Unequaled quality, meticulous engineering and impeccable design are just a few of the reasons why Proto is the first name in paintball.
Redesigned for 2009, the Proto Rail solenoid features increased durability and air flow. We've also lowered the dwell from 25 to 18 milliseconds resulting in faster cycle speeds. The smaller, lighter Hyper3T In-Line Air Regulator comes standard. This new regulator provides higher flow, more consistency, better ergonomic grip and smoother velocity adjustment. The new solenoid doubles the air flow through the marker and makes it more reliable on the field. The solid construction consists of an aluminum body and bolt, and Ultralite 45 frame and trigger. We've designed the Proto Rail with the goal of providing you with tournament grade performance at a reasonable price.
Two Piece 14 Proto Barrel
New Increased Flow Hyper3 In-line Air Regulator
Anti-chop Break Beam Eye System
150psi Operating Pressure with Boost Forward Technology
Continuous Three-Dimensional Contoured Body Design
Proto Dual-Density Injection Sticky Grip
LED Program Control with Four Tournament Modes
Ultralite 45 Frame
New Solenoid with Increased Durability and Air Flow
Ultralite Aluminum Trigger
Proto On/Off Airport
Adjustable Aluminum Clamping Feedneck with Thumb Screw
Stamped Metal Insert Logo
Compact and Lightweight Body Styling
Metal Eyeplates and Back Cap
The Proto 09 PMR Matrix Rail is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
Various Diablo /Infinify/Dragun/Rex blow forward markers (my specialty)
Various Intimidator type markers
Angels, Cockers, Tippmans, the works.
How to they compare? This is entirely subjective. Different markers are great for different things. Would I take my Proto or an Angel woodsballing? Probably not. I'd take the A5 for that. Would I take the 98 custom on the pro field? You bumped your head. Of course not. Common Sense applies...
This question is like asking "how does my Corvette compare to your Big Red Chevy 4x4?
Proto PMR '09 (Black)
Hyper3 stock regulator
DYE Rotor hopper (Black)
Stock Proto 14" 2pc barrel (Black) OR
JnJ Ceramic .689 10" for CQB (even louder)
Crossfire 4500 with DYE Rhino Cover (Black) (see a trend?)
Pure Energy Remote (sometimes) (Black) (Again?)
Barrel (Preference?) Not as quiet as i'd like...
Factory ASA- leaky macro fittings (maybe just me?)
Trigger Switch- Trigger very nice and adjustable but switch seems a bit sloppy? no "crispness" to depress. (preference?)
Nothing about this marker functions poorly. Very well put together for the average marker, and the average player.. some people want certain strengths, a matter of opinion at best.
See Review Body.
No real weaknesses, Very thoroughly contemplated marker.
Could use Drop forward.
Great mid-range to upper level marker. With mods, could be a pro marker. Maybe without mods.
With a decent trigger pull (once it's adjusted) This marker will fly as fast as your fingers will.
The modes are easily changed, but time consuming because you need to remove the right side grip to access the dip switches.
Very Accurate, right off the drop. Natural feel allows natural movements which put you pretty much right on target every shot. Feels like you've been friends with this marker for years even if it's the first time you shoot it.
INSERT Key Strengths and Weaknesses here:
Nimble. Easy to play with, goes where you point it. Light, Maneuverable. Especially with remote.
Good modes. Easy to adjust (but time consuming.)
Fast. Sensitive. Gentle. 12 cases of paint (24,000 balls) NO BREAKS. Not ONCE. One Failure to Fire, bolt got stuck forward (low air). One Eye Failure, dirt in the eyes.
Accurate. +/-150 ft cross field( homemade field) other dude shot my team mate w/mask off. staging. I got pissed, lit dude up. 7 0f 10 left marks from same range... No prob putting balls where U want them.
Auto Clear function good. Hold trigger down and it discharges, when you want it to.
Stock barrel kind of loud (preference?) but Very accurate. JnJ Ceramic Much louder. but less accurate, but only use for CQB.
With a few minor refinements, this could be the epic marker of the last generation.
(admittedly) I'm a fan of the blow-forwards. Particularly the Diablo/Dragun/Rex/ Infinity lines.. The engineering there is awesome.
The Proto has the spool valve bolt assy, and the better (") electronics, and overall a much better platform.
But really, for an extra $400 or five... couldnt the user integration be a little better? MAYBE I'm a little biased.
Dont get me wrong, I LOVE my Proto Rail. I will play with it EVERY TIME over my Wrath. But there are a lot of the little things that I think they missed when it comes to setting your marker up...
O how I wish,
"Diablo common sense + Dye/Proto technology"
Heres this in an equation.
((Diablo) - [technical flaws]) +((Dye/Proto) + [common sense x practicality]) = Wonderful.
Overall, for the money, a very capable, functional marker with lots of perks.
Highly recommended as a step up from even an intermediate marker. Lots of potential in this marker, VERY fun to play with but it seems that the idiosynchratic nature of this particular version lends itself to a certain persona, group, etc. that either love it or hate it.
For the marker itself, I give it an 9/10 because it does a phenomenal job of proving itself as an out of the box, you-will-get-better-if-you-use-me crossover marker.
The rail proves beyond any doubt that you can get great accuracy, reliability, and functionality, not to mention various modes and playability options, out of a marker of the "intermediate" class. This marker exceptionally outperforms it's status.
Proto matrix rail, 14" proto barrel, VL evolution 3, crossfire 68/4500
Reliable, light, cheap
I've been using this gun for a while now and it's great. I use it in alot of woodsball and occasional speedball. It doesn't weight alot, maybe 3 lbs with battery and barrel. The gun is very accurate and fast. You can turn the eyes on or off and it has several different firing modes. The gun is small too so you can play pretty tight with it. Proto customer service is very helpful and will fix any problems that you have. There are a few things that I don't like about this gun, but they aren't anything major. For one, the feedback doesn't tighten down enough to hold my hopper on but one wrap of tape around the freed neck helps fix that. Also, the gun will drain the battery if you leave it in there to long, so just remember to take out the battery if your not using the gun.
This is a great gun for a great price. Definitely get it
10 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 at 9:08 pm PST
Proto Matrix Rail '09, Claret Dust
Dye Rotor, Red
Guerilla Air 68/4500 HPA
Dye Rhino Tank Cover, Red
Smart Parts Ion Pro
VL Evo3 with Z-Board
New Designz Skeleton Bolt
S.P. Freak Barrel 12"
New Designz Spring Detent Kit
New Designz Razr "Silk" Rolling Trigger
A lever-lock clamping feedneck; the thumbscrew is difficult to tighten by hand.
Smooth: negligible "kick"
Feedneck thumbscrew (see below)
Difficult to clean interior
Opening the box: Dye included a very nice folding, zipper-closure marker case with two compartments. The main compartment is for the marker, and the other has elastic loops to hold both pieces from your barrel (stock, or your own). The second compartment also has mesh pockets to hold the included tools, lubricant tube, and a 9v battery. The manual is easy to read, and includes all of the instructions for disassembling, cleaning, and adjusting your trigger and board settings (even though you don't need to).
I liked that this marker is ready to go right away and requires no adjustment, unless you already know your own personalized settings (trigger pull, dwell, etc). I was really impressed by how quiet this marker is, and by how smoothly it operates. I'm used to the heavy slamming of the Tippmann hammer, so I wasn't sure at first if my marker was firing correctly, due to the complete lack of kick and the soft "pop" when it fires. It is very lightweight; just under 2lbs. The grip is comfortable, even for my large hands. The ASA is already a dovetail mount, so moving it to add a drop is a breeze. I didn't chop one single ball out of 800 rounds, and had only one barrel break. I was still able to "shoot through" the break for a few more shots before I had a chance to swab. The barrel performed really well, even given the field's PMI Premium paint. The bolt-out-back design was helpful in getting the bolt assembly out for cleaning, though it went downhill from there (see below).
I don't like the thumbscrew for tightening the feedneck clamp; it's a little difficult to tighten without tools (especially if you have the aforementioned large hands). The screw actually worked its way back out just enough for my Rotor to pop off while on the field. Cleaning the interior is also difficult: I chopped one ball during my initial testing, because I had turned the eyes off (my bad) since they wouldn't "see" the cheap Wally-world paint that I was using. I had to take apart the WHOLE upper section to clean out the break; paint had worked its way to the back of the bolt, so I had to disassemble the bolt and even remove the O-rings to get it all.
My local field does not allow any mode outside of normal semi-auto, so I haven't been able to test the other modes in an actual game.
Apart from operator error, this is an outstanding marker. I definitely got my money's worth out of this Rail. I would recommend upgrading to a lever-type clamping feedneck, and adding a drop.
q lock feed neck
a new on/off asa if you want, but stock works perfect
I've had this gun for almost three months now, and ive had no problems at all. the first time i used this gun shot about a case and a half through it and never had problems. the only thing that i've noticed was that the on/off asa was a little loose after the whole day of diving and sliding, so maybe it was just a factory thing that they dont tighten them up when boxing their markers but after tightening the asa everything was fine. never had leaks as long as you lube the bolt pretty well it wont let you down.
Over all i would definitely recommend this gun because its definately a tournament ready gun for under 500 bucks so what more could you ask for.
I got this gun for my birthday along with a ninja tank. When i unboxed it, i was impressed. It came with lube, Manuel, Allen keys, 2 piece barrel (practically a dye UL, same weight, only like 1 row less porting), and of course the beautiful pmr!
I got black, which is a very slick color, but the claret and air force are also very slick!.
So i took it outside and put a pod through it, i must admit i was very impressed form the get go. It shot beautifully. It had spot on accuracy from about 15 yards away. It was hitting dead center of where i was aiming, and it had very little kick. I also noticed it was very quiet. No breaks of course, the eyes are great.
If you have the money... GET THIS GUN. it is a great buy... you cant find better for the price.
Proto really overhauled this gun, i am very impressed!
The Matrix comes in a nice case. It is kind of like a CD case. The Matrix barely fits inside of it, but it velcrows in securly. Proto sends you everything that you need, a nicely anno'd two piece barrel, allen keys, lube, orings and a battery.
I got the Claret Matrix, but I live in OH IO so no other color would be ok. The milling is smooth and the anno looks good. The frame is the most comfortable frame I have ever held. Like every other marker out there putting an RF chip in the frame is like stuffing 10 pounds of poop in a 5 pound bag, but that is to be expected. The good news was it was plug and play for my Magna kit. Unlike the shocker that I had to solder in, the Matrix was much easier. The trigger is smooth like butter and has a three points of adjustment.
So I put my Magna in the feedneck and I screwed the thumb screw in as tight as I can and my Magna spins in the feedneck like I never even tightened it. So I break out the allens and have to torque the thumb screw down tight just to get it to stop spinning. I pull the Magna off and look inside, there are no teeth on the feedneck. No wonder the darn thing spins. This could be a real problem if you ever needed to take you feeder off in the field.
I opened the grip and the manual and messed with the settings. Very easy to understand and program. A four year old could program this marker. Slap the Magna back on and throw on the peanut and take it out for some trigger time.
This thing shoots smooth and fast. The stock barrel shoots fairly accurate, and the vision worked perfectly. I never broke a ball in a whole case. I thought that it had some mild kick and as I shot it would rise up and to the right., but not much. I think a lighter bolt would fix this problem. Although it was so little that I am not sure I could call it a problem.
I think this is a great marker. A great value. If you are looking for a solid marker with solid performance, at a price of only $450, it is worth the money. But buy a new feedneck.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, March 23rd, 2009 at 4:09 pm PST
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion on the comments page.
Period of Product Use:
Similar Products Used:
09 Proto SLG Ultra Light
09 Proto PMR
Virtue board and eyes
Dye Clamping feedneck
Smart Parts Ion
14 inch Smart Parts Freak 2pc. barrel (black and red) with .693 insert
Clamp feed neck
New Dezigns ASA
Custom Parts Blade Magnetic Trigger
A Dye clamping feedneck
Picked this up a few days ago and put a case threw it and i love this thing. I havent taken it out on the field yet just shot into the woods but the aim is consistent and the speed out of the box 14Bps is perfect. The price of $450 is a little steep but its well worth it and when compared to any Dye gun this is a steal. I was looking at getting the Proto SLG Ultra Light which was $300 but with a better barrel a on/off, a light frame the extra $150 was well worth it
So i have put about 15 cases of paint threw this gun and besides having to replace a few o-rings here and there which all these guns you have to do i still 100% love this marker. Only other flaw i found is the Detents do not last long at all but i bought spring detents for 5 dollars and those are perfect.
BUY THIS GUN!!! Tournament ready right out of the box you will not be disappointed at all
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 4:35 pm PST
This gun is awesome if you like speedball!!!!!! Can shoot almost any kind of paint and can shoot very very very fast!!!!! 34bps baby!!!!!!!!! This thing is amazing. The board is nice, and easy to change.bolt is very easy to clean and lube! On off ASA is great too. Trigger is great for nppl rules!
I would reccomend this crazy sweet gun to anyone who wants a gun for speedball for shure! it shoots great!
Halo B w/ Rip and freeway
Deadly Winds 14'' barrel
NXe tank cover
None. Really is personal preference to what you add.
Fast Hopper to keep up with this thing!
Smooth on paint
Inexpensive (not cheap)
Crazy good looks!
Inefficient (fine if you play on an Unlim Air field)
Okay so just before Christmas I said, "Hey I've got a few extra bucks, I'm getting myself something cool" Which may have been bad, I felt dirty afterward. But the PMR took some of the guilt away. This thing is beautiful, it feels good in your hands, easy to take apart, and oh baby does it shoot nicely. I have yet to get a bad break. When i first purchased it, there was an air leak coming from the Macroline/Air fitting, sent it back to the proshop and had it fixed for nothing! Anyway I took it out to my local field and really noticed how many people look at it and mistake it for a PM8, dye really outdid themselves on this gun. Great for the midlevel player and up. I find the gun is a bit of an air hog but that could be because the Hyper 3 reg hasnt been fully broken in, we'll see only time will tell.
In short, GET THIS GUN you won't regret it. Speed, durability, SEXINESS!! It loses a point for air inefficiency and another cuz nothing is perfect.... yet, but keep trying dye =)
8 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, January 18th, 2009 at 11:11 am PST
PMR 09 Air Force One
Empire reloader B
PMI pure energy 68/4500
Nothing urgently required... however:
-Dye clamping feedneck
-Dye UL barrel backs for different bores (proto back is .690) they are interchangable
UL frame (and trigger)
Beautiful (especially claret)
Not a high end/Still only a PMR inside.
I bought my PMR 09 second hand from a friend of a friend after he shot ~2000 balls (so i assumed 5000.) and it hasn't disappointed.
Well i have already basically covered them all in the above section and there really isn't any more to say... its just a great-shooting, nice-feeling, head-turning marker!
UL frame (and trigger)
Beautiful (especially claret)
Its probably worth expanding a little more for this section:
Not a high end/Still only a PMR inside.
Fiddly bolt maintenance
The gas consumption is nasty - around 1000 off a 68/4500, it kicks noticeably more than higher end guns, the maintenance is also fiddly - more than an ION XE for example - you unscrew the back cap and take the bolt assembly out (at this point you would have access to the bolt in an XE) then you have to fiddle around taking the o-ring off the tip of the bolt - which is a major pain - to be able to unscrew the 'beer can' to take the bolt out.
Then we come to the fact the PMR is a PMR... and that is it's main weakness in my opinion - this meaning that it is not a high end marker, although you can fool some people it is a high end... it isn't... in fact it is a technically worse design than a smart parts shocker!
The PMR is an Unbalanced spool valve meaning that the bolt is pushed back by air pressure to reset it's position... however when you fire, the pressure in front of the bolt is vented so the bolt moves forward due to pressure on the rear of the bolt
In a shocker, its a balanced spool valve so the bolt is pushed backward... but then pushed forward when you pull the trigger.
The price is also a little high for what you get in my opinion as there is little difference between the 07 and 09 PMR.
In comparison to other markers, i can only really compare it to an ION XE from personal experience and if i'm brutally honest, the PMR blows the ION XE out of the water. It is true that you get what you pay for and the extra cash on the PMR gives you everything you would need to upgrade on the ION (ASA, feednack, barrel and board) in a much prettier package.
In conclusion the PMR 09 is a great marker, although i have commented on the kick and the fact it is a gas hog, it will shoot amazingly all day and in the end, it doesn't matter if the player is shooting a PMR 09 or a DM9 they will perform the same on the field but don't buy the PMR 09 expecting to get a magical $1000 gun... because you won't.
I choose a rating of 8/10 because for the price it is just a dressed up 07 PMR (the only significant change is the solenoid) and for the money, i expect more. However i am happy with the price i paid second hand.