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PB_Matty Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month99 of 104 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
the Timmies I've built, Shockers, Ions, E-cockers, REX R3
Marker Setup: 05'd Species Timmy
Assassins Frame, Tadao m5, Evil Detonator, Trinity Block, Alias LPR, RMR Killstick, RMR Lockdown, FBM Delrin Trigger

06 DP Fusion- Stock
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel in the limited run is .685 so a larger bore barrel as stated. It is my understanding that the mass production run will have a .693 barrel.

HPA is a given, and you'll want a Halo, Reloader, or Vlocity

Otherwise as in the mark of any true high-end, it doesn't really NEED any upgrades out of the box.
Strengths: Ready to go out of the box
Light and Compact
Fast as you'll need
Weaknesses: Small stock barrel bore as stated
Somewhat simple board
Review: First of all, yes this marker does share the basic FASOR (Forward Air Spring Operated Return) design that has been used in BKO's, Dragun "the ONE", the Wrath, AR-1, and a few other markers. Keep in mind that all of the above guns were often times slightly jimmy-rigged spyders with questionable quality of both mechanical and electronic parts. Also keep in mind that not a single one of these guns was built to be more than a mid-grade gun at the very best. What am I trying to say? The reason previous FASOR's have been looked down upon should be mostly due to the fact of the poor quality/execution.

There is nothing wrong with the FASOR system. It is based off the same type of operating system that is used in Intimidators and Egos. In both of those guns a solenoid will operate both directions of the ram's movement. A FASOR merely simplifies this and has a spring take the responsibility for the ram's rearward movement. Certainly not a large difference in my book, and one could make the argument that springs are actually more consistent than air.

On to the specifics of the Fusion:
I believe that this is the first FASOR designed from the ground up, and it certainly shares with the Infinity Legend the aspiration to be more than a mere mid-grade back-up or less gun. Let's take a look @ what separates the Fusion from other Fasor's:

First of all the body is certainly cocker reminiscent, and one can also make the argument looks quite a bit like an 06 MacDev Cyborg. The main development with the body is the integration of air passageways thru the lower part of the gun underneath the bottom tube. This allows for the lpr to transfer air to the noid and the noid to the back of the ram without having to worry about hoses, barbs, and all the other attachments that can be leaky nightmares. It also makes for a much more streamlined design as there is not need to conceal hoses. The way the body is design also allows for the vast majority of the lpr to be recessed into front of the gun. This obviously keeps the gun nice and compact.

Another nice feature brought about by the hose-less design is the ram cap/sleeve. This peice has a ball bearing lock in it and simply takes a 1/4 turn twist to remove. No taking off hoses, unscrewing frames, or anything. Simply twist out, drop out ram, lube 1 o-ring and plop it back in. The bolt/ram system is now easier to service than on a timmy and that's saying something.

The Frame on the fusion is also a BIG step up from the prototypical FASOR. I've heard it compared to DM frames, Cyborg's, and NME frames. Suffice it to say it feels nice, and the large trigger guard gives you plenty of room to work even with non-cutoff gloves. The frame also keeps very clean looking by using a hidden screw system. Obviously this doesn't help performance at all, but is a nice touch that even many high-end guns do not have.

The trigger on the Fusion is Optical. As a Timmy guy I'm used to micro-switches, but I have to say this is one sweet, easily adjustable trigger. One screw to adjust pre-travel, one for post. Tension can be adjusted via a different spring, and I'm sure it wouldn't be difficult to use a magnet if one were so inclined. There is virtually no side-to-side slop, and the return is quick and positive. Very nice trigger with no real need to upgrade that I can see.

As far as electronics go the Fusion also steps up to a break beam eye system. Most FASOR's (as well as SP guns) use a bounce beam eye. Generally they are effective, but can have a host of problems that break-beams don't. In a break beam system if one eye can see each other the gun won't fire, if it can't than it assumes there is a ball in the chamber and will fire. No problems with funky reflections, different color paint, etc.
The board is fairly simple. It provides modes of semi and PSP ramping in 20 or 15 bps, and the user can choose eye on or off. Certainly this is enough to get the job done, but it is nice to be able to tweak such options as BIP, dwell, loader delay, etc. As I understand it Virtue is already in talks with DP about a board.

Performance Considerations:
This gun with the same size barrel is 2-3 inches shorter than an 05 style timmy...once again you are looking at the ballpark size of the 06 Cyborg. The Fusion is pretty light coming in @ 2.5 pounds which includes the barrel, reg, and even the ASA I believe.

The gun easily hits it's cap on ramping, and is very easy to rip in semi mode as well. The Regs are very consistent and, got a chance to run it over a chrono and was sitting pretty with +/- 3 fps at the chrono . Recharge is FAST, and accuracy is good. The "kick" is less than or equal to a well setup Timmy, and I have had absolutely no chops, leaks, or any sort of issue so far. Was preset and ready to go right out of the box. Threw in a battery, screwed in air, and threw on a v35 Halo.

This gun has also been very reliable and easy to maintain. Has been through about 4 cases now and I have not had a single chop, leak or any sort of issue with this gun. It is also very solid and has taken a beating from me.


Miscellaneous:
The gun comes complete as of right now with: low-profile clamping feedneck and the patent pending flip style on/off asa and rail. Which by the way is the sweetest on/off on the market. The package also includes a COMPLETE set of standard size allen keys with a holder which is a very nice nod from the manufacturer. The staff @ Evoventures has also been very quick in answering emails. They seem to know what they are doing when it comes to customer service so far.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS IS AN INITIAL REVIEW AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS I GET MORE TIME WITH THE FUSION.
Conclusion: A high-end gun for a reasonable price.
Try it before you judge it...you might just find a nice little surprise.

If the board was more adjustable I'd give it a 10...I'd still like to give it a 10 but we'll go with a ...
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, July 30th, 2006 at 1:28 pm PST
 

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PB_Matty Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 | 3:25 pm PST
I hate you too :)...I did say MOST SP guns. Although with the amount sold most SP guns might be IONS. The Fusion is much nicer than an Ion however
   

Rotoman1 Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 | 9:24 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by clown_13_2001
Ion's have breakbeam eyes, noob.
All other SP guns use a reflective eye.... NOOB! Ions Suck neway...
This guy writes a nice, informative review about a new product and all you can do is call him a noob? What a dick.... You, jackstick, are the noob.
   

PB_Matty Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 | 11:40 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by Rotoman1

All other SP guns use a reflective eye.... NOOB! Ions Suck neway...
This guy writes a nice, informative review about a new product and all you can do is call him a noob? What a dick.... You, jackstick, are the noob.


no worries man...he's from AOT and was just giving me a good-natured hard time

right clown ?
   

clown_13_2001 Wednesday, July 19th, 2006 | 5:53 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by Rotoman1

All other SP guns use a reflective eye.... NOOB! Ions Suck neway...
This guy writes a nice, informative review about a new product and all you can do is call him a noob? What a dick.... You, jackstick, are the noob.


:D , stop taking things so seriously.
   

PB_Matty Saturday, July 22nd, 2006 | 2:06 am PST
For anybody who has or is interested in a Fusion, I have developed a thread here with a TON of useful information, pics, and videos here ~ http://www.pbnation.com/showthread.php?p=24339833#post243398
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Cbunker Saturday, September 9th, 2006 | 8:46 pm PST
pb matty your on every fusion sight i have seen :P
   

Psycho_warden Sunday, October 15th, 2006 | 1:07 pm PST
This is a very very good review. Thank you, I may consider picking one of these up now.
   

PaulWest Monday, October 16th, 2006 | 12:17 am PST
good review its a gun that i have never heard of in the uk so unlikely to see one but sounds like a nice ion basher to me
   

DEATHx2 Monday, November 6th, 2006 | 6:06 pm PST
good review.... thumbs up
   

jitters93 Sunday, November 12th, 2006 | 11:54 am PST
can u run an a/s c02 tank on this atall?
   

sd bad company Monday, November 13th, 2006 | 5:36 pm PST
hey i am looking to buy this baby in two weeks or so great review the one i want has a different on/off for the nitrogen is mine a different model or have you moded yours?


thanks, great review
   

sd bad company Tuesday, November 14th, 2006 | 1:52 pm PST
Also it is a throw up between this and a proto matrix rail which one would you say is better.

thanx
   

PB_Matty Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 | 7:11 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by sd bad company
hey i am looking to buy this baby in two weeks or so great review the one i want has a different on/off for the nitrogen is mine a different model or have you moded yours?


thanks, great review


The one I got had the RAPS asa and it is now an upgrade...not a different model, and yours will most likely now be coming stock with a 25 bps board with more tournament modes.

Co2 is not reccommended with this gun...with anti-sypon and a Palmer's reg I'd do it in a pinch but definitely HPA is the best way to go

Also heard a report from someone at cup that said they got a Fusion cuz they were tired of waiting at the Rail booth. Said he had a little buyer's remores after seeing others using the rail until he shot the Fusion...he reported he now has no regrets
Last edited on Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 at 7:13 pm PST
   

sd bad company Thursday, November 16th, 2006 | 6:47 pm PST
thanx ill get the fusion
   

jonotwist Thursday, November 30th, 2006 | 7:05 pm PST
matty, as a paintball gun collector i thik you have me sod on he fusion. are you sure you dont work for dangerous power? an to think i was going to get a wrath....
time to save paychecks.
lol
   

sd bad company Tuesday, December 26th, 2006 | 11:25 pm PST
hey pb Matty thanks alot 4 the advice i got my fusion 4 Christmas haven't shot it yet my tank needs to get hydro tested its 2 years overdue lol! I am going to use it this Saturday at camp pendilton with my friends, they all have ions cant wait to out shoot them lol, bye.l
   

Cbunker Wednesday, December 27th, 2006 | 1:47 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by jonotwist
matty, as a paintball gun collector i thik you have me sod on he fusion. are you sure you dont work for dangerous power? an to think i was going to get a wrath....
time to save paychecks.
lol


from my experences with him on the nation he is def not a rep from dp.
   

egorocker Sunday, January 7th, 2007 | 9:02 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by DEATHx2
good review.... thumbs up
same for me to
   

pbkidion Saturday, January 13th, 2007 | 3:22 pm PST
pb matty could you give me a price and where i could buy one of these?
   

Cbunker Tuesday, January 16th, 2007 | 1:43 pm PST
compulsive paintball under evoventure fusion 379
   
                            
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