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seriouslysilly Friday, September 10th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 months
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Dangerous Power Fusion F7
System X NME
Ego 2005
Ego 2008
Ego SL8R
Ego 2009
Ego SL94
Marker Setup: Ego SL74
Halo B with rip drive/Rotor
68/3000 Crossfire
Lucky 15 barrel kit
Recommended
Upgrades:
Lucky 15 barrel kit
Strengths: Reliability
Maintenance
Shooting experience
Weaknesses: Cost
availability
Review: I was drawn into the Planet Eclipse world by first acquiring an Ego 2005. I was coming from a Dangerous Power F7 and System X NME markers. I was totally impressed with the Ego 05 from the first time I used it on the woodsball field. I found it to be much more accurate and reliable. Maintenance (disassembling/tuning) was much easier the the previous markers.

Anyway, I decided to splurge for the SL74 to see for myself the improvements (if any) the newer Egos would have over the 05.

First the obvious, it comes with the SL barrel kit so you have the ability to match the paint for better accuracy. This is definitely a plus for those who do not have a barrel kit. I already had a Lucky 15 barrel kit as well as some TI longbow barrels which I prefer (will talk about those later).

The size and weight was also very obvious. It is much slimmer and lighter than the 05. I was impressed by the extensive milling the SL74 had. Operation is very similar to the 05 minus some of the extra customizations (configurations, more modes).

The SL74 has been very reliable and a joy to disassemble/maintain (yeah, I know I'm weird). I'm also the OCD type that likes to keep possessions clean and scratch/nick-free as long as possible. Getting access to the LPR/HPR, ram, bolt is very easy that I don't mind cleaning and relubing it after every day of play.

I've had the pleasure of firing a LNIB XSV SL74 and LNIB Dark SL74. Now one would thing they should sound/perform the same given same settings/condition. One slight but noticeable thing I noticed from firing and observing them side by side is that the Dark SL74 had less kick and less of a "pop" noise - albeit slight difference (again the OCD in me). The HPR/LPR & dwell were set the same, same barrel/paint. I would even say that the XSV was more "broken in" as it had 1,000 more shots in it.

In any event, I have found a "keeper" with the SL74. So much so that my promise to never sell the Ego 05 has been broken. I enjoy using the SL74 and has continued to meet and exceed my expectations.

Now on to the barrels. I have also compared barrels. I have used a .685 SL barrel, .687 TI longbow, and .686 Lucky 15 barrel. I used APX Aggro basic paint for these informal tests. I have found that the SL barrels performed on the bottom for both accuracy and sound signature. It was more evident with the sound signature as each shot had the distinctive Ego "pop". Accuracy was very good when shooting at a target ~30 ft away.
The TI longbow and Lucky 15 performed similarly with accuracy. Both were slightly better than the SL kit even though the SL was a .685.
The biggest difference was with the sound signature. Both TI longbow and Lucky 15 had a significant and easily observable reduction in the "pop". The "pop" was heard to be more of a "Pfff" sound.
The Lucky 15 came out on top for my results because it took more of the "pop" sound than the TI longbow (slight difference).



Conclusion: I would recommend the SL74 to anyone who is willing to search/bargain/pay for a marker of this caliber.
If it has been well maintained/kept all these years by the previous owner, you will not be disappointed in what it can offer you. It will definitely last you a number of years and definitely keep pace with the newer markers out there.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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