JT Impulse Marker Review 2017

The JT Impulse was one of the most famous markers in the early 2000s, and for good reason. It’s a fine piece of work, and the original retail price of this marker was bordering on exorbitant.

Even with the high price tag it sold impressively, it really is a masterful piece and a great example of what a paintball marker can be.

Gregory, Author Paintimpact

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  • Incredible Value For Price
  • Fast Shooting and Accurate
  • Easy to Maintain
  • Extremely Air Efficient
  • Amazing Trigger 
  • Unique Aesthetic Turns Some People Off
  • Still Pricey for Amateurs
  • Board Needs to Be Turned Off/On to Change Firing Modes 

The Marker Itself

There’s a reason the JT Impulse fell off the radar of most players, and it’s a bit convoluted. Essentially, a company called Empire bought out JT and kept selling the Impulse under the same brand name. Unfortunately, they boned their marketing scheme and this amazing marker fell off the radar of most players due to mishandling.

Empire’s misfortune might just be one of the best things to happen to those who want an extremely high-quality marker however, as the price is around half of that it was originally sold at. Take a closer look, it really is one of the best markers you’ll be able to find at any price point.

The Design

The Impulse receives a lot of credit for being one of the most ergonomically sound paintball guns around.

It deserves it, the gun fits in most people’s hands in a way that most markers can only dream of. It has an extra-long grip. The only issue here is that many people find it more comfortable to use the trigger with two fingers due to the grip design.

Speaking of the trigger, it’s the main selling point for a lot of people. It’s widely hailed as one of the best triggers around and many players can’t stop raving about it. It is often compared to guns that are two or three times the price point, and it always comes out in favor.

The design is simply one of the best. The OLED is easy to use and access, allowing you to work with the electronics while on the field quickly and easily and you’ll find yourself falling in love with the whole thing quickly if you choose to pick it out.

The Shot

It has a tiny amount of feedback when you pull the trigger. It shoots consistently, reliably, and like a dream. Essentially, there’s absolutely nothing to complain about here.

The regulator is balanced, meaning that it requires less force to open than a standard valve. Combined with the light trigger pull, this marker is going to be able to stay on target no matter what is going on and it’ll let you dominate the field if you have the skills to do so.


The gun is fairly low maintenance. It’ll still require the usual, but you’ll probably be able to get an eight or nine hour session in without having to take the gun apart and relubricate it. Since it so rarely chops, you probably won’t have to spend downtime cleaning paint out of the barrel either.

It might be a little bit complex for complete amateurs, but the instructions in the manual are clear enough and if you follow them you’ll be in good hands.

Overall Verdict

This is one of the best markers around, period. The price is still too high for those who are kind of ambivalent about the price, but those who engage in tournaments, speedball, or any other kind of frequent play are going to be overjoyed with this one.

It really can’t be recommended for beginners, but for intermediate and advanced players it’s a strong option that should be seriously considered before you decide to drop more money hoping to get a better marker.

User Review Excerpts

“Simply a fantastic marker. It’s accurate, easily maintained, the board is quick to use, and it’s simply a monster in the field. The hopper can be emptied in 30 seconds or less if you want to and it will hit most targets within just a few inches of where you aim. It has a sleek look and it’s year round ability makes it great in all weather and temperatures. It’s like buying a professional marker for the price of a beginner’s. I can’t say enough good things about this marker.”

“If anybody from JT/EMPIRE/KEE is reading this… I just want to say thank you… I am very happy with my gun and that you took good care of me for getting a new regulator. It’s my favorite gun that I have ever used no doubt in my mind.”

“I absolutely love this marker. It’s probably my favorite stacked tube poppet valve gun of all time after putting a case through it today. I still need to get some more usage out of it before coming to that conclusion but in terms of feel, it’s the best I’ve used.”


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Overall Verdict

For someone who’s serious about the sport, this is the marker to get. While the price might put it out of range for someone who doesn’t get out on a regular basis, if you’re a hardcore paintballer then you could do a lot worse at the same price point.

No one really knows if the price is going to stay so low, now that the marker is being “rediscovered” but if you’re even thinking about dropping some money then pick it up now and see what people are raving about.

  • Reliability
  • Efficiency
  • Weight
  • Sound
  • Warranty