-Aluminum bolt cap
-Good to go out of the box
-Cost friendly (for a high-end)
-Rubber grip frame parts
-Polymer bolt cap
I was very excided when I first heard about this marker. Proto was making an affordable mid range high-end marker. Finally I could pick up a high-end with out totally breaking the bank! I was not disappointed when I opened it up, examined it, and then tested it in action the same weekend. However, there are a few key strengths and weaknesses that must be addressed:
Good to go:This marker is good to go out of the box. It comes with a great board that is 30 pbs ready with semi-auto, PSP, and Millennium modes. It comes with a good, stylish Proto barrel; I just wish it was two piece so I could get different backs with out buying a new barrel or kit. The marker also comes with an adjustable ASA that you can set according to the pin valve on your N2 tank.
Wight: The first thing I noticed when I picked up this marker was its weight. I was astounded by how light and compact it was! I am used to my heavy and bulky Tippmann; so this marker’s weight was a bit of a shock to me. It was definitely designed with the front-mid player in mind.
The biggest thing that makes the Rail so compact is that the regulator goes through the grip frame instead of the body. By having the regulator screw directly into the grip frame, Proto was able to significantly shave down the matrix body and make it thinner and lower profile. The fact that there is also no low-pressure secondary regulator cuts down the height of the marker.
Cost friendly: This marker is the cheapest Dye/Proto marker ever made. At a good $400, you are getting the same Matrix performance as say an M7 at half the cost.
Weird trigger design: I don’t know what Proto was thinking when they designed the Rail trigger. I mean, it is not horid, but it is ugly and hard to get used to at first. It is very rubbery and “fat”, and feels awkward on the fingers. The trigger is not that big of a deal though, because it can easily be replaced:
Rubber grip frame parts: I was very disappointed that there was a big un-removable gray rubber part attached to the back of the grip frame. I planned on changing the look of my Rail by getting some red grips, red trigger, and red feedneck, and painting the eye covers, but found that there was a big gray blob that threw off the red and black look. Im hopin proto makes other grip frames.
Polymer bolt cap: HUGE design flaw. Not smart at all. You never make plastic part that will be getting a lot of wear and use. The threads on the bolt cap are easily strippable, in fact my bolt cap’s threads were factory defected and I had to call for a replacement. Im really hoping that Proto comes out with a metal part kit for the Rail.
Overall, the Rail performs extraordinarily well for its price. I am very impressed over all. Yes, there are a few bugs to be worked out, but that is to be expected for a first generation marker. Im giving the Proto Matrix Rail a solid 9 out of 10.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, January 28th, 2007 at 6:48 pm PST