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Empire - Mini GS Information
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Empire
570 Mantua Boulevard
Sewell, NJ 08080

Phone: (800) 579-1633
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.empirepaintball.com
 Manual: Submit a manual
 Release Date: 2014
 MSRP: $379.00
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
 Reviews: 19
 Rating Summary:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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Empire - Mini GS Reviews
Empire Mini GS I had the pleasure of shooting this as well as a few other "super guns," and I have to say I liked this the most! It fits my hands like a glove, and I love the sound signature. It has a deep but...
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ahunt01
 
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Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Appleton, WI
ahunt01 supports Empire
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $379.00
Pros: Light, quiet, compact, durable, effecient, price
Cons: Small for some, no oled board, some trigger wobble
I had the pleasure of shooting this as well as a few other "super guns," and I have to say I liked this the most! It fits my hands like a glove, and I love the sound signature. It has a deep but quiet "thump thump thump" sound versus a loud "crack crack crack" sound most other guns make (poppets). As for kick, there really is none. It really couldn't shoot smoother or quieter in my opinion.

The LED on the board is plenty bright to adjust, and it is very simple once you learn how to set it. It took me approximately 10 minutes to master that, piece of cake! I would have liked an oled board, but I honestly don't miss that feature as I'm looking at the field, not the back of my gun most of the time.

The weight of this thing is nothing, it's very light and balanced. The rubberized grips are awesome too! I can't say enough about the new features... the trigger, on/off Vanquish ASA, etc. For the price, I'm honestly not sure this can be beat!

If you don't want to spend a ton of money on a paintball gun, but want something that will crush Spyders/Tippmans, and keep up with the "super guns," then get this! I see no reason why this could not go head-to-head against a "super gun." Sure, there's less you can tinker with, but beyond that, if this fits your hands, then you're set as a beginner or pro.

For size comparisons, I'm 5'9" tall, medium build. My hands are smaller, I have a small skeletal frame. This gun fits me perfectly. With a 45/4500 HPA tank, this fits perfectly for me tucking and gunning, 68/4500 if I want a bit more room.

I do have a few complaints. If you're tall or have large/thick hands and fingers, you might find this gun crammed. It also would have been nice to have a board where I didn't have to count all the blinking lights. This isn't really a big deal because once you have it set, you probably won't tinker with it much. However, it's not difficult to adjust (unless you aren't able to count a blinking light). The biggest disadvantage I see is not being able to monitor your shot total or fired bps. Not a biggie, but I could see some folks liking that info after a large scenario game.

I'm also not big on the trigger wobble. I like the feel of it and I believe this is the same trigger that comes on the Axe, but it does have some wobble from side to side which I dislike. I'm kind of disappointing that this is the case considering it's almost a $400 marker. In my opinion, it shouldn't do that for what I paid for. A cheap trigger I'm guessing will correct that, which is on my future upgrade list.

Lastly, this is a small complaint, but the packaging and instructions really really suck! For the money, most other markers in this price range come with some sort of a case. I shouldn't have to buy an aftermarket one, and this is such a beautiful gun that I hate to just loosely toss it in my gear bag. Also, the only thing instruction-wise that was included was a small piece of paper folded in half with basic firing instructions. I had to go online and download and print off the full manual. Really? I have better instructions with a cell phone case than with this $400 gun?? Why not just include that since the beginning. On top of that, the instruction manual contains several typos within it. Now, I'm no grammar Nazi, heck I likely have some errors in this review, but I expect an instruction manual to be free from glaring grammatical errors.

All in all, the negative things with this marker are minor annoyances that I can either live with or upgrade easily in the future cheaply. I really don't see what I'd bother upgrading in the future in this thing. Is it upgradable, sure! It takes most Mini upgrades. But really, the trigger is smooth and buttery, the venting Vanquish ASA is great, the bolt is gentle on paint, and the barrel is very quiet and accurate. I think this is a value for the money. I love my Mini GS
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Empire Mini GS love the marker shoots great its quiet easy to program shoots amazing out of the box has a great tool kit with it and feels good in the hands empire has really outdone the last mini in everyway with...
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Corgan#33
 
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Join Date: Jun 2014
Corgan#33 owns a Planet Eclipse Etek
Corgan#33 supports Empire
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $280.00
Pros: quiet fast reliable
Cons: barrel
love the marker shoots great its quiet easy to program shoots amazing out of the box has a great tool kit with it and feels good in the hands empire has really outdone the last mini in everyway with this marker my only con is the barrel its a little short so I put my sly carbon barrel on it and its very accurate so over all amazing gun for the price cant be beat great job empire the new asa and feed neck really top things off along with the easy bolt release
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Empire Mini GS Just got back into paintball at the beginning of this year, and bought a cheap electronic gun. This was fine for awhile, until I started having tons of issues every time I played. Saved up my money,...
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PC6277
 
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Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Oregon
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $350.00
Pros: Light, Smooth, Perfect!
Cons: None!
Just got back into paintball at the beginning of this year, and bought a cheap electronic gun. This was fine for awhile, until I started having tons of issues every time I played. Saved up my money, heard about this gun, went to my local shop to check it out, and WOW! I loved it right away! I would never by the original mini because I hated how it felt, but the GS is a huge upgrade from that! The trigger feels much better, as well. I love the grip, and how it shoots. Cleaning is pretty easy, too! The other day I was playing against some people with those $1000 guns, and it performed just as well. There's nothing low end about this gun, by the way. I'm not gonna need another gun for a long time!
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Empire Mini GS Mini is a really good starting marker for anyone looking to get into paintball. I love not having a macroline and feel it gets really underrated.
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phillysteve
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Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Philly
phillysteve is a Mega Moderator
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $250.00
Pros: Price, quality, vendor, shooting
Cons: Board settings
Mini is a really good starting marker for anyone looking to get into paintball. I love not having a macroline and feel it gets really underrated.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 2.6/5 stars.
Empire Mini GS
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25mgarcia
 
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Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Houston TX
25mgarcia owns a Planet Eclipse Geo
25mgarcia has achieved Level 2 in PbNation Pursuit
25mgarcia supports Empire
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $350.00
Pros: Get's the job done
Cons: None so far
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Empire Mini GS It is my first "speedball" marker, i i think that i cant have a better marker for the price, is light, its fire me over 1600 per tank 68/4500, the accuracy is great, the weith is amazing, the rubber...
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carlosmir1
 
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Join Date: Nov 2015
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $379.00
Pros: Light, silence, low air consume
Cons: small
It is my first "speedball" marker, i i think that i cant have a better marker for the price, is light, its fire me over 1600 per tank 68/4500, the accuracy is great, the weith is amazing, the rubber hand grip is a plus, the only thing that i had was a lack of air when its presurized, but Customer service of Empire sent to Colombia (yep! international guarantee) the air tranfer tube system and done! the energy use is really low, same energizer for over a year with out replace it! iŽll recommend it with out a doubt.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini GS Good marker for the price.
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cliff002
 
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Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Federal Way, WA
cliff002 has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $300.00
Pros: Weight
Cons: Barrel
Good marker for the price.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini GS Even with the price bump recently to $330, the Mini GS is one of the best bang for your buck options in paintball. While I got this as my first marker out of rentals, I can't say I would recommend...
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hamateur
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Join Date: Feb 2020
Location: North Carolina
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $300.00
Pros: Great value, Doesn't feel cheap
Cons: No eye covers or tool-less bolt removal
Even with the price bump recently to $330, the Mini GS is one of the best bang for your buck options in paintball.

While I got this as my first marker out of rentals, I can't say I would recommend this to your average rental player. This marker is best as someone's 2nd major paintball purchase. Before I got my mini, I did multiple hours of research on it, it's competitors, and maintenance for all of them. I've ran into multiple other Mini GS users that were almost clueless on how to maintain their marker or use the board. To be fair to them, Empire does not include a half decent manual. For these people who can't be bothered to put some effort in, get an Emek, and then graduate to something electric if you feel like speedballing. On the other hand, if you are willing to put into the time learning the Mini, you can have a great time for a great price. Other than the eyes, it's fairly easy to maintain and the shot is satisfying. People gripe about the size but I enjoy it and use it to my advantage on small bunkers.

TLDR: Rental->Emek->MiniGS->Whatever else
IT'S THE CIRCLE OF LIFE
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini GS This was my first paintball gun. The first marker I received actually had solenoid issues, however Kee told me to bring the marker to the place where I had purchased it and they sent me a brand new...
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Joskii
 
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Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: La Canada, CA
Joskii has perfected Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
Joskii supports Empire
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $379.00
Pros: Light, Compact, Easy Maintenance
Cons: First gun had solenoid problems
This was my first paintball gun. The first marker I received actually had solenoid issues, however Kee told me to bring the marker to the place where I had purchased it and they sent me a brand new GS with no problems whatsoever. A+ for customer service. I'm 5'7 and the gun fits my hands perfectly. Honestly, I can't see someone bigger than me being super comfortable holding it, but for me, it's perfect. Having shot my friends ETEK EGO, an Etha, a Shocker, and an A5 I must say I prefer this gun over all. I really appreciate the On/Off ASA because it allows me to purge the gun of air without having to fire off another round like in the Etek. The Clamping Feedneck has a low profile to it which prevents my hopper from sticking up above any bunkers. The Grips are awesome. And though the Axe has a tooless bolt removal, 2 allen keys aren't too much to fret about. Programming different modes is simple; having 1 button reminds me of using an apple product. All in all, I'm happy with my purchase. My friends said I should have bought something used for my first gun, however I appreciate the warranty and comfort of knowing the gun hasn't been damaged.
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Mini GS The grip feels amazing! Also they did improve the trigger so it is the same as the empire axe! Feels great in your hands although to some it might be a little small. Would recommend to all with...
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Join Date: Aug 2016
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $300.00
Pros: Grip feels amazing!
Cons: still feels pretty small
The grip feels amazing! Also they did improve the trigger so it is the same as the empire axe! Feels great in your hands although to some it might be a little small. Would recommend to all with little hands or a tight budget!
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
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