My friend has an impulse, but it's not quite the same: the impulse is a more beautiful gun, and the way they work is completely different and all personal preference options.
Originial Switch on/off Matrix with PBCentral Bolt Kit and chip, MacDev vertical reg (PBC verticle reg adapter with presure gauge), KAPP Rhino Reg adapted to fit (similar to Trinity), drop forward, HALO, rubber grips, DYE barrels
Things to do yourself: Adjust trigger, hi or lorise, interchangeable breech, rate of fire adjustment
Things to let an airsmith do if you are not familiar with this marker: verticle reg, LPR reg, bolt kit and chip
Optional upgrades: volumizers (new matrices are coming out with the two side ports hollow for more air flow, so now added on volumizers can actually do something) anno/milling, warp feed interface
Things to Have: Extra O-Rings, matrix muck/battle lube, marker oil, allen wrench set
Wow, where to begin?
Rate of Fire
-adjustable (stock) up to about 16 BPS
-adjustable trigger (2 set screws, interchangeable springs)
-upgradeable ROF Bolt Kits with new chips, max about 22 BPS
-little or no recoil
-dual ball detents for ball centering
-few moving parts
-comparable to autococker (i own two, trust me on this one)
-spool valve design: regulated, fixed volume airspace delivers consistant energy ( http://www.warpig.com/paintball/technical/paintguns/matrix/i ndex.shtml for more information on spool )
-i have heard of drop off, but not over 10 fps, and i have not experienced it
-runs very well, cleanly on hydrogen/compressed air
-runs very well on CO2 (similar to impulse) not recommended unless using anti-siphon
-if front LPR installed, ball chopping practically eliminated
-IF (thats a big if) a ball chops, the front breech removes for easy cleaning (no need to unscrew barrel)
-comes in switch/pushbutton LED or LCD
-most upgrades are performance oriented, not frou frou
~Bolt kit: better efficiency, higher ROF
~LPR reg: eliminates ball chopping
~Vert reg: stock regs very good, upgradeability an option
~Hi rise and Lo rise options easily installed
~Interchangeable forbreech for different threaded barrels
-inspect moving o-rings, oil, play
-uses one standard 9volt battery
-not the best, not the worst, can be customized (KAPP, Aardvark)
-sucks air like its going out of style. if thats a problem get a tight paint-barrel bore match and a bigger tank or higher pressure
-add a HALO full of paint and a large tank and it gets a little heavy, but not bad
-I've recently heard that when they make these, sometimes the specifics are not followed exactly to the letter. i have no direct evidence of this
Probably the thing I'm most impressed with is the fact that out of the box and works extremely well. It gets even better if you put a little effort into it. I would highly recommend this marker to someone that owns a cocker and looking to move up to electronic, or to anyone looking to take the step up. several aftermarket versions such as the Tequila Matrix by Aardvark, the Shocktech Matrix, and the Image Matrix are floating around.
It can compare to the angel, the impulse, electronic cockers, and other high end markers. its all a matter of preference.
heres some quick stats of my opinion on a STOCK Matrix:
Gas Consumption: 6/10
Ball Breakage: 9/10
Any questions about this marker? Mail me firstname.lastname@example.org
----such low ratings? whyd you still give it a ten? Upgradeability: 8/10
Gas Consumption: 6/10
Im not tryin to bash, im just lookin into buyin a marker, and was wonderin what was good that you boosted up the rating a lot.
THE IMPULSE DOES NOT WORK THE SAME AS THE MATRIX YOU ARE RETARDED!!! DOES THE MATRIX HAVE A HAMMER? NO! DOES IT HAVE THAT VALVE SYSTEM NO! ITS A SPOOL VALVE YOU TARD! if its like any marker its like a shocker 03.
you can get 'em at the matrixcenter.com and dyeprecision.com but the ones at dye precision are the new LCD so if youre looking for the original on/off (i have one) youi might want to look at matrixcenter.com because im pretty sure they have them