New for 2008, the DM8 has a host of features, updates, and refinements. We have utilized our resources of professional players, designers, and engineers to come up with the best marker yet in the DM series. The DM8 continues the tradition of being one of the lightest, smallest, fastest and certainly the most accurate of paintball markers in the world. To improve on an already reliable design, the DM8 has no eyeplates. This is possible with the new internal patent-pending Eye Pipe anti-chop sensing system. This new design eliminates the need for eyeplates and allows us to reduce the width of the marker body, ultimately reducing the weight by 1.5oz. The new micro LPR has been reduced in size and now provides more efficient shot consistency. On top of this, we are introducing the all new Hyper3 regulator. The Hyper3 is now smaller, more consistent, and more precisely adjustable allowing you to set your pressure in finer increments. All of these innovations, coupled with new 3D body styling, standard features like the patent pending Ultralite frame and 2 piece barrel, give perfection a new meaning.
The Dye DM8 is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
No eye plates!
Shots per fill
Hyper 3 takes time getting used to.
I first got this gun at cup. There were only a few and I was lucky to get one. But this gun was great. There were no bugs with it and it shot great. The UL frame is very comfortable and will help you play better. It took a little time getting used to the new REG. Here is the review.
Speed: This guns max ROF capability is 30BPS. With tadao its unlimi9ted but this gun is fast. Unfortunatly the day I got it, I couldnt use semi because I was playing D2 Xball. When I did shoot semi it was easy to keep a consistant ROF. The triiger has a smooth pull and there are a lot of adjustments you can make to get it to your liking.
Accuracy: This is the most accurate gun i have other than my DM7. Ball will follow ball after ball. This gun has awsome accuracy. Now that I have the gun at home her is the accuracy test. I shot a a pair of old goggles from about 50-60 ft. Every ball was right in the grill. Make sure your bore size matches your paint size. If the bore is to big it wont be as accurate. I reccomend just using the stock 689. size.
Air efficiency: This gun only gets through a Halo and 4 pods before you air up again. In the middle of a point in our game, I ran out of air at a bad time and cost our team the point. I would reccomend a new bolt.
Weight: This gun is incredibly light. It makes it easier to gun fight, and get good snap shots. You dont have to worry about heaviness.
Size: This gun is very low profile. Its one of the shortest guns out there. This is extremely important especially if you play xball. This gun will not stick out while playing the mini X's. When I played snake, the side of my gun was not sticking out. The biggest target was my hopper which is great.
Maintenence: It is very simple to work on this gun. I dont have a lot of experience with maintence on this gun because there was no need to. EDIT: This gun is pretty easy to strip down. The fuse bolt is not hard at all to change orings. IMPORTANT: the most common oring you will change is the #17 oring.
Adjustability: There are many things to adjust and you can easily find the right setup even though its fine stock. With the stock board I reccomend this set up.
Trigger sensitivity: 1-3.
MROF: 30 (in semi)
This is a great gun and worked extremely well for me. The effiancy on this gun wasnt good but that will change with an orange bolt. IF YOU HAVE A DM7 OR DM6 THAN YOU DO NOT NEED TO UPGRADE. I cant blame Dye for making it too similar but really, what is there to improve(other than gas efficiency. A great gun. I hope this review helped.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, May 26th, 2008 at 6:44 pm PST
Nerve- Performance wise, not quite as good. Maintenence is much tougher
Dye DM8-stock for now
Pure Energy 68/4500
New board for sure
Barrel Kit or ul backs
simple to maintain
DM threaded HPR
In my case the airport
First Impression: Oh my god this thing is beautiful. This gun is gorgeous. The gun comes stock with a UL barrel. When I picked it up out of the box I felt like I was holding a feather. It comes with a small parts kit and a "New and improved" bottle of slick lube.
At the field: This gun couldn't be much easier to get used to. The ultralite frame is AMAZING. It's so adjustible and buttery smooth. You can shoot strings in semi. The frame is very good for a quick string of shots and takes very little time to get used to. overall I only suffered one break the entire day. The self-cleaning eye system is also a big plus.
Cleaning: Maintenence couldn't be easier. No more pain in the butt eyes to clean. They clean themselves. Too bad all markers don't do this. Lubing the bolt and after game dissassembly is very quick and the manual gives great instuctions. It's really nice just take out the bolt, lube it, wipe the breach down with a q-tip and be done.
Problems: I don't know why, my airport was leaking when I aired it up. I swapped it out for one on my Nerve and it worked fine.
Probably the only downside to the DM8 is the inability to accept regular regulator. Now I have to buy an adapter. Not that I'd need one, the Hyper-3 is stellar.
The DM8 is the one of the fastest and most beautiful guns on the market. This gun is one of the closest to perfect you will find. I am deducting points however because of my airport not working.
ego 07, dm7, autococker, automag, ion, mini and so on
most are sold now but dm7,autococker,miltec t68,smart parts sp-8 fullly upgraded, spyders-assorted kinds, rap4 socom 68gen4, invert mini, automag, shot about every gun thats made a ripple in the paintball ocean other than DLX and a droid, I will fix this soon. hpa45 tank, revo hopper
none really, more barrel backs or a kit
ACCURATE. easy on the paint, LOW sound level! Easy to shot fast.
NONE! IF clean and lube it.
I have used alot of guns. Im guessing most people that are going to read this are going to compare this gun with egos, angels, luxe, shockers, and macdevs. ill compare a few of these guns. I cannot state why but I shot alot , and i mean a crap ton of paint at targets for research. Both the comparisons are with the STOCK barrels. And a dye will get 1100 shots in a 45 /68, that enough for me.
ANGEL VS DYE, DYE is lighter, thinner, seems more accurate when using higher quality paint. I have NOT seen or tried the new fly a1, but the old one has more kick and sound sig than a dye. The angel has ALOT of small features that make it a good option to the somewhat spartan dye. That said try to shot both before you buy. Im not sure that the angel is softer on paint but they are both strong in this area.There is no first shot bolt stick in the angel. angel claims 1800 shot now.
EGO VS DYE EGO is lighter, thinner,DYE is smoother, easier on paint, little if any more accurate with same paint. OK this is where it gets complicated. Dyes sometime can be affected by first shot stick when the grease gets old, or a certain oring get s to old. I have never seen this in a ego , they fire nice on the first shot every time, that said the ego seems to have a edge over a dye with bolt stick. This is only is you fail to clean and lube your gun for a long long time, or a certain oring get messed up. I love the large trigger on the dye, compared to the tight fit of the ego, if you get the SL version of the ego its trigger guard is larger. The dye grip is also nice and and feels better than the ego. Despite what people think the cure bolt does not mean its "softer on paint" as the bolt stll hits the ball hard, it just helps avoids chops( you know at the top of the chamber), but the bolt hits the ball pretty danm hard. The dye uses air to push the bolt forward, this causes the ball to move into the breach/barrel. The ego has springs/ hammers that move with alot of force, they are very much like a spyder in that way, but made with quality lol sorry.... That said the ego is just slighter harder on paint. As far as accuracy the dye lives up to the hype, Often hitting the target on the first shot, this is with out the benefit of a barrel kit! The trigger on the dye to me feels easier to fire fast. The sound level thing is where the DYEs kill egos. Dye does need to start using a nicer box, the box once opened is not safe to use to carry the gun!!! Where the ego comes with a nice pimp looking case that really protects your gun!!! I would hold both and shot both before buying, as many people dont mind the kick the ego has, and love the fast response, and the thin tight feel when holding. When others love the silent smooth accurate shooting the dye has.
The whole,,,, spool value guns break down more than other types of paintball guns rumor is kinda unfounded, and if it was true it would not apply to dyes. My DYE has never went down. I can not say that for my cocker, ion, spyder, minis and so on. People say they leak, that is because they just let there guns get to dry, or failed to lube after playing.
IF your going to pay 1000 plus on a gun you better shoot it or at least hold it in real life before buying it! That it the best way to know what gun to buy at this price level.ITS hard to say what is better a ego or dye because they both do the job great. Owning either of these two will make you happy and ensure its only your playing you need worry about holding you back from winning heheh.. but...... I would get a DM8 over the etek and ego, but get the SL ego over the dye because of the SLs top spot in resale value.....
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 at 2:13 am PST
first sold DM8 with CP sling trigger halo B or B2 with CP tank
none. maybe a new board.
Accurate, very quiet, self cleaning eyes, no eye covers, to many.
Different threads for the reg (thumbs down)
So I got to Florida for cup and i find out that the dm8's havent been shipped out yet becuase of the fires. so i hung out at the dye booth for two days. lol. so finally they came in and i am proud to say that im the first person to have bought the dm8. when i got home i only had about 1000 psi left ( which really pissed me off) but it shot great. so great that i will be buying more dye products (dm6 turned me off).
New reg (really not that bad when you use it for a while)
So using this gun came unexpected to me. I own an upped PMR that was getting fixed at the field. Rocky Cagnoni owns the field (Break 50 in Tarpon Springs FL) and he just recently got sponsored by Dye. Knowing me well, he let mme use his personal DM8. This thing is absolutely beautiful. It was on PSP ramping at like 13.6 bps or something like that. Although, you need to use a low pressure tank if you dont want to make adjustments in the LPR. So i used a LP 45/45 tank. Yes, I did have to refill after each game. One thing i noticed in the first game was how light and low profile this had. The regulater tends to rotate a little bit while holding it. It does get annoying and with the grips on it, it gets all dirty and more annoying to clean. Dont let this discourage you. This is by the the lightest, tightest, fastest gun i have ever shot! One thing that just made me happy was the crono test. It went 297, 297, 297, 296. Yea, is that pretty sonsistent? No? Ugh, I think so. The feedneck is great. No upgrade needed there. The on/off is great, and so is the barrel. Ul, what more do you want right?
Although I only used this gun for one day, I am overly pleased with what Dye did with this beautiful piece of face mowing technology. The review says it all. I give it a 10. You simply cannot get better than this!! If you find a place that sells them and you have the money, dont hesitate, these WILL go out of stock fast.
Stock DM8, CP 68/45 tank, halo b with v35 and rip drive
None. Really fast hopper
Light Light Light Light
This is a great gun. It is fast, accurate, and VERY VERY light. I would reccomend it to anyone who can afford it. The only problems are the price and air efficiency. I loved my ego but this makes that feel like a spyder. I have nothing agains planet eclipse though. With this gun you need a very fast hopper, halo b with rip and v35 works great. I wouldnt reccomend any upgrades because i dont think that any are necessary. This is by far the best gun I have ever played with.
SLY 16 / UL 16 / STIFFI 16
CP Drop Forward
Halo B - V35
- Tadao or Virtue Board
- New Bolt
- Low Profile
- Acuracy (esp with SLY or STIFFI)
- Easy to maintanance
- Nothing Much, may be the price
- Still difficult to find aftermarket accessories (Jan 08)
I already have my DM7, with Orange Bolt and Virtue Board, so it took a while to buy another DYE.
But the design is really "cool" low profile, no eye-plate, actually, it is more differences from DM8 vs DM7 than DM7 vs DM6.
The gun is really fast, very acurate, and very light. However, I have tried with Dye barrel, SLY, and Stiffi (all are 16 inches), so the acuracy result are so great. It is a little easier to maintain compare to DM7, since there is no eye-plate. Self-cleaning eye pipe is doing quite a good job.
The only minor that I have pick it up will be on air-efficiency, which I fill up the air at 4000psi, I can shots around 4 - 5 pods. Then, I am still waiting for Orange to come out with the new bolt for DM8
DM8 is another excellent piece of work out from DYE, it is really fits with my needs, even the price still quite high.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 at 4:49 pm PST
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Less than a month
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my other gun was an ion, but i didnt like it cuz it didnt shoot far or hard at all
i threw the ion away
brand new dm8!!
custom ordered 24 inch rifled barrel
halo b ammo holder
12 oz co2 tank
i just bought a custom ordered 24 inch rifled barrel and it makes it way more accurate and way more powerful!
Really powerfull right out of the box!
Doesnt come with ammo, an ammo loader or a co2 tank
My mom bought me an ion about a week and a half ago and i brought it to the local field to play for the first time and it barely even shot across the field! i should have known that buying a cheapy gun would be a bad idea cuz everyone else was shooting really far but i couldnt because the cheapy guns arent powerful enough
so my mom and i went to the local shop and he said that the dm8 was the best gun out so we bought it. i took it to the field and they wouldnt even let me play because it was sooo powerful! they said there limit was 280 fps, and my gun was shooting over 320!!! after i took it to a shop they made it a little less powerfull, i guess they put some less powerful springs in it so i could actually play with people. Man it was worth it! its really accurate, i can hit my cat from all the way across my yard! my uncle it a gun tech and his shop made me a 24 inch custom rifled barrel, so now its even more accurate
its actually so powerful that i use up all my co2 before a game is up, i need to buy a bigger one to keep up with it
Definitally buy this gun, its worth it to buy the best because if you get a cheapy one you wont be powerful enough to hit anybody
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Spyders from way back when.
Tippmann's from the 98 to the X7.
Many. Playing since '97.
Supposed to be accuracy, rate of fire, weight, ease of bolt mechanism...
After the first afternoon of playing(65 degrees and sunny), while the gun still worked, the velocity started going flat.
Made some adjustments. Gun would not fire. Leak developed in the front on/off air to gun.
Okay, switch out O rings. Leak develops in back bolt. Okay, switch out O rings.
Leak develops under solenoid to body seal. Okay, re tighten/grease. Leaks in all three
places now. LPR adjust, HPR adjust, pressure to minimum. Nothing.
So I have a 1400 dollar paperweight.
Been reading a lot of forums and have seen this all over. Don't know why they are having so many problems with the 08 series, but they are. Especially the air on/off.
Buy at your own risk.
Try a 7 series first. Its proven and 400 dollars cheaper.
After this experience with my first Dye product, I will probably never buy Dye again.
Its a shame, cause they do have a good general rep.
1 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 11:41 am PST
Shocker NXT, Timmies, Bob Long Rapper, Bob Long Marq 6,...just to name a few.
Full UL Kit
DM9 B. Wing Bolt/Can
DM9 Eye/Detent Pipe
Virtue Laser Eyes
Nothing really needed, maybe a DM9 eye pipe if that to keep from loosing the detents. Virtued for personal preference only.
None, and believe me I've put enough paint through it to notice any.
I will have had this gun a year next month and put at least 200-250 cases through it. The Stock board is exceptional but because of personal preferences I Virtued it. Consistancy is great, I was getting about 1100 to 1200 rounds on my 68/45 untuned stait out of the box. When the new Billy Wing DM9 bolt/can came out I got it and after tuning every little aspect to squeeze out every last shot. Now I get about 1500 to 1600 depending on temp. The frame is fonominal, its comfortable in the hand for long periods of play. The grips on the frame and the reg are soft and just the right amount of stickyness enough to grip perfectly even in the rain. The stock eyes worked perfectly, no need to change them at all, except for personal preferences, I slapped some Virtue laser eyes in them for that same reason. The entire time the stock eyes were in, about 15 cases, only had barrel breaks nothing in the breech. The reg is nice and small. Super easy to adjust and maintain. Same thing with the LPR. I have this beauty tuned so nice there's not even the slightest kick. A lot of people have a grudge agianst the trigger, personally it better on this frame than any other trigger I can find. The eye pipe is a treat, the "self cleaning" design is exceptional and the lack of eye plates make the milling look beautiful, Although I did have a problem keeping up with the detents as I cleaned it so as soon as the DM9 eye pipe was available, I snatched it up. No more detent problems now. The on/off plug is a little unessecary I just leave it on. Also the on/off asa is wonderful, its a little hard to turn on and off at first, just add a little oil and your ready to go. The elbow fittings are great, just traded them out for black Ninja elbows for asthetic reasons.
Over all this gun is AMAZING. Its great out of the box, and with a few upgrades (just for personal preference alone, it really don't need anything), this bird will sing forever. 100 out of 10.