Originally Posted by guygrim
I am looking to buy a new marker.. 3rd year in the sport and I am currently using a 2012 Proto Reflex Rail. I am looking to buy a new speedball gun in the $700 - $900. So I am considering Ego 11 or Axe Pro / Axe LE. On the very high far end perhaps a BL G6R OR GEO 3.0.
I would really like you opinions.
Please note… I do not want to buy USED..
Ok fortunately I have experience with all of these markers. All of them are extremely well suited for tournament play and will hold up to anything you put them through. Here are my thoughts.
The Axe LE: Save your money and just get an axe. You can always add things to it as you require down the line. The exception to this would be if you view the items included on the LE as must haves.
Axe: Very reliable and very affordable marker. Ergonomics on this gun are excellent and the shot feel is pretty good too. The warranty is top notch. My downside for this gun is it is a bit more difficult to get to the eyes if you break paint during a day of play and the regulator is not user-serviceable. The stock barrel is also on the short end of what I prefer. Obviously this is also the most affordable of the guns you listed if you are buying brand new.
G6R: Best stack tube poppet I have used (the LV1 is smoother but not quite as efficient). It is both super efficient and super smooth. I also had great reliability with it with 3 years of ownership. The only downside I can maybe think of with it is that you do need to keep the pressures in the proper ranges (a 1-2 minute job after regulator maintenance).
Geo 3: My current marker and current favorite. I love the ergonomics of it and personally prefer single tubed markers. It can go a pretty long time without maintenance for a spool gun and is just super simple to work on. Probably the smoothest shooting gun of the bunch (there are other spools smoother though). It also has the very excellent pops asa, board, and trigger adjustment that Eclipse is known for. A downside is it is probably the least air efficient out of the guns you listed but I can still get 8-9 pods of a fill.
Ego 11: Great gun if you want super super low maintenance (as in I basically never maintain my stuff) and decent overall performance. Not quite as nice of a shooting gun as the G6R and also not quite as efficient. It is still a really great shooter though and a solid performer all around. The board and on/off are nicer on this gun than on the G6R and you also have the benefit of not needing to adjust the regulator pressures with a reg tester. Second most efficient of the guns you listed.