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bumgrapes Monday, June 30th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
6 months4 of 7 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Phantom (pump) then Automag.
Marker Setup: E-Blade Cocker (s-b fade), 16" Freak, 12v leccy Hopper & 20oz CO2.
Supplying a Dye Xcel barrel (£34 ish) with a marker that costs over a grand is a bit iffy but it just about does the job. Get a freak and you will notice the difference straight away. Apart from that and obviously an electro hopper the marker doesn't need anything done to it.
Strengths: Consistency, Accuracy, RoF, light, little kick.
Weaknesses: Supplied Barrel. (Dye Xcel)
ACE using half-black two-tone.
Supplied manual is poor.
Review: Bearing in mind that i've gone from pump to mag to an all-singing/dancing cocker I have had a few niggles with this marker but they are all minor and part of my learning experience more than getting use to any markers problems.

The consistency is great even if you are a tight-arse like me and are running on CO2.

Accuracy/Range is okay with the standard barrel but with a 16" freak it is excellent.

ACE is very good - since January only one 'normal' chop but that was a dodgy ball however it cannot handle half-black two-tone paint very well - rate of fire even after adjusting the ACE settings to compensate is random. You have the option however to turn off the sensor which I was forced to do once but I got breaks all day. So avoid half black like the plague or learn to drop your RoF if you turn the ACE off.

E-Blade frame set up is straight-forward; if you're a fiddler then the timing can easily be adjusted using the button inside the grip but there's little need as the factory-default S, M & F settings are fine.

The supplied manual is bugger all use as it seems to be the one supplied with the e-blade frame only (as if you were upgrading your current cocker rather than selling a kidney to get this new one), and half of it is how to drill and fit the grip-frame/ACE/E3-way which are already fitted.
It would be far more useful to have made a decent manual that covers all of the marker components - there's no mention of the internals or front-block and parts and nothing useful about basic maintenence.
If you are an experienced cocker user then this shouldn't be an issue (i'm not so I had to hunt around on the internet and ask other owners). The only bad bit of after-sales from Eclipse was after I asked about the other marker bits and was told not to worry about them -apart from that they have been great.
Conclusion: This is a great marker. I have fired Angels, mod-cockers, x-mags and imps over the last year and I still reckon this comes out on top; mostly on consistency but also the accuracy and RoF is amazing.

If you can wait then a new version is coming out in the near future (although from the pictures it may be mostly cosmetic changes) otherwise if you have the money, it is definitely worth every penny.
9 out of 10Last edited on Monday, July 7th, 2003 at 12:46 am PST

Review Comments
Dustin420 Tuesday, July 27th, 2004 | 2:46 pm PST
why are you using co2 on this gun, don't get a barrel get a nitro tank!!!

bumgrapes Monday, August 9th, 2004 | 4:07 am PST
Money money money..

Eventually bought a MacDev Conquest 2003 68/4500 tank which worked very well on the eblade, although I never had any problems with C02 anyway.

Squid05 Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005 | 5:52 pm PST
if u shoot over 14 bps with any gun and co2 it will freeze ur gun up espacially with the autococker because of the three way could break.

PaintballNasty1 Saturday, April 9th, 2005 | 9:41 am PST
Exactly what i was gonna say-don't use CO2 with that sweet machine.

Tom37 Monday, September 19th, 2005 | 2:40 pm PST
hmm, financially i mite be forced to use this gun on co2 for a while (you know how it is) will it work? how often/ fast can you fire without breaking the 3way???

brokea$$ Thursday, August 24th, 2006 | 2:36 pm PST
Originally posted by Tom37
hmm, financially i mite be forced to use this gun on co2 for a while (you know how it is) will it work? how often/ fast can you fire without breaking the 3way???
It's better that you don't. A marker with that kind of price tag shouldn't be using co2 at all. It's like putting 87 octane gas in your race car. If you're going to pay for the best marker why would you use co2? You'll end up paying for it in the long run. And stay away from the cheap paint too.

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