TLDR: Love this thing.
Previous experience: started playing in 99, took an extended break in 2004. Came back last march.
Play experience: Reffed rec ball and tournament ball at a regional level. Played a few tournaments between 3 to 10 man in Texas. Visited a few scenario games around Texas.
Markers: My main body of work is old school. Mags, Cockers are my previous markers. I've played with teammates' Angels, hyper framed mags, shoebox shockers, bushmasters and impulses. In March I bought a Drone DX from PBN classifieds which died a week before Viper's Fallout scenario at DFW.
The buy: Got my marker from hustlepaintball.com. They offer a 5% discount to United Paintball Club members. Ordered the Marker over the weekend, had it in my mitts by Wednesday.
Box/package related comments: Go to youtube.
I'm using a Ninja SL 77ci pro v2 reg, JnJ Edge barrel kit, Pinokio Speed hopper.
There are lots of things to love about this marker... going to point out the things I've noticed after the first weekend with the marker.
Trigger frame: I love the frame on this marker. There is some molding just under the trigger on the frame which is perfect to slip your trigger finger around. Feels really good, gives you a great grip on your marker as you make a move.
For the scenario game I shot two different kinds of paint polar ice and marbalizer. The Marbs were a little dimpled and I over bored(.691) since I was shooting two different paints but still had fairly consistent shots +- 5fps. I'm excited to shoot this with better paint I think shots will be very consistent with a good paint/barrel match.
The marker feels snappy. Had no feed problems or broken paint whether it was mid 70's at 2pm or mid 50's at 8pm. Efficiency wise i stepped onto the field each round with 500 rounds at a time. Instead of fishing through pods to see if I had any more paint at a given time, I knew I was out when my tank gauge went from 4500 psi to 3000... so roughly 30psi a shot on my 77ci tank.
To me balance is a important aspect of a marker that is grossly overlooked. The field I first worked for also had a pro-shop which could build auto cockers that were balanced between the hpr reg and the grip frame... felt fantastic. I look for something similar in my markers now.
The extended fore-grip makes the marker feel more balanced to me. The pic below shows the balance point behind the grip, but that's with only 20 paintballs or so in the hopper. With a full pod it's closer to the trigger which is where I like it.
I'm noticing a little wiggle where the ASA attaches to the grip frame. Probably just came a little loose in all the madness this weekend, but we'll see.
I've already put in my 2 cents on the etek5 vs ego11 debate. I think this pup shoots better, feels better and looks better than its ego brother.
Vs other markers I've used:
Any player who has never had to suffer with a high rate of fire marker before eyes came standard on said marker or before any hopper better than a Viewloader 12vlt revy was available should thank the paintball gods for the times they're playing. I would say this isn't a marker for smaller players. I'm 5'11 and full grown. For most younger players or maybe players with a shorter reach the farther fore grip with this size tank may not be comfortable.
I'm happy to expand on any points expressed or take trollish criticism as appropriate.