First Endeavor Paintball Quest

Review

The Quest is one of the more underrated markers. Many people have never even heard of them, much less used them. They initially had very poor quality control, and issues plagued the markers for quite some time after being initially released.
FEP did, however, before they went to a “inactive” state manage to work out all the bugs. They are a very simple balanced spool valve. Unlike many spools, they do not have an abundance of orings. There are only 9 orings internally that need to be lubed, making it one of the easiest to maintain spools available. They are also extremely efficient for a spool, being capable of over 1500 shots off a 68/4500 stock, and over 1600 with a Goldmember bolt.

Like most spools, they shoot extremely smooth, but are very finiky if over-lubed. There are a plethora of boards available, as FEP used multiple different stock boards during the few years these markers were produced. Most of the boards, however, are either capable of being programmed to be legal in all current leagues, or can be flashed to become legal in current tournament rules. FEP is currently in a state of flux, as the original group is completely gone, and a new management (only 1 holdover from the original FEP) is trying to find the cash to bring them back.

This makes these markers a very good bargain when bought used. However, you must be willing to learn how to fix it yourself, as there is no FEP currently to send it to for repairs

The trigger is very similar to the critical design, and is considered by many to be one of the best stock triggers in the paintball industry. The wiring harness on the board, however, is considered just the opposite. It’s known for being very delicate, and you must be gentle with it to avoid breaking.
These aren’t the lightest markers, weighing in at 2 ¼ pounds, but don’t feel like it weighs that much. The only real thing that these markers lack stock is that they have an ordinary ASA, and not an on/off. If buying used, it’s a VERY common site to see these markers with CP on/offs as the only upgrade.

Advantages:

  • Efficiency
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy maintenance for a spool valve
  • Great trigger stock

Disadvantages:

  • FEP isn’t actually around, so no one to send to for repairs
  • WAS board is known for it’s tendency to self-destruct if you get one that has that board
  • Wiring harness is very fragiile

Conclusion/Verdict:

If you’re willing to learn everything about the marker you shoot so you can maintain it and fix issues yourself, then the Quest provides an amazing value. Very fast, smooth, and needs very few upgrades to compete with modern $1400 markers.

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By: Timothy L. Miller

Date:21-03-09

Manufacturers Website: N/A

Price:$1100.00 New $250-$400 Used

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Setup: Quest w/ CP on/off and rail, Goldmember bolt, toolless snatch pin, DXS Pulse, Guerilla Air 68/4500 w/ Myth, CP 2 piece

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3 Comments

  1. admin
    March 23, 2009, 7:18 pm

    Thanks for the review!

    Kyle

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  2. R0ger
    March 29, 2009, 12:33 pm

    I’m using a Ex-London Tigers 06 OG Quest (Now outdated by the more recent re-bodied 07 Milled quests). After 3 years and numerous owners it still mows faces 😀 Ill try and get a review up if possible.

    PS. Upgrading to a Virtue board, soldering a new wiring harness and contacting Critical Paintball (US company) will solve all the cons.

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  3. Timothy L. Miller
    January 27, 2010, 6:41 pm

    Update:

    Critical Paintball (www.criticalpaintball.com) is now an authorized repair center for Quests. They have recently released a new bolt for the Quest (soft-face venturi bolt that is claimed to be even more efficient than goldmember), a new low profile feedneck, and can repair Quests.

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