Warped Sportz is pleased to announce its latest series of Dark Markers, the Bob Long "DARQ 7". This marker will be produced in a limited number of 126 total.
Features specific to the DARQ 7:
- Lucky 15 one piece barrel / 15" in legnth / .691 bore size / Gloss Black
- Violent Series Marq Trigger / Dual bearing design / made of Acetron
- Tadao Marq board / Musashi 8 software
- 4 EYE ball detection technology
- Pillow Bolt with 2 piece hammer system
- Bob Long CAM Drive On/Off ASA
- Bob Long Rail
- Warped "Demon" Jewels
The Warped Sportz Darq 7 is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
Intimidators, Matrices, Shockers, Quests, other Marqs, Cyborgs, Angels, and Egos
New grips (cosmetic)
New ASA (if the cam drive isn't your thing, read review)
Speed, Efficient, and smooth as a spool valve
The Darq is the second lightest Marq in the Marquee series. It weighs 2.176 pounds as it comes out of the box stock (with 360 Regulator, ASA, rail, and battery). For a comparison, my Dark Intimidator (with CP shorty, BL gear drive ASA, and battery) weighs 2.394 pounds. Those couple of ounces doesn't seem that big, but Bob designed the Marqs more balanced than Intimidators were. The weight difference is very noticeable because of that.
The Darq is (IMO) the best looking Marq available currently. The milling is a combo of the Rapper milling and Marq6 milling.
Maintenance for a Marq is similar to a spool valve. Unscrew the screw that holds the bolt assembly in, pull out the bolt assembly with an allen wrench, take the assembly apart, lube the o-rings with the DOW syringe that comes pre-packaged with the Darq, put the assembly back together, push it back in, and screw in the retaining screw. Repeat every case or so. Very simple.
Marqs are single-tubed ram-driven markers. In a nutshell, they are Intimidators thrown into a single tube rather than having two tubes.
URL to animation of operation - http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/8272/onyx1dq4.gif
Pillow bolts cannot be dry fired. If you dry fire a Marq with a pillow bolt, there is a chance that the pillow will fly out of the bolt because the bolt needs back pressure to keep the pillow in. An easy remedy to this is use a battle swab in the breach or use Tadao's training mode which doesn't cycle the gun.
The cam drive ASA may not be for everyone. The cam drive ASA is sometimes hard to turn using bare hands. If you are playing with gloves, this may change turning your air on to be a very difficult task.
It comes with the following aftermarket upgrades stock: 4 eye upgrade kit, Violent trigger, Bob Long rail, Bob Long Cam Drive ASA, Lucky 15, Tadao M8, and the quick disconnect pillow bolt.
Other Information -
The Darq is a limited edition gun made by Warped Sportz; only 126 will be produced.
If you are in the market for a high-end gun, a Marq is definetly the way to go. Efficient as a ram-driven, smooth as a spool valve, and easy to take care of. What more would you want?
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 at 9:33 pm PST
Invert Mini- both are inline poppet designs, Shockers, Egos, DMs, Cyborgs, Freestyles
Darq 7- pewter, Halo v35 and Pulse loaders, MacDev Legionaire, Geurilla Air Assault, and Custom Products LP 68/4500 tanks, Warped Lucky 15, Stiffi Mamba, and DYE Ultralight barrels, Shocktech LP reg, Shocktech bleed/on/off ASA w/ #1 mini drop.
Nothing necessary- barrel and ASA if you don't like the stock parts.
Fast, accurate, very easy to maintain, lightweight, smooth- no noticeable kick
Is a bit expensive, ASA is hard to turn when aired up.
I went into my local Warped store looking for something new, possibly a backup for my Invert Mini, saw this nice pewter Darq 7, and after checking it out had to have it, and bought it.
Once home, I read the quick start guide, and checked out some maintenance threads and videos on PBR and PBN, and then took everything apart. Maintenance is very easy on this marker. For normal maintenance, all you have to do is remove the screw that holds the bolt cap on, and remove the entire ram/bolt assy. Lubricate all the o-rings lightly with Dow 33 or similar lube (I use Tech T Gun Sav or Hater Sauce v2).
I then went outside aired it up, and started playing with all the firing modes. Since I mostly play rec ball, I set it to pure semi, uncapped. I adjusted the trigger to have a very short amount of travel before tripping the switch, and took out as much overtravel as possible. The trigger on this gun is very nice, smooth, and easy to rip off fast sustained strings. My son thought that I had it in ramp mode.
I then got out my chrono and set it at just under 280 fps, and then took it out into the woods on my property and put a couple of cases of Mid Evil paint through it. The gun is as accurate as anything I have ever used- even as accurate as my E-Blade Doc's Machine blockless/sled-type Cocker, which is my benchmark for accuracy comparisons. The reason for this can probably be due to its very consistant velocity. When I got back to the house and checked the chrono readings I got 287,288, 286, 288, 288, 287, 289, 287,286, 288, on a ten shot slow fired string. Wow, I have never seen numbers this tight before, although my MIni, Hybrid NXT, and a friends DM7 come very close. I wondered if this was due mainly to the nice Torpedo reg, so I also tried it with a new Shocktech reg, and a Shocktech/ Custom Products reg. The results were basically the same. I then put on an Ion reg that I knew was not very consistant just to see the results. As expected, the velocity was more erratic, but was still much better than the Ion the reg came with, so it would seem that the gun itsef is inherently accurate.
I also noticed that there is almost no perceiveable kick or movement on this gun when firing it. This also seems to help its accuracy since it is so smooth and stable.
The feedneck on this marker is milled into the body, and has a collar on it with a screw that when tightened moves a cam in to grip the hopper, At first I did not like that it could not be changed out, but now I realize that this is a better design as it hold the hopper down very low, and it cannot be broken off. The cam gives a death grip on my Halo and Pulse, so there is no need to change it anyway.
I can't leave anything stock on a marker, so I put on a new Shocktech LP reg, ASA, and #1 drop, and tried out several barrels, eventually using mostly a 14" .689 Stiffi Mamba. The tank I used most is my favorite LP 68/4500 MacDev LegionAir. I played all last weekend at the Badlandz, and came away very impressed with the Darq 7. It performed flawlessly, and never broke a single ball after nearly 10 cases of paint through it, mostly Draxxus Hellfire, Evil, and Marbleizer
This is now my favorite marker, and has relegated my Invert Mini, as much as I love it, to being my backup. This is the nicest marker I have used so far, and deserves a 10 rating
10 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, September 1st, 2007 at 2:39 pm PST
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I work at a painball field and a kid had a dark marq he had a leak from his barrel the first thing i wanted to to check for was a a broken o-ring on the bolt so i unscrewed the back cap and pulled the bolt out. after seeing protos and dyes bolts which are very simple i was surprized to see how complicated the this bolt was it had like 24 steps to take it apart then puting it back together was way harder then protos and dms from my experience i also noticed how back the milling was it was dirty looking only if you really looked at it and un smooth.
Im sure with experience the bolt thing would not be a problem but id prefer a proto r dm bolt over any marq. i wouldnt get this marker get a other high end marker beacuse if you up in this price rage theres no marker that is really that much better then each other its all preference.