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Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:33 PM

I don't know how many of you are familiar with the marker. It is definitely one of the lesser known markers out there these days. It definitely occupies a small niche in the market, but after about as much research on the marker as I could get I think I found something that suits my needs perfectly.

It works excellently on CO2, has a single trigger, has a right feed (and the option for an offset vertical feed), is self regulating, requires close to no maintenance (doesn't even need disassembly since its operation is air tight), and its pretty unqiue. Also due to its bolt-less design it is technically impossible to for it to break paint in the marker.

It is entirely mechanical, weighs in at 2.3 pounds including the forgrip and a barrel, and is extremely compact. Each one is hand made by ICE themselves so you can order it pretty much however you want to, you get to deal with Jim himself. It isn't the fastest marker on the market capping around 9bps but that's pretty fast for my standards. It feels solid as a rock, maybe moreso than my Automag.

I regret that I do not have a barrel, air tank, or paint, but I should get some more pics and a video up within a week. I probably should have wiped it down before taking the photos, but I am throughly satisfied with the marker. Without further delay:
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It came in a nice box with foam padding, a manual, a spare parts kit, and a barrel plug which happens to fit inside the foregrip (nifty). I can tell it was a very well engineered marker as there is no part of it left unused. The manual is also very thorough explaining exactly how it works. They mentioned some available accessories such as a sight rail which I might look into.

I'm still trying to decide which barre to get for it. Of all my barrels none are Autococker threaded. I might just go with a CP barrel, but Lapco and Palmer's are always contenders. Palmer's would be great, but I don't know if I would like to put a heavy barrel on such a light marker. Likewise, I think I want to try something a bit quieter than a Lapco barrel to compliment how quiet of a marker it already is.
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Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:36 PM

Nice man. I knew nothing about them until this post.

I can tell you like to type alot.
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Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:37 PM

Very nice. I've always wanted one of these but could never bring myself to actually purchase one... maybe some day I will. Let us know how it shoots :tup:.

If you don't mind a two-piece barrel I would recommend a MacDev Matchstick... about $60-70 for one back and one front, pretty light, and also very quiet. I think Mann tested it, so I'm sure you can dig up some technical data about it ;).

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:44 PM

Man, these look a lot nicer in real life than in the pictures on the website, I like them because they're a cool mech semi, but when I looked at the site I thought, "Man, these are ug-ly!".

Also, if you want lightness, I actually really like my SpecOps C-Series barrel, it's actually really nice. :tup: I know, I know...

But I also love my PPS Brass. ;)

So how exactly do these work? I'm still confused.
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Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:46 PM

View Postthisissparta, on Dec 25 2008, 05:44 PM, said:

Also, if you want lightness, I actually really like my SpecOps C-Series barrel, it's actually really nice. :tup: I know, I know...

I loved it when I had it too. Very light. Its lighter than my Dye UL.
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Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:52 PM

View Postthisissparta, on Dec 25 2008, 05:44 PM, said:

Man, these look a lot nicer in real life than in the pictures on the website, I like them because they're a cool mech semi, but when I looked at the site I thought, "Man, these are ug-ly!".

Also, if you want lightness, I actually really like my SpecOps C-Series barrel, it's actually really nice. :tup: I know, I know...

But I also love my PPS Brass. ;)

So how exactly do these work? I'm still confused.


Well you pull the trigger which allows the airflow to reach the breech while simultaneously shutting the breech with a pneumatic, spring loaded trap door... oh just look at this animation :P.

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:58 PM

oh... I think I get it now.

What I don't understand is how does it not chop? I would think that the little trapdoor would slice some balls. :tup:

lol. I'm actually running my 16" brass on the DM and the C-series on my Sniper.
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Posted 25 December 2008 - 04:00 PM

The trapdoor is incredibly thin... I'll go check exactly how thin it is on ICE's page but I know it's very, very small.

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EDIT: 0.03" thick. It also closes with "less than three pounds of force." So it's not just incredibly thin, it's also very, very low force.

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 04:07 PM

View PostZ3R0, on Dec 25 2008, 05:00 PM, said:

The trapdoor is incredibly thin... I'll go check exactly how thin it is on ICE's page but I know it's very, very small.

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EDIT: 0.03" thick. It also closes with "less than three pounds of force." So it's not just incredibly thin, it's also very, very low force.

ahh. I see. From the drawings I've seen (that animation above) it looked like it was 1/8" or so.
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Posted 25 December 2008 - 04:20 PM

I think that's just exaggerated so it's easier to see :tup:.

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 04:36 PM

Nice marker dude. The chrome finish makes it look extra sexy.

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 04:40 PM

I forgot this gun was even out there...
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Posted 25 December 2008 - 07:12 PM

Very nice! This marker is on my to get list. I think it would go nice next to my Mags and Blazer!

Ya know, it looks real nice in gloss black. All the pics you usually see are of them in dust black. Nice marker for sure.

For barrels, I've been VERY happy with my Deadly Winds Fibur barrel (takes Feak inserts and IS swabable). I started buying some Dye UL backs and tips too and have nothing negative to say yet. Next on my list is some Lapco barrels, you know for the days I want my Ego to be really loud lol :P
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Posted 25 December 2008 - 09:12 PM

Always thought these were interesting markers but, they are so damn ugly! Plainer than a stock Tippmann.
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Posted 25 December 2008 - 09:36 PM

Thats a neat little gun. I like how it works.
Not really my cup of tea. But it does look fun to play with in backwoods games.
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