Tippmann Pro-Carbine, D-feed system, Bob Long X-chamber, 32 Degrees Terminator barrel, APP grip frame, Lapco SS trigger and cocking knob, 32 Degrees pressure gauge, Psychoballistics drop forward, Airtipps RVA, Madman springs.
Reference the Epic. none needed. The stock Custom Products barrel is a great barrel.
This marker has no bolt, therefore no ball chops in the chamber.
I can't think of anything bad but some nit picky things.
As I stated above, this marker has no bolt, therefore no ball chops in the chamber. (you may still get a barrel break from a bad paintball). It is relatively quiet. It sounds somewhat like a pellet gun. It has great anodizing and part to part fitting is superb. The marker is light and is sealed up pretty well which will keep dirt and other people's paint out of it. The feed tube is knurled all the way around it so when you put on one of those poly elbows, it will not spin around like they do on other smooth feed tubes. The trap door kit allows you to change trapdoors and fit the chamber to the size paint you are using. It comes with an excellent owner's manual. Someone has mentioned the plastic double trigger (the single trigger model has a metal trigger) being cheesy however this trigger is 3/8 of an inch wide and if you manage to break it, you had to mess up the marker pretty bad to do it. It has been called a blowgun. This is not quite accurate. It operates more like a CO2 pellet gun. The vertical front grip is removable and you can store a barrel plug in it. Another review stated that the price was high ($750) but that is MSRP. You can find them on-line for $599. If you check out their website, they are selling the 2002's upgraded to 2003 specs for $450. That's how I bought mine. I have already mentioned the barrel. It is definitely a unique set-up, but I like it.
UPDATE: I have used mine now for 5 months and I want to add this; I shoot CO2, and I use a 16Ounce anti-siphon tank (recommended). The pre-vent regulator really works. I can sometimes shoot a string of shots over my F1 Chrony and the velocity doesn't change. That's not bad for CO2 and says a lot about the quality of the regulator.
UPDATE # 2 It's been well over a year. Planning to upgrade to HP air. This marker rocks. It just works and works and works. I sent it back to ICE and they upgraded it to the new cycle rate of 12 - 15 bps for free. It is accurate will almost any paint I feed it. It is truly an outstanding marker. I don't understand why people aren't standing in line to get one of these since the price has dropped from the original MSRP. I guess it is still suffering from NMS (new marker syndrome).
If you want a good marker that is built with high quality parts and you don't mind having a marker that's different, then you'll love this one. Maintenance is easy and it has few moving parts. It should last a long time. I am rating this a 10 despite my initial problems. I have corresponded with others who have an Epic and they didn't have any problems. Let's face it, you can have a problem with any brand new marker.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, October 28th, 2004 at 5:52 am PST
quote:Originally posted by Tippmann A-5999 This sound neat. Would it be better than the a5 i have?
This depends on your definition of "better."
If you want something that can be upgraded easily with aftermarket parts and still be easily and readily modified, is true semi-auto (basically everything on the market today), can be electro fairly simply while being able to be converted back to mech simply, etc. Then your A5 will do you fine.
If you want something many people have never heard of, doesn't have many aftermarket upgrades available (but then again, doesn't really need any), simple to mod, looks a little goofy, want everything built in (pay notice to integrated ASA), etc. Then the Epic is a good choice.
I have fired a few "Classic" Epics myself (though I haven't the DV8) and they fire very nice. They are light, compact, and single tube (for ease of sighting down the barrel and added compactness and weight reduction), and run pretty well on CO2--not like it's a problem for most people. Many people shoot HPA. I myself have a 68 4500. But I guess it's a nice back up feature (at least for backyard ball or fields that don't do all day air). And another great thing: it was very easy to get I'd say about 10bps, but with a standard 12v Revvie, ZERO chops!
I just don't like the integrated ASA. I'd like to be able to add a small drop and an on/off ASA. They already made a vertical feed model. So that's the only thing holding me back from buying one. Until then, I'm enjoying my Lvl 10, RT valved, ULE'd Automag (soon to be EP converted!)
And now that I've basically reviewed this gun for you, I'm going to write my own. Lol. Hope I helped!
Just a quick add-on to RealPB's post, you can put a small drop on the Epic as it is already drilled and tapped for one. I purchased (from Tippmann I believe) these fittings that screw into the ASA adapter and has a tapped 1/8" threaded hole in the center. I think that they were originally made for the A5. You screw an elbow into the ASA fitting and attach braided or macroline from the elbow down to the side inlet (or outlet) on the drop.