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Empire - Axe Information
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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: 472
 Rating Summary:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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  • Currently 4/5 stars.
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
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  • Currently 2/5 stars.
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  • Currently 1/5 stars.
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Empire - Axe Reviews
Empire Axe Setup- Stock Axe w/ Ninja SLP or Mid and Z2 Pros- The Axe is a quiet gun and the best value of a gun per dollar spent in my mind. Even without running any stock upgrades and dwell that was probably...
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General Cole
NLD Paintball
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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: SoCo, NM
General Cole plays in the PSP
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General Cole is an NCPA player
General Cole plays in the APPA D4 division
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General Cole supports Empire
Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $360.00
Pros: Great shooting for the price
Cons: Ergonomics
Setup- Stock Axe w/ Ninja SLP or Mid and Z2

Pros- The Axe is a quiet gun and the best value of a gun per dollar spent in my mind. Even without running any stock upgrades and dwell that was probably higher than it needed, the Axe always performed well for me and shot fantastically. Relatively quiet and more than efficient enough for any tournament game I played in I was impressed that a gun at that price point could keep up.

Cons- Sometimes the BOB system can be a bit of a pain to get out, and reprogramming any settings with the stock board was quite the hassle. Also, on an ergonomics note, I did not like how the gun felt or held. The steeper angle on the grips made it feel awkward in my hands and the lack of length was also made it less than comfortable to myself.

Overall, the Axe is still the gun I recommend to anyone looking to get into competitive play, and save their budget. I wouldn't mind shooting one, but if I did, I'd probably look into getting the foregrip extension.
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Gibbs5893
My fingers hurt
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Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Suburbs of Philly
Gibbs5893 is BST Trusted
Gibbs5893 owns a Planet Eclipse Geo
Gibbs5893 is for the Gunfight
Gibbs5893 has achieved Level 3 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: Less than 6 months
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: $275.00
Pros: Reliable, Affordable
Cons: Cheap Stock Barrel
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe I was looking at this gun for about 6 months before i broke down and got it. I had been rocking a Proto Superlight Gun for about 2 years, then i decided it was time to upgrade. Picked up and Olive...
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Gloatfishy
Just keep swimming
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Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Kansas
Gloatfishy owns a Planet Eclipse Ego
Gloatfishy has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
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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 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $320.00
Pros: Quite, Accurate, Air Consistancy
Cons: short stock barrel
I was looking at this gun for about 6 months before i broke down and got it. I had been rocking a Proto Superlight Gun for about 2 years, then i decided it was time to upgrade. Picked up and Olive and brown Empire Axe used for 320. Shot it in the backyard and loved it, I just played in a tournament on sunday. It shot straight all day and never chopped on 15bps cap. I ran a 48/3000 and would only got though maybe 500psi a game and that was a hopper and 2 pods.
Cons it has a short stock barrel, there are not to many upgrades that are the orginal colors.
Overall the gun shoots great and for the price of it brand new $460 well worth that price.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe the things i love about this gun are the on/off relay ASA, no hoses like always, the tooless bolt strip, i have enough room to put my hand around the front grip, it's made by EMPIRE, its accurate,...
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GODZ_SHADOW
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Join Date: May 2010
Location: TF, NJ
GODZ_SHADOW is playing at Living Legends VII
GODZ_SHADOW owns a Planet Eclipse Ego
GODZ_SHADOW is for the Gunfight
GODZ_SHADOW has achieved Level 3 in PbNation Pursuit
GODZ_SHADOW supports Empire
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: light weight, accurate, efficiant, easy 2 maintain
Cons: none yet
the things i love about this gun are the on/off relay ASA, no hoses like always, the tooless bolt strip, i have enough room to put my hand around the front grip, it's made by EMPIRE, its accurate, fast and very easy to maintain. i recommend this marker for any type of player. and this gun is affordable, you dont need to go out and buy these 1000 or 2000 dollar markers anymore. if you want something with all the specs of one of those markers buy an AXE. i have 2 and they're amazing.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe
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golddiggersbeast
Ball Til I Fall
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Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: N.C.
Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Price paid: $350.00
Pros: shoots great
Cons: a.s.a come loose
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe I love my axe. My carbon fiber is my third one. Extremely reliable guns, but on all 3 I've owned I've had to replace the poppet face due to leaks. I'm running a stock bolt with urethane orings and...
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Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Grantiforous supports Empire
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $700.00
Pros: Shoots amazingly smooth when tuned
Cons: Poppit face is touchy
I love my axe. My carbon fiber is my third one. Extremely reliable guns, but on all 3 I've owned I've had to replace the poppet face due to leaks. I'm running a stock bolt with urethane orings and urethane bolt guide orings, stock dwell, back cap 1.25 turns out, 160 psi at 290 fps +/- 5. It could shoot a little quieter but the kick is greatly softened.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe My Empire Axe set up is as follows: Stock Axe - Sanded down to bare aluminium and polished Lurker Bolt Was recommended, but I cannot really tell the difference. Vangard Grips After having these on...
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GregT
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Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
GregT is for the Gunfight
GregT has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
GregT has achieved Level 2 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: More 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: $350.00
Pros: Inexpensive, High-End Competitive, Reliability
Cons: Huh...None Really!
My Empire Axe set up is as follows:

Stock Axe - Sanded down to bare aluminium and polished

Lurker Bolt
Was recommended, but I cannot really tell the difference.

Vangard Grips
After having these on here they look better, but I prefer the feel of the stock grips. Plan on switching back, just haven't done it yet.

Numech Grip Extender
For larger people (I'm 6'3") I think that the Axe as-is will be uncomfortable compared to some of the PE guns. I was thinking about trading it, but after finding this little $35 piece of amazing I'm keeping my axe. This increases the grip spacing by about 2" and can be bought in multiple colours.

Redline Grip
This stock mod from Empire changes out the entire foregrip with an LED screened & better boarded grip. Literally takes about 30 seconds to change out.

Overall, the Axe is the step-up from my first speedball gun, the Invert Mini v2, and I could not be happier with it. For under $500 you can get a used Axe, upgrade it with a Redline when you get some scratch together, and have a well-honed tourney gun that has been doing well in major tournaments (Infamous won Chicago just recently). I seriously thought about an EGO before getting the grip extender, but now I'm keeping this for life!

PS: If you get a Redline grip, you can get an Invert Mini and keep it as backup if your Axe ever goes down. In about 2 minutes you can remove the Redline from the Axe, slap it on the Mini, and it functions seamlessly!!!
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Empire Axe Love this gun! Feels great in my hands and shoots super smooth!! Great gun for a reasonable price!!
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guitarfrk301
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Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: South Carolina
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Length of use: More 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: $459.00
Pros: Very smooth! Pretty Consistent! Great feeling!!!
Cons: none?
Love this gun! Feels great in my hands and shoots super smooth!! Great gun for a reasonable price!!
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe Bought used, and was getting serious drop-off issues. Lubed the poppet, and it works perfectly.
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Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Palmetto, FL
Gvedd941 has achieved Level 2 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $359.00
Pros: Light, Efficient
Cons: Feedneck
Bought used, and was getting serious drop-off issues. Lubed the poppet, and it works perfectly.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe I would suggest this for beginners & up!
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Hannibal
Legacy
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Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: NC
Hannibal has been a member for 10 years
Hannibal plays in the PSP
Hannibal supports Empire
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Price paid: $200.00
Pros: Excellent backup gun
Cons: Has its quirks, but nothing really
I would suggest this for beginners & up!
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
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