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tavish Sunday, April 14th, 2002
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

3 months
Products Used:
Tipman 98, Spyder SE
Marker Setup: Fade Green E-2 Enigma EXR stock with Dye stickys
The grips possibly a drop forward.
Strengths: If your interested in the Enigma and your doing your homework like I did, hopefully my review will help you. I have only taken my Enigma out twice so far and I have put about a case through it. I have yet to break a ball (including break-in time). I have been using Super Swirl and Diablo Dusk paint. (Rec and tree ball) I like the cheap paint because for me it's not breaking in the marker. :) The stock barrel is decent and does not need to be upgraded immediately like you would with a spider. The marker is lightweight compared to a Spyder SE and relatively quiet. I like the quick field strip and the tank o-rings as essential 0-rings.
When I first brought the marker out to the field, there were a bunch of old-timers with fancy markers. Their first question was "What is that?" and "Who makes Enigma?" They then proceeded to brush it off as a Spyder knockoff and said I would need a new barrel. To their surprise it didn't. After a couple of games, they asked how it was working. " Perfect no ball breaks." The marker is consistent and well built I am very happy with mine, which I bought for $164. I didn't get any free stuff though, I was looking forward to some free little novelties.
Weaknesses: Only a few little quirks. The reviews I read all said the grips suck, so I ordered some Dye sitckys when I ordered the marker which work great. I had a little trouble with the regulator at first, but it works fine now. Make sure to tighten all of your screws I almost lost the little one that locks the adjustment knob in place. The little sear spring pin likes to start to work it's way out after a game or two, I just knock it back in gently with my barrel plug and it's fine. The drop back bothers me, so I play with a remote and I'm fine. If I go nitro, I'll drop it forward.
Conclusion: My biggest concern with buying this marker was that no one had ever heard of it so I took a gamble. All my friends said I should get a Spyder and I rationalized it this way. Give me a Spyder Shutter with $100 off MSRP, a larger HVLPC, a new Venturi bolt ( which reviews say breaks in many Spyders) no pesky beaver tail, a new barrel comparable to the Doomstick, make it easily maintainable with the quick field strip and bottle o-rings for all essential o-rings, make it lighter and quieter. And I'd buy one. For those of you that play in the woods, I feel the Fade Green works fine. I made no difference to my visibility. I asked some other players If the marker made me any more visible, and they said "No, but it's how I knew who shot me" I'll give this marker a 10 because I want to bring up the overall score for people out there who are doing their homework on markers, and also to counter act those who gave all enigmas a 1 with no explanation. A great beginners marker that will last a lifetime.
10 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, January 29th, 2005 at 5:01 am PST

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