-Design to allow Easy Maintenance
I have been trying to use the DP G3 for nearly a year. I picked this gun because I wanted a light, easy maintenance gun. From the reviews here and elsewhere this seemed like a dream come true. For the particular G3 I have, this is not true.
Just for your reference, when I first got the gun I ordered the replacement regulator parts from Dangerous Power - I have never used the gun before I installed the new regulator parts. Once the new regulator was installed, I began to use the gun.
From the very beginning I was having trouble with bolt stick. (Pull the trigger, hear the solenoid click, but the bolt never cycles...) I called DP technical support, and they worked through my problem without much success. (Regulator adjustment, DIP-switches to adjust solenoid dwell.) In the end, moving the solenoid dwell to 18 msec kind of solved the problem. I still had severe first shot drop off. I mean severe - many times the first shot just ploops out the barrel and only goes about 10 feet.
They recommended I get DOW 55 lubricant (with an o-ring swelling agent) to fix the problem. I did, and $25+$5 in shipping I get the magical lubricant, and it does make a difference. However, I still have trouble getting the gun to cycle after I first gas up.
I reached out to TechT L7 bolt for help, hoping a lower bolt weight will cycle through. It was, at least physiologically, an improvement. Less often will the bolt stick during play.
Even with the new bolt, I haven't enjoyed playing paintball over the last year. I stopped playing for over a month because of my problems - kind of a break to give it all a rest. When I got my gun out yesterday to play, I put in a fresh new 9V. (I stored the gun w/o battery). The gun refused to cycle. I worked a bit on the gun, but then realized I couldn't hear the gentle click from the solenoid. I have a $50 parts kit for the G3, so I tested the extra solenoid in that system, still no click. The eyes are working, as when I put in a paintball I get a solid light on the control board. So, I am guessing the control board broke while the gun sitting in its foam case in my closet for a month... I contacted technical support, but it is the weekend, so I'll have to wait for a response to see what could have gone wrong.
With all the gassing-and un-gassing, the o-ring on the gas-lever (Part #54 in the manual - Part#20-F01590-000-PFUS0A) broke. So I went to my trust $50 parts kit, and lo and behold, that o-ring is not included. WHAT!!!! Please let me know in the comments below if any of you experienced folks have recommendations on where I can get this o-ring.
So, in short, perhaps I have a lemon. It seems there are very few bad reviews in thsi forum, and the few bad reviews here seem to be automatically "The accuracy of this review is disputed". To most of the disputers' credit, most of the negative review were poorly written.
So, am I a stupid-user, do I have a lemon, or is the G3 unreliable?
You probably had a lemon. Everyone else that I've talked to loved it. Dangerous Power has great costumer service so you should send it in to them, they fixed my fusion's solenoid (pretty expensive) for free and paid for shipping.
I originally had some bolt stick issues as well, but I use Smart Parts sleek lube in mine and it does great. It's a silicon lube designed for shockers which are notorious for FSDO and bolt stick, but still remember to go very sparingly on the lube. The G3 needs only a slight coating of lube on the o-rings to keep it working, so be careful not to add too much, because even with the sleek lube, it you use too much it can cause bolt stick and such.
As for the ASA leak and board problems, I'd call and ask DP. They are renowned for their customer service, so they should be able to help you.
Your not alone bro the g3 made me stop for a while to. Its so unreliable its frustrating. I got a lemon to but I got 3 lemons 2 from dp themselves. To top it all off there cs is going down the tubes. When It shot right it was great but overall Its a piece of junk.