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Empire
570 Mantua Boulevard
Sewell, NJ 08080

Phone: (800) 579-1633
Email: info@keeactionsports.com
Website: http://www.empirepaintball.com
The new Empire AXE is a Mini on steroids; bigger, badder and willing to punish opponents.
 Manual: Download the manual for Empire Download
 Release Date: 2010
 MSRP: $459.95
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 4.6/5 stars.
 Reviews: 473
 Rating Summary:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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Empire - Axe Reviews
Empire Axe I picked up an Axe a few years ago. Mostly because I was in the middle of a lot of project markers which were not always reliable to bring to the field. I wanted a decent quality marker which could...
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Dark Cloud
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Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: From NJ now in Houston
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Dark Cloud has been a member for 10 years
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $400.00
Pros: Easy to maintain engine, shoots well pretty comfy
Cons: Regulator is not easy to maintain
I picked up an Axe a few years ago. Mostly because I was in the middle of a lot of project markers which were not always reliable to bring to the field. I wanted a decent quality marker which could keep me in the speedball games. Enter the Empire Axe.

Empire was definitely successful at creating a "Tournament grade" marker at a mid-tier price. It is quick and easy to shoot. The front grip is nicely sized and spaced well from the trigger. I feel quite comfortable shooting on the move and snapping with this gun.

Out of the box the performance is pretty good. It gets better with time of course and a lot of Axe's hit their sweet spot somewhere between 6-10 cases. I ran basically stock settings until then and started tinkering myself to see if I could gain an improvement.

I have to say, the only necessary upgrades on this gun are really the barrel and bolt. Maybe if you are like me and have an older board, you should upgrade to at least the Shockwave or maybe the Virtue REdefined board if you can find mine. IMO the OLED Virtue and Redline are nice to haves, but definitely are not necessary. After a while how often do you change settings besides ROF/Firing mode? Once you tune and find your gun's sweet spot, you are probably going to stay there.

The best part is how easy it is to disassemble and take care of. Not a lot of moving parts in the engine which makes it easy to clean and relube. My gripe is that the relay/regulator is the exact opposite. If you are not experienced then you probably want to hand that portion of the gun to someone who is.

I still think this gun is the best bang for your buck there is right now if you are buying BNIB. Great gift for a friend starting to get serious in paintball and wants a dependable paint throwing platform.
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Empire Axe Overall I think it was great. The axe shot great in cold weather w/brittle paint. Reliable, I thought it was great.
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DARKMAGE
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Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Washington
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $400.00
Pros: Easy to use/light/reliable
Cons: Hard to program at times/reg too big/litt room
Overall I think it was great. The axe shot great in cold weather w/brittle paint. Reliable, I thought it was great.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe i have already owned to axes and they are truly amazing work horse markers they can stand side by side and even out shoot many other higher end marker when tuned right they have a great design and...
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Dbigotti17
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Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Walnut creek, ca
Dbigotti17 owns a Planet Eclipse Geo
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Dbigotti17 has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $400.00
Pros: Super Comfy and accurate
Cons: none that sticks to mind
i have already owned to axes and they are truly amazing work horse markers they can stand side by side and even out shoot many other higher end marker when tuned right they have a great design and are easy to maintain weather you are just getting into paintball and want a marker or your into the game and are looking for a back up work horse gun this marker is perfect for you i HIGHLY RECCOMEND playing with one helps snapping at least for me
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe Just got the Axe last week in a trade for it and some rent money and am not disappointed in my downgrade. Gun was very accurate and quite smooth to shoot. Again the only cons I can find are the...
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DBrim
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Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ft. Wayne, IN
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $400.00
Pros: Quiet, Smooth, Accuracy
Cons: Kick and efficiency
Just got the Axe last week in a trade for it and some rent money and am not disappointed in my downgrade. Gun was very accurate and quite smooth to shoot. Again the only cons I can find are the efficiency and kick. But I am using this gun after I had a G6R but anything compared to that is less efficient and has more kick haha. The kick definitely is not unbearable and really is not noticeable when playing.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe i love this marker. i got it about two weeks ago and out of the box it shot smooth as butter. then i adjusted the dwell to 10ms and it blew my mind how well it worked. i wasnt really a fan of minis...
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Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: chesterton
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $459.95
Pros: nothin wrong with it
Cons: mode changing
i love this marker. i got it about two weeks ago and out of the box it shot smooth as butter. then i adjusted the dwell to 10ms and it blew my mind how well it worked. i wasnt really a fan of minis but when i shot my friends axe i fell in love. i havent used it in a tournament yet but i have put about 3 cases of paint through it no chops no breaks the only thing that happened was one of the detent screws came a little loose from sliding around. i always play on semi but when i wanted to mess around with the nxl full auto and use psp 3 shot you have to open up the side of the front grip and press a little button on the board to change modes.virtue does make an oled board upgrade but its 184.95 which is a little ridiculous if you ask me. but overall its a great marker and i highly recomend it.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe I have never had a problem with my Axe and it is a great value at $460.00. The Axe only becomes a better shooter over time and after about 20 cases shoots smooth as butter. I also really like the...
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DerekDaPaintballa
 
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Join Date: Jun 2014
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $460.00
Pros: Great Value, Trigger, ASA/Regulator
Cons: Feedneck, Stock Barrel
I have never had a problem with my Axe and it is a great value at $460.00. The Axe only becomes a better shooter over time and after about 20 cases shoots smooth as butter. I also really like the upgrade options for the Axe. I got a Virtue OLED Board, Virtue Laser Eyes, a Boss Bolt, and a Violent Series Low-Rise Feedneck. Only complaints are that it comes with a very short 11" barrel and has fairly high profile feedneck. My feedneck broke off twice leaving the threads stuck in the frame of the gun. Luckily, Empire has great customer service and they put on a new one both times for free. The tool-less bolt is also very nice and makes maintaining the bolt very easy. Taking the gun completely apart is also very easy and there are very few parts to keep track of. I have been using my Axe for 3 years now and haven't looked back. A great gun for the price and competes with guns $200 more in price.
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Empire Axe
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devildog2016
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $325.00
Pros: Quiet, reliable, easy on paint
Cons: ball detents strip so be carefull
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe The Empire Axe is a great marker for the price. Its very reliable and is very easy to maintain. Stock barrel isn't good but I just bought a CP 2 Piece barrel. Definitely a good marker, I would...
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devils997
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Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: NJ
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devils997 plays in the APPA D4 division
devils997 supports DLX Technology
devils997 supports Empire
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $350.00
Pros: Reliable and Shoots Smooth
Cons: Stock Barrel
The Empire Axe is a great marker for the price. Its very reliable and is very easy to maintain. Stock barrel isn't good but I just bought a CP 2 Piece barrel. Definitely a good marker, I would recommend to anyone not looking to spend a lot of money.
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Empire Axe Price paid is irrelevant, gun was obtained in a trade Great gun comfortable, ergonomics of the gun is great accurate consistent +/-3 fast (on semi I was easily getting 15bps) efficient quiet (for a...
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DircheBag
 
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: NJ
DircheBag has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $1.00
Pros: efficient, maintenence, comfy, efficient, quiet,..
Cons: feedneck, barrel, color options
Price paid is irrelevant, gun was obtained in a trade

Great gun
comfortable, ergonomics of the gun is great
accurate
consistent +/-3
fast (on semi I was easily getting 15bps)
efficient
quiet (for a poppet)
easy maintenence (bolt removal system is sweet) although I haven't had to do it during a game because
it doesn't chop... yet
the board is alright, it has all the features you need currently
ASA is quick and easy
Price point is great, easily considered a high end marker for a mid-end price.


feedneck could be better, (recommended upgrade would be the empire nano feednack)
barrel is sub-par (a 2-piece barrel would be nice)
ASA can be considered a con in that you are stuck with there the tank is going to be, currently there is no option for a rail.
Alot of the parts are apparently interchangeable with the mini (not all) which makes parts easily obtainable for a pretty cheap price.
Some people may consider the looks to be kind of plain
color options are kinda meh... but it's still relatively new.
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Empire Axe i have had the axe for a while one of the best guns shoot once you get the boss bolt shoots like a dm my whole teams shoots them and there is a reason why overall great gun smooth accurate light fast
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Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Las Vegas
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dirtaddiction has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
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Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $300.00
Pros: great light accurate
Cons: NONE!
i have had the axe for a while one of the best guns shoot once you get the boss bolt shoots like a dm my whole teams shoots them and there is a reason why overall great gun smooth accurate light fast
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