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Number of Reviews: 9
Average Rating: 9.4 / 10
Manufacturer Website: Click here
Suggested Retail Price: $1995

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Ego SL74 Specification

The lightest All-Aluminium gun on the Planet?
Last year the SL Series pushed the boundaries of the Ego6 platform to the very limits. This year the SL74 moves the already impressive and heavily featured Ego7 platform to an all-new level.

More than just a milling job like most other �custom� markers out there, the SL74 incorporates new technology, advancements and optioning that cannot be found on other Ego7s. That is not to say there is no milling on this latest SL. Quite the opposite, in fact, with extensive weight reduction in nearly all major and minor components helping to produce the lightest, most compact Ego yet. Weighing in, fully loaded with 14�barrel, OOPS, Battery, ready to go, at a staggeringly low 859g or 1.89lb, we believe that the SL74 holds the crown for the lightest ever all-aluminium paintball gun. And what people said couldn�t be done, we have done, making the SL74 100g/3.5oz lighter than the already featherweight Ego7.

Internally the SL74 sees the inclusion of a second high-capacity, swivel QEV in the forward position. This not only allows the SL74 to cycle even faster than the already super-fast Ego7, but also helps lower the operating pressure and the solenoid Dwell time to levels far lower than those of the Ego7. In order to be able to shoe-horn in the extra QEV a new high-flow, filtered minifold is attached to the direct-acting solenoid valve.

More interestingly, the duel QEVs now supply a completely new rammer system. Still using the unique body-integrated sleeve design of the Ego7, the SL utilizes an all-new rammer shaft and rammer cap, and is called the Zick, or �Zero-Kick� Kit. The design of the Zick Kit offer two very important improvements over the previous design of Rammer and has been in development and testing for the past few months. The key areas of improvement are, reduced kick, and a more gentle acceleration of paintball in the breech. The way the Zick Kit works is by providing a reduced driving force to the rammer and bolt over the first few millimetres of travel on the extension stroke, and then using the same mechanism as a pneumatic damping system on the return stroke. By doing this the bolts initial acceleration is lower, and hence the force on the paintball is lower, during the start of the travel, and then increases once the bolt has started to move. This means the bolt can be far more gentle on the paint as it pushes it through the breech into the barrel. On the return stroke the rear of the rammer uses the same parts to create an �air cushion� to retard the speed of the rammer in a controlled manner rather than just stopping it by smacking it into a bumper. Overall result? The Zick Kit allows you to shoot even more fragile paint with even fewer problems, and in the process produces less kick to keep those ropes of paint even more on target. Internally, or rather, in your SL74 box, you will also find an extra Valve Guide. No, it�s not just a spare. Take a look and you�ll see that the one inside the gun and the one inside the box are slightly different to each other. Players often request one of 2 things. They either want to shoot really low pressure to shoot really fragile paint, or they want to be able to shoot the maximum possible number of shots from a tank. Until now you were often forced into making the choice between two different guns in order to be able to achieve this. Now, the SL offers you the choice in one gun with a simple swap-out, drop-in part, and it�s included as standard with the marker. Pop in the HP valve guide to run slightly higher in-line pressure, but gain extra shot per tank, or fit the LP valve guide to shoot super-fragile paint. But don�t be scared, even with the LP guide fitted, which offers an operating pressure of an incredibly low 180psi at tournament velocities, you can expect 1500+ shots from a 68/45 system. Hardly the end of the world. The HP guide takes this already decent shot-count even higher.

Next we took a look at the regulators. In order to further improve accuracy and cyclic performance the SL74 has completely re-worked regulators. The LPR has a more robust body seal to prevent any cross-contamination of the HP and LP air, as well as introducing an aluminium LPR piston constructed of super-strong 7000 Series Aluminium and industrial hard anodizing. This lightweight piston helps improve shot-to-shot consistency and response time of the LPR. Both crucial in maintaining high rates of fire and velocity consistency.

The HPR In-Line reg has seen an even greater re-design. Gone are the Bellville spring stack, and in comes a precision ground coil spring. The combination of new aluminium hard anodized piston, coil spring and regulator seal make this the best performing reg ever produced by Eclipse. More accurate output, finer velocity adjustment, more consistent output, faster recharge rate and higher flow. Everything about regulator performance that can be improved has been improved. And of course, because this is the SL, we have done it in a smaller and lighter package to boot.
As we have lightened up almost every component of the SL74 over the Ego7, it became apparent that to maintain the near-perfect balance that players have come to expect from the Ego range we needed to lighten up the front of the SL. In order to get back that balance we have produced a custom Shaft SL Series barrel kit that comes complete with every SL. Three back sizes and two tip lengths produce the perfect set for matching to everything from training to premium grade paints and even Reballs. The light-weight design makes it one of the lightest all-aluminium kits ever produced, and the full set is color-coded to match every gun.

On the electronics front the SL74 also debuts a couple of new features. There is the use of Viz-Eyes, for example, something that has been often requested in the past. The visible red light illuminating the breech not only looks cool, but offers an immediate way of telling if the transmitter of the eyes are up and runnin�. In addition to these there is now an integrated expansion port fitted to every SL74 board. This Expansion port allows the addition of such devices as beepers and RF transmitters, or any future external applications that may be required. The unique color and graphics of the SL board make it easy to identify its origins.

No new Ego would not be complete without a new trigger, and the SL74 is no different. The swoosh design found on the Ego7 has been exaggerated to provide a more natural feel and help achieve and maintain faster strings. And in order to add more protection to the trigger mechanism and stop ingress of paint and debris to the trigger pivot system, the pivot pin and roller bearings are now completely encapsulated inside the frame. This really helps prevent sticky trigger action after receiving direct gun shots that are not meticulously cleaned off. Of course we haven�t taken away the duel trigger sensors, and you will still find the unique micro-switch AND opto-switch mounted to the board.

So, with an even fuller list of features, lighter weight, less kick, lower pressure (or higher shot count), faster operation, increased consistency and even gentler on paint the SL74 is ready to take its place at the pinnacle of this sport.

Unique SL74 Features:

� Bespoke SL OOPS Assembly
� Bespoke SL In-Line Regulator
� Bespoke SL Valve Guide Kit
� Bespoke SL Trigger Frame
� Bespoke SL Trigger
� Bespoke SL Zick Kit Rammer Cap
� Bespoke SL Zick Kit Rammer Shaft
� Bespoke SL LPR Torpedo
� Bespoke SL LPR Cap
� Bespoke SL LPR Body
� Bespoke SL LPR Piston
� Bespoke SL Cure Bolt
� Bespoke SL Contour Eye Covers
� Bespoke SL PCB Board
� Dual Swivel Hi-Flo QEVs
� 5-Piece SL Shaft Barrel Kit -- It comes with 3 backs and 2 fronts: Backs: .685, .689, .693 bore sizes. Fronts: 14 and 16 inch setups
� Viz-Eyes Red BBSS System
� Expansion Port on PCB

Ego7 Features:

� NEW Ultra-Lightweight Monoform Body
� Deftek Offset Feed Tube
� NEW Integrated Rammer Housing
� NEW Integrated FRM
� NEW Larger Valve Chamber
� NEW Lower Operating Pressure
� NEW Micro + Opto Switch Board
� NEW Duel Instrument Grade Ball-Raced Trigger
� Magnetic Trigger Return
� NEW Skinny-Fit Co-Moulded Rubber E-Star Grips
� NEW T-Slot Rail Mounting System
� Capped and Uncapped Semi and Ramping Modes
� 9 Debounce Modes
� NEW Direct-Acting Solenoid
� LCD Display
� NEW Lever Operated Clamping Feed


All Measurements include Barrel (14�), OOPS, Battery, Ready-to-go:

Length: 536 mm
Height: 218 mm
Width: 26.5 mm
Weight: 859g/1.89lb
Operating Pressure: Approx. 285 FPS @ 180 PSI With LP Valve Guide.
Product Availability 
The Planet Eclipse SL74 Ego is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
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achang28 Monday, November 12th, 2007
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion on the comments page.
Period of
Product Use:
6 months17 of 23 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Dye DM7, Angel G7 Fly
Marker Setup: Olive/Green Eclipse Ego SL74
14" UL Barrel
Vlocity Jr w/ Boost Battery
68/45k MacDev w/ Guerilla Air Ambush Reg (LP)
Dye Lubricant
Nylon-tip Cap screw (for trigger)
Recommended
Upgrades:
Nylon Tip screws (trigger), DYE lubricant
Strengths: Tight, concise bolt action, weight, low profile
Weaknesses: Price, balancing point (more balanced with Halo hopper) - this is definately subject to preference.
Review: To be honest, I wanted to preserve the 10.0 avg rating that this marker currently HAD, given the number of reviewers up to this point, but I was dutifully inclined to give my opinion 'bout the marker.

First and foremost, all my reviews do NOT include anything on accuracy, consistency, or rate of fire. They are simply "commodity" characteristics. Every electro-pnuematic marker shoots "ropes"; has a variance of +/- 3 BPS; and shoots 15+ BPS. Bad paint can skew the numbers, or even a bad inline regulator; but then we're talking 'bout defects. And unless the markers that i'm reviewing frequently come as lemons, i'm not going to bothere on these particular aspects.

So out of all the markers i've used, this definately hit the spot, so to speak. Everything associated with the bolt action: speed, kick, precision, etc., is simply top-notch. I really can't complain. The 1.87 lbs is definately noticeable, and advantageous; but paradoxically a downside IMO (i'll explain below). The buttons that interface with the board are truely user-friendly. Easy to access, lots of space to place your fingers on, doesn't require much force to use (although resistant enough to not allow inadvertent pressing while playing), and gives great button response, i.e. the click sound & feel that ensues after presses. The electronic interface is simple and str8 forward; although some sections of the menu interface are a little cryptic, but nothing one can't handle after reading/seeing the easy-2-read instructions. I must say, this marker is near-perfect physically.

Negatives:
Easily and most notably, the price. The overall value of a gun is a function of many things, including price, right?. So, to digress, getting a Ferrari Enzo - under the current circumstances - at the price of a 2007 BMW M3 would be an awesome value, notwithstanding MPG considerations and having to be vigilant of the cops ;-). But how many of you out there would be willing to pay the actual market price of the Enzo to own it? So getting back on track, would you pay almost $2k for a marker that is marginally better than those costing $1250, i.e. Ego 07? The "extra" value just isn't worth shelling out an extra 60%. Moreover, and ironically, the weight (IMO) is actually more of a negative than positive. Here's why. Using a fully-loaded Halo (w/ Boost battery) actually increases the torgue when considering side-to-side movement. That is, pivoting left to right (or vice-versa) from the top of the trigger frame. The more weight you have on the top, the more difficult it is to pivot the marker in such directions. This may be a non-issue if you are adept at snap-shooting W/O having to even move the marker; but in some circumstances, such actions are demanded.
Conclusion: Awesome marker. Definately a Ferrari Enzo of the paintball world (or whatever analogy you may extrapolate from my analogy); but given the peak price and quality of other hi-end markers, I can't give this marker a perfect score. If it were the same price as the recently-released DYE DM8, then I would definately give it a 10. I guess there's my implied advice. That is, consider the Ego 08 instead of the SL74, based on the publicized specs on the '08. Although this is just my inference, I can't imagine the '08 being radically different and "worse".
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Monday, November 12th, 2007 at 6:58 pm PST
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boblong123 Saturday, May 26th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested13 of 20 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
07 ego dm7 legends quests dm's ego's pretty much all highends
Marker Setup: Custom anno'd green and platinum accented nexus ego with hybrid grip and tadao board, ti rammer


2007 ego light trooper (white with black) with ti rammer
Recommended
Upgrades:
nothing its god like and comes with everything you need right out of the box
Strengths: Comes with barrel backs
fast
lightest there is
reliable
its an ego....
Weaknesses: Nothing whatsoever.....this gun is litterely perfect
Review: So a friend of mine bought one of these beasts and he let me try it out. i cant write a perfect review since i only tested it.

anyways, when i held this gun, it is the lightest on the market. this ego comes with barrel backs so there is no need in buying a new barrel/kit.

i shot it and it shot like a dream. although an ego, it was very quiet and shot very smooth like a DM.

Conclusion: Iam not putting "price"as a weakness because you get what you pay for. if you truly want the best gun on the market right now get this and you wont be dissappointed
Rating:
10 out of 10
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bobd314 Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Ego7
Ego6
Etek
DM6
DM4
Marker Setup: SL-74 (Black + Silver)
DXS 68/45 w/ Myth
Vlocity or Pulse or Reloader B 2
Recommended
Upgrades:
Maybe a Bump Paintball LPR Piston but don't even really need that
Strengths: Speed
Reliability (its an ego)
Weight (870g)
Barrel kit included (finally)
SL expansion board
Weaknesses: Price
Review: I upgraded from an Ego7 to the SL74, and I can say that it was worth the money to me. So far, it hasn't even broke a ball (maybe a case and half through it) and continues to preform as though I just took it out of the box. If you get this gun, make sure that you have the money to buy paint for it as it goes through it very very rapidly.
Conclusion: If you have the money to spend to buy this and keep continue to play, buy this gun. However, if you would be spending ALL your money on this gun, go ahead and buy something cheaper and continue to play. Having a gun and not being able to play is pointless.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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dyeboy17 Saturday, June 16th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month5 of 11 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
PL SL66 EGO (with cure bolt, and maniac)
Marker Setup: everything is stock
Hybrid Halo
Black and White PE SL74
Dye Throttle peanut tank 70/45
Recommended
Upgrades:
nothing at all.
Strengths: Fast
Very Accurate
Weaknesses: The price.
Other than that, it's great!
Review: When I first took the gun out of the case, i was very suprised how light it was (i believe it is lighter than the 07 ego)

The gun comes with 5 barrels. Three backs, and two fronts. The two fronts are 14in and 16in.

Personally, the sl74 is one of the most lightest guns on the market.

Dont you just hate it when your playing in the sun, and your trigger sensor isnt responding? Well, the planet eclipse makers made a micro switch so if your sensor doesnt work, you have the switch.
Conclusion: Overall, this gun is the tightest, lightest, gun on the market today. Its just the price that kills.

If you do purchase this gun, promise me, this gun wont let you down. Even though you buy the 07 ego, it still wont let you down.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, June 21st, 2007 at 12:29 pm PST
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KaSBeK Sunday, September 16th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Ego 7,8
Angel 1
Dm8, 7, 6
Marker Setup: Ego SL74,
Kila Dirty Bolt,
Kila Magnetic ball detents,
16" SLY Barrel,
Empire Magna Drive,
300bar Stako with Myth Reg.
Recommended
Upgrades:
I like de SLY Barrel cuz is lighter than the Eclipse Shaft II Barrel (stock for the SL74) and the self cleaning tech.
Everybody knows that the stock ball detents breaks very often, and the magnetic delrin' kila ball detents are really sweet...
Strengths: Light
Fast
Accuracy
No Kick
Trigger
Maintainance
shots / tank
Weaknesses: None
Review: The best marker in the market, as simple as that...
It comes with the Shaft Barrel Kit (3 bores and a 14" & 16" tips)
its the lightest marker in the market
the board is great, very easy to config as the ego07
the new trigger is somethin'... it's really easy to find the sweet spot to make the marker rock!
The Field where i play we fill tanks with scubas so at most you get 2000 - 2500 psi... well i can shoot like 900 paintballs with 2000psi so its something, with my dm7 the my best was like 650 - 700 balls... so its something!
And ths something magic about eclipse markers and of course the SL its not diferent you can keep the marker a couple of months in a drawer, you take it aout and it will fire!

And its not so expensive... the Shaft II Barrel Kit its about $200 so it costs $500 more than the ego07 but the upgrades (less weight, eyes, qev, lower psi workin' rate) worth it...
Conclusion: Its the best marker i've ever fired, i've shot with a lot of highend markers and nothing compares with it, cuz when you play serious speedball the little detalis (weight, feel, accuracy) are what matters and make difference... Its really reliable it never stop shooting no matter what.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 at 9:59 pm PST
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Levi225 Friday, April 2nd, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
all egos eteks sl's and angel creeds Boblong guns
Marker Setup: Custom anno Pink/purple Sl74 Virtued Oled with rotor and 68 4500
Recommended
Upgrades:
Hush bolt
Maybe a board if ur picky
Bump pistons

Dosnt need them but its nice
Strengths: Fast
Not alot of kick
Light
Efficency
Reliable
Weaknesses: LOUD thats it...
Review: When I first shot the sl when i got it in the mail i was suprised how smooth it was for a ego also the milling on the body is literaly amazing the trigger guard size is perfect. The only bad thing was the sound but then again its a poppet even the ego 10 isnt much of an improvement. Then I got the hush bolt and the sound problem was greatly decreased. Perfect gun
Conclusion: Overall I love this gun and its the closest ive been to the "perfect gun' If you buy the Sl74 u wont ever look back or think twice. So that is why im giving it a 10 Id give it a 9.5 for the noise but there isnt a option for it and they have the hush bolt for it.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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headshothoncho Monday, December 15th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
SL8r
ego 07 (mine)
Marker Setup: ego 07
48/45 CP tank
events
halo v35
Recommended
Upgrades:
nothing cept maybe a zick kit
Strengths: SEXY!!!!!
fast
accurate
light
Weaknesses: maybe a little too much kick (Im being whiny)
$1400
Review: I ADORE this gun. I have an ego 07 which is not terribly different but this one is lighter and more sleek. This gun is exactely like an ego 08 except that the gripframe is different. In my opinion, this is the best planet eclipse product you can by second only to a sl8r (I am NOT a fan of the 09 or geo, bad experience but oh well) My friend owns both the sl74 and the sl8r and their awesome. Too bad its expesive lol but if you're complaining about that you're in the wrong sport.
Conclusion: If you're either really good or really rich, get this sucka. Im gonna give it a 9 just because everyone on this site gives everything a 10
Rating:
9 out of 10
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Bladesmith Sunday, February 24th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
07 Ego - great but not close to the SL
06 Maniac Ego - rips but heavy and not on the same planet as an SL
06 XSV Ego - same as above
Marker Setup: SL74 Silver/Black with silver CCU kit with a B2 halo, myth reg on a 45/45 tank.
Recommended
Upgrades:
None at all
Strengths: Super light, super fast, and really accurate. Easy to tech and great milling.
Weaknesses: None
Review: I just recently got my SL74 in a trade for two 07 egos (sponsor deal and thus a great trade). After teching it because of broken QEV diaphragms, it was ready to go.

Even before getting to the field to test it out, snap-shooting drills at home were amazing with this super light marker.

The field would change nothing other than my increased respect for this killing machine. Not only was it light, it surprised me by being extremely accurate. The balls went exactly where I wanted them to go. It was like all the stories of shockers but in a super tight package that rips off the break. And snap-shooting is a dream. You can be out, fire tons of balls and be back in before the other guy can say boo.

Conclusion: I pray the other team doesn`t have too many of these on their side. It is the best marker out there and even the DM sponsored team captain at my field asked to try it out and was immensely impressed by it (he wants it but sponsorship). The best marker out their.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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zanderstuff Friday, February 20th, 2009
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Period of
Product Use:
3 months0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
ego 08 luxe ego 09 geo sl8r
Marker Setup: dye rotor cp tank
Recommended
Upgrades:
violent trigger
cp barrel
Strengths: Reliable light fast
Weaknesses: Price, accuracy, and it is very loud
Review: I play in northern mn where it is very chilly. I used this marker for woodsball. It was not the most accurate gun that I have ever used but it gets the job done. It is very fast and it is very loud and obnoxious. I like the noise because it makes kids scared when I bunker them. I had it chop some balls but It was like -10F.
Conclusion: if you have the cash I would go with a luxe but if not the sl74 is just fine. It is better than the 08 ego. if you do get one get a new cp barrel. It's not great for woodsball because it was built to be an xball gun.
Rating:
8 out of 10
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