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True_Reality Friday, November 4th, 2011
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
More than 5 years
Products Used:
Various Diablo /Infinify/Dragun/Rex blow forward markers (my specialty)
Various Intimidator type markers
Angels, Cockers, Tippmans, the works.
How to they compare? This is entirely subjective. Different markers are great for different things. Would I take my Proto or an Angel woodsballing? Probably not. I'd take the A5 for that. Would I take the 98 custom on the pro field? You bumped your head. Of course not. Common Sense applies...

This question is like asking "how does my Corvette compare to your Big Red Chevy 4x4?
Marker Setup: This Marker:
Proto PMR '09 (Black)
Hyper3 stock regulator
DYE Rotor hopper (Black)
Stock Proto 14" 2pc barrel (Black) OR
JnJ Ceramic .689 10" for CQB (even louder)
Crossfire 4500 with DYE Rhino Cover (Black) (see a trend?)
Pure Energy Remote (sometimes) (Black) (Again?)
Barrel (Preference?) Not as quiet as i'd like...
Factory ASA- leaky macro fittings (maybe just me?)
Trigger Switch- Trigger very nice and adjustable but switch seems a bit sloppy? no "crispness" to depress. (preference?)
Nothing about this marker functions poorly. Very well put together for the average marker, and the average player.. some people want certain strengths, a matter of opinion at best.
Strengths: See Review Body.
Weaknesses: No real weaknesses, Very thoroughly contemplated marker.
Could use Drop forward.
Review: Great mid-range to upper level marker. With mods, could be a pro marker. Maybe without mods.
With a decent trigger pull (once it's adjusted) This marker will fly as fast as your fingers will.
The modes are easily changed, but time consuming because you need to remove the right side grip to access the dip switches.
Very Accurate, right off the drop. Natural feel allows natural movements which put you pretty much right on target every shot. Feels like you've been friends with this marker for years even if it's the first time you shoot it.

INSERT Key Strengths and Weaknesses here:
Nimble. Easy to play with, goes where you point it. Light, Maneuverable. Especially with remote.
Good modes. Easy to adjust (but time consuming.)
Fast. Sensitive. Gentle. 12 cases of paint (24,000 balls) NO BREAKS. Not ONCE. One Failure to Fire, bolt got stuck forward (low air). One Eye Failure, dirt in the eyes.
Accurate. +/-150 ft cross field( homemade field) other dude shot my team mate w/mask off. staging. I got pissed, lit dude up. 7 0f 10 left marks from same range... No prob putting balls where U want them.
Auto Clear function good. Hold trigger down and it discharges, when you want it to.
Stock barrel kind of loud (preference?) but Very accurate. JnJ Ceramic Much louder. but less accurate, but only use for CQB.

With a few minor refinements, this could be the epic marker of the last generation.
(admittedly) I'm a fan of the blow-forwards. Particularly the Diablo/Dragun/Rex/ Infinity lines.. The engineering there is awesome.
The Proto has the spool valve bolt assy, and the better (") electronics, and overall a much better platform.
But really, for an extra $400 or five... couldnt the user integration be a little better? MAYBE I'm a little biased.
Dont get me wrong, I LOVE my Proto Rail. I will play with it EVERY TIME over my Wrath. But there are a lot of the little things that I think they missed when it comes to setting your marker up...
O how I wish,
"Diablo common sense + Dye/Proto technology"
Heres this in an equation.
((Diablo) - [technical flaws]) +((Dye/Proto) + [common sense x practicality]) = Wonderful.
Conclusion: Overall, for the money, a very capable, functional marker with lots of perks.
Highly recommended as a step up from even an intermediate marker. Lots of potential in this marker, VERY fun to play with but it seems that the idiosynchratic nature of this particular version lends itself to a certain persona, group, etc. that either love it or hate it.
For the marker itself, I give it an 9/10 because it does a phenomenal job of proving itself as an out of the box, you-will-get-better-if-you-use-me crossover marker.
The rail proves beyond any doubt that you can get great accuracy, reliability, and functionality, not to mention various modes and playability options, out of a marker of the "intermediate" class. This marker exceptionally outperforms it's status.
9 out of 10

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