Originally Posted by frippers613
With the recent upgrades/updates to the Vanquish 1.5 & that Lime and Silver looking as good as it does I will be paying close attention to Vanquish owners and if the issues they had are resolved I will be looking at one of these along with 1 or 2 other high ends as my next marker.
I play for an Empire sponsored team so feel free to take this with a pinch of salt (although if I think a sponsored product sucks I just don't talk about it), but here's some honest feedback on playing with the 1.5.
We ran seven 1.5 Vanquish at the weekend in a race-2 sup air tournament. All had the new style spring detents, however we hadn't yet received the new style bolts. I shot a hopper through mine the day before and relubed the night before, the other six were fresh out of the box.
We experienced three issues:
1. I broke one ball in the barrel.
2. We discovered that the straight red-handled 3/32 allen key isn't ideal for adjusting velocity, use the supplied 90 degree key instead, makes adjustment far easier.
3. One guy's gun leaked down the barrel as soon as he gassed it up - on inspection the reg pressure was dialed up too high (OLED read 230psi). Turned the pressure down to 180psi, leak stopped, gun chronoed at 290 and ran flawlessly all day.
That was the sum total of problems for the whole day. We had been concerned about trading our ultra-reliable Axes for the Vanquish, given the reputation the early models had, but at the end of the day everyone was raving about how nicely the Vanquish shot.
Are they overpriced? Yes, they are, but so is every other high-end gun - LV1, Geo3.1, Luxe, DM14 etc - they're all overpriced when you consider the performance you can get out of a cheaper Axe - but at least you get a barrel kit with the Vanquish.
I still think they're not exactly pretty, but in terms of performance, reliability, features, ergonomics and design, they're a brilliant gun and any reviews that are of the pre-1.5 model should be discounted if you're buying new.