Does not give paint bullets heat seeking capabilities.
My brother and I open these beasts on Christmas Morning, and we were very happy to say the least. The first thing you notice is the flawless anno and milling job done by Dangerous Power, there was not a single scratch or bump one the entire gun. Just smooth, flowing lines. The milling on this gun isn't jsut for looks though,
Online we heard a few people say these guns looked "bulky" and "tall". The whole bulky thing was complete bull, as the body of this gun is just as slim as an ego. And side by side with my old Ion, this gun is only ONE CENTIMETER taller. Speaking of size, the bolt for this gun is unbelievably small, measuring about 2 3/4 inches long. And on the very to of this gun, is the feed neck, and an impressive on at that. The F8's feedneck measures only one inch tall, but it still grips my Vlocity very, very well.
Time to talk about the trigger. Yes, the trigger will feel... "different" when you first pick the gun up, unless you are used to an opti-switch trigger instead of the old micro switch triggers. But after a minute of adjusting, and a few more to get used to the new feel, you will realize that the F8's opti-switch trigger is 1) Smoother than a micro switch trigger, and 2) More adjustable than a micro switch trigger.
As you move lower on the gun, you notice Dangerous Power's nifty little invention, the RAPS on/off ASA. This little guy uses a simple lever to let the air into your gun, and it is much faster than the traditional twist knob ASA. But, if for some odd reason the RAPS doesn't please you, Dangerous Power was nice enough to throw in a twist knob ASA too!
-At The Field-
We arrived at MPG with hopes to finally play with our new guns. After loading some pods, and filling up out tanks, we headed over to the chrono to see if the F8's reg really could hold up to all of the hype it had been receiving. Well, I guess we can say, everyone was right, we were seeing numbers like +/- 5 over the chrono. This was really nice to see, coming from Ions that barely could hold to +/-10. And remember, these F8 regs that were pumping out a consistent +/- 5 were not even broken in yet.
Finally it was time to play, after stepping on to the field and removing the quality barrel covers that came with the gun, waited for the countdown. Off the break, I could easily rip off a consistent rope of paint, and I was quick to notice how there was almost no kick. Actually I couldn't even call it kick, more like a rumble that was to weak to through your aim off at all. After I started to snap shoot, I found out how accurate the stock barrel truly was. The barrel could easily keep a 6 inch spread at 75 ft. This kind of accuracy is almost as good as my Scepter barrel kit, so there is no reason to get a new barrel unless you want to squeeze every ounce of performance out of this marker.
During the game, if you happen to post up on someone, you don't ever have to worry about your arm getting tired ever again, this gun is a feather weight at just over 2 lbs fully loaded. It's all metal construction *cough* PMR *cough* feels extremely solid too.
After the game was over, normally we would head over to the fill station to get more air, but not anymore. The F8 uses almost no gas, and can get nearly a case off of a 68/4500, which makes it one of the most efficient guns ever made.
One of the F8's best features it not it's ungodly efficiency, or ball on ball accuracy, but it is it's ability to be so quickly cleaned and lubed. It takes less than 30 seconds to remove all of the moving parts (Bolt, ram, spring). The process involves: 1) Pull up on bolt pin and slide bolt out. 2) Insert allen wrench into back cap and turn 90* 3) Tilt gun back and slide the ram out. 4) Lube. 5) Reverse steps 1-3. There you go, you gun is back in perfect condition and ready to go mow some faces, the maintenance could not be easier.
Edit 1: My brothers had to go in to the shop due to some bad shoot down, but mine is still fine. Last time I played, I had the chance to shoot a Bob Long Vice, along with my F8. Besides the triggers and grips, they felt and shot exactly the same. I actually had to turn the gun sideways and look at it sometimes to see which one I was shooting. Also the Vice had a Ultralight on it, and my F8 with a stock barrel shot just as straight, or maybe even a little straighter. Just showing that DP needs to make a kit very soon, and let others experience there god sticks (barrels) so in a nut shell: $800+ Vice=$400 F8.
Oh by the way, I let the kids on my team shoot it too, now two of them are going to start shooting them too, one traded his NXT for it.
This gun shoots almost the same as an Ego, and destroys the Etek, so what is the big deal you may ask? Well the big deal is that the Ego will cost you 300% more. Finally a $399 marker that shoots nearly as nice as a $1250 Ego. Just buy the F8, it will be the last gun you will ever need. Or at least until another Fusion comes out :)
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, February 1st, 2008 at 8:26 pm PST