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Number of Reviews: 5
Average Rating: 9.0 / 10
Manufacturer Website: Click here
Suggested Retail Price: $460

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What do you need to cut through a forest of opposition…the AXE! The Empire AXE is the newest paintball marker from the mad scientists at Empire Paintball. Wield the AXE paintball gun and be the biggest bada$$ on the field. The new shape and extended grip frame give you a comfortable firing position for all day play. The Empire Paintball Relay On/Off Regulator ASA makes air bottle removal using the lever, quick and easy. The unique push-button, tool-less bolt removal system makes maintaining the AXE paintball gun simple, at the end of the day. The proven Mini break-beam eye system and electronics, power this marker to ultra fast firing that is gentle on paint. Wield the AXE, the newest paintball gun from Empire Paintball and cut down everyone in your way.
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The Empire Axe is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
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shogo242 Sunday, April 17th, 2011
Period of
Product Use:
3 months43 of 44 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
(Held) Invert Mini
Marker Setup: Empire Axe Black (Black #27)
Vlocity w/ Dynasty Chip
Empire 48/4500 Tank
Recommended
Upgrades:
Stock Barrel - 12in - is okay for awhile, but some may feel the need to get a 14in.
When purchasing an air tank, try it on the gun and see how it feels. The ASA on the axe is not adjustable, therefore the tank will determine the length of the gun and how it feels.
Strengths: -Smooth
-Quiet
-Trigger
-Flip/Purging ASA/Reg combination
-Durability
-Reliability
-Quick bolt removal
-Ergonomics
-Consistent
Weaknesses: -Non-adjustable ASA
-Stock Barrel (for some)
-Mine came with 2 scratches
Review: The empire axe is a great marker for $460 dollars and shoots amazing. I purchased the axe after hearing some great things about and I haven't regreted my decision. Here is my analysis:

Ergonomics:
The marker feels great in the hands and the stretched out feel of the gun makes it perfect for running and gunning.The Axe felt better than the mini, when in my hands, and the extra room in the grip allows a person to hold it in different ways (I'm 5' 8'' - 150 pounds - XL glove size). Also, having an internal gas line makes changing hands really easy. There is no hose that can get caught on branches and leak. *NOTE* Although I am right handed, I find the axe feels better in my left hand. This leads me to play on my left side more and kind of throws people off when they see me play. Just thought this note was interesting because sometimes a marker feels great in one hand, but doesn't feels as good in the other. The Axe feels good in both hands, but a bit better in my left. *NOTE*

Trigger:
The roller bearings, magnet return, and micro-switch make the Axe's trigger feel amazing. It is very smooth and there is no side to side movement in the trigger. With a few minutes of adjustment, a person can easily get 12+ bps.

Consistency:
Out of the box the Axe chronoed 268, 274, 274, 270. The field limit was 275. So I was good to go without having to touch anything. I have played with the marker 3 times and chronoing the gun is very easy. Just leave the regulator at 200 and adjust with the back adjustment screw. I used the Axe with the stock barrel each time and found the consistency to have a range of 8 between the lowest number and the highest (plus/minus 4). That is pretty good considering the marker hasn't broken in yet.

Disassembly:
Very easy to break the marker down and clean it. Use the lube that came with the gun and you should be fine. I have never had to take apart the marker on the field, but I can see the benefit of having the quick release bolt.

Shot Quality:
If you have ever shot an automag, the Axe shoots very similar. The Axe is quieter and smoother than the Classic automag. The weight of the Axe works to its advantage and helps to bring down the recoil. Having shot a Macdev Clone, the Axe is not as smooth as a spool, but its pretty close. Just make sure you lube the orings that are in contact with the bolt and the bolt seat. On one of my outings, I didn't lube this area enough and found the Axe to have more recoil than usually and more air was being stored. This lead to a rise in regulator pressure (10 psi), but the marker kept working despite this fact.

Durability/Reliability:
My Axe at the time of writing has had 4 cases of paint through it. It was never failed to work and has seen quite a bit of mud and dirt. These past weeks have been pretty wet and that makes the dirt stick to everything on a gun. Having an enclosed setup, helped the Axe stand up to the weather. The location of the board was also very good. When shot in the trigger I didn't have to worry about paint being on the board or the microswitch. The board is in the foregrip and the microswitch is located just above the trigger. Thus, paint never got to them and I didn't have to clean the trigger till I got home.

In addition, the Axe has never chopped a ball. The eyes work great and the bolt is gentle on paint. I did have a barrel break once, but that was because an opposing player hit inside the barrel (very rare that every happens, but it did). The stock barrel doesn't clean very well, btw.

I will not rate accuracy because that is based on paint and barrel type. Consistency is also based on this, but for the numbers above I was using the stock barrel with toxic, evil, and sc paint. Each paint had different bore sizes, but the chrono would always show a range of 8 fps between the highest and lowest readings.
Conclusion: I would definitely buy the Axe again if I could. It shoots great and its reliable. It is a great gun for the price and can measure up the other markers in the price range (such as the etek 3, proto reflex 2011, and dangerous power fx). I have looked at the other 3 and decided to give the Axe a try and never looked back. I have to admit that I bought the Axe because XSV and other pro teams were shooting it, but everything they say about the marker is true.

The Axe is very smooth, soft on paint, reliable, and easy to maintenance. Give the Axe a try and I can almost promise you, that you will like it. Its a solid gun and I'm proud to own one. Good job Empire.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, April 17th, 2011 at 2:59 am PST
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Liability Sunday, April 3rd, 2011
Period of
Product Use:
6 months21 of 21 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Invert Mini
Dangerous Power G3
Planet Eclipse GEO
Planet Eclipse ETEK
Bob Long G6R
Marker Setup: Bone stock Axe
Empire Prophecy Loader
Empire Nightstick Barrel
Strengths: High value for dollar spent
Light
Nice size
Weaknesses: The ball detents loosen and fall out if you don't regularly tighten them.
Review: I've now used this marker for countless boxes of paint, and couldn't be more satisfied. I've played in the bushes, on the speedball range, and all of my friends and I agree... this is one amazing marker.

I flipped back and forth between this marker and its little brother, the Invert Mini. A few key features put me over the edge:

-the easy on/off ASA is awesome
-roomier frame is better for anyone over 12 years old, a total improvement over the Mini; I'm 6'5" and I have lots of space for my hands.
-tool-less bolt removal is dead simple
-the trigger has no slop and is easy to pull (though not as nice as a G6R or GEO)

The build quality and design of this marker is on par with markers that are hundreds of dollars more. The fit and finish are superb!

The ball speed is very consistent, easily within 10fps during a burst of 3 shots.

The Axe is dead simple to lube and maintain. Only one repair in one heavy season's use: I had to replace the board (on warranty) because the on/off button got paint in it and stopped working. After a season's heavy use (think tens of thousands of paintballs) I haven't replaced an O-ring or anything else (save for the board) in the marker. Amazing. My friends can't say the same for their GEO's, ETEK's, G6R's and G3's; they are a lot more work to maintain and fix.

The stock barrel is okay; I upgraded with the 14" Nightstick by Empire and couldn't be happier with this combo. Totally upped the accuracy from decent to deadly.

It'd be nice if it had features like an LCD rather than just LED indicators, but I'm just being picky.
Conclusion: If you are weighing the options between a Mini and the Axe, the Axe is a better marker for a marginal price increase. The ASA and trigger alone make it worth it!

If you're looking at a Dye or a PE gun, do yourself a favour and check out the Axe first... you may just save yourself a few hundred bucks!

But you don't need to compare the Axe to other markers. It can stand alone as an amazing marker for an amazing price.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 9:20 am PST
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Pezzer Sunday, June 12th, 2011
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month14 of 15 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Invert Mini
Marker Setup: Backup Marker:
Smart Parts Vibe
CP Reg
Tippmann 15bps loader
14" All American Barrel

Main Marker:
Empire Axe (Now with Boss V2 Bolt and springs)
Dye Rotor
J&J Barrel Kit
68/4500 Ninja Tank
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel, of course

Not much else needed, there are some after market bolts and springs out there if your hardcore but this marker shoots great out of the box.
Strengths: On/off ASA is real nice upgrade from the Mini
Consistent
Accurate
Easy Access Bolt
Weaknesses: Stock barrel could be better but shoots pretty straight still
Review: Ive used this marker on 3 times so far and its a real shooter. Not one misfire in 4 cases of paint. Very consistent out of the box and even with the stock barrel it was shooting better than my Vibe with upgraded barrel and reg. Bolt out the back system is easy and fast to use on the field for quick cleaning if you do break a ball somehow but I cant get mine to chop a paintball at all. Eyes do there job and the trigger is superb and very adjustable. Will update as I discover more about this great marker.

<<<Update>>> Now with the Boss V2 bolt kit and J&J barrel I get a MUCH quieter, even shooting Axe running lower pressure. Shooting crazy consistent for a $30 upgrade. I'm so happy with mine I doubt I'll ever need another marker.

Conclusion: Some of the best bang for your buck out there right now and wonderful features. Love mine!
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 9:56 pm PST
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Massempirepb Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested14 of 30 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Invert mini
Dp g3
Marker Setup: Dp fusion Fx and a closer virtued
Vitrue board
Sly carbon fiber barrel
Ninja tank
Dye rotor
Strengths: Small
Light
No hoses
Simple design
Weaknesses: Price compared to mini
Almost to small
Review: The empire axe is a good gun, it's taking over competitive paintball. It's small light and fast. Nice bolt and low operating pressure allow it to shoot brittle paint very very fast. Nice fluid trigger and clamping feed neck with a decent on off combine to make a over all nice gun. Just save 200$ and buy a mini tho. The axe in my opinion isn't 200$ better the mini.
Conclusion: Good gun no Dout about it. But do your self a favor and save money with the almost identical invert mini
Rating:
10 out of 10
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Trbo323 Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested3 of 20 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
invert mini
Marker Setup: DM6, too many upgrades to list
Etek 3, custom drop forward
autococker superstock, more aftermarket and custom work than original parts
shoebox shocker
Recommended
Upgrades:
delrin bolt
Strengths: Smaller, Lighter
Weaknesses: custom sized o-rings, ASA, fat grips, stock trigger
Review: Empire changed all of 21 parts between the mini and axe, thats 21 total parts including things like screw sizes so this is by no means an all new marker as they would have you believe. they did make it slightly longer which is good for people with big hands. They also got rid of the hall effects trigger in favor of a micro switch which was a god move.

They did however keep the custom sized o-rings which can only be ordered through empire and shops rarely have on hand, the ASA/regulator was upgraded to have a on/off built in but because of the design of the marker it still can not be moved or replaced with anything else.
Conclusion: Overall its a lot of extra cash for a few perks that the mini does not have. If you have hands that fit the mini, I say save money and get the mini because they are the same design under the skin
Rating:
5 out of 10
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