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SpyderOWNAGE Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
1 year9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Intimidators, Matrices, Shockers, Quests, other Marqs, Cyborgs, Angels, and Egos
Marker Setup: Darq 7
Dark Intimidator
Recommended
Upgrades:
New grips (cosmetic)
New ASA (if the cam drive isn't your thing, read review)
Strengths: Speed, Efficient, and smooth as a spool valve
Weaknesses: See review
Review: Weight -
The Darq is the second lightest Marq in the Marquee series. It weighs 2.176 pounds as it comes out of the box stock (with 360 Regulator, ASA, rail, and battery). For a comparison, my Dark Intimidator (with CP shorty, BL gear drive ASA, and battery) weighs 2.394 pounds. Those couple of ounces doesn't seem that big, but Bob designed the Marqs more balanced than Intimidators were. The weight difference is very noticeable because of that.

Looks -
The Darq is (IMO) the best looking Marq available currently. The milling is a combo of the Rapper milling and Marq6 milling.

Maintenance -
Maintenance for a Marq is similar to a spool valve. Unscrew the screw that holds the bolt assembly in, pull out the bolt assembly with an allen wrench, take the assembly apart, lube the o-rings with the DOW syringe that comes pre-packaged with the Darq, put the assembly back together, push it back in, and screw in the retaining screw. Repeat every case or so. Very simple.

Operation -
Marqs are single-tubed ram-driven markers. In a nutshell, they are Intimidators thrown into a single tube rather than having two tubes.

URL to animation of operation - http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/8272/onyx1dq4.gif

Downsides -
Pillow bolts cannot be dry fired. If you dry fire a Marq with a pillow bolt, there is a chance that the pillow will fly out of the bolt because the bolt needs back pressure to keep the pillow in. An easy remedy to this is use a battle swab in the breach or use Tadao's training mode which doesn't cycle the gun.

The cam drive ASA may not be for everyone. The cam drive ASA is sometimes hard to turn using bare hands. If you are playing with gloves, this may change turning your air on to be a very difficult task.

Upgrades -
It comes with the following aftermarket upgrades stock: 4 eye upgrade kit, Violent trigger, Bob Long rail, Bob Long Cam Drive ASA, Lucky 15, Tadao M8, and the quick disconnect pillow bolt.

Other Information -
The Darq is a limited edition gun made by Warped Sportz; only 126 will be produced.
Conclusion: If you are in the market for a high-end gun, a Marq is definetly the way to go. Efficient as a ram-driven, smooth as a spool valve, and easy to take care of. What more would you want?
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 at 9:33 pm PST
 

Review Comments
McEd Monday, December 29th, 2008 | 6:35 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by tokay444
if you have your engine assembled properly, there is no risk of losing the pillow down the barrel. in fact, it's recommended to dry fire a new marq a couple hundred times and relube the o-rings if you have issues with minor hissing out of the box.

Recommended by whom, may i ask? And is that really a good enough reason to dispute this review? Great Review, i wish i had the opportunity to buy one.
   

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