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Capt'n Morgan Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
1 year7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Diablo Wrath
Smart Parts Ion
Timmies
eTek Egos
Dangerous Power F7
Marker Setup: Red/Black Dangerous Power F8
- 14" Smart Parts Freak Kit
- Black VLocity
- 68/4500 high Pressure Crossfire
Recommended
Upgrades:
- A barrel kit
- A new reg
Strengths: - Cheap
- Reasonably fast
- Reliable
- Consistent enough
- Easy to use
- Milling
- Light
- Small
Weaknesses: - Regulator is easy to damage
- Stock macro fittings are weird
Review: The F8 itself comes in a somewhat crappy durable cardboard box with 3 layers of foam on the inside. Within this box there is your manual which is very simple, a two piece barrel, tools, a warranty card, a nice barrel bag that says Dangerous Power and a secondary on/off incase you dislike the raps on/off.

The one thing that makes the F8 different than most guns similar to it's design, is that the F8 lacks a LPR. This can be seen as a good and bad thing. Tweakers will be pissed they can't tune their gun, but most people will be happy because LPR's create additional problems.

To adjust velocity, all you need to do is use the adjustment screw located at the bottom of the HPR. This makes the gun very simple to trouble shoot with less being possibly wrong with it.

The trigger is somewhat weird, looking like it comes to far out. Although it takes some getting used to, it can be very quick when your fingers get used to it. I'd recommend putting a lighter trigger spring in (just use a cut pen spring). The trigger has both pre and post travel adjustments and is held in place by a pin. The trigger frame is large, allowing anyone to shoot it.

The bolt is very small being no longer than my pinky finger. It attractive and is milled with no faults what so ever. Due to it's design there is very little hop up.

The efficiency of this gun is what is to be expected. I'll get about 4 pods and a bit per around 1000 psi, although I'm not 100% sure. This gun is not a gas hog and I've never run out of air because I've shot to much during a game.

The board is to be expected on a gun this price, although because it lacks dwell adjustment I am somewhat disappointed. I believe DP did this to remove the number of problems created by user error (like they did by removing the LPR).

I've never had a problem with this gun chopping a lot, only chopping every now and the with bad or very brittle paint. The back cap can cause chopping if not tightly held into the gun (I'll get into details later). This gun is not a gun that is gentle on paint I must admit. The lack of a LPR does not help this issue.

Pro's

- The milling on this gun is impeccable. It is very well done, with only one minor nick near the reg from the milling machines. Pictures make the milling on the gun look awkward and weird but for me at least, it grew on me very fast. For a sub 500$ gun, the milling is excellent. 10/10

- The weight of this gun is perfect for me at least. Very well balanced. The F8 is light enough it doesn't strain your arms to wield around for a few hours but yet has enough meat to it you have confidence in it's strength (unlike a lot of those anorexic Ego's). 10/10

- Size wise the F8 is actually fairly small, with a tiny bolt and shorty style reg. For myself being 5 foot 8, it is a perfect size (my TPX is bigger than it by a fair chunk). It's grip frame could be a bit smaller though. 9/10

- The feedneck is a great one, needing no after market replacement. It's easily adjustable, and very short in size. It grabs onto every hopper I've ever tried (VLocitys, Halos, Pulses, Fastas etc). Gravity feed hoppers do not work so well though. The feedneck seems a bit wide when looking at it form the rear though. It is securely attached to the body of the marker. 10/10

- Stock, the barrel does the job being able to fire almost any paint. It's a larger size 2 piece barrel with it's back portion measuring .693 allowing it to fire everything. No worries about barrel breaks because of paint being to large. It delivers acceptable accuracy and will satisfy most players, although a good barrel kit is always nice to have. 9/10.

- Maintenance wise, this gun is a breeze to take care of. You can lube every important o-ring in this gun within 2 or so minutes. It's very simple to take apart and put back together, attributed to it's simple design. I've had a problem with the rear cap holding in the ram, becoming stiff to remove and scratching the metal on the inside of the gun. This does not impede on it's operation and is my fault as the user for over tightening the ball bearing that keeps that back cap in place. 9/10

*NOTE: If the back cap is loose and can be moved by just your finger, your F8 may chop. I over tightened the screw that puts force on the ball bearing that holds the back cap in. This causes the back cap to be hard to remove because it scratches metal.*

Con's

- Regulator issues. This is the only problem I've ever had with this gun. Although the reg delivers consistency between 2- 8fps +/- it is easily damaged due to it's design. There is a o-ring located on the inside of the piston. It looks like a washer on the thinest part of the piston, where the screw from the bottom the reg limit's airflow up into the shim stack. Basically do NOT, tighten the screw all the way clockwise (the farther in the adjustment screw, the lower the velocity) as it will damage the o-ring/washer I'm talking of. This will cause inconstancy, and shoot down. Luckily DP has AWSOME customer service. For a 400$, the reg I can't really expect to be better, just be cautious with it. 8/10

- On/Off. Don't get me wrong, I love the raps on/off but it can be hard to degas the gun as the F8 raps on/off does not have a longer outward sticking release mechanism like that found on the G3's raps on/off. On the F8 it can be awkward to degas the gun. But thats why DP includes a second conventional on/off in the box. You get used to it quickly though. 9/10

*NOTE: The marcoline fittings are hard to work with because as soon as they grab onto macroline, its a fight to get it back out. They are also somewhat bulky looking and to me feel weird*
Conclusion: I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a mid end gun that is reliable. Great gun for rec ball indoors or outdoors as it inspires confidence and is resilient.

A barrel kit, along with a good reg and a after market board (+ a good hopper and tank) would allow this gun to be able to compete with guns a few hundred dollars more (such as eteks).

For someone who has never used a "high end" gun, this is a great markers. Its simple and user friendly (partially because it's been dumbed down). The G3 though does out preform this gun none the less (although its a different design and more modern). I love my F8 though. Dangerous Power has done a excellent job with this marker and their customer support nearly bests Tippmann.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 at 5:52 pm PST
 

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