Dye Throttle 45/45
VL Jr. w/ Blitz chip
Hybrid grips if you can find 'em - nice and thin.
Barrel kit (for more bore sizes)
Maybe a new board when they come out (just to make programming easier)
Easy to maintain
DP customer service
no necessary upgrades needed
The Dangerous Power Threshold is a beast of a marker. It does everything a $1000 marker should, oftentimes better, but for only $550 MSRP. And included in the package is everything you need: macroline, RAPS on/off, barrel-bag, o-rings, and even a small ball-ended allen wrench set (small as in physical size, it actually has 10 different wrenches).
It uses a modified spool-valve system (called a dump valve) for an amazingly smooth and kick-less operation while remaining relatively simple to maintain. Unlike DMs and Shockers, there're only a small amount of o-rings present and its exceedingly simple design allows for extremely quick break down.
The Threshold is also very light and easy to maneuver. With my set up (45/45 Dye Throttle, VL Jr.), I had to constantly check the loader to make sure it was full.
And despite it's very low weight, the Threshold has very little kick. At high rates of fire, there still is a slight amount of barrel-rise, but this is easy to overcome (and it happens in nearly every marker anyway). I was very impressed with how little there was, especially considering its weight.
Trigger-feel is, of course, subjective. At first glance, the trigger looks odd and uncomfortable. But within minutes I could hit double-digit paint-per-second rates as I got accustomed to the feel. Yes, it is surprisingly easy to walk and has a very responsive, snappy feel. Despite everyone's claims that DP guns tend to bounce (much like Angels), I never ran into that problem.
Another big positive is Dangerous Power's excellent customer service. I'm glad I did not have to contact them for any problems with my Threshold, but I never expected them to contact *me* and ask me how it was! I've asked questions before and they've always responded quickly. If anything should go wrong, know that you're in good hands.
I only have two small issues with the Threshold. One is that the trigger-frame is a bit on the chunky size. With the stock grips, it felt thicker than my Cyborg - and I know that one is pretty thick as well. I was able to snag some Hybrid Fusion grips (as they work on either marker well) and those helped out quite a bit.
Also, I hate dip-switches on boards. It's lame to have to take off the grip to access the switches in order to program it. After using a Cyborg (trigger programming) and an A1 (thumb-wheel programming with screen and mini-USB for updates), I find this method a bit archaic. I tend to keep it in semi- anyway so it isn't a big problem for me. However, for those of you who switch modes often, I can tell it'll be a hassle.
Only 500 of these will be made as the aggressive and extensive milling limits their production to only 6 or 7 a day (or so I hear). That means finding one of them will be a search through used marker forums unless you're one of the few lucky enough to pre-order them.
The Dangerous Power Threshold is quite possibly the best marker you can get in its price-range. I can't think of any other $550 NIB product that could possibly compete. In fact, markers well above its price have a hard time keeping up.
It comes with basically everything you need in the box except paint and air. This is the best value in paintball right now. If you told someone to close their eyes and fire the Threshold, they'd think it cost at least $1000. I highly recommend it.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, October 11th, 2007 at 2:59 pm PST