Starting off, I got an EOS very cheap back in 2008. It appeared to be a good gun and, at the time, all the reviews were +. After shooting it as a backup gun for about 1.5 years here is my take on it:
First impression: I really like how smart parts did the body. It is fairly small if not a little bit heavy but has a nice feel to it. Definintely a ton of weight was reduced from the epiphany. IMO the short macroline from the bottom of the reg really puts it out of the way. The freak Jr. really fits with the curves of the gun and just gives it an overall sexy appearance. Bolt out Back gives it an easy dissassembly. The on/off ASA is also nice
This is what I found while shooting it:
The trigger: sucks. Of course trigger is a matter of opinion however it has an extremely hard pull. I can walk my stock marq rapper trigger fairly proficiently at about 17-18 bps however i have trouble surpassing 12 on the eos. IMO trigger upgrade is necessary.
The board: where to start...piece of s***. About a week after I bought the gun, sum1 was using it and pushed the on-button too hard. This caused the button to break off the board where it was soldered. I thought about soldering and gluing it myself but thought since it was a new gun I should get it professionaly fixed. I sent the gun back to smart parts and...get this...they took 1.5 months to fix it and sent it back with the eye-connector broken completely off of the board. I sent the board back with a nice note
and told them to fix it. A month later I got the board back...but this time...WITHOUT A CELENOID. I finally said "To H*** with it" and picked up a used celenoid for cheap. But the whole fiasco still cost me many $$$$ in shipping (too many for a high school junior). Anyway even if your stock board works it is still a piece of crap. It is the same board that the ion has (with a different higher pressure celenoid) so it is not tournament legal. I don't know about you but when i pay $350 for a gun i want it to be tournament legal. The board lacks options and is hard to set. To set the rate of fire one must add the delay to the dwell and divide it into a thousand. Even me who is amazing at math does not want to crank out formulas when i'm trying to cap at 10.5BPS. Also, the rate of fire is capped at 17bps. For those that brag about top speed, that is not all that impressive.
The barrel: stock with a freak jr. 14" .693 insert. Its okay. some people swear by the freak but for me I would rather have a one piece 12" .689. Anyway .693 is too big for most paint but it is not that big of a deal.
The reg: max flo is not known for being the best reg but right now my eos is about +-5 with good paint. My friend has an epiphany (basically the same gun) and gets much better consistancy now that he has installed a CP reg. The reg broke right in, however, as the consistancy has been the same since about the second case of paint.
Mechanics. The Epiphany/eos/ion all have basically the same bolt system. The epiph and eos have higher pressure and smaller, adjustable firing chambers. The bolts are interchangeable. The eos comes stock with a firebolt. This bolt is not bad. It is easy on paint and fairly efficient. It would be nice to upgrade to a techt bolt as I have shot an epiphany with a techt and it was amazing. QEV's are a nice cheap upgrade that make a noticeable difference.
the EOS is definentely not worth 350 or w/e bucks as you must upgrade the board (and the trigger IMO) to have a tournament-worthy gun. In actuality it does not shoot much better that a stock ion, and a fully upped ion will be basically the same as a fully upped EOS. If this gun was 4 sale new at 230$ it would be great.
So if you really love Smart Parts: buy an ion, techt, cp reg, critical trigger,tadao board or save your pennies for a shocker.
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Or there are plenty of used protoge's pm's and etek's on pbnation all of which you can get for about 300-350 if you trust used guns that is.
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