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Old 02-09-2015, 11:12 PM #1
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Etek 5 - First impressions post 24 hour scenario game

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.

Setup:

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.

Pros:

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.



Shooting:
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.

Balance:
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.


Cons:
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.
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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.
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Old 02-13-2015, 05:57 PM #2
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Do you run the bolt dry with only the orings lubed up? Did you remove the bolt for any cleaning during the 24hr game?

I ran an all day game with my old Etek3 and got a lot of fine dirt dust on my bolt which scratched up the insides of the breech.

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Old 02-13-2015, 06:08 PM #3
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I very lightly lube the whole bolt. The marker came with what seemed like a fairly large helping of lube when I took it out of the box and I haven't noticed any scratching in the breech yet.
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:57 PM #4
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Nice write up. Very informative and helpful. Thanks
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Old 02-18-2015, 12:25 PM #5
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Cons:
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.
Same here. In fact, my first day playing with it, one of the allen bolts from the ASA fell out during a game. Whoever is assembling these ASAs to the marker needs to be fired.
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Old 02-18-2015, 01:10 PM #6
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Mine came slightly loose on my first day too. Wasnt too worried. Tightened it up and havent had an issue since. Same thing happened with my rail when i first got it
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:04 PM #7
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Yea, that seems to be the case for me too. I have had no issues after tightening the old girl down.
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:15 PM #8
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I'm going to play on Sunday. I can't wait to shoot this marker.
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Old 02-20-2015, 03:47 AM #9
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Same here. In fact, my first day playing with it, one of the allen bolts from the ASA fell out during a game. Whoever is assembling these ASAs to the marker needs to be fired.
Fired? Far too lenient. I've got them lined up against the wall and we are just awaiting for your command to fire. Death is clearly the only viable option. Need to set an example to the other slaves, don't we.
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Fired? Far too lenient. I've got them lined up against the wall and we are just awaiting for your command to fire. Death is clearly the only viable option. Need to set an example to the other slaves, don't we.
That's too funny!
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:56 PM #11
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Jack, I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere but since this Etek5 shares a lot with the LV1, is it safe to assume that the Etek5 shouldn't be dry fired unless using the barrel insert baffle deal for back pressure? Or is there enough of a difference that we shouldn't worry about it?

Also, a quick tuning video would be amazing if the LV1 tuning instructions aren't effective to the Etek5.

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Old 03-02-2015, 02:25 AM #12
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Just got my Etek 5 a couple weeks ago. Right out of the box, shot a couple pods through it and chopped some paint. Shot a couple more and was better. Just need to break it in. All in all great gun. Definitely recommend to any advanced or newly players!
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:35 AM #13
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Jack, I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere but since this Etek5 shares a lot with the LV1, is it safe to assume that the Etek5 shouldn't be dry fired unless using the barrel insert baffle deal for back pressure? Or is there enough of a difference that we shouldn't worry about it?

Also, a quick tuning video would be amazing if the LV1 tuning instructions aren't effective to the Etek5.

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Good morning,

In regards to the dry firing. With any poppet gun you shouldn't really dry fire them. The way the poppet system works in ours is that the force that hits the ball, creates an equal force that drives the rammer / bolt backwards.

By removing the ball in the equation (Or the muffler kit) the rammer is able to travel further without being restricted by the counter force, and this is not ideal

Hope this helps.

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Old 04-14-2015, 10:22 AM #14
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Had some follow-up thoughts after running through another scenario game this weekend, Fallout Part 2 at TXR in Houston.

The whole weekend was wet and humid with scattered showers. The Etek5 shot great during regular play, I had no breaks to the chagrin of the 2 squeegees I brought onto the field and she continues to shoot very consistently when I match paint to a good bore.

The final battle ended up being a smelly muddy mess. In my many years doing paintball stuff I can only count one other time I've placed my gear in this much stress. After the battle, you could feel the grit between the bolt and the body after I went to remove the bolt for cleaning, but after tearing almost the whole body apart to get rid of all the smelly mud, gassed her up and she shoots great. Tear down and reassembly is really easy.

Really impressed with this Etek5.
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:30 AM #15
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Thanks for the update, Ford. Good to see the old thing it's treating you good!

Etek's have always been tanks, but this latest one shoots like such a nice gun too. I'm really happy with it, and glad you are too
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