Both the CS3 and the 180R feature versions of the GammasCore bolt system: the 180R with the OP-R Core operating at around 120 PSI, and the CS3 with the OP Core operating in a range from 95-105 PSI. The lower pressure in the CS3 is partly due to its slightly larger body, allowing for more volume in the valve chamber.

When I played with the CS3 for the review, I noticed that it was quieter and slightly smoother than the 180R. However, this is what makes it difficult to differentiate between the two markers. They both perform very well. Initially, I expected this video to conclude that the 180R shoots just slightly worse than the CS3, but that wasn’t the case when we tested them in the field.

Honestly, I’ve had the opportunity to try out both guns multiple times, and I must say, my 180R outperforms my CS3s. It has less kick and the sound signature is less. Now, we’re not talking about a monumental gap, as if comparing a Tippmann Cronus to the 180R, but the distinction is noticeable, without a doubt.

The 180R is equipped with the new S63 barrel from Planet Eclipse its features the new PWR insert design. It includes a .689 insert. This barrel is on par with any other barrel that Planet Eclipse has released, making it a top-notch option. Personally, I’m a fan of the inserts, and the best part is that additional inserts can be purchased as low as $20. On the other hand, the 170R came with the older Shaft 4/5 Gtek Barrel, which required purchasing entire barrel backs to achieve different bore sizes, starting at $50. Opting for the inserts is a much more cost-effective choice, and I really appreciate that.

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The Eclipse GTEK 180R Paintball Marker boasts exceptional consistency and stability, thanks to its new OP-R Core Drivetrain. This drivetrain is a shorter version of the OP Core in the CS3, elevating the 180R’s performance while staying true to its affordability. 

The front grip on the 180R remains unchanged, and I must admit that I’m not particularly fond of it. Personally, I find the front grips on the CS3, Etha3, and LV2 much more better. They have a slightly longer design and fit my hand more comfortably. Even though I hold the gun in a rather unconventional manner, I still prefer the feel of a longer front grip. It’s not terrible by any means, and I definitely prefer it over the front grips on Shockers. While most people may not share my concerns about the front grip being too small, I still hold out hope for the day when guns will transition to AA batteries or, better yet, provide the option to use standard non-rechargeable or rechargeable batteries. Field One’s implementation of the battery system in the Force serves as a good example.

In conclusion, my final thoughts on the 180R are quite positive. However, I’ve reached a point where I don’t think any of Planet Eclipse’s guns shoot noticeably better than the others. Whether it’s the Emek priced just below $300 or the CS3 nearly reaching nearly $1800, they all deliver fantastic performance that is remarkably similar. Ultimately, it’s a matter of personal preference when it comes to determining which one shoots better. This is truly great news for all of us because it means that regardless of the Planet Eclipse gun you choose, you can’t really go wrong.

These guns simply offer varying features. The Emek may be considered plain and mechanical, constructed with GRN (glass-reinforced nylon), but its performance is outstanding. On the other hand, the 180R is an electronic with a full aluminum construction, equipped with a OLED screen. The CS3 boasts an electronics and an all-aluminum build, while also incorporating a bunch of additional features. Bluetooth connectivity, extended battery life, improved mechanical frame (when it becomes available), superior ergonomics, and better grips. It’s undeniably a more refined and advanced marker. If you want these additional features, then the CS3 is the right choice for you. However, if you don’t consider them a priority, the 180R or Etha3 might suit you better. The great news is that you won’t sacrifice performance by opting for a lower-priced option.

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Yo! My name is Brad Johnson, I'm the author/creator/owner/janitor of Paintball Ruined My Life. I worked in the paintball industry for over 16 years, before starting this website and my YouTube channel.