No paintball guns of similar price.
Oh, a Brass Eagle Talon... Significantly more accurate than you'd expect, but sucks CO2 like it's going out of style.
A Brass Eagle Eradicator - an identical gun to the Marauder, but in green, and sold as part of a package. It's all standard.
Possibly a new barrel... See the reasons below.
The electronic point sight (again from Brass Eagle) came with my gun, and it's spot-on. Get one.
Anti-syphon tube for your bottle.
New hopper. ANY new hopper.
VERY cheap, but VERY tough. Nicely balanced. Strip it in a heartbeat. Easily available.
Loud. Breaks the occasional ball. You get mocked for buying an from unfashionable manufacturer.
Okay, let's get started.
This is the first paintball marker I've owned, but in no way the first I've used. It's nice looking, VERY cheap, and it's made by Brass Eagle.
If you've got some experience, you'll know that it's VERY fashionable, right now, to take the mickey out of Brass Eagle products. Being a limey, none of this reached my ears at the time I bought the gun while on holiday in Arizona (and trust me, I had fun getting it back through airport security). I think that this is mostly 'cause they're cheap, and typically something newbies like myself would buy.
Well, the Marauder/Eradicator (they're the same gun, just with a different name) IS cheap, and it IS something that newbies like myself would buy, and be very pleased with. 'cause let's face it, if we're new to the game, we're only gonna want a cheap gun for messing about in the woods; unless you take this game very, VERY seriously, most people wouldn't dream of any thousand-pound custom-made jobs.
So, here are the good points.
It's cheap, first of all. By that, I don't mean cheap and nasty, I mean well worth the pittance you pay for it. It's made out of some kind of polymer which is REALLY tough. Very hard to break indeed. And if you play in the woods, that's great, 'cause it reflects no light. It's an easy gun to lose, in England's terrain.
Despite being cheap, it feels very nicely put together. It has a couple of pins you can pull out on the side, in case you need to strip it down in a hurry. I've never needed to use them on the field, but it's nice having them right there for when it needs lubing up.
Every action on the gun is positive, solid, and tight. For thirty quid, I was blown away by the overall quality of the marker.
And on both accuracy and power, this thing behaves like it cost about a hundred quid more than it actually did. It fires FAR, and it fires STRAIGHT. No problems there.
And now, the bad points. Most of these are very petty, especially considering the price, but criticism is necessary in any review.
It feels a bit of an awkward size - not big enough for a front grip, but too big to use like a pistol, so I find myself unconsciously holding on to the bottle.
The cheapness can show, here and there... Seams on the polymer, kinda thing.
The double-finger trigger is a godsend. However, if one day you find you only want to use one finger, you'll soon figure out that there's not enough room on the handle for your extra finger. The trigger guard gets in the way, y'see. Kinda petty, and I know for thirty quid I shouldn't be complaining, but you gotta show the rough with the smooth. What else...
Oh, yeah - the rings on the quick-pull pins, although very useful, can clatter when you move the gun. Not good if you're going for stealth, but easily corrected with rubber pads, or just replacing the rings with a different sort.
The grip, although it fits and feels right ergonimically, feels very cheap indeed. Another "What did you expect for thirty bob?" criticism.
My main problem with the gun... When you fire it, some little metal part inside goes "TWIIIIING!". That gets annoying.
The barrel you get with the gun is horrible. Going against pretty well every design principle of the rest of the gun, it's nice SHINY stainless steel that almost glows in the dark. Also, it's scored on the outside in those kinds of tight spirals that make your teeth itch if you run your finger along them. Don't wanna touch it. Put a camo sock over it.
The hopper you get with it is absolute pants. Made of the cheapest, nastiest, Chinese Quasi-Plastic you can buy, I managed to crimp the bottom of it putting it onto the elbow, which did nothing for the feed rate as you can imagine. Replace with any five-quid hopper and you're sorted.
I think that's about it.
And now, to dispel the myths arising around this gun.
The quick pull pins DON'T fall out. They have litle spring-loaded ball bearings to stop them from doing so, and you have to pull bloody hard to get them out anyway - don't know who posted that, or what he was doing to make them fall out. Maybe he ran them through a lathe and sprayed them with WD40.
The marker DOESN'T break balls. I thought mine did, at first - little flakes and droplets of silvery white stuff exploded from the muzzle every now and then, and I thought "Hey, bits of shell!". I watched one of the fragments flutter to the ground, where it promptly evapourated. I inspected my mate's painful hit, just to be certain, and sure enough, there was enough shell there to ascertain that the ball left the barrel intact, and sped straight and true towards my friend's crotch. That's liquid CO2, that is, mate. Didn't affect my accuracy or speed at all, but an anti-siphon tube would be useful to stop it from happening.
Well, to be fair, it does splatter one or two per few hundred. But for how hard it throws them, it's to be expected that the occasional ball just won't take it. Turn the velocity down and it's sorted.
Yes, the standard barrel is bloody useless, that's not a myth at all. Well, it IS a myth when it comes to chopping balls and making 'em curve. It just doesn't FEEL nice, that's all. If I run my hand along it, it makes a nasty shweeshing sound and get me all edgy.
As for falling apart - what? I don't know where that came from. Yeah, mine's been dropped, sometimes very hard. You'd have to be REALLY mistreating this thing to actually do any damage. It's built to last, man.
Accuracy - well, mine's okay. I don't know why so many people post saying they couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, 'cause it's just not true. For thirty quid it's a sight more accurate than I'd expected.
It's fashionable amongst so-called "professionals" to diss Brass Eagle. I have no idea why. Insecure personalities, perhaps? Get over it, guys. It was kinda amusing at first, but really it's just depressing.
If I'd have paid eighty or even a hundred pounds for this gun, I'd be satisfied. If I'd have paid two hundred for it, I'd be mildly disappointed by its petty flaws.
But, I didn't. I paid thirty quid. And for thirty quid - that's about fifty dollars - this thing's bloody fantastic. It's powerful, spot-on accurate (try the Brass Eagle electronic point sight) and built solidly, from very high-quality materials (except for the hopper you get with it, which are easy enough to replace). Invest in an anti-siphon tube (about a tenner) to fix that snow problem, and a barrel condom, and you've got yourself a really nice gun.
What's more, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you got a really great deal.
And, as a guilty little side-note, you also have the satisfaction of knowing that you were rewarded handsomely for being wise enough to give an unfashionable brand name the benefit of the doubt.
Anyone who rejects an offer like this because they're afraid of what people will think of the label on it, is a coward. And one with his priorities back to front, at that.
And anyone who writes a raging review of a fifty-dollar paintball gun as though they paid two grand for it, is an idiot.
And anyone who writes obvious lies in order to perpetuate existing ones - well, that's just sad.
The mark I give takes into account value for money, at fifty dollars for the gun. No points are deducted for being able to get hold of one easily (why? Kind of elitist to give a gun a higher mark because it's hard to find, isn't it?), because doing so would be silly.
Like I've already said - if this were a hundred pound gun, I'd have knocked off a couple of points. But it isn't - it's thirty quid, and it's an unbelievable bargain.
And that's all I have to say on the subject.
Although I disagree with some of this gentleman's points (I found the Marauder to be extremely inaccurate), this has to be one of the best thought out reviews I have ever seen on pbreview. This is the sort of thing we need rather than the two extremes of either mindless fan-boyism or mindless bashing.
His point regarding the durability of the gun is very correct. I'm a large burly guy and I fell full on top of my Marauder the first time out. On the way home, I was involved in an auto accident and the gun flew off the back seat and smashed against the dash. Despite these incidents it still works. People who add things like "it's plastic" to the "disadvantages" section of their review are fools.
Oh yes, and I loved the Brit slang sprinkled through the review....
yes it was quite a bit i didn't read it either. i dunno why the marauder and eradicator are both on here. they are the exact same thing except the marauder is made by VL (which is owned by BE) and the eradicator is made by BE
this gun blows! that cant be a marauder your talking about because all my friends had these things and they all had problems with them! even i owned one of these at one point and this thing blew! it just like the eradicator, it sux so bad!
Well written review.... However I must disagree with your final statements about the Marauder, it is not the 10 out of 10 you speak of, Along with spewing paint everywere, this gun is completly inaccurate.. I wouldnt buy this gun, Im not really fluent with pounds to dollars but Im not paying $120 for a marauder You can at least get a Spyder Xtra for that, and thats a step up from BE, it is the least thought out blowback in the buisness.
I plan to write my own review where this gun will recieve a 4 out of 10, although I dowt I can top your lecture I intend to give the world a better look at the marauder.
I hate to be a parrot but this is a really, really good review. I think the marauders are fine. Anyone who bashes it is either a mindless BE hater or a confused idiot (its not INTENDED to be a tournament level gun.)
Good review and i like the fact that it was british as i am. Great detail like all the others said but i have used this gun i would really only give it an 8 as there are better beginner guns out there.
this gun blows the big one! every time my friend uses the gun it chops every ball. its mostly plastic except the barrel and some internal parts. if anyone wants to buy this i'd tell them to get anything else than a Brass Eagle.
"If I'd have paid eighty or even a hundred pounds for this gun, I'd be satisfied. If I'd have paid two hundred for it, I'd be mildly disappointed by its petty flaws"
convert that into dollars and you could have gotten a MUCH better gun. For two hundred pounds(aprox 400 USD) your talkin fine hardware not cheap brass eagle $$#! you'd better be dissapointed. Overall the review was fun to read even if i disagreed with it.
Dude, this review is absolute genius. I am willing to bet that most people on here giving this guna bad review have never shot the thing. For the money you pay for it this gun is sweet with a capital "S". Precise, dosn't chop many balls, and very easy to take apart. You haters on here saying BE sucks can shut up now, sure they have some bad guns but just because you went out and bought a spiffy new tippy, dosn't mean that all BE guns immediatley suck. Durable, precise, easy to clean gun has it all. Awsome review.
i have shot it and it is exactly the opposite of what you said. it's not sweet with a capital ''S'', it sucks with a capital ''SUCKS''. if it breaks one ball, ur screwed cuz it breaks them all or they shoot where ever. they are easy to take apart because they break and it splits it open. i do have a tippy and it blows the whole brass eagle company out of the water. the BE company only makes them for money unlike almost every other company wants you to have fun. and all BE guns immediately suck. fragile P.O.S, inaccurate, crap is more like it.
We need these kind of reviews. The man thought this one out clearly. I haven't fired a Marauder, but serioulsy considered bying one because my blade was dying. I gave my blade an honorable death (stuck a bottle rocket in the feed port).