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Old 12-13-2012, 05:08 PM #1
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Empire sniper questions

Just got home with my NIB empire sniper. I have a few concerns, when I pull the pump back and let go of it, it wont return all the way forward on its own. Does it need lube? Is the spring weak?
Also is there a thread on tuning? Is it worth trying to drop the operating pressure from 225 to a little lower?
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:11 PM #2
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It may need something as simple as a touch of oil on each bolt o-ring. Start there. These guns often have a fairly strong return spring, in my experience.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:16 PM #3
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ill try that thanks man!
Do you usually lube the pump handle stem (not sure what to call it) the thing that the handle slides on?
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:27 PM #4
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No dice on lubing the bolt. still stops mid return.
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If its the return spring for the handle you can stretch it. Thats what I did to mine. Or get a spider main spring.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:39 PM #6
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thanks man tearing the pump handle apart now
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:56 PM #7
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If its the return spring for the handle you can stretch it. Thats what I did to mine. Or get a spider main spring.
That did it! thank you sir!
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:56 AM #8
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I'm a little surprised, but I suppose springs can be duds, too.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:33 PM #9
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May need to put a second spring in to guarantee a full return
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:28 PM #10
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So streatching the spring worked... for about 1500 balls... now same thing...
Ive googled springs and i see i can get a direct replacement for $5. I also see you can get a polished pump handle guide. My question is, is this worth it? Also does anyone have any links for other aftermarket springs or parts?
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:19 PM #11
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There's a pretty good chance you just need to do something simple to it, but without feeling it, I'm having a hard time determining what. Your pump arms could be bent, your detent may be too stiff, there could be binding somewhere. Try taking the return spring out, reassembling, then check the stroke for binding points.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:50 PM #12
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There's a pretty good chance you just need to do something simple to it, but without feeling it, I'm having a hard time determining what. Your pump arms could be bent, your detent may be too stiff, there could be binding somewhere. Try taking the return spring out, reassembling, then check the stroke for binding points.
I'm really thinking its the spring. Because when I stretch it I can pull the pump handle back to cock. Then release the pump handle and without helping with my hand the handle moves all the way foreword. When the spring weakens it won't return to it's foreword firing position with out help. Other then that it's smooth. It just seems the spring gets worn down very easy.
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Old 12-01-2014, 12:09 PM #13
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I just picked up the Empire sniper and played with it yesterday for the first time. Any ideas or tricks to sweet spot the reg and/or tune it?
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I'm really thinking its the spring. Because when I stretch it I can pull the pump handle back to cock. Then release the pump handle and without helping with my hand the handle moves all the way foreword. When the spring weakens it won't return to it's foreword firing position with out help. Other then that it's smooth. It just seems the spring gets worn down very easy.
I doubt its the spring especially if this Sniper was NIB. I've had two Empire Snipers. My first was a well used one with a decently smooth return stroke. My second one was much newer and stuck on the return. Like you, my first thought was the spring. Hell, I thought it was missing a spring all together until I tore it apart. After a bit of testing I found that the biggest culprit was the pump handle sticking on the guide rod. What I did was remove the pump handle, throw a bit in the drill press, and ream it out a bit. You really need a loose fit but take your time and go slow as the handles are something like $50 to replace. I would highly recommend giving this a try, my new Sniper is now ridiculously smooth, even better than my well broken in one.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:04 PM #15
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You need to adjust the pump pod arms and make sure they are exactly the same length. Was having the same problem with my Sniper for a while. Ended up screwing mine in a bit and it's insanely smooth now.
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I just picked up the Empire sniper and played with it yesterday for the first time. Any ideas or tricks to sweet spot the reg and/or tune it?
You sweet spot it just like any other cocker.
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You sweet spot it just like any other cocker.
Sorry Frank, I have never used a cocker so I am unfamiliar with the process. Any help would be appreciated.
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Go back to Pump Markers Tech Discussion > Ultimate Sticky/FAQ. Lots of answers in there!
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:07 PM #19
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so my sniper leaks from the air gauge. i switched out regulators and it works perfect. anyone know whats wrong with my regulator,
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That doesn't make sense. The gauge leaked so you switched regs?
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