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Old 04-18-2005, 03:02 PM   #1
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Matrix Ultimate Sticky and FAQ Page

Being the simple person I am, I decided to remodel the Matrix Ultimate Sticky and Official FAQ threads and combine them into one simple package. I'm gonna try to keep this as simple as possible in hopes that people will actually read this and be able to find out what they want to know BEFORE they post a new thread asking a question that has been answered many times before. I will also be adding some things, so if you would like to have something included, you can pm me and i will get right on it. So here it is:

Official Matrix FAQ:

What is the Matrix?
The Matrix is a line of High-end, electro-pneumatic paintball markers. The line started out with the Matrix LED (Light Emitting Diode) marker, created by Airtech. This version of the marker never became very popular. In 2002, Generation-E released the Matrix LCD (Liquid Crystalline Display), which became much more widely available than it's predecessor and saw use on several pro teams. At this point, many custom versions of the Matrix began to appear, as well as upgrades from several different companies. The Matrix line was purchased by DYE in late 2003, and as well as creating their own version of the Matrix LCD, they released a completely revolutionary design under the Matrix name, known as the DM4. In 2005, DYE released an updated form of the DM4 for the new year; the DM5. Also, a DYE sister company, Proto, released their own version of the Matrix.

How does the Matrix work?
The Matrix is classified as a High-end, fully electro-pneumatic, open-bolt spool valve design. It operates off a standard 9v battery and compressed air/nitrogen system. The firing cycle is as follows: propellant air is supplied to the in-line vertical regulator via a bottomline hose setup. The regulator controls the air flow and limits it to approximately 170psi entering the marker. This regulated air then travels through the transfer spool and some of the air flows to the LPR (Low Pressure Regulator) where it is limited to an even lower pressure before being directed to the solenoid valve (Air flows directly to the solenoid on models that do not incorporate an LPR), while the rest of the air travels to the bolt section, where it is stored in a chamber before being used to propel the paintball. When the Matrix is at rest, the air that is transferred to the solenoid valve is allowed to flow to the front section of the bolt, pushing the bolt to the rearward, or open position. When the trigger is pulled, the board reverses the polarity of the current traveling to the solenoid, which sets up an electromagnetic field through the coil in the rear section of the solenoid. This field then pushes the solenoid spool forwards, which redirects the flow to the back of the bolt, while also venting the air from the front. This causes the bolt to slide forward. At the time the breech is fully closed off by the bolt, the dump chamber is no longer sealed off. The air that had been in the chamber is now released, and moves through the front of the bolt to propel the paintball. The solenoid returns to the rest position and the bolt is retracted, and ready to fire again.

What makes the Matrix worth buying?
Well the only thing that makes anything worth your money is something that you like. That is all there is to it. However, the Matrix does have many key strengths that give it an edge over the competition. The primary strength of the Matrix is it's accuracy. It is arguably the most accurate gun on the market, because of several reasons. First off, it has the least kick of anything out there, no questions asked. This is because of low LPR and operating pressures, combined with very little moving mass during the firing cycle. While most markers generally have a hammer, ram, and bolt all moving while a shot is fired, the only moving component of the Matrix is the bolt itself. The low kick provided by the Matrix ensures that you are able to keep you paint on target without constantly readjusting your aim. The Matrix also has very consistent airflow to the paintball, as well as low impact from the bolt and less turbulence while firing, which results in much tighter shot groupings and velocity spreads. Smart Parts has advertised this concept to the death with their Shocker SFT, claiming it to be the most accurate, despite the fact that the Matrix had been operating this way long before the SFT had been released. Another strength of all Matrix models is their high rate of fire, as well as solid reliability. Despite these advantages, the Matrix does have it's drawbacks, such as relatively low air efficiency, need for regular maintenance and the fact that the Matrix has generally been bigger and heavier than other markers in it's price range. However, the Matrix remains one of the top performing options on the market, and should definitely be considered when searching for a new high-end.

What is Bolt stick, and how can it be solved?
Bolt stick is an inherent problem in spool valve based markers. Bolt stick occurs when an excess of friction causes the bolt to stick in either the forward or rest position, and can lead to FSDO (First Shot Drop Off) meaning the first shot after being in the rest position for a length of time will be a lower velocity than subsequent shots, or Shootdown which is when velocity drops off during high rates of fire. These problems are often caused by worn o-rings, old or thick grease, lack of sufficient lubrication, or too low pulse or pressure settings. For more information on how to solve these problems, see the link in the "Sticky" section.

What is the difference between different models of the Matrix?
There are two major categories of models, the old and the new. The older models include the LCD, LED and many custom variants of these guns. The newer models include the DM4, DM5, Proto and the soon to be released DMC. While they all operate with the same basic design, the details of this design vary from model to model. For more information about differences between various versions, check out the link in the "Sticky".

Matrix Ultimate Sticky:

Sites to know:
*TMC The Matrix Center
*Dye Matrix

Helpful links:

*Musashi or Virtue?

*Bolt kit maintenance- older models

*What Lube?

*Different Matrix models

*Preventing FSDO and Shootdown

*Original FAQ

*Matrix manuals

*Efficiency info

*Matrix comparison

* Ultralite Frame Faq

* PM6 Internal Diagram

* Ultralite Frame Manual

Please! If you have anything you want to add, let me know and I can add it. If you want to know something, I can find the answer and add that too. And credit to the people who created the original Sticky/FAQ, no way I could have done this from scratch. Thanks guys.

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