Spyders-Not even close
Piranha GTI E-force w/ evil venturi bolt-A decent marker for when you live in a HPA deprived area as I do
Diablo Slayer- Not bad, but quality control is terrible
Dangerous Power G3 w/ CP sling trigger, Techt Bolt Engine and Virtue grips
Pure energy 68/45
WDP barrel kit
Hybrid Contract Killer tank cover
I don't find much to be wrong with the stock marker, but I love my CP sling trigger and Techt bolt engine.
Small but feels good in the hand
Feel of a spoolie, simplicity of a poppet
How easy it is for idiots to screw up their regs.
Very picky about lube.
Upon opening the box, I was immediately impressed. The G3 felt amazing in my hands, yet was incredibly light and small
When I first aired it up, the marker would not cycle, but it only took a glance at the manual to figure out why. DP sets the reg to the closed position while it's in the box, which means that it'll need a little fine tuning before you go out to play with it.
When I actually got into a game with this thing, I was very impressed with it's fast rate of fire, low kick, low noise and the consistency from the reg. At least I was, up untill all I began hearing from my maker was a faint "puff puff" when I pulled the trigger, and a persistent hissing noise. Panicking, my first step was to flip the RAPS (a great little asa)lever to off and then back on, reseting the marker. Again it shot amazingly until the little "puff puff" had me paniced again. I flipped the RAPS lever again and once again it shot fine. This little scenario happened a couple more times, but seemed to work it's way out after that. Back in the staging area, I traced my problem to over lubing. I had been using a dow 33 as the manual recommends, but I had added a little more than what was necessary. Luckily the gun was able to work through this, most likely due to the Anti-Bolt-Stick funtion DP helpfully included (ups the dwell 2 milliseconds upon first shot). However remember to go very sparingly on the lube, and only use a DOW 33 marker grease, or DP's recomended 2/3 dow33 +1/3 standard marker oil (mix well).
Other features on the marker include an amazing little no rise, leverlock feedneck that clamps onto a hopper with a lot of force, a nice carry hook on the back(removable), the aforementioned RAPS on/off ASA, an excellent set of eyes, spring loaded delrin detents, and a reg that *should* get good consistency, which brings me to my next point:
The reg on the G3 is a very nice reg that most people will tell you gets +/-5 fps out of the box and a very respectable +/-3 after breaking in. However, a lot of people will try to tell you, (imagine in a very nerdy, whiny voice) "The stock reg sucks! It has horrible consistency, like +/-30fps!" which I would like to calmly respond to with "No, you're an idiot, you turned the reg screw in too far and messed up the reg seat, pay DP $5 for the replacement part that doesn't let you do that anymore."
Have now acquired the Techt Bolt Engine and have been using for some time now. Dramatically smoothes out the shooting cycle. Haven't done efficiency tests, but I'm pretty confident I'm getting more shots per fill now. Also the CP triggers offer a much smoother and more refined trigger pull.
The marker's still running strong, even in it's fifth year of use. No major problems to speak. The occasional O-ring replace and lube job, but that's it. Also added virtue laser eyes, because I like 'em.
Another pointer for anyone that's using the Techt Bolt engine- Unlike the stock bolt, the bolt engine likes lots of lube! If you're having problems with balls jamming in the feedneck due to a bolt not fully retracting, lube it like crazy.
If you're willing to spend the house payment for the latest hardware and gadgetry from Dye or Eclipse, this marker isn't quite what you're looking for. However, if you're like me and want a marker that performs similarly but for a fraction of the cost, the G3 is definitely worth your time to check out.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at 8:33 pm PST