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Hell_hunter Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Owned: Ions, Epiphany
Tested: DM's, PMR/SLG, G3 Spec R, Eteck, Ego's, Mini
Marker Setup: Dangerous Power G3
APE Board
J&J Edge Barrel Kit
Halo V35
PMI 50/45 Carbon Fiber Tank
Stinger Paintball Designs Grips
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrel Kit - Not necessary but i like barrel kits
Trigger - See Weakness
Board - See Weakness
Strengths: Light! VERY LIGHT!
Clamping feedneck
RAPS (ASA)
Easy to maintain
Weaknesses: Trigger - play side to side
Board - Not a fan of optical boards, unresponsive

Review: OK, to start things off

Un-boxing:

The marker comes in a very nice box, well padded and protected. Opening the box you find the Manual, the G3, Barrel, Barrel Bag, Tools, Orings and lube. Everything you would expect to find in a marker package is there.

The Manual:

WOW! Full color, very detailed and very well put together. Easy to follow for maintaining your marker. Tells you have to take apart the marker, noide and the regulator. Good trouble shooting section and overall nice to look at :)

The Marker:

First of this thing weighs nothing. Feels like its hollow. At 1.86lbs (according to DP) its the lightest marker ive ever held next to the spec R. Powering on is easy and uses the same one button controls as most speedball guns. Hold to power one, press once for eyes on/off, hold to power off. To reprogram the board you need to open the grips and select your fire mode with the dip switches. Some people like dips others hate them, its a matter of preference. I kinda like the dips so thats a plus for me. Internally the marker is very simple spool valve / dump valve design. One moving part it all you have to deal with and a total of 4 orings make it easy to lube. Eyes are behind the covers that you need an Allen key to open. Watch out for the dents springs under the covers, they poped out on me the first time i opened the covers. The snatch hook on the back looks cool, but has to be removed before taking out the back cap.

The ASA:

The G3 uses the RAPS ASA which has a flip leaver design. This has to be the BEST asa i have ever used! Ive used asa's by New Designz, eclipse, CP and Deadly Wind, none of them come close to this one. Id by this gun just for the ASA alone. My one sore spot with the asa is that it comes loose from the grip frame after a few hours of play, not really the ASA's fault more the screws in the grip frame, locktight fixes this.

The Regulator:

My regulator seams to be extremely sensitive when adjusting. Not sure if this is true for all DP Regs or just mine but 1/4 turn seam to jump my velocity by 20-30 fps. Before you ask yes i take a few shots in between to even out the pressure in the reg. It could be that its just a new reg, and will get better as it becomes used more. As a front grip its very comfortable.

The Trigger:

My one major problem with this marker is the trigger. It has a lot of side to side play in it and the adjustments dont give you a huge range to set the trigger up. Its a spring trigger not a magnetic one, which is again a matter of preference. I like magnetic triggers as i find them to be more responsive.

The Board:

includes all major modes for tourney play. Simple to use, which is a plus. Its an optical board not a micro switch which is a matter of preference which you like more. I like microswitch boards hence the APE board i put in mine. I found the stock optical board to be less responsive then some guns ive played with. However im used to the APE board in my other guns so that creates a bias for me.


====UPDATE===

Just a note on battery selection. As always use a brand name battery with speedball guns as they will provide the most constant voltage. However not all battery's are the same shape. Duracell have a more square edge to them where as energizer have a rounded edge. Im not sure if its just my marker but square edged batteries like to get stuck in the grip frame and need to be pushed out from the other side. So with that said i recommend using a battery with rounded edges, like an energizer.
Conclusion: Overall a very nice marker for the price. Yes i know they have been replaced by the Spec-R and the new G4, but still a good buy for 299.00. The best sub 300.00 gun ive shot to date and i would say performance similar to a mini definitely better then an Ion. I give this marker an 8 out of 10. 1 point off for the trigger and 1 point off for an optical/basic board.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, July 10th, 2010 at 12:11 pm PST
 

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