The gang at Hustle Paintball have been at World Cup 2014 all week, and they’ve seen some awesome stuff. I’ll be covering some of the sights they’ve seen all week, starting with the first look at the new Empire Axe Pro. Ethan had a chance to look at it (you can see the video here), and wouldn’t you know it: this may just be the first version of the Axe we actually like!
Now, if you’ve been following us for quite some time (and if you haven’t, the best way to follow us is via the official Hustle Paintball YouTube channel), you know that we have been griping about the Empire Axe since its debut. It isn’t that it’s a bad marker by any means, there has simply been better markers in the Axe’s price range.
With the Empire Axe Pro, it looks like that is changing. All of the gripes we had about the Axe has been solved, as Empire has improved the Axe line significantly.
First, the Axe Pro now has accessible eyes. Eye plates are no longer soldered to the board. They’re ribbonized and removable. Moreover, the Axe Pro has a legit two-piece barrel (a driver barrel) that shoots paint fantastically. The ergonomics and the foregrip are also pretty tight, and is a little fatter than the original Axe.
It even has a red light board in there (full OLED controls). Without a doubt, this marker looks like it’s going to give you a sweet ‘bang for your buck.’
The relay has been improved drastically, with a shorter throw and switch meaning it won’t get caught on your gear nearly as easy. The trigger guard also does not extend all the way out to the foregrip, so you can hold it with your thumb and shoot extremely comfortably and easily.
We’re calling it right here, folks: the Empire Axe Pro is an Axe that we love. You’ll want to keep it on your radar, and when it releases? Expect an in-depth review on our YouTube channel.