The Matrix comes in a nice case. It is kind of like a CD case. The Matrix barely fits inside of it, but it velcrows in securly. Proto sends you everything that you need, a nicely anno'd two piece barrel, allen keys, lube, orings and a battery.
I got the Claret Matrix, but I live in OH IO so no other color would be ok. The milling is smooth and the anno looks good. The frame is the most comfortable frame I have ever held. Like every other marker out there putting an RF chip in the frame is like stuffing 10 pounds of poop in a 5 pound bag, but that is to be expected. The good news was it was plug and play for my Magna kit. Unlike the shocker that I had to solder in, the Matrix was much easier. The trigger is smooth like butter and has a three points of adjustment.
So I put my Magna in the feedneck and I screwed the thumb screw in as tight as I can and my Magna spins in the feedneck like I never even tightened it. So I break out the allens and have to torque the thumb screw down tight just to get it to stop spinning. I pull the Magna off and look inside, there are no teeth on the feedneck. No wonder the darn thing spins. This could be a real problem if you ever needed to take you feeder off in the field.
I opened the grip and the manual and messed with the settings. Very easy to understand and program. A four year old could program this marker. Slap the Magna back on and throw on the peanut and take it out for some trigger time.
This thing shoots smooth and fast. The stock barrel shoots fairly accurate, and the vision worked perfectly. I never broke a ball in a whole case. I thought that it had some mild kick and as I shot it would rise up and to the right., but not much. I think a lighter bolt would fix this problem. Although it was so little that I am not sure I could call it a problem.
I think this is a great marker. A great value. If you are looking for a solid marker with solid performance, at a price of only $450, it is worth the money. But buy a new feedneck.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, March 23rd, 2009 at 4:09 pm PST