Alright! We’ve made it to the 1st Place Winner for Best Paintball Guns Under $400 for 2014! But, we need to recap to keep things straight. For our 3rd Place Winner, we had the Azodin Zenith .68 CAL Electronic Marker coming in at $249.99, packed with the all new “Feather Striker System” featuring a breakthrough technology that reduces the mechanical recoil. Following, we have the 2nd Place Winner – the Tippmann Crossover. This awesome marker features the ability to switch between electronic and mechanical modes – just incase you forget to change your battery the night before the battle. And now, here we are at the 1st Place Winner – drum roll please!
The 1st Place Winner for Best Paintball Guns Under $400 for 2014 is the Planet Eclipse Etha Paintball Gun!
Listed at $395, Hustle Paintball is offering the Etha at an all time low price of $349.95. Customize your package with our Maintenance Option (Pathogen Super Grease – Ultra-High Performance Lubricant – 1 oz Tub) for an additional $14.99. Unbeatable!
Planet Eclipse has long been known as a market leader in high-end paintball markers and accessories. Their markers have always been aimed at the higher-end of the paintball market, setting the bar really high. They are feature-laden, finished to the very highest standard and immaculately prepared and presented. This marker is NOT Entry Level by any means, it is top-notch badass-ness!
The Etha uses the same materials machined to the same tolerances as those found in other Eclipse markers such as the Ego, Geo and Etek. The philosophy behind the Etha is to reduce costs by simplifying the design of both the internal and external components, and manufacture those components to the same level of accuracy and quality as those found in other Eclipse markers. Eclipse did not use cheap materials while machining the Etha, nor did they lower their tolerance on less accurate machines. The Etha is top notch with an unbeatable price attached.
Eclipse took the Etha through an intensive field-testing before placing it on the paintball market. They shot thousands of paintballs through it, ensuring quality before launching the product. So needless to say, Eclipse is awesome.
The Etha utilizes a spring return bolt system in the firing mechanism, featuring a dual-stage acceleration that picks up the paintball at a lower speed before accelerating further to push the ball fully into the barrel. The front of the bolt has a ramped rubber section, which extends to be both removable and replaceable, designed to flex freely in order to prevent clipping of the second ball in the stack. This also allows for flexibility on the face to cushion the paintball as it is pushed toward the barrel. These features work hand-in-hand with the Deftek Feed System and Break Beam Sensor System to keep any occurrences of barrel breaks to an absolute minimum.
The Pull Poppet that releases the air from the firing chamber is driven by a new, super-robust high-pressure solenoid that is controlled by the fully adjustable PCB. The PCB controls the firing mode, rate of fire, dwell and de-bounce through the multi-color LED mounted in the rear of the frame. It is pre-programmed with modes compatible with all major tournament series meaning no upgrades are needed – EVER!
The frame is also really cool. Inside, there are sintered brass bushings for the trigger pin to pivot on and a captured, fully adjustable leaf spring. Combined with the externally adjustable trigger, the Etha produces a crisp, smooth trigger action with which to operate the micro switch. On the bottom, there is a brand new OOPS (On/Off Purge System) ASA with front exit porting and the same internals found in the POPS ASA.
Another cool feature is that the Etha comes delivered in a hard case, lined with shock absorbing foam and packed with everything you need to look after and maintain it; a full color manual; a full set of hex keys; a tube of Eclipse Grease; a comprehensive marker and regulator spares kit; and a barrel safety device.
Features Summed Up:
- Weight: 930g/2.05lb (Including 14.5″ Shaft4 Barrel, Battery, Feed Tube, POPS)
- Single Push Button plus Tourney Lock
- 1 x Tri-Color LED Indicators
- T-slot mounted adjustable rail with Front Exit OOPS (On/Off Purge System)
- 2-Piece Micro Honed Shaft4 14.5 inch length 0.693 Bore
- Lever operated Clamping Feed
- In-Line Blow Forward Bolt
- Dual Force Pull Poppet
- Rubber Tipped CS Bolt
- Contoured dual density grip
- Semi & Ramping capped and uncapped
- 10 Debounce Modes
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