Barrel upgrade is recommended; however, there are times I play with the stock barrel instead of the CP barrel because the stock barrel ocassionally tends to be more accurate. Though I suspect the problem with the CP barrel has more to do with the PMI premium paint I play with than the barrel itself. Still, I intend to try another barrel such as the All American to verify whether accuracy with CP barrel is a paint match problem.
Lots of fire-power for the price. Electronic trigger nearly shoots at full-auto speeds.
Vertical feed prohibits sighting down top of marker barrel.
Limited marker accessories available.
Many people are impressed with my partner's Tippman A-5, and discount me as a player because of my E-force (ignorance on their part). However, after the games start many players realize the error of under-estimating my E-force. As an example, I played several rec. games yesterday, 15 vs. 15, and I single-handedly took out 8 of the other teams players in one game because of the E-force's fire power. Consequently, it usually doesn't take too long before several people start asking if they can tag along with me. Of course, some of that can be attributed to my aggressive style of play, but in heavy fire-fights with Angels, Imps, Spyders, etc., I can hold my own with the E-force. Typically, I've found that most people that don't like the E-force have formed their opinion because they can't fathom that a marker in the $200-225 range can compete with their $1000 markers.
I've read only a couple negative reviews on the E-force, and most of the negative comments lead me to believe the problems were with the operator and not the markers.
Great starter and rec marker. While it may not be equal to some of the high-end autocockers costing 5x as much, it is barely a notch below these markers at a fraction of the cost. E-force can go toe-to-toe with autocockers in a fire-fight so long as you aren't easily intimidated by the cost of the other guy's marker. I give the E-force a 9 out of 10, because there is always room for improvement with any product.