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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: 477
 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 I purchased my Axe from ANS while still working in Kuwait as a defense contractor. It felt great in my hands. Filled it right up as opposed to my old Mini. The next weekend I took it out to the local...
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Searider808
 
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Join Date: Nov 2012
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 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $719.00
Pros: Consistent, Low sound signature, smooth,
Cons: Plain looking, Short stock barrel, Air feed tube
I purchased my Axe from ANS while still working in Kuwait as a defense contractor. It felt great in my hands. Filled it right up as opposed to my old Mini. The next weekend I took it out to the local field to chrono. Thats when I found out that Kuwait has no field chrono limit. Cause they didnt have one on and they told me that they had no fps limit. Cool. After a nice hard grind I was very satisfied with the Empire Axe. I have shot many other guns and yes the Axe is most def not the best gun out there, as opposed to the like of Geos, Ego, DMs, act. But, the main selling point to me was the ease of maintenance and affordability and availability of parts. And of course its great ability to hold its own. I love my Axe and have no intention of looking elsewhere.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe I have put my axe through torture for about a year and a half now and it is still flying like a dream. I run with an Empire axe, Virtue spire, Super Freak barrel kit, and an Empire 68/4500. This...
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Shad024
 
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Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Missouri
Shad024 plays in the APPA D5 division
Shad024 has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
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Shad024 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: $300.00
Pros: It's almost invincible
Cons: small (but fixable) problems
I have put my axe through torture for about a year and a half now and it is still flying like a dream. I run with an Empire axe, Virtue spire, Super Freak barrel kit, and an Empire 68/4500. This thing is a workhorse. It seems like no matter what you put it through, it just refuses to break. I have had a few problems with it. Most (if not all) were fixed the day the problem arised. I am not going to lie to you though, a lot of them were my fault lol. I have cleaned and lubed this thing after each time played,(Which is what I believe keeps a marker healthy) but there were a few times when I took it apart I put it back together slightly wrong. This is what usually caused problems. They were easily identified though and quickly fixed. The one problem I have noticed with multiple axes is a little plastic piece on the bolt. There is a clear circular plastic piece on the bolt that I believe opens and closes the air transfer from the bolt to the breech of the gun. For some odd reason, this little piece seems to go bad in lots of axe's. Once it goes bad, you will be able to hear a leak coming from the breech of you gun. It is a small leak, but it's audible. Even when it is leaking the gun will hold air good enough to play all day. It isn't enough to drain a tank. Yet it is still a leak. Anyways, all you have to do, is remove the bad piece (It screws off Im pretty sure) and replace it with a new one. Empire provides one in the repair kit that comes with it. Also, since the piece is circular, it is extremely hard to get a grip with just your fingers. So you will have to remove it with pliers of some sort. This will damage the piece, but since it's bad you will just be throwing it away anyways. Whereas installing the new piece, (DO NOT DAMAGE IT, ESPECIALLY WITH PLIERS). You will have to screw it on with you fingers. If you use pliers, you will flatten the edges and render it useless. OVERALL the axe is an amazing marker and I have loved every day of playing with it. I would reccomend it to anyone. It is a great marker for the price as it is not as smooth as a luxe for instance, but it doesn't have a lot of kick either. Great job Empire!!!
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe I'll start off by saying this is the absolute marker to buy if you're on a budget. At this point in time, there is no other marker to consider. The Axe shoots just as straight, and just as fast as...
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sil180sr
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New York, NY
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $400.00
Pros: Value, Customer Service
Cons: Quality
I'll start off by saying this is the absolute marker to buy if you're on a budget. At this point in time, there is no other marker to consider. The Axe shoots just as straight, and just as fast as the more expensive markers out there, and it gets the job done right.

So far I've had four Axes and I keep coming back to them. I always end up going for a more expensive marker than realize it shoots just like the axe but costs more.

Custom service with Kee is great, I've had the Axe fail on me but replacement parts have always been free and shipped to me in 2-3 days.

The only con about the Axe is the quality of materials. Dont get me wrong, it doesn't feel cheap when your're playing with it but when you compare the Axe with a more expensive gun, you can tell the difference in build quality. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that when you consider the price, but this is still a con to consider.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe I love my Custom Anno Axe Pro with Boss bolt and springs. smmoooth like butter. great on air and it keeps up just fine against the more money guns.
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SingaporeSlayer
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Join Date: May 2012
Location: BC Canada
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
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: $500.00
Pros: reliable, great on air
Cons: if u have to clean your eyes its a pain in the ...
I love my Custom Anno Axe Pro with Boss bolt and springs. smmoooth like butter. great on air and it keeps up just fine against the more money guns.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe I bought the limited edition Ice axe. Love it! Shoots just as good as my Luxe did and I get more shots out of my 68/4500 tank.
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sk8ter107
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Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Beaufort, NC
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sk8ter107 has achieved Level 3 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: More 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: $413.00
Pros: Shoots great. Stock barrel is nice.
Cons: None yet!
I bought the limited edition Ice axe. Love it! Shoots just as good as my Luxe did and I get more shots out of my 68/4500 tank.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe For the time I have had this gun, Im impressed with it. The gun looks great, its compact, and out of the box it is tournament ready. The only thing I dont like is that the bolt is a little harsh on...
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Slynch
 
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Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Kent Island
Slynch plays in the APPA D5 division
Slynch has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
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 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $470.00
Pros: Small, Fast, Cheap
Cons: Weight, bolt
For the time I have had this gun, Im impressed with it. The gun looks great, its compact, and out of the box it is tournament ready. The only thing I dont like is that the bolt is a little harsh on brittle paint, you can go buy a spring kit to help with brittle paint. Also it is a little on the heavy side. All and all I would have to say its a great gun for under 500.00, and I would recommend it for any level of player.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe I received a Mini when they first came out. It would turn out to be the most reliable gun I've ever had the privilege to own and shoot. The Axe takes the perfect functionality of the Mini and gives...
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Snichells
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Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Denver
Snichells is a Supporting Member
Snichells has been a member for 10 years
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Snichells plays in the APPA D4 division
Snichells is Legendary
Length of use: More than 1 year
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: $280.00
Pros: Gives the Mini the ups it deserves; flawless
Cons: Not a looker and is quite small
I received a Mini when they first came out. It would turn out to be the most reliable gun I've ever had the privilege to own and shoot. The Axe takes the perfect functionality of the Mini and gives it the On/Off and other steroids that turns it into a top tier paintball marker.

I've never had any of my dozen Minis or 5 Axes have an issue. Not one out of all 17. Even my IM9 needs an oring change every once in awhile and a dab of lube but the Axe is a camel when it comes to reliability.

Because the gun is quite small I typically add a Newmech fore grip extender. For $30 the gun turns into arguably one of the most comfortable feeling guns.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe For the price, this gun cannot be beat. Shoots smooth as butter after being properly broken in and tuned, accurate as any other tournament level paintball marker, efficient (maybe 10 pods off my 68?...
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Join Date: Aug 2004
sogo has been a member for 10 years
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: $450.00
Pros: Performance, Ergonomics, Ease of Maintenance
Cons: Stock Barrel, little heavy
For the price, this gun cannot be beat. Shoots smooth as butter after being properly broken in and tuned, accurate as any other tournament level paintball marker, efficient (maybe 10 pods off my 68? I only carry 6), speed isn't much of a concern now days but the axe can keep up with 12.5 ramp & 15 semi.

For me, this gun feels great in the hands. I added a tank extender to get it to an appropriate length and now this gun feels perfect. There is an easy to follow tuning guide in the sticky's I recommend to get your axe shooing smooth. If you care to add an aftermarket bolt, you can expect a little smoother shot.

The stock barrel is fine, especially if you like a shorter barrel, but I prefer a 14 inch and different bore sizes.

Compared to a Luxe or Geo 3 you might find this gun a little on the heavy side, but after adding a loader full of paint and a tank on the back BALANCE is much more important IMO. The way I have my Axe setup it is very well balanced.

Whether your a tournament player looking to downgrade or woodsball player looking to go electronic, the Axe is an excellent choice.

I'm writing this review based on 3 different Axe's I have owned. 1 Axe, 1 Axe Pro, and the marker I currently own is an Axe w/Redline. All have been amazing guns, which is why I came back to them
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe from packaging to performance, this marker is quite impressive. the box was well padded, has a cd manual and a nice parts box. marker itself has a nice balance and weight. aired it up and shot ropes...
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sokopath
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Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Canton, MI
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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: $340.00
Pros: size, balance performance
Cons: hard to say
from packaging to performance, this marker is quite impressive. the box was well padded, has a cd manual and a nice parts box. marker itself has a nice balance and weight. aired it up and shot ropes straight out of the box. for the price, it's really hard to find a con, without stating personal preferance. some people are against kee due to their customer service, but that should be for you to decide
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Axe The best gun hands down for the price... never let me down so far.. balls do not break.. shoots ropes.. have not had a problem.. getting mine engraved by kohn sports...
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sorce13
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Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: NYC
sorce13 has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
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Length of use: More 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: $350.00
Pros: excellent gun. shoots ropes, low maintance,
Cons: theres nothing wrong with it..
The best gun hands down for the price... never let me down so far.. balls do not break.. shoots ropes.. have not had a problem.. getting mine engraved by kohn sports...
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
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