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Smart Parts
100 Station Street
Loyalhanna, PA 15661

Phone: (800) 992-2147
Fax: (724) 539-2298
Email: customersvceast@smartparts.com
Website: http://www.smartparts.com
Epiphany
 Manual: Download the manual for Smart Parts Download
 Release Date: 2007
 MSRP: $275.00
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 stars.
 Reviews: 51
 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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Smart Parts - Epiphany Reviews
Smart Parts Epiphany First impression: When I took the marker out of the box I had a pretty good first impression. It felt good in my hands and the grip was quite ergonomical. However, when I tried walking the trigger,...
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AznAssassin
 
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Join Date: May 2009
Length of use: More than 1 year
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: $250.00
Pros: Excellent bang for the buck.
Cons: Needs upgrades in certain areas
First impression:

When I took the marker out of the box I had a pretty good first impression. It felt good in my hands and the grip was quite ergonomical. However, when I tried walking the trigger, it was really, stiff. After loosening the screws the trigger felt amazing. Another noticeable quality was the weight. The frame alone of the gun is probably heavier than most fully assembled markers. One thing that impressed me was the stock Freak barrel. Personally, I believe it is one of the best barrels in paintball. Overall, the marker made a good first impression even though a little bit of tuning had to be done.

Performance:

The initial performance at the field was quite decent, although it could have used some improvement.

Let's begin with the trigger. Shooting on semi-auto was no trouble because the stock trigger worked quite well. Even though I have a preference for sling triggers, the stock trigger rocked back and forth with ease.

Moving on to the barrel. The Freak barrel system I think is awesome. Even though the insert was a little wide, the accuracy was great. The only upgrade for the barrel I would get would be an insert kit.

Next the stock board. In general, stock Smart Parts boards are mediocre. They aren't the worst stock boards, but they are far from the best. The board and the solenoid only offer a limited amount of firing modes and a 17 bps cap. In addition, it offers no preset tournament modes such as PSP or Millennium. Even though I did not have any problems with the stock board, I still recommend replacing it with a better board.

Finally the regulator and they bolt. The stock regulator is fairly decent but could definitely use some improvement. I don't remember exactly how consistent it was the last time i chrono'd it but the variation wasn't horrible. The firebolt bolt is a great stock bolt in my opinion. I've never had a problem with it and it's only broken poor quality paint.

One thing that kind of bothers me is the fact that it has no BoB system. A BoB saves a lot of time and makes it easier to service the marker. It takes me at least ten minutes to break the gun down and put it back together. Quite a lot of time for a small amount of maintenance. In addition, the marker is really heavy compared to many contemporary markers such as the DP G3 and the PMR. However, I gotta admit that the body is a seriously solid hunk of metal that's not going to be damaged easily.

Overall, the bone stock Epiphany offers some fairly good bang for the buck, but it can really use some upgrades which I will list next.

Upgrades (personal recommendation)

Board: Virtue OLED or Universal ION/XE/Epiphany/EOS. Expensive but worth every penny and backed with a lifetime warranty.

Regulator: CP reg or Dye Hyper 2 or 3. These regulators are some of the best in the sport and will definitely improve the efficiency and consistency of your marker.

Bolt: Personally, I am satisfied with the firebolt however, if you really want to upgrade the bolt I recommend a Tech T L7 bolt.

Barrel: The freak barrel is already an amazing barrel. An insert kit is definitely a recommendation and if you really want to upgrade the barrel, I suggest either an All-American barrel, Stiffi, or a Dye UL barrel.

ASA: Although I have had no problems with the stock ASA some people dislike it because it can strip threads. A good replacement ASA is once again CP.

Overview: Even though this gun will not quite match up to the performance of EGO's, DM's, and Bob Long's the Smart Parts Epiphany is still a fine marker. With the right upgrades and the proper care the Epiphany can effectively hold its own against many higher end guns and still won't put a huge hole in your wallet. Overall, for the budget minded speedballer, the Epiphany offers awesome bang for the buck.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Smart Parts Epiphany UPGRADES-360 qev,empire reg,cp trig,empire asa,virtue eyes. PERFORMANCE- mine is great i've shot about 14 cases and stil kickin. and im rippin 15bps at 280fps all the time. VALUE-i thought i got it...
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getupfront
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Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: McDonough, Ga
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 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $150.00
Pros: fast, reliable, efficient
Cons: cleaning
UPGRADES-360 qev,empire reg,cp trig,empire asa,virtue eyes.
PERFORMANCE- mine is great i've shot about 14 cases and stil kickin. and im rippin 15bps at 280fps all the time.
VALUE-i thought i got it good for my used 150. i was going to buy a pmr but i saw a kid come with a brand new crapped one and decided against.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Smart Parts Epiphany Its really a solid gun only complaints is the maintenance which takes about 10mins and a tad bit heavier than most guns in its price range. It shoots ropes with no dropoff *set your dwell...
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SWAYED117
 
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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Rochester NY
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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 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $80.00
Pros: Accurate, No kick,
Cons: Maintenance
Its really a solid gun only complaints is the maintenance which takes about 10mins and a tad bit heavier than most guns in its price range.

It shoots ropes with no dropoff *set your dwell accordingly*

The freak jr is great just need a smaller insert for better paint to bore match
Comes stock with the .693 insert I personally use the .689

ASA/Reg work fine no problem there Id really suggest keeping stock reg.

Grips- I got some Bunkerking Bruce lee ones because the stock ones were ripping

Feedneck- you can get a decent clamping one off Ebay for under 20$

From beginner to even a local tourny player this gun is great I dont suggest it for higher level tournaments because of disassembly/maintenance time. But would make a great backup marker.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Smart Parts Epiphany I got this gun for my birthday and it rules. Like most guns however, you will have to buy a new feedneck because a HALO will not fit. It comes with a Freak Jr. barrel witch is quite accurate. I love...
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paintfreak93
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: mechanicsburg PA
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: $250.00
Pros: looks, accuracy, trigger, weight
Cons: feedneck, asa
I got this gun for my birthday and it rules. Like most guns however, you will have to buy a new feedneck because a HALO will not fit. It comes with a Freak Jr. barrel witch is quite accurate. I love it's looks, i got the black/white one and i love it. Must buy for any Smart Parts fan!!!!!!!!
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Smart Parts Epiphany from my experiance with the smart parts epiphany i found out that its a pretty good gun but i dont think it is really worth the money, i think i could find a better gun for 300 dollars. When i first...
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SLG05769
 
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Join Date: May 2009
Location: Bloomington, IL
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $300.00
Pros: accuarate (freak barrel), fast, looks cool
Cons: weight, cleaning
from my experiance with the smart parts epiphany i found out that its a pretty good gun but i dont think it is really worth the money, i think i could find a better gun for 300 dollars. When i first got my epiphany, it dident work at all so i sent it in and i dident get it back untill 2 months later, i have no idea what was wrong with smart parts . My favorite part of the gun is the looks and the trigger fits me perfect. The feedneck could use work though. Another pain was taking it apart to clean, there is a lot of small pieces.
Overall it is an ok gun, just ok for me.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Smart Parts Epiphany The Epiphany is an all around good marker for the price. It doesn't exactly perform up in the same group as Trixes, Egos, Timmys, etc, but this gun gives a lot of bang for your buck. The stock...
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EmpireAssassin
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Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Storrs, CT
EmpireAssassin owns a Planet Eclipse Geo
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EmpireAssassin plays in the APPA D4 division
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: Read review
Cons: Read review
The Epiphany is an all around good marker for the price. It doesn't exactly perform up in the same group as Trixes, Egos, Timmys, etc, but this gun gives a lot of bang for your buck. The stock Epiphany comes loaded with some pretty nice goodies including the Firebolt, On/Off ASA, Breech insert kit (to regulate velocity better) and a 14" Freak Jr. barrel with a .691 insert. However the Epiphany lacks a clamping feedneck and the stock board is the same as an Ion board, which has a 17 BPS cap and a lack of adjustability. The gun looks pretty nice straight out of the box (especially with the polished gold finish) and

I've owned mine for about 1 1/2 years and it's been good to me, but also troublesome at times. I've had to deal with a stripped breech, a broken screw bearing, busted banjo fittings, and torn battery wires (all of which are covered by the 1-year factory warranty included with the marker). SP Customer service was great, though and repaired my gun within a month. When the gun didn't have a problem though, it shot fine for me all day.

The trigger on the Epiphany is somewhat snappy and somewhat stiff out of the box, but once the desired adjustments were made, putting lanes of paint downfield required little effort. On the field, the Epiphany has somewhat decent air efficiency. I use a 68/3000 and a fill will last me anywhere from 5 to 8 games, although I am a somewhat "conservative" shooter. The Freak Jr. barrel provides excellent accuracy and the .691 insert allows me to shoot most paint without a problem. The gun doesn't chop balls very much unless the gun is used in very cold weather. Other than that, the gun will perform pretty well during play.

Maintenace is one of the more arduous tasks of this marker. The entire gun must me disassembled to get to the bolt and the breech, which makes lubing it after a day of play very frustrating sometimes, but allows you to thoroughly clean the entire marker.

All in all, the Epiphany is a great gun for the player just breaking into speedball, especially since the retail price dropped greatly and you can now buy one for about $250 at most online stores. It's definitely an upgrade from any Spyder or Tippy that you have. All I suggest buying for it is a clamping feedneck and a Freak insert kit if you're picky about paint to barrel matching. Although, if you're searching for a gun that can sling paint with the best of them, you should probably look elsewhere and plan to spend a little bit more money.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 3.8/5 stars.
Smart Parts Epiphany i have had this gun for about 5 months now and every time i use it it gets better and better. The trigger is easily adjustable and the ball berings prevent the trigger to sway back and forth not like...
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smartparts0170
 
Join Date: May 2008
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: $200.00
Pros: easy trigger adjustment, freak barrel, very light
Cons: the barrel insert, adjusting the modes
i have had this gun for about 5 months now and every time i use it it gets better and better. The trigger is easily adjustable and the ball berings prevent the trigger to sway back and forth not like the ion. The thing that sucks about this gun is that you have to take off the grip to adjust the modes on the gun. the curcuit board is very good and is fast enough especially when firing 17 bps. When i got this gun one month went by and the wiring harness went on me. i sent the gun to smart parts in pittsburgh and they fixed it free of charge. the people at smart parts were very helpful and nice(thank you). Also this gun is fully customizable . Overall this is a great gun, its like an ion on STERIODS!!
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 3.5/5 stars.
Smart Parts Epiphany The epiphany really isn't a bad marker, especially now that they are $200 new. It is a gun you can beat up on fields that you do not want to use your higher end gun (ie sand field ). The epiphany is...
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Tru24FanatiK
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Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South Bend
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $120.00
Pros: great looks, solid build, good aftermarket parts.
Cons: Ion internals, no bolt out back.
The epiphany really isn't a bad marker, especially now that they are $200 new. It is a gun you can beat up on fields that you do not want to use your higher end gun (ie sand field ). The epiphany is an ion with some very good upgrades, a stronger built body and frame, and a much more appealing look. The fire chamber insert idea is a first, and can work well providing that you know how to use them correctly. The firebolt, Freak barrel, and a solid trigger are great additions to the marker. Some pros of this gun is namely the price.It also has a much better feel than an ion. Some cons of this marker is the lack of the bolt out back feature. Also the lack of an aftermarket board (blackheart stock would have been very nice). It is a little bit heavier than an ion as well. A clamping feedneck wouldn't hurt either.

It shoots at a higher operating pressure as an ion. It can also take quite a beating, but i hate having to take the whole gun apart to reach the bolt. A good gun to own for a backup or even to have as as a rec gun. Shoots fairly smooth and isn't loud at all. I would recommend this gun for those who are looking into an ion or looking to drop tournament ball and stick to rec play.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 3.5/5 stars.
Smart Parts Epiphany I feel that the epiphany is an amazing gun. Smart Parts really took the ion design to the next level with this marker and people should be willing to give it a chance. The new look is sweet, little...
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victoralphacharlie
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Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Rockport, In
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 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $300.00
Pros: Looks great and works awsome
Cons: Kind of heavy and still have to takeapart to clean
I feel that the epiphany is an amazing gun. Smart Parts really took the ion design to the next level with this marker and people should be willing to give it a chance. The new look is sweet, little on the heavier side compared to some guns but unless you haven't gone to the gym in a while it shouldn't be too big of a deal. The fire chamber inserts really have been a good step forward with the increased operating pressure to prevent any drop off. The stock features are much better than that of the ions, but you still should get a budget for a new feedneck. The stock barrel is a major improvement over the ion's wtf is that stick, just need to get few inserts and you're good to go. I bought mine while it was still 300 but with the new low price of $200-250 there should be no reason to forget about that ion and take this baby up. Only problems i've had is a few leaks everynow and then which i easly fixed and moved past. The newer model EOS has been released with the bob body and new maxflow-r regulator to help with the bolt cleaning process but no doubt till the price drops bit more, the epiphany is a good choice. I say go out to a local store, check this baby out, and make the choice on weather this gun is you.
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  • Currently 3.5/5 stars.
Smart Parts Epiphany Okay lets start from the beginning... After i bought the gun and waited so un-patiently for it to come I will tell you it wasnt worth it.. the first night i had it i took it outta the box super...
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Firesickle
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 2.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Price paid: $249.95
Pros: None
Cons: ALOT!!!!
Okay lets start from the beginning... After i bought the gun and waited so un-patiently for it to come I will tell you it wasnt worth it.. the first night i had it i took it outta the box super excited to shoot it the next day... The next day i got some air hooked it up... turned the ASA to on and the pressure was WAY to high so after calling tech (who suckd) the problem wasnt fixed.. so then it started to leak.. so i took it to the local field had them fix it... got it home and went to adjust the pressure back to 280 where it should be and the reg bolt wouldnt budge.. needless to say.. ive owned it for 3 days and havent yet fired a single ball... im extremely dissappointed with smart parts and the quality of this gun.
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
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