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sthpark Friday, December 1st, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month142 of 154 people found this review helpful.

1 year
Products Used:
SP Ion with Blackheart board, Freak barrel, CP regulator, NDZ trigger, CP on/off.
Marker Setup: Proto Matrix Rail with proto 2 piece barrel, Vlocity hopper, and Dye 70/4500 stubby tank.
2 piece barrel
Strengths: Very light
Very fast
Reasonable Price
Weaknesses: See review
Review: Ok, I've been playing paintball for about a year now, and like about a million other people I started with an Ion. My new gun senses where kicking in and I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg, so I thought I would at least give this gun a try, after all it is made by Dye.

The gun feels very good in the hands, its extremely light ( I was surprised at how light it was) its very compact, and the polymer parts don't seem to bother me. The stock board is pretty much like the response board by proto and it may be, haven't seen that in the features, mine is setup for 3 trigger pulls then ramping kicks in. The manual is very easy to follow and the settings seem to be fairly straightforward on how to adjust them. The marker has an anti bolt stick mode that is on by default, and the other modes are trigger sensitivity, dwell, ROF, and firing mode (semi, PSP, and Millenium)

Upon shooting the gun, I couldn't help but notice how fast it was, the factory setting is 20 bps according to the manual. The Rail was pretty accurate with some lower end paint (white box) and seemed pretty consistent, I don't have the chrono numbers, but I expect it to be more consistent when the Hyper 2 reg gets broken in good which takes about 2000 shots. The Rail had very little kick, not quite as smooth as DM's and PM's that I have shot but at a fraction of the price so its more than ok. To me it looks better than the PM 6, it has a lower body profile I believe and looks a lot like the PM 7. It definitely looks better in person and with a 2 piece barrel.

The gun is easy to disassemble, clean, lube and reassemble, very low maintenance, which is a plus.

The only complaint I have and its not a big one, is that there are a lot of allen wrenches and I couldn't find a way to differentiate between the sizes, not a big deal since I have a set of standard and metrics in a sized carrying sleeve, and also some of the screws are very tedious to get to, so patience is a virtue.

I was hesitant about purchasing this marker at first, but Im glad I did. It truly is a lot of performance for the price, Im not sure of another marker that is close to the performance of this stock. So, if your thinking about it, just get it. You don't need to spend an arm and a leg on a high end marker, this is high end performance for the price, and the biggest thing is the person behind the marker, not the marker itself.

Hope this review was helpful

OK, just to update, I have decided to go with one of the new metal triggers that have just come out, and upon installing it I decided to remove the spring behind the trigger, which lightened the pull on the trigger greatly (not that it had a hard pull to begin with). I like the feel of the metal trigger better and it seems to provide more area for two fingers and without the spring is much easier to walk. I havent read anywhere that this will effect the warranty, just that it may wear on the microswitch more, so you will have to be your own judge.
Conclusion: I would recommend this marker to beginners and intermediate players and to serious players not wanting to drop a house payment on a marker. Nothing is perfect, so 9.
9 out of 10Last edited on Friday, December 8th, 2006 at 4:37 pm PST

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dollylama Friday, March 7th, 2008 | 5:55 pm PST
What barrel threads does the PMR take?

cfm95 Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 | 1:31 pm PST
im 13 and buy all my equipment
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