GOG eNMEy Review: A Budget Paintball Gem Or Just A Backup?
4.0 out of 5 stars
- Low operating PSI
- Lifetime warranty
- Easy to use and maintain
- Low price point
- Low-quality ASA
- Shorter barrel
- Poor stock feed neck
- Excellent entry level marker or for casual players
- Good marker for those who like to tinker
- Weight: 1 lbs 14oz
- Propellant: CO2 or compressed air
- Bore: .693
- Barrel Length: 10/12 inches
GOG eNMEy Review
The GOG eNMEy is often considered a mechanical version of another GOG model; the Ion. As this is a purely mechanical, or pneumatic paintball marker, there is no battery or solenoid to worry about and operates far more simply.
The attractions of a mechanical marker over an electronic paintball gun are numerous. The top reasons are that mechanical paintball markers are less expensive. Also, because they have a more straightforward design they are easier to maintain and operate more reliably.
This marker is no exception in either regard. You will likely pay half what you would pay for an electronic paintball gun of equal quality. Even with such a low price tag you will have very few problems.
There is one last point worthy of note before the full review. The GOG offers a Lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. Can you beat that?
The GOG eNMEy is an entry-level paintball gun in price, capability, and construction.
The eNMEy consists primarily of a hard, composite plastic. This plastic makes it light and inexpensive but also has some drawbacks. There are certain parts of the marker that if it were aluminum or something else more sturdy, it would have improved its design immensely.
For instance, one of the common problems you will hear about this marker is the feed neck.
The design does not have a clamping feed neck. In our opinion, the industry should standardize this feature. Instead, you have two screws adjusted by Allen keys. One of the screws attaches it to the lip of the paintball gun above the breach, and the other screw tightens down on the hopper.
The lip of the marker that it attaches to and the stock feed neck itself are both plastic. We recommend that you replace it with a superior, aluminum aftermarket product. However, you cannot do much about the lip. You have to be delicate with this piece. This is especially true if you play in colder weather as plastic becomes more brittle the colder it gets.
The GOG eNMEy differentiates itself from typical mechanical markers. It accomplishes this through several of its design points.
First, it is a mechanical paintball marker that uses a spool valve. This is unlike other mechanical paintball guns. They just use a spring and blow-forward mechanism. This feature gives the eNMEy a softer firing signature.
However, unlike other spool valve markers, this only has four o-rings instead the multitude you usually get. And they all are easily accessible. So not only do you get the benefits of a spool valve you have little of the maintenance hassle.
The eNMEy operates at a very low 160 PSI which is incredible for a mechanical marker. This is a step up from one of the most significant disadvantages of using a typical mechanic marker. They usually required more than 500 PSI to operate and your tanks, therefore, do not last as long. Also, because these paintball guns need such a high PSI you also get a louder sound signature as well as more vibration.
You have the advantage of operating with low PSI. So, the eNMEy has conquered one of the most significant drawbacks of mechanical markers. And the spool valve conquers another.
The stock ASA on this paintball gun is a weak point and as such is another piece we recommend upgrading.
Our previous statement is not to say that the ASA is poor quality. It is just that the level of technology of paintball has gotten to the point where better ASA’s are easy enough to find. This ASA does not have on/off capability nor does it have a purge system. When you want to take off your tank, you will need to pull the trigger repeatedly. This will depressurize the seal between the ASA and tank as you turn it, or else you risk damaging the threads.
Lastly, the detents on the eNMEy are rubber and go bad fairly often so be sure you know where you can order more. It might even be a good idea to stock up in case you need to change these during a match.
Because the marker is mechanical, there are no eyes to prevent chopping.
For those who don’t know, the eyes are internal sensors on electronic markers. They are at the connection of the breach and feed neck. They will not allow the marker to fire unless the paintball sits fully inside the breach. This design feature prevents the bolt from striking the paintball at a time when the paintball will just hit the top of the feed neck or breach walls.
Despite not having this feature the GOG eNMEy is, by all accounts, extremely reliable.
Since the paintball marker runs on low PSI, your bolt is not going to strike paintballs with much force. This bolt is a low-force bolt. It is useful in preventing both paintball chopping and barrel breaks.
Aside from the essential benefits of mechanical markers, there is another benefit for the adventurous.
There is no motherboard directing the firing mechanism and there are far less moving parts. Therefore, you can modify mechanical markers quite a bit. Spring, valve seals, and tension force drive all of the functions of mechanical markers. Changing these springs or any other piece will alter the performance of the marker.
For instance, one of the most common alterations that owners of the eNMEy have made is to shorten the trigger pull. You do this modification by removing the grip panel. Doing this expose the spring behind the trigger. In the gap between the spring and trigger, you can place a piece of wood or something similar to keep additional resting tension in the spring. This mod shortens the pull and reset of the trigger.
You should note that some customization and alterations will void your warranty. Others mods will not void the warranty. A good rule of thumb is to avoid any modifications that require permanent or semi-permanent bonding to the paintball gun itself.
While the GOG eNMEy works pretty well straight out of the box, there are a few upgrades we would like to recommend.
The stock barrel you get with this paintball gun is either 10 or 12 inches. The actual length depends on which package you purchase. Many consider a 14-inch barrel to be the optimal length for a paintball gun that fires at 300 FPS. This is the rate that the GOG eNMEy fires. There are many aftermarket barrels, so this should not be difficult to find.
As we mentioned above, one of the most significant design weaknesses of the eNMEy is the feed neck. We would strongly recommend upgrading this. You can replace it with a metal one to help reinforce this connection. The best thing you can do about the plastic lip is to avoid heavy or elongated hoppers that place undo rocking force on this section of the marker.
The ASA on the eNMEy works as designed but the process you have to go through to depressurize the system is a bit of pain. In the long run, most paintballers will get annoyed with this process and want to upgrade to an on/off purge system. We recommend doing this right away to get long-term gain for short-term pain.
All of the upgrades we have recommended here are relatively inexpensive, easy to find and are external. There are no internal parts we recommend upgrading. The interior of this marker is pretty reliable with what comes stock.
Lastly, we do not recommend buying these paintball markers used.
Because of its low price point and ease of some paintball fields use these markers as rentals. There are a lot of low-reputation companies out there looking to sell you these rentals. You will hear stories of people who have purchased used eNMEy’s. Then they have them arrived still covered in paint and missing parts. Keep in mind, the lifetime warranty only applies to the original purchaser.
If you are the type of paintballer, who likes simplicity. Or you may be someone just looking to get into the game. If that is you, then it would be hard to find a better marker than the GOG eNMEy.
The low price point and ease of use make this an ideal paintball gun for a lot of people. There are some parts that we recommend upgrading. Even after having done so you will still come far under the price point of other markers of equal quality. If your paintball gun falls prey to a broken feed neck, then you always have the lifetime warranty.
We recommend having this marker be in your arsenal. You can have it even after you have purchased more expensive options. As long as you buy it new and upgrade the few parts, you will enjoy the GOG eNMEy.