Empire Invert Mini Review: One of the most popular paintball guns

There are various factors to consider when selecting the right marker, such as speed, weight, affordability, durability, efficiency and easy maintenance. The Empire Invert Mini fits the bill when it comes to the aforementioned factors and as a result, it is one of the most popular paintball guns. It is compact, very stylish and comes in large assortment of colors. Highly recommended for beginners, although it is also a popular gun among advanced players.

It is true that it has a somewhat small design that may trick you into believing that it is a delicate low performing gun, especially if you are new to the paintball gaming industry. This is not the case however. Its ultra-lightweight makes it very convenient in any paintball game. Maintaining this gun is a piece of cake, while its compact design makes for a perfect finish. It is also very affordable and has the same high level of performance offered by other high end markers.

This gun is the best example of the phrase “less is more”. Therefore, if you are having any doubts about this marker, don’t. Check out the Empire Invert Mini Review below to get a clear picture of this gun.

Specifications

  • 12 inch cocker threaded barrel with .691 bore size
  • Magnetic trigger
  • 20 bps firing rate
  • 9 volt battery
  • 2.0 pounds weight
  • 160 – 200psi
  • Patented proprietary pressure controlled poppet (P.C.P) operating system
  • Patented proprietary mini regulator- ASA
  • Patented proprietary slipstream solenoid
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Features

  • Works on high pressure or low pressure
  • No hoses or external gas line
  • Multi-mode firing capability
  • Powered by compressed air, does not support CO2
  • Break beam anti-chop eyes standard
  • One screw quick strip
  • Control button at the back of the front grip
  • Uses a hall effect sensor trigger
  • Semi-automatic function
  • Lightweight design
  • Clamping feedneck with ion/ICD threads

Performance

When it comes to performance, the Empire Invert Mini is pitted with the best. It is one of the fastest guns with a firing rate of 20bps at maximum ROF. It can also produce 1400 shots off a 68ci/4500psi tank at 275fps and 1200 shots at 295fps on the same tank. The 12 inch barrel improves both range and accuracy, while the cocker threading on it allows for easier screwing/unscrewing and tighter grip on the bolt system.

It has two handles, the trigger handle and the fore-grip. The fore-grip doubles as a compartment for the main board and battery. The gun has a pretty long barrel and the fore-grip is a necessary accessory that keeps the gun steady during shooting. The Invert Mini is powered by a 9 volt battery, which is safely installed in the fore-grip. To access the battery, you only need to open a single bolt with an Allen wrench. This gun is also energy efficient and the battery can last up to 100,000 shots.

The outer frame is strongly built from composite material that includes a nylon frame and a braided airline galvanized with steel. This gives it a striking rigid appearance that looks so appealing to the eye. Moreover, the marker comes in 6 different arrays of colors to choose from.

Great feeder for a semi-automatic gun

It uses a hopper, which is a great feeder for a semi-automatic gun that spews rounds at an alarming rate. For this marker, there is a lot of vibrations during shooting. It therefore helps that there are ion threads on the clamping feedneck that prevent the hopper from loosening or falling off. Apart from the semi-auto (NPPL semi), this gun also features three more firing modes: PSP ramping (3 round burst shooting), NXL (full auto) and Millenium rampings.

Switching from one mode to the other is quite easy. You only need to open up the main board located inside the foregrip and then activate the mode of your choice using a button. However, there is a ‘tool less method’ involving the power button and the trigger. If you want to learn more about this method, you can click on this video, as it may come in handy when the button is not functioning.

The Invert Mini works on both high pressure and low pressure with no hose attachments. The gas tank is connected directly to the ASA (Air Source Adapter), which is also connected to the regulator and runs through the rear grip. Unfortunately, the ASA does not come with on and off switch. You will therefore need to purchase an external adaptor or an On/Off ASA to prevent air escape and blowing out of the o-ring from the gas tank. The velocity switch is rightly placed at the rear end of the bolt system for easy access.

If you are pressed for cash and want a budget friendly paintball gun, then the Empire Invert Mini is the gun for you.

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Reliability

This gun is very reliable from the mere fact that it is macro less with a lightweight design. The compact structure is very convenient, due to easy handling. You can run, crawl, spin and jump with the gun and you will not feel any muscle strains. Another important feature is the power button, which has three functions: turning the gun on and off, changing shooting modes and keeping the gun in safety mode. It is nicely located on the backside of the fore grip.

Just above the power button is an LED that indicates whether the gun is on or off. To turn on the gun, simply push the power button until the LED turns green then red; release the button and the LED will flash green indicating that it is on. To shut it off, the procedure is the same, but the LED will turn red, then green and then it will shut off.

As a precautionary measure, the gun also includes automatic shut off feature that will turn it off after one hour of inactivity. The unique break beam eye system monitors the presence or absence of paintballs, which ensure there is optimum rates of fire and also reduces instances of paint breakage. As a result, it is very reliable in all game settings. In fact, all the five firing modes are extremely efficient: the millennium ramping produces 15bps ROF, NPPL semi-auto produces maximum ROF of 20bps, PSP ramping produces 15bps and the NXL full auto is pre-set at 15bps.

Hall Effect Sensor

The mini also features a Hall Effect sensor trigger with no trigger switch. The trigger has three screws for three adjustment positions and is also impervious to breakages and spring mishaps- a common problem among switch-based triggers. Unfortunately, this gun has very limiteds options when it comes to customization. You can only change the barrel to a bigger one with a tighter bore for more efficiency.

Just above the power button is an LED that indicates whether the gun is on or off. To turn on the gun, simply push the power button until the LED turns green then red; release the button and the LED will flash green indicating that it is on. To shut it off, the procedure is the same, but the LED will turn red, then green and then it will shut off.

As a precautionary measure, the gun also includes automatic shut off feature that will turn it off after one hour of inactivity. The unique break beam eye system monitors the presence or absence of paintballs, which ensure there is optimum rates of fire and also reduces instances of paint breakage. As a result, it is very reliable in all game settings. In fact, all the five firing modes are extremely efficient: the millennium ramping produces 15bps ROF, NPPL semi-auto produces maximum ROF of 20bps, PSP ramping produces 15bps and the NXL full auto is pre-set at 15bps.

Durability and Maintenance

The whole aluminum metal construction ensures the gun is very durable. However, for increased lifespan and better performance, the Mini has to undergo regular maintenance. Assembling and disassembling of this gun is very easy, due to the one screw quick strip design. There are two areas you can access on this gun, the main board in the fore-grip and the bolt system.

The only maintenance required in the main board is battery change. The LED will indicate whether the battery is okay or not- a green light is a sign of a good battery, orange light is an indicator of a fairly depleted one, while a red light shows a completely depleted battery.

The other area that will need full consideration is the bolt system. This can be easily opened with an Allen wrench at the bottom side of the bolt system’s rear end. Once the screw is opened, the bolt system will pop out. You will then be required to clean it and lubricate it with the recommended grease or oils. You also need to unscrew the barrel and clean it. Gelatin from paintballs tends to build up in the barrel, which affects its accuracy. Simply use soapy water and rinse thoroughly.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Four firing modes with high ROF
  • Super lightweight at 2.0 lbs.
  • One screw quick strip
  • Hall effect sensor trigger
  • Compact design with no hoses
  • Comes in variety of colors
  • 12 inch barrel for increased accuracy and range
  • Requires low maintenance
  • Energy efficient with the battery lasting up to 100,000 shots
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Limited customizable functions
  • Requires an external on/off ASA

If you are pressed for cash and want a budget friendly paintball gun, then the Empire Invert Mini is the gun for you. This gun offers the same level of performance as expensive markers, despite being such a cheap gun. The gun is super easy to maintain even for a beginner, as it requires only one screw to be stripped and the whole bolt system just springs out. This gun comes with a large array of colors that will surely compliment your favorite gear. The only problem with this gun is that it cannot be customized beyond the barrel. You can also change to the firing modes of your choice, but aside from that there isn’t much you can do when it comes to personalization. Overall, the gun is an excellent marker suitable for various paintball games, including woodsball and speedball.