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.
quote:Originally posted by angel 4 life hahahahahahah omg yall want to hear a funny story......... TOO BAD cuz im gonna tell you any way
last week i told a guy "man your marauder sux i bet i could kickyer ass usin a sling shot" . the guy was like "no way i can get out 6 bps" me and my friend put 20 bucks on a bet sayin that i could beat him usin a sling shot from the liquor store toy rack across the street. ............. to make a long story short about 60 secs into the game i gogged his ass when he tried to bunker me. lol that has got to be the highlight of my paintball life.
moral of the story : BE sux ANGELS & SLING SHOTS RULE
thats funny as hell dude. i do agree that you could beat this gun with a slingshot. i myself have beat a guy with this gun. i ran out of air and i ran towards the guy. he fire about 20 shots and all of them curved away from me if they made it to me. i simply dumped my hopper into my hand and threw the balls at him. i hit him about five times in a handful of about 8 or 9.
Last edited on Wednesday, April 6th, 2005 at 6:22 pm PST
I wrote a review which i am updating but the gun in VERY cheap in abilities but not in design, except for the barrel. I can see if you only play occasionaly and are a complete n00b and just want a gun that only costs 3 field fees...I can get one for $30 can. but really beyond that i think it was a great starter gun for me and isfun to foll around with, I have a much better gun in which i have toiled over endlessly(tippy) and am still thankful that hey, that was one of the guns that got me into paintballing. Which of us long time paintballers didn't start with BE? As for paint IT CHOPS like a MOFO with the stock barrel and for begginers BE is fine and they are bewtter quality than VL for the most part.
Hello? Any one who buys a BE gun obviously has never heard about or used one of their products. I'm not insulting the person who wrote the review, but I have owned 4 BE guns, and within a month, every gun was in the garbage. They chop, you have to recock them within every 5 shots, and they have a mad curve.
i have this gun as a loaner gat, but it was my first gun. It didnt really matter that it was innaccurate. First time players dont evennotice, As long as the paintball is going in the general direction of their target they dont care
quote:Originally posted by mastercheif98 this gun blows! that cant be a marauder your talking about because all my friends had these things and they all had problems with them! even i owned one of these at one point and this thing blew! it just like the eradicator, it sux so bad!
Wow, and just a few posts prior to this one someone was talking about extremists bashing reviews on this gun.
Very nice review.
Last edited on Friday, November 11th, 2005 at 2:38 pm PST
ok guys u can stop dissing the gun, obviously its not the best gun at all, but cmon like u dnt pay alot for it, its probobly one of the best brass eagle, and a good gun for beginers, plus ur camparing the gun to like 500$ guns, but like its good for the price and for beginers, and trying to diss it is like dissing a disabled kid in school cuz he got low marks, and the slingshot story, obviously the guy was crap at paintball
quote:Originally posted by ncoco252 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.
Just because its BE marker doesn't mean you should use BE paint. While Eagle does have some useable markers the paint isn't that good. Try something different. There is no reason a marker in useable condition should chop all the time. When your paint looks like an egg its not really a paint"ball" now is it? As for it being plastic what does that have to do with anything? Is an Ion not a good marker? Yes it is. Think before you bash. Better yet, don't bash at all. ncoco252, not everything BE has produced was bad. The original Raptor had some probs but wasn't a bad marker. The original Rainmaker was actually well liked. The original stingray was a great beginner marker. They did make some junk but the company has gone downhill fast only in the last eight years or so. Right around when VL sold out I think they switched owners and cheapened up.
quote:Originally posted by Pretty Boy Floy 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....
wow mate, you had a really bad day lol, but yeah, everyone looking into this gun (no im not gonna tell u to not buy it) im just saying, dont buy the marauder, buy the eradicator, its the EXACT same thing, my eradicators (i have 2) even came with the marauders manual, its 74 dollars apposed to 100+ and it comes with everything u'll need and a red dot sight
everyone stop bashing this gun, stop dissing this gun, yeah its not the greatest thing and its deffinately overpriced but dont diss it, ur comparing it to ur cockers, timmys, angels and tippy's...you cant cuz this gun is like a LOT worse, just go comment ur timmys and other crap and leave the newbs alone