Dangerous Power G3 SE, Jungle Green, Stock, Guerilla Air 68/45
Pressure Monitoring Device (PMD)
Nothing needs upgrading out of the box.
Does not come with PMD.
Is the G3 SE worth the extra $100 over the original G3? Check the Dangerous Power forum and see how many times that question is posed.
The answer is: It depends.
The SE builds upon the already highly regarded and well reviewed G3. It includes a new two piece barrel, the upgraded board, the better trigger, replacement regulator part, and a lifetime warranty. Also the SE comes in some great looking "extremely limited production" colors. Unlike the regular edition guns, these are hand polished and the parts are milled, not cast.
If you buy a regular G3 and buy the stock replacement board, the replacement trigger, and the "free with shipping" regulator part, you're looking at about $75. Add in a new barrel and you're well over $100. All said and done you're going to have a regular G3 for slightly more than the sexier, polished, lifetime warranteed SE. In this instance, I'd say go with the SE.
I like how I really don't have to upgrade anything right out of the box. From what I've read, this isn't the case with most guns.
Of course, if you're going to buy a magnetic trigger and the upgraded board or a 3rd party one, and a 3rd party barrel then you're replacing all the pieces that come with the SE and the only advantages you're left with are the milled pieces, the lifetime warranty, and the sexy polished body.
At that point it's probably not worth the extra $100.
I can't comment on the quality of the barrel, from other reviews I've read, it's better than the already decent original barrel. I'm sure most people at some point will upgrade to their favorite 3rd party barrel. I think the SE barrels look great on the SE gun and I don't intend on replacing it until I find the need.
Other things that come with the SE include a nicer full allen wrench kit with holder vs the bag of allen wrenches provided in the regular edition. The manual is still the sucky poster manual. It's still poorly proof read and seems like it was translated from another language. Download the pdf for the replacement stock board if you want to actually program your board.
My friend got the regular G3 and has some issues with the power button. I've had no issues with the SE. Yes, it does take some pressing but it's perfectly fine and takes enough effort so you know you won't accidentally turn off the gun mid-game. Programming, once you get the hang of it, is simple albeit tedious when you need to press the trigger 25 times to get the gun up to full speed. But it's great not having to remove the grip to make adjustments to the gun.
Also, this still doesn't come with the PMD, a $55 pressure monitoring device that replaces the back cap. I think this is invaluable because unless you chrono right out of the box, you have no idea what your pressure is and from what I've read you can damage the gun if you shoot too hot. Secondly, if you do chrono and shoot too slow, it makes it easier to adjust based on how much psi you're feeding your gun. It just makes it easier to understand what your gun is doing if you have a problem (like your macro line isn't in all the way and your gun isn't even pressurizing).
Additionally, the GA 68/45 with the micro myth reg doesn't quite fit. I've heard of other G3 owners that have a problem where the gauge scratches the back of the grip. In my case, the raps lever lands right on the gauge by maybe a millimeter or two so it won't close flush into the ASA. This is not a problem since it pressurizes without issue but it could catch on something and flip the gun off. One person suggested putting an o-ring inside the ASA. I'll try that out and see if it works. If the gauge was hitting the back of my gun I could move the ASA back slightly and that would fix the problem.
So, is the SE worth $100 over the regular edition? It depends on if you're going to upgrade everything with 3rd party parts right out of the box. If you are, it's not. If you want a gun you can assemble and shoot right out of the box without needing to sink more money into to get it to perform right, then yes, the $399 SE is definitely worth it over the $299 regular edition. But hey, get the regular edition anyway, I want to have the sexiest G3 on the field
Read the reviews on the G3 and you'll see why I decided to buy a G3. Light weight, fast, accurate with stock setup, no breaks. I just want a gun that works and I don't need to upgrade immediately. The trigger, the board, the barrel, the reg seat, all of these would be upgraded over time. With the SE the upgrades are already made for you. The milled parts make the gun more reliable and it comes with a life time warranty to go with it. If you want the basic gun and will replace everything with 3rd party parts then there's really no point in going with the SE. But if you want a gun that you don't need to upgrade out of the box, then get the SE.