Empire BT D*Fender Paintball Marker

The Empire Paintball D*Fender looks more like a work of abstract art than a paintball marker. With futuristic style cues and tons of customization options, the D*Fender appears to be designed for a certain demographic of player that is deeply concerned about the way their marker looks and feels.


The best design inspiration I can think of are bullpup design military-style guns recently made popular by certain video franchise video games released by EA and YouTube superstars. Anyway, it looks like the D*Fender is designed with a certain type of video game ascetic in mind. It just looks “different” and that’s alright.

It might be a cool paintball gun to use for milsim paintball, provided that no one minds the internal Z2 loading that can hold a heck of a lot more paint than a magazine fed marker.

The styling and internal loader are two of the most unique features of the Empire D*Fender. The completely integrated loader is actually helpful—it doesn’t just get you some style points on the field. The bullpup and integrated hopper design help reduce your profile and increase visibility above the marker.

The shell of the D*Fender is magnesium, a high-strength lightweight structure that definitely explains the high price. Overall, the body is sleek and functional. It’s not difficult to reach the marker’s internals, but you aren’t going to want to do it in action.

If you want to see more details on the specifics of the Empire BT D*Fender, check it out on our website here. The price is around $1,300. It’s expensive. Part of what you are paying for is the cool FAMAS-inspired bullpup style. The other part is that it’s made with quality components.

D*Fender Selector Switch Problems

One of the things we’ve noticed with the D*Fender are quality control issues. Specifically, some people are receiving markers with a selector switch that wobbles or does not select all fire modes properly.

The culprit is a bent pin behind the selector switch. It’s not a difficult fix, and you can definitely do it yourself if you already have a D*Fender with selector switch problems.

First, you should take a look behind the selector switch above the trigger guard.


Remove the silver metal pin behind the switch with a pair of needle nose pliers.


If you are having trouble with the switch, there is a good chance that it is bent. The switch should look like a U, with a flat base and two sides that are parallel to each other. A few D*Fender markers shipped from the factory with bent pins.


All you have to do is bend the pin back into a U-shape and put it back. After this quick fix, your D*Fender should be good to go.

That’s it!

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