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Empire - Mini 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
Empire has incorporated a unique, patented valve and flow technology design into this high performance tournament-grade marker. The single tube poppet system is innovative, and delivers incredible velocity, consistency and accuracy. The Mini is small, but ergonomically designed to fit right and exceed your expectations.
 Manual: Download the manual for Empire Download
 Release Date: 2006
 MSRP: $324.99
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 stars.
 Reviews: 433
 Rating Summary:
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Empire - Mini Reviews
Empire Mini This gun is great for a newbie or casual player. Easy to clean and maintain. Its accurate and reliable. I use mibe for woodsball and speedball. Only downfall is the trigger isnt good. Very loose and...
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ashep01
 
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Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Raynham, Ma
ashep01 supports Team VICIOUS
ashep01 is for the Gunfight
ashep01 plays in the APPA D4 division
ashep01 supports DLX Technology
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: $325.00
Pros: small, fast, reliable, easy to clean
Cons: trigger and asa
This gun is great for a newbie or casual player. Easy to clean and maintain. Its accurate and reliable. I use mibe for woodsball and speedball.
Only downfall is the trigger isnt good. Very loose and lots of side play. Asa isnt good either. Was eating the threads of my tank. Pretty much a must to upgrade those two.
Gun is very small and i like that. Im a smaller player with small hands so it fits me well. I recommend trying it out before buying.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini overall its a good gun its just needs a on/off asa and you are very limited on what you can upgrade for this gun but overall it can sling paint and its a good backup gun
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badboy253
 
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Join Date: May 2011
Location: Spanaway, WA
badboy253 is for the Gunfight
badboy253 is for the Gunfight
badboy253 supports Pev's Paintball
badboy253 has achieved Level 2 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $240.00
Pros: small. lightweight
Cons: no on/off asa,little upgrades,kick
overall its a good gun its just needs a on/off asa and you are very limited on what you can upgrade for this gun but overall it can sling paint and its a good backup gun
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini this is one of the best guns i have ever shot
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baller 25
 
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: ohio
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: $0.01
Pros: everything
Cons: i havent found any next
this is one of the best guns i have ever shot
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini i hav this gun for a little bit and dont like it it is too small and i cant get my hands around it to support it. going to a tournament in may and am not looking forward to using it. other that...
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ballin0316
 
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Join Date: Feb 2009
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: $324.00
Pros: light, small, somewhat fast, no macro line
Cons: too small!!
i hav this gun for a little bit and dont like it it is too small and i cant get my hands around it to support it. going to a tournament in may and am not looking forward to using it. other that that if u get a small peanut tank on and u hav small STRONG hands u can get really up into a bunker.

i think the money i paid for it was ok. the grip is hard to get on it doesnt fit and the grip with the board in it slides off in the middle of a game... trouble. looks arent that bad. over all i could give it a 6 out of 10
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini Love the gun very light and easy to handle and play with. recommend it to anyone who is wanting a gun that can keep up with the big boys
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Bconaway
 
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Join Date: Oct 2012
Bconaway is BST Trusted
Bconaway owns a Planet Eclipse Etek
Bconaway plays in the APPA beginner division
Bconaway has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
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Bconaway has achieved Level 2 in PbNation Pursuit
Bconaway 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: $345.99
Pros: highly accurate, lightweight, durable, Amazing!
Cons: eye makes the gun little picky when shooting
Love the gun very light and easy to handle and play with. recommend it to anyone who is wanting a gun that can keep up with the big boys
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini The Invert Mini is a very good shooting gun. It out classes any gun at or lower than its price. It's small which makes it good for speed ball. It's very durable. I've never seen a broken mini at...
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Bean Burritozz
 
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Join Date: Dec 2011
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: $250.00
Pros: small, smooth, simple, yet effecient
Cons: blocky, bad trigger, bad asa, heavy
The Invert Mini is a very good shooting gun. It out classes any gun at or lower than its price. It's small which makes it good for speed ball. It's very durable. I've never seen a broken mini at anytime except for ASA problems. The ASA is probably one of the worst ASAs they can put on a paintball gun. The only upgrade i would buy for this gun is the Empire Relay On/Off ASA. It's $80 i believe, but it is worth it. The trigger on the Mini isn't the best, but it's better than some of the guns in its price range. The clamping feedneck is good, the bolt system is very good. It's a spool valve gun, not a poppet, so it's not going to feel anything like an ego, victory, or intimidator when you shoot it. You will never have any leak in this gun. The only problems you'll ever have have to either do with the board or the ASA. If it's shooting weird, reset your board to factory settings, and before you ever use this gun for the first time, put bicycle chain lube (tri flow), on the ASA threads and then screw your tank in. This should fix hard tank screwing problems. The Mini is a different shape then most guns; it's very blocky, and back-heavy. If you have a steel or aluminum tank on this, it will be a pain the whole time. You'll have to actually try to keep you're barrel down. Very bad design, but it's a six year old gun right now, so we can give it some slack. The price has been the same for 6 years, if not, more now then then. The Mini is falling behind, and in the next 2 or 3 years, it'll be out dated, so get one now why they are still worth your while. As i said, a very good shooting gun. But, i would recommend to hold this gun with a tank on before you buy one, because it is back heavy.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini This gun never failed me while I used it. The barrel it came with wasn't terrible, it was accurate and consistent. No problems with leaking or anything, and the whole bolt assembly is easily...
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bgaugs
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Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: CT
bgaugs has achieved Level 2 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $309.00
Pros: lightweight, reliable, fast, accurate
Cons: lightweight, small, not so great ergos, trigger
This gun never failed me while I used it. The barrel it came with wasn't terrible, it was accurate and consistent. No problems with leaking or anything, and the whole bolt assembly is easily maintained. My biggest irk with this gun is its ergonomics and size. I have pretty big hands, and running and shooting accurately with this thing is a real challenge, as its ergonomics aren't great either. The ASA is a pain, it can get really hard to take your tank on and off since its not an on/off asa. The trigger is another gripe, I just could not rip on it, and I didn't like the optical switch, as the whole trigger just felt flimsy. Also, this gun being so light, it can become very unbalanced with a steel tank(as most guns would I imagine) and hopper full of paint. It does look super sexy though with gloss olive and swapped blue parts, and feels very solid and like a quality piece of gear in your hand. Jumped up to a used g6r and the ergos fit me very well.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini I have been using my Dust Silver Mini for nearly 5 years. Most of that time it has been a backup gun, but was my primary for the first 2 years. I originally had 2 Minis to start with. One was...
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BGD
 
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Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Raumati Beach, NZ
BGD owns a Planet Eclipse Geo
BGD has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
BGD has achieved Level 2 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 2/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $275.00
Pros: Price/Performance
Cons: Reliability
I have been using my Dust Silver Mini for nearly 5 years. Most of that time it has been a backup gun, but was my primary for the first 2 years. I originally had 2 Minis to start with. One was amazing from the box, the other had masssive blowback issues... which after much experimentation (and very little help from either the dealer or Kee) and replacement of poppets, orings, etc. found that the faulty component was the main board, which once replaced fixed the problem.

In that time I added a few items to improve its performance:
- Empire barrel kit (essential!)
- Tado board (more options)
- CP roller sing trigger (smooth)
- New Designz On/Off (save the ASA threads)
- New Designz bolt (essential to reduce kick and improve shot consistency)

The gun shoots nearly as well as my DM10 (my primary), not as quiet but every bit as accurate with only slightly more kick!

My big issues are with the gun just stopping... it has now gone through 2 (on the 3rd) eye logic boards. I find that these are susceptable to corrosion and become flakey after about a year of hard use. Also found that the Virtue eye logic board does not work well with the Tado board. About to put a Virtue board in.

In all, this gun represents (and still represents - in 2012) a very good value and can be competitive at any level of play.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini Great Low-End marker for your average Rec-Ball player. Smooth, Light, and Quiet marker at a hard price to beat! PROS: Light (Weighs around 1.5 ounces) So smooth it doesn't even feel like it's...
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BigBruiser4
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Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Alabama
BigBruiser4 has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: More 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: $350.00
Pros: Light, Smooth, and Quiet
Cons: ASA, Trigger, Feedneck, Barrel, and Eye Covers
Great Low-End marker for your average Rec-Ball player. Smooth, Light, and Quiet marker at a hard price to beat!

PROS:
Light (Weighs around 1.5 ounces)
So smooth it doesn't even feel like it's shooting
Quite (All you can hear is the loader)

CONS:
Pain in the *** ASA
Trigger has little sensitive, making it hard to walk the trigger
Feedneck that needs an Allen Key to be adjusted
Barrel sucks ***
Eye covers come off a lot when I'm playing
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini i bought my mini back in january and i love it. the only problem i have had with it is after about 8-10 cases of paint through it the solenoid starts to die. when i power it up and start to shoot it...
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bigman76
 
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Join Date: Jan 2012
bigman76 owns a Planet Eclipse Etek
bigman76 has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
bigman76 has achieved Level 2 in PbNation Pursuit
bigman76 supports Empire
Length of use: Less than 6 months
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: $320.00
Pros: small
Cons: solenoid
i bought my mini back in january and i love it. the only problem i have had with it is after about 8-10 cases of paint through it the solenoid starts to die. when i power it up and start to shoot it takes about 4-5 trigger pulls before it actually starts shooting paint. but other than that i have had no problems with it and it has worked extremely well for me
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
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