to do the same I will provide the next 4 bullet points about operational information on how to get the epiphany to actualize its potential. There are 4 key parts that need to be adjusted to get the best out of the gun, 1.) ROF delay, 2.) Dwell, 3.) Volume inserts, 4.) Trigger pull.

1.) ROF delay set from the factory is set at about 50 clicks, if you follow the chart from the manual, it shows that your rate of fire is restricted to about 12 bps or less(5 less then maximum capability of 17bps). So if you plan on relying on your vision eye to determine the next shot, then you should set your ROF delay to 0 immediately. (manual will explain how in detail or you can find on youtube).

2.) The dwell is also crucial, you should follow the manual to tune the epi properly to have the best efficiency while maintaining the same rate of fire without shootdown. Basically you will lower the dwell until the gun won't fire. Continually increase the dwell one click until the gun fires one full shot. Then increase the dwell by 15-20 clicks (aim towards 20 if you want to avoid any shootdown but at the expense of a bit less air efficiency).

3.) Volume inserts: Basically the air chamber volume determines at what operating pressure your epi will need to be to propell a ball at a given velocity. A larger insert will require a higher psi operating pressure to acheive a specific velocity and vis versa. Lower operating pressure if better on paint but worse on efficiency. It is also said that less volume chamber can maintain more consistent velocity at higher rates of fire.

No insert it will give you the lowest operating pressure, less efficiency.
Green insert (2nd smallest): will give a lower operating pressure, with less efficiency.
Blue insert (2nd largest): will give you a higher operating pressure with greater air efficiency. Both green and blue will sustain high rates of fire well.
Silver insert (largest insert): will give the highest operating pressure with greatest efficiency. This insert is used when you need to fire at 250 fps consistently (example: indoor play).

My optimal preference. I have the stock firebolt with green insert (one is comes with from factory). After I greased the gun and tuned it with dwell and rof. I can achieve about 280bps +-5 at about 220-225 psi operating pressure. The gun shot the best at that setting for me and the most accurate. I did not experience any shootdown even after I walked the trigger. Nor did I break one ball out of a case of Fluid Hydro paintballs (awesome deal for the money!)

4.) Trigger is fully adjustable to your liking, whether you want a full swing or a mouse click. Follow the manual to acheive your desired pull. It is a must.

- After I had the gun tuned how I wanted, it shot fantastic. For the money it is unbeatable (I paid 199.95 new for mine). No problems what-so-ever (knock on wood). It comes with everything you need right out of the box (minus some better freak inserts).
Conclusion: Overall the gun is a unbeatable bargain for what you pay for them now. It can compete with any high end marker and do plenty of damage in the right hands. The gun shoots fast, shoots accurate, is light, is highly adjustable, looks great, is quiet. I recommend getting this gun if you are looking a great gun at a great price, it will handle well in any scenario.

I rate it a 10 because I can't give it a 9.5. It is a 10 because of its relative performance compared to its price. Not saying it is better then a shocker, ego, angel, dm8, etc. For what it costs, its worth a 10.

I hope this was helpful, please comment with any questions.
10 out of 10

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