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just_yeah Thursday, May 1st, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
6 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Dye 45 Frame, Stock Frame, A Few other hinges (can't remember what type though)
Strengths: great feel, awesome quality, superb looks, and the best trigger I've used
Weaknesses: none that come to mind
Review: here's the full review that I wrote for another site:

Looks:
Well, the first thing anyone notices when they first open the package and lay their eyes on their new goodie is how it looks. This frame is no disappointment. With some of the nicest nickel plating it shines like you wouldn’t believe; however, it also is very easy to leave fingerprints and smudges on with the slightest touch (not that that’s a bad thing). The design is further refined by some nice curves leading into the built on beavertail. These curves also act as a good place hold the marker for those who tend to hold the marker by the rear for handling it. The built on beavertail also adds an element of style to the frame with the “V” on the end following the theme and removing the need to buy another clunky beavertail. Now for the main feature of interest, the hinge trigger. The trigger is of the blade style fashioned to look like a lightning bolt. At first glance the trigger looks very unique although it appears to be somewhat uncomfortable, but we’ll get to that later. As a finishing touch to the aesthetics the phrase “Dark Vengence” is printed on both sides just above the grips and along the backside of the grip frame. All in all, this is one of the nicest looking hinge frames that is available for autocockers.

Functionality:
This is what really matters, how the frame works. Like all hinge frames, the motion of the 3-way is reversed so you must switch the hoses from the 3-way to the ram, but this is to be expected. Although the trigger appeared like it may be uncomfortable at first glance, it’s quite the opposite. As far as blade style triggers go, this is one of the most comfortable ones. The corners are rounded and seem to flow smoothly over the one ridge in the middle of the trigger. The ridge in the middle also creates an excellent positioning for your fingers. This addresses one of the critical issues with triggers, by making it feel comfortable and natural it allows for you to sustain higher rates of fire with less effort. As for the trigger springs, they have been lightened (in comparison to stock springs) which makes it much easier to achieve higher rates of fire. This frame also has four inline holes for mounting a bottom line set up, which some people may like to better position their drop.

A Final Word:
Although a very nice frame, you must ask yourself if you really want to pay the retail price of $210 (That’s before taxes and shipping as listed on the dark vengence website and in Canadian funds). On another note, 2k3 stickies don’t seem to work well with this frame either, as the back tears. This may be because 2k3 stickies are prone to splitting or it may be the frame, I really can’t tell either way. I’d have to say that I am personally very satisfied with this frame and I would recommend it to anyone who wanted a good hinge frame.
Conclusion: This is one great hinge frame, although I haven't been able to figure out how to adjust the trigger pull (I haven't really tried all too much though, it had a great pull out of the box). Since nothing is perfect, although this is close and I'd give it a 9.5 if I could, I'm giving this a rating of 9. I'd take this over any other hinge any day...
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, May 1st, 2003 at 11:12 pm PST
 

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