Originally Posted by trucockerfan19
No shot. The axe kills the etek on shot quality (performance), unless you prefer a hand cannon that will make your ears ring.
My friend said he was embarrassed by how loud his etek was, sold it for that reason and bought my old 2k2 Timmy and now he loves his old Timmy. Quiter, faster, and way less kick.
Maybe I'm crazy but I would prefer a gun that is next to silent (axe) over a gun that's most likely the loudest gun on the market
My 02 cents on the etek/axe comparison thing
Etek might be 5% more idiot proof, but both are very reliable guns.
Shot quality is only a part of articulating the performance argument. Your claim that it is loud is true, but kick you are quite mistaken. Consequently, your claim is substantially flawed.
Yes the etek line is loud right out of the box, however, my etek 4 and many others I have seen, after break in quiet down substantially. It is still comparatively loud against other markers, which is true. The topic here though is on reliability, which the etek 4 trounced the Axe soundly. Any regular problems the etek encounters are easily fixable and it cab still perform, where as every time I see an Axe go down, it is down for the count. Thus, the more reliable and durable marker is the etek.
Secondly, only the narrow minded consider shot quality to be the begin all end all of performance. Factors such as rate of fire, maneuverability, gas consumption, battery usage, and softness on paint are factors that MUST be taken into account as well. In which case both markers are quite even except maybe the etek being more air efficient by about 1 pod. Sir, you are missing quite a lot in your argument about performance.
Lastly, the shot quality you describe only takes into account noise, which ignores other aspects of shot quality such a accuracy. Both markers shoot as accurately as any paintball gun can really. And if you attempt to bring up kick as con for the etek I recommend firing a real gun at a shooting range first. Anyone who has ever handled a real firearm recognizes that any paintball gun has no kick at all; it just subtly vibrates.
To conclude, that was way too narrow an argument on Axe versus Etek. They are spec wise equals in almost every regard except on one hand you trade noise for a bit of efficiency; their performance is then very similar. Besides, noise is also very relative. I shoot a wide range of markers of varying noise signatures and I could care less of how loud it is as long as the marker shoots paint accurately and can take a pounding.