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Old 12-22-2012, 10:55 AM #1
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Question AXE or MINI for my 14 year old?

He's been playing for a year. I started him with a Tippmann Gryphon, then bought him a used Spyder Pilot ACT(he loved the electronic trigger, but it developed problems). So, for his birthday I got him a GOG G-1, HALO TOO, and Ninja carbon fiber 4500 psi, 68 ci tank. He would like to get into team speedball and thinks he needs an AXE or a MINI to compete. Any help/suggestions?
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:01 AM #2
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I reccomend an axe to any1 and every1
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:15 PM #3
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Yes an Axe is a great piece but for starters maybe start him off with a Mini and understand its workings. That's what i did before i invested in my Axe after my Mini.

But then again, I'm not sure how big is your kid. Because some people the Mini might be to small for their hands, like mine was.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:06 PM #4
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Go with the Axe if you plan on buying new. It's well worth the extra cash and might even become one of your favorite markers as well. I'd personally buy used. It will be much cheaper and it seems Empire will fix just about anything for free and quickly.
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:39 AM #5
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What a great problem to have. I can't wait until Im having trouble deciding which marker to buy my son..

You're an awesome dad. Keep it up.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:51 AM #6
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My 15 and 12 year olds both have Minis. I got them used last year and they have been trouble free. Upgrades are barrels, New Designz(?) on/off ASA and Eigenbolts.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:07 AM #7
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Just picked up a couple used blk Axes(9.5/10) for $300ea.....gotta love craigslist.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:47 PM #8
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What a great problem to have. I can't wait until Im having trouble deciding which marker to buy my son..

You're an awesome dad. Keep it up.
Right! I'm waiting for this patiently as well, my little guys only 7 months old. He did get a specialized hot walk bike for x-mas though! Start that out early!
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:13 PM #9
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I would go with the Axe. Very reliable tournament grade marker.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:08 AM #10
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Go axe for sure, as said above there 300-350 used. Kee will resolve any issues you run into which are few in number. Deff a better gat


Or get him a older matrix out of the classifieds, DM7-DM8-PM8 can be found for 275-325. Great guns that shoot as good as $1000 markers
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:22 AM #11
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Axe, i own one and my cousin owns a mini. i cant stand how small everything is on the mini. axe shoots great, go with it.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:53 AM #12
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I would get an axe just for the on/off asa. The removable bolt is nice as well. Other than those two things, and the size difference, I like both guns. Keep the g1, that is an awesome gun too!
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:38 PM #13
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A lot of it is going to depend on your son and his size. If he is big enough/comfortable enough to hold and use an Axe, it is by far the best option for him, as it is going to be a better marker.

If you have any other questions about the Axe or Mini feel free to PM me I'll be more than happy to answer as best I can.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:06 AM #14
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go with the axe for sure. minis are far too small and very uncomfortable to hold because your hands are basically on top of each other. the axe is still a small gun aswell but way more comfortable, and shoots awesome.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:48 PM #15
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Definitely an axe...it has a more spacious frame, easily removable bolt, better trigger, and an on-off ASA.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:35 AM #16
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Axe. With all you're spending, might as well go with the better equipment. Also, your son is planning to compete in tournaments, might as well get a tournament level gun now. Good luck!
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:25 AM #17
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hands down buy a used axe. your son will love it and there will be no need to replace it in the near future(like the mini). simple, fast, reliable, cheap tournament marker.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:15 PM #18
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From my experience the more mid-end guns like an axe end up being more reliable long term than a lower end like a mini. I don't think they axe will be too complicated and will be something your son can grow with which is important. by that i mean as he gets better he can still use that gun just fine whereas maybe he outgrows the mini bc it doesnt give him the output he needs at his level.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:14 AM #20
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From my experience the more mid-end guns like an axe end up being more reliable long term than a lower end like a mini. I don't think they axe will be too complicated and will be something your son can grow with which is important. by that i mean as he gets better he can still use that gun just fine whereas maybe he outgrows the mini bc it doesnt give him the output he needs at his level.
How is the Axe Mid-end and the Mini Low-end when they are basically the same gun?

And how exactly is the Axe more reliable than the Mini? If ya wanna get technical the Mini could be called more reliable than the Axe for two reasons. The Mini uses a Hall effect sensor to activate the gun, not a microswtich. Microswitches can wear out after being used a lot. I've had it happen to be on my 2k3 Trama Maxtrix, it had massive run-away bounce. The Axe also had more parts that could be broken or lost than the Mini. Like on the back of the bolt and more parts AND orings in the on/off.

It's more preference than anything. In reality, one is just as reliable as the other and they shoot very similar to eachother.
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