Most paintball players will note that the style and the look of the
paintball gun they are using do not really count for much. ‘As long as it
shoots accurately, I’m completely satisfied’, they tout. Well, chances are that
they have never held this gun in their hands!
Elegantly designed, its sleek and polished appearance will make you the talk
of the local weekend warriors. And the best part is that you have a bunch
different colors of the gun to choose from, from dusky black, all the way the
way to blue and pink.
In all seriousness, we tried to count but every time we came to a definite
number, we found yet another color (so we gave up) our closest guess is
anywhere between 15 and 50!
Empire Paintball is definitely one of the leading experts in the manufacture
of paintball equipment. They are dedicated to style and function, so don’t go
assuming that just because it looks good, this model won’t perform well. The
Empire Axe is one of the fastest and most accurate paintball guns on the
Features of the Empire Axe
This Empire model aptly named Axe, is made from highest quality materials,
is resilient, and can take a field beating like you wouldn’t believe. This is a
hallmark of a great gun; you can run around with it all day, bang it and drop
it around and it won’t fall into pieces in your hand.
This gun just feels right, if you know what we mean. It feels like an
extension of the holder’s hand, and it is perfectly balanced. Other guns might
suffer from poor weight distribution, but not this one. It will stay securely
in your hand throughout the day, and won’t fatigue your arm nearly as much as
some of the others we’ve tested.
– Relay ASA – Changing the tank bottle can be a
drag with some markers, but not with this one. It features Empire Relay ASA
that facilitates an easy and quick removal and attachment – which is of the
essence when you’re in the heat of the battle! There is no macro line, which is
definitely a plus as they often just get in the way.
– Internals – The internal workings of this gun
are as simple as they come and features a bolt, a spring, and a power tube.
This simple yet effective design makes the gun powerful and easy to maintain
and clean, even when you’re out on the field.
– Trigger – Both the trigger and the trigger
guard give you plenty of space for your fingers, so if your hand is a bit
bulkier than normal, there is no need to worry; this gun can definitely
accommodate it. Walking the trigger is easy and there are three ways you can
adjust it; magnet tension, post travel, and activation point.
– Barrel – Axe is fitted with a 12-inch
aluminum barrel that allows for accurate and consistent shots. The paint will
simply shoot out like an arrow in the precise direction you want it to go!
Advantages of the Empire Axe
This paint gun model has a lot going for it, and it is definitely miles in
front of the competition in many aspects. Here are just a few things that Axe
has to offer that will make you a menace on the playing field.
– Velocity adjuster – Axe has a very efficient
and easy way of adjusting the overall velocity. It is not the regulator, but a
velocity adjuster at the back of the gun. Keep in mind that it is very
sensitive, so a ¼ turn will most likely result in -/+ 10 FPS.
– A number of firing styles – You can easily
choose between four different firing styles and those are Semi, PSP Ramping,
Millennium Ramping and NXL.
– Ergonomically designed handle – The handle is
specially designed to fit the hand of the most players. The gun lies well in
your grip, and the ergonomics allow you to handle it for an extended period of
time without it tiring your hand out.
– Lightweight design – The overall weight of
the gun is somewhere around six pounds. This is achieved thanks to the use of
lightweight materials in manufacture, such as aluminum. This, coupled with the
guns excellent design and grips, allows you to stay on the field for hours at
the time without ever noticing its weight.
– Push button bolt removal – The engine can be
easily accessed for maintenance and cleaning. Simply press the release button
to the side, and the ball bearing will depress, granting you access. A great
thing about this simple design is that it easy to get to and clean in a hurry
and on the field, and there is no fear that you might mess something up, block
the air transfers, or return the bolt back upside down.
Our Final Thoughts
Since nothing in life is absolutely great, we feel obliged that the Empire
Axe also has several drawbacks that even other buyers were quick to point out.
Some can expect some difficulty when aiming due to the relatively short stock
barrel. This, however, is easily remedied as you can purchase a barrel of the
desired length and fit it to the Axe. Others point out that the ASA is not
adjustable, but agree that all these are minor faults that don’t compromise the
quality of this, otherwise, great gun.
When all is said and done, we are happy to recommend Empire Axe to all
players that are looking for a top-preforming paintball gun at a reasonable
price. With the purchase, you will also get extra screws, lube and O-rings. As
you can see, Empire Paintball is definitely committed to making your life
easier and your play more enjoyable!