Empire makes some of the best entry-level paintball markers available. We have an in-depth look at 2 of their most popular models, the Empire Axe vs Mini GS – which one is best?
Empire Axs vs Mini GS – Specifications
Empire Axs vs Mini GS – Similarities
Both paintball markers are the same type
- The Empire Axe and Mini GS are both electronic markers. This type of marker utilizes an electric solenoid for firing with easy trigger pulling.
Both have the same caliber
- Both the Empire Axe and Mini GS are 0.68 caliber, the most common size.
Both can operate as semi-automatic
- The Empire Axe and Mini GS can operate as semi-automatic markers depending on user preference.
Both are only compatible with HPA
- Both markers are compatible with HPA and cannot work with CO2 propellants.
The Empire Axe and Mini GS have the same barrel thread
- Both paintball markers have an Autococker barrel thread. With Autococker markers, an adjustable valve automatically diverts the compressed gas to the front after firing. This makes it easier for users as they do not need to recock their guns after every shot.
These markers have the same barrel length
- Both the Empire Axe and Mini GS have a 12-inch barrel length. This is a little longer than some users would prefer, as it may be challenging to maneuver.
Both have the same feed neck thread
- The Empire Axe and Mini GS have an Ion feed neck thread. Both have a clamping feed neck, which allows for an adjustable tightening grip and aligning the hopper.
Both markers have the same firing speeds
- The Empire Axe and Mini GS have a 250 FPS velocity, that can be adjusted as high as 325 FPS.
Both markers are compatible with HPA or NO2 propellants
- The Empire Axe and Mini GS are compatible with HPA and NO2 propellants.
Both markers offer the same warranty
- The Empire Axe and Mini GS both have a 2-year warranty.
Empire Axs vs Mini GS – Differences
Both markers have different operating pressures
- The Empire Axe has a fixed 200 psi operating pressure while the Mini GS has an operating pressure of 180 to 200 psi.
The Empire Axe is a tool-less bolt while the Mini GS is not
- The Empire Axe is a tool-less bolt while the Mini GS is not. With a Tool-less bolt, it aids in the simple maintenance and removal system of the marker.
These markers have different weights
- The Empire Axe weighs 2lbs and 4oz while the Mini GS is lighter at 1lbs and 14oz.
Both have different marker lengths
- The Empire Axe is 18 inches long while the Mini GS is shorter at 14 inches making it easier to maneuver than the Empire Axe.
These markers have different BPS
- The Empire Axe can shoot over 25 balls per second, while the Mini GS is only rated at 15+ BPS
The Empire Axe and Mini GS are both considered among the best paintball markers. They are easy to use and have flexible features depending on the user’s preference. The most notable features both have are:
- Both have clamping feed necks, which help prevent hopper misalignment with the markers.
- Both are autococker, which is reliable and easy to use.
However, the Mini GS is lighter and shorter than the Empire Axe, which might tip the balance if you are having a hard time choosing between the two.