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Rain Samuti Tuesday, April 8th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
6 months142 of 170 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
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.
Marker Setup: A Brass Eagle Eradicator - an identical gun to the Marauder, but in green, and sold as part of a package. It's all standard.
Recommended
Upgrades:
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.
Strengths: VERY cheap, but VERY tough. Nicely balanced. Strip it in a heartbeat. Easily available.
Weaknesses: Loud. Breaks the occasional ball. You get mocked for buying an from unfashionable manufacturer.
Review: 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.
Conclusion: 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.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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caboose32 Thursday, August 3rd, 2006 | 6:47 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by Powerful Roger
Ncoco you, my friend, are a narrow mided fool. Keep your gun clean and lubed and its all set. My Marauder will kick you and your expensive Tippy.

dude a tippmann isnt expensive, and your a RETARD, the review says its gonna be around 150+-, a tippy is what? like 10-20 dollars more, OH DAMN 20 FRIGG'N dollars and its a lot better, now im not a fan of tippmanns, i dk why i just dont like them as much as other guns, but i still can say that its better, i own both guns and my tippmann can kill my marauder
   

bemarauderpwnz Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 | 11:19 pm PST
you wrote way too much.....
   

Rishardo17 Friday, December 8th, 2006 | 3:17 pm PST
I like this review. Someone just getting into the sport could find this very helpful. Some people may not want to spend the 100, 150, 200+ for a nice gun. So why not get one that gives them a feel for the sport so they can later upgrade to a nicer gun. For 50 bucks, give it a try. If its bad, return it to the store and buy a better one. I personally have probably close to 300 dollars into my Spyder. Is it worth it? To me, yes. But for someone who just wants to get their feet wet, by the sounds of this review this cheap 50 dollar gun might be worth a try. Nice review. This is how all reviews should be. (Maybe a little shorter, but still very informative)
   

revepaintball23 Thursday, March 1st, 2007 | 3:34 pm PST
who buys this crap????????????
   

piemasterjordan Thursday, March 15th, 2007 | 8:05 pm PST
now please its a brass eagle youre giving a 10 maby uve never used a marker that truly deserves a 10 before
   

James_Kenny119 Friday, March 30th, 2007 | 6:26 pm PST
maraders are a good starting gun BUT i would never use one were i play
   

badcopnodonut07 Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 | 7:56 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by tippmanns rule
this guns not worth writing a review about unless your trashing it. nobody should even CONSIDER buying this gun. youd be better of throwing paintballs than using this piece of crap


dude u freakin noob stop bashin on BE i bet ur first gun was a BE and if i wasnt o well BE guns get new players into the game who dont have money to go buy a like $100 spyder but they want to get into the game. BE guns are alot better then most of u give them credit for all u need on most of them is a barrel and the thing is as good as a spyder AND I DONT GIVE WHAT ANY OF U SAY ABOUT IT.......IT'S THE TRUTH
   

pbeer&metallica Thursday, June 14th, 2007 | 5:43 pm PST
heres a little advice take that gun and stuff every crapy inch of it with gun powder and then pour gas all over it light a match thow it and get behind somthing because that thing would b more fun blowing up than playing with........it sucks even for a 50$ gun if ur a noob just save up some money and buy a tippy
   

headshot 007 Monday, July 30th, 2007 | 7:06 am PST
I agree this is a very nice review but i really didn't like this gun. You can read my review on this gun and i gave it a 3/10 but that is only because mine broke 2 tanks and now is broken for good can't be fixed. It was bad off the shelf and that is why I gave it a bad rating. But good review.
   

headshot 007 Monday, July 30th, 2007 | 7:17 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by pbeer&metallica
heres a little advice take that gun and stuff every crapy inch of it with gun powder and then pour gas all over it light a match thow it and get behind somthing because that thing would b more fun blowing up than playing with........it sucks even for a 50$ gun if ur a noob just save up some money and buy a tippy

Ok you just said save your money and buy a tippy... don't do that tippmann is not the best company in the world. people do that alot and it's stupid. He can buy a spyder he can buy a tippman he can buy another brass eagle for all you care. Don't take company sides, pick a gun you like.
   

headshot 007 Monday, July 30th, 2007 | 7:19 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by badcopnodonut07


dude u freakin noob stop bashin on BE i bet ur first gun was a BE and if i wasnt o well BE guns get new players into the game who dont have money to go buy a like $100 spyder but they want to get into the game. BE guns are alot better then most of u give them credit for all u need on most of them is a barrel and the thing is as good as a spyder AND I DONT GIVE WHAT ANY OF U SAY ABOUT IT.......IT'S THE TRUTH


Your right
   

empire33 Sunday, July 20th, 2008 | 3:00 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by badcopnodonut07


dude u freakin noob stop bashin on BE i bet ur first gun was a BE and if i wasnt o well BE guns get new players into the game who dont have money to go buy a like $100 spyder but they want to get into the game. BE guns are alot better then most of u give them credit for all u need on most of them is a barrel and the thing is as good as a spyder AND I DONT GIVE WHAT ANY OF U SAY ABOUT IT.......IT'S THE TRUTH


oooooo a hundred dollars on a awesome spyder, your the the frickin noob that guy you quoted is 100% right, i would rather throw paintballs
   

Sparty8 Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 | 9:17 pm PST
very well done review but some parts i disagree with is accuracy and ball chopping. this gun CAN chop balls a lot mostly depends on paint and velocity but even when set to the best velocity and with decent paint it will still chop an occasional ball. Very durable gun. I would not recommend buying the gun alone yes if it came with some essentials to starting out in paintball but you will soon find yourself wanting to upgrade your gun. Decent gun in starter's package due to price along with the mask and etc, but if you are buying just a gun then look towards a tippmann if you are doing woodsball, if speedball check out guns like the DP G3, or the invert mini cost more but good entry level guns for speedball and woodsball
Last edited on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 9:19 pm PST
   
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