I think from all i've researched the etha is by far the more friendly new player gun. Better stock barrrel, tools and grease included, not just parts. Hard carrying case, and I don't think you can really beat planet eclipse customer support.
I get preached at about the axe every time i go near my field or shop, so I literally don't want one just because everyone has one, and they're attempting to cram one down my gullet every time i ask about anything. I'm sure it's a good marker but geez do they ever preach about it. Oh and bash anything else other than the axe and call it garbage.