What kind type of Empire paint were you using? All Empire paint says "Advances Formula".
A few things you should try after replacing your 9.6 volt battery with a new one.
- Remove barrel and rapid fire. This will tell you where the balls are breaking.
- Try a cheaper paint. I recommend Empire Formula 13 for a good recreational paintball.
- Use a JT Revolution loader. Sometimes forcefeed loaders like the Halo Too can put too much tension on the stack of paintballs in the feedneck.
- Check your ball detents and feel around the breech for any sharp edges.
Hope this helps. Post up what you find out.
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