Originally Posted by BuiltforBoost
I had an Empire Sniper. I loved it. Shot very consistant and accurate. Honestly I believe it was more accurate than my T2(stock) due to the great barrel and better consistancy. I prefer my T2's pump stroke and 86* frame, thats why I sold the Empire eventually. But I feel it is well worth the money, especially for the weekend warrior player.
The only downsides I found with the sniper were as follows:
1. It tore through detents. Never a huge deal, just something to know. Buy extra's.
2. The sled rubbed the body. Again not a big deal, and didn't effect performance at all. But it seemed no matter what I did the sled rubbed causing anno wear.
3. Tear down was kinda tedious. In no way was it complicated, but the screws holding the pump handle on had to be removed about a quarter turn at a time until loose enough to grab with your fingers. Again not a big deal(at least to me). Also when re-installing the valve the ivg threads would sometimes slice an o-ring causing the marker to leak once aired up. So take extra care if you ever perform this operation.
4. The asa degassed really slowly. Still worked as it should but kinda annoying.
Those are the only flaws I experienced with my Sniper in the 6 months or so using it. All minor in my opinion. Other than those it's a great marker, and I reccomend it to people all the time. Hope this info helps a little.
This guy nailed it. I never had sled drag or problems degassing, but other then that, I had an almost identical experience.
I had a sniper and loved it. Great value, light, accurate, efficient, consistent, smooth and pretty light pump stroke, and is solid in your hands. However, I recently sold it and bought a new 86 framed T2, mainly for the lighter pump stroke and the color.
My only complaints with the Sniper are:
1. The detents wear out due to the bolt o-rings dragging so much.
2. They used different size screws for the Stock Class feedneck and the Open Class feedneck. It's not a big deal, but it annoyed me to switch allen wrenches.
3. For me, the marker played really short and because the ASA mounts to the frame, there's only so far back that you can move it. Also, since the dovetail groove on the ASA is not a common pattern, I couldn't just buy a standard rail or reverse drop to move my tank back without also having to use a different ASA - which sucked because I REALLY love the empire front outlet ASA.
Overall, I would still recommend the Empire Sniper to anyone looking for the best *new* pump for under $600.