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Posted 01 June 2009 - 09:37 AM

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Packing and accessories - Once I opened the shipping box I pulled out the small F8 box. The box is well designed with trendy graphics and a slick finish. Upon opening it, I was greeted by the warranty card and user manual. I removed them and a small layer of foam to reveal the F8 itself, sitting snugly in molded foam alonside the RAPS ASA, DP keychain, and a fittend piece of macroline. I removed the marker and found another layer of foam below hiding a DP barrel sock, a complete DP allen key set, the barrel, some stickers, and a set of orings. The user manual is informative and well designed in color on a glossy paper. It holds detailed directions for marker maintenance, programming, a breakdown of the marker, operating instructions, and a troubleshooting guide.

First Impressions and looks- I chose brown and black for the color of my F8 because I loved that same color combination on my G3. It's a dust finish and the annodizing is flawless. The looks of this marker, as with any, are subjective to they player but imo it's one of the sharpest gats I've ever owned. Very clean lines mix modern edges with an organic flow very nicely. The finish of the body is excellent and I can see no mill marks under the anodizing. Now onto weight...I did not expect the F8 to be as light as it is at 1.89 lbs. Very impressive in my book. It's suprisingly slim too. As with my G3, I was also pleasantly suprised to find the marker wasn't shipped from the factory dry, it was already lubed and the internal aluminum parts were finished with no alumninum burrs or shavings that you can find in some other manufacturers new-in-box markers. Also I was very impressied with all of the stock features. It was complete with installed macroline fittings, built in snatch grip, a slick adjustable clamping feedneck, macroline hose, a knob style on off with a rail mount AND a seperate matching RAPS flip lever ASA - that's right, it came with TWO on/off ASA's! That's typically unheard of and completely awesome! The only thing so far that I'm not terribly keen on(and this was my ONLY gripe about the G3) is the lack of a pressure guage. I did purchase a seperate upgrade from DP that replaces the front cap for a guaged front cap.

Programming and trigger - The F8 was shipped with a ramping mode enabled so I removed the grip panel, installed a battery, and flipped the dipswitches in accordance with the manual for 25bps NPPL capped semi. Modes of fire are very easily changed by simply removing the grips and flipping dipswitches - exactly like on the G3 (NOT the G3 SE). It is extremely easy and user firendly to the change modes with the F8. You turn the marker on and off with one thumbpad button on the back of the grip frame and manage the eyes with another. It's a very convenient feature and will make for diasbling eyes in midgame easy as pie. The trigger is NICE. It's scyth style trigger blade(typically a $30+ upgrade on a lot of other markers out there) with two points of adjustment. The pull out of the box is short and snappy, which is just how I like it. Perfect.

In game performance -

4/18 I put 3500 rounds through my F8 playing at Three Rivers Paintball. It was 72 degrees and pretty dry. I shot Nightmare paint, and my cases were consistantly .687-.689. I had a barrel kit with my but decided to use the stock barrel for this review, which is a .690 bore. I was not using the stock bolt, but a Warped Sports Violent Series Bolt allowing me to lower my operating pressure to about 190psi. At my first trip to the chrono, I dialed it in below the field limit of 280 fps. It chronoed 266, 277, 269. That's +- 5.5 fps. About what I expected considering the reg hasn't been broken in yet and I was slightly overboring my paint. Towards the end of the day(after over a full case through it) I re-chronoed and had better results with 266, 272, 266, 270. +- 3 now. I had absolutey no issues with the F8 all day. It performed great whether I was single shotting or laying ropes. There is a tad bit of kick, bit it isn't exsessive. I saw no drop off, no skipped shots, and most importantly, no breech breaks - although I did have one barrel break. I also recieved several compliments on how nice it was performing. Additionally...I don't normally like optical boards, but I had no probalems with how this one felt/functioned. It is a tad annoying to not be able to adjust dwell and BPS, but there are enough presets that unless you play PSP, BPS not an issue.

Efficiency - Pretty damn good. Not Viking good, gut good nonetheless. I actually ran my tank dry in one of the Company of Heroes Scenario missions. It's a real small tank, a 48ci 3000psi tank. I was slightly overboring my paint too. I went through 4 100 round pods and a packed full Riccochet Apache hopper(190 round capacity plus 5 in the neck). That's 595 rounds total fired that game. That's 12.4 shots per c.i.. A marker of average efficiency should net about 10 shots per c.i. on a 3k tank. I was also only filled 2500, not a full 3k so on a full fill I'd probably expect about 700-750 shots a fill - or about 1600 per 68/4.5 k fill. This is a brand spanking new marker as well, I'm sure it will also slightly improve as it breaks in.

Customer Support - From my personal experiance it's top knotch. You need anything or have a problem - call them, it'll get resolved and done right. I know anytime I've had to contact them I've recieved prompt responses and friendly service. In fact just alst week I ordered a F8 PMD(guaged front cap to measure operating pressure) and said I needed it by Friday...got it thursday :)

Closing thoughts - It's an incredible out of the box shooter, and imo, probably the best value in the sport. The lines are clean, it's a very slick looker, and the stock features are absolutely wonderful. Simply put - a fantastic marker.

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From design to conception, the Fusion™ Paintball Marker by Dangerous Power™ aims to achieve the highest level of performance at any price. If you’ve tried shooting one, you will agree that this mission has been accomplished! Out of the box, the Fusion rivals the performance of other ‘high-end’ markers that are double or even triple the cost, leaving the competition wondering how quality can come at such affordability. Fusion owners also have confidence in knowing that their purchase is backed by highly trained technical support staffs, ready to provide unparalleled excellence in customer service should the need arise. Don’t take our word for it - test fire a Fusion today and we’re sure you’ll walk away owning one!

Features

Weighs 1.89 lbs.
Length-19 inches and only 7 inches tall
200 psi operating pressure
Same great efficiency as the fusion
No more LPR
Comes with RAPS on/off
Lower profile, patented xtreme grip feedneck
Redesigned bolt
Redesigned HPR
Redesigned solenoid for reliability and adjustability

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