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Kobun Saturday, September 1st, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Invert Mini- both are inline poppet designs, Shockers, Egos, DMs, Cyborgs, Freestyles
Marker Setup: Darq 7- pewter, Halo v35 and Pulse loaders, MacDev Legionaire, Geurilla Air Assault, and Custom Products LP 68/4500 tanks, Warped Lucky 15, Stiffi Mamba, and DYE Ultralight barrels, Shocktech LP reg, Shocktech bleed/on/off ASA w/ #1 mini drop.
Nothing necessary- barrel and ASA if you don't like the stock parts.
Strengths: Fast, accurate, very easy to maintain, lightweight, smooth- no noticeable kick
Weaknesses: Is a bit expensive, ASA is hard to turn when aired up.
Review: I went into my local Warped store looking for something new, possibly a backup for my Invert Mini, saw this nice pewter Darq 7, and after checking it out had to have it, and bought it.

Once home, I read the quick start guide, and checked out some maintenance threads and videos on PBR and PBN, and then took everything apart. Maintenance is very easy on this marker. For normal maintenance, all you have to do is remove the screw that holds the bolt cap on, and remove the entire ram/bolt assy. Lubricate all the o-rings lightly with Dow 33 or similar lube (I use Tech T Gun Sav or Hater Sauce v2).

I then went outside aired it up, and started playing with all the firing modes. Since I mostly play rec ball, I set it to pure semi, uncapped. I adjusted the trigger to have a very short amount of travel before tripping the switch, and took out as much overtravel as possible. The trigger on this gun is very nice, smooth, and easy to rip off fast sustained strings. My son thought that I had it in ramp mode.

I then got out my chrono and set it at just under 280 fps, and then took it out into the woods on my property and put a couple of cases of Mid Evil paint through it. The gun is as accurate as anything I have ever used- even as accurate as my E-Blade Doc's Machine blockless/sled-type Cocker, which is my benchmark for accuracy comparisons. The reason for this can probably be due to its very consistant velocity. When I got back to the house and checked the chrono readings I got 287,288, 286, 288, 288, 287, 289, 287,286, 288, on a ten shot slow fired string. Wow, I have never seen numbers this tight before, although my MIni, Hybrid NXT, and a friends DM7 come very close. I wondered if this was due mainly to the nice Torpedo reg, so I also tried it with a new Shocktech reg, and a Shocktech/ Custom Products reg. The results were basically the same. I then put on an Ion reg that I knew was not very consistant just to see the results. As expected, the velocity was more erratic, but was still much better than the Ion the reg came with, so it would seem that the gun itsef is inherently accurate.

I also noticed that there is almost no perceiveable kick or movement on this gun when firing it. This also seems to help its accuracy since it is so smooth and stable.

The feedneck on this marker is milled into the body, and has a collar on it with a screw that when tightened moves a cam in to grip the hopper, At first I did not like that it could not be changed out, but now I realize that this is a better design as it hold the hopper down very low, and it cannot be broken off. The cam gives a death grip on my Halo and Pulse, so there is no need to change it anyway.

I can't leave anything stock on a marker, so I put on a new Shocktech LP reg, ASA, and #1 drop, and tried out several barrels, eventually using mostly a 14" .689 Stiffi Mamba. The tank I used most is my favorite LP 68/4500 MacDev LegionAir. I played all last weekend at the Badlandz, and came away very impressed with the Darq 7. It performed flawlessly, and never broke a single ball after nearly 10 cases of paint through it, mostly Draxxus Hellfire, Evil, and Marbleizer

Conclusion: This is now my favorite marker, and has relegated my Invert Mini, as much as I love it, to being my backup. This is the nicest marker I have used so far, and deserves a 10 rating
10 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, September 1st, 2007 at 2:39 pm PST

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