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Capn Crunch Friday, May 13th, 2011
Period of
Product Use:
6 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Trillogy Pump, Prostock Pump
Marker Setup: Apex 2
Offset Top Rail
NC Star 3x scope
Sport Shot Hopper
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel to match paint
Quality paint
Strengths: Cheap light and simple to use!
Weaknesses: Rate of Fire but it's a pump so....
Review: I was surprised that there was not more reviews of this here. They have been becoming more and more popular as pump play grows. Until this point there have not been a lot of options for those who want to play pump but who also prefer milsim. You could go Phantom or find an old PMI but you won't have rails.

As is typical with Empire markers they take what has worked in the past and improve on that as well as passing it along with a good price. For the 120 dollar (although I've seen some retails sell it for 99 bucks now) you get a lot of marker or at least a lot of options. The Empire Trracer really is the modders dream. Rails on the bottom of the grips cry out for a pump handle as do the top rails suggest either a red dot or scope.

If that were not enough for the sniper, the marker is also set up to single feed First Strike rounds and even more tempting thought for limited play fans. This is best done by removing the feedneck completely and just going single feed but can be done with a hopper with some trouble.

It's also set up to air up from the back as the normal old style trracer or you can bottom feed it. This is nearly a must however as it's going to be almost impossible to sight with a bottle on the back, even a small one such as a 3.5 (I've tried it). Bottom feed it and be done with it.

The pump stroke smooth and effortless but not like a highly tuned cocker pump. Still some people actually believe playing pump with wear them out, it's simply not going to happen, you won't notice the action. It does have a sort of plasticy machine sound the the action but I kinda like it, again it's what you play and this marker is clearly made for more of a milsim or scenario player in mind.

If you need to lay down some cover fire it does have an auto trigger. Don't expect much accuracy with this as the mear action of you pumping is going to throw off your aim. Again however this marker is all about options and this gives you another.

Nelson based guns have a good rep for being pretty accurate and effiecent and the Empire Trracer carries that heritage. Where the marker really comes to shine however is when you barrel match it. Do this, get some quality paint and you will surprised just how accurate a paintball marker can be.
Conclusion: It's a lot of marker for what you pay for. My personal belief is that EVERY paintball player should own one pump marker. It forces you to play better and a pump game can really maximize your fun. This marker is a simple and cheap way to get into pump. Easy to upkeep, easy to play and real cheap to play. You can honestly play all day on a 100 round hopper of paint...really and you can have a lot of fun. Just give it a try! I'm giving it a 9 only because nothing is perfect.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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