The DYE DAM or Dye Automatic Marker is a high-end paintball marker with a huge range of options and features that will do nothing but improve your paintball enjoyment when you take the field. It will make you the envy of your teammates and rivals alike. In this review, we will discuss the DYE DAM in detail and compare it and its features against some of its competition and their features. Those comparisons will help guide you if you are in the market for a new paintball marker gun or perhaps provide you with some information about the hardware that is available if you are considering taking up paintballing as a hobby.
What Is The Dye DAM Paintball Marker?
The DYE DAM is a paintball marker gun with a look and feel similar to a real firearm but with the internal performance of a high-end precision and super accurate paintball marker. Make no mistake this piece of hardware is at the apex of the paintball scene. If you are already into the paintball scene, this marker will help you take your tactical skills to the next level and beyond. If you are new to the paintball experience, this marker will make you competitive very quickly due to its superior functions, accuracy, range, and ergonomics. As you are about to see the DYE DAM is literally feature-laden, and the thought, quality, design, and expertise have brought to the market a truly exceptional paintball marker rifle.
The first thing one notices about the DYE DAM is the high-quality case enshrouding it. The soft siding is given a good degree of rigidity by the high-density foam which protects the components inside. The marker comes partly disassembled with the two piece barrel and stock requiring attachment and the two magazines are side by side in the case. In the magazine well of the marker is a removable toolkit with an extra battery, Allen wrench set, and some extra O-rings. All of this in a quality case to protect it well while being lugged around to your nearest paintball course.
Once you assemble the marker you can see there is a switch to change the feed mode. You have the option of using the paintballs in the magazine or from the hopper. The magazine can be loaded with 10 rounds of 5 paintballs on each side that can be .68 caliber or long range like First-strike. Dye calls this ability to change feeds "On-The-Fly" as you can adjust to battlefield conditions instantly.
After the two different feed options comes the firing modes which use a single button and "Select Fire Technology" to choose semi-auto, three-round burst, or full-auto firing options. Plenty of Picatinny rails means all sorts of options for mounting sights, flashlights, and other equipment. Additionally, since the shroud is modular, you can change the look of the marker gun by removing portions of it.
The bolt has a quick release function so maintenance is simple and fast. Both the foregrip, which is removable, and the pistol grip are DYE have tacky grips which mean they are soft and comfortable but allow you to maintain a positive and secure grip on the marker gun. The gas regulator is the Hyper3 model, and the marker has the gas-through frame feature.
The stock is adjustable and is positioned below the plane of the barrel so any face gear will not impede you obtaining a good sight picture and has additional storage inside for small pieces of gear, tools or repair parts. The barrel is 14 inches and precision honed for accuracy. The marker comes complete with a 9V battery, O-ring kit, magazine repair kit, and lubricant.
The two included magazines have small doors that close tight over your ammo to keep the magazine free from dust and debris. When inserted into the gun they open automatically so you are instantly ready to fire. Each magazine has two stacks, so to reload you just detach the magazine, turn it 180 degrees, and pop it back in place to continue firing. After exhausting that magazine you simply pop it out and insert another and repeat.
The prices of these marker guns range from around $150.00 to about $1499.00. The differences between them include function, features, and a closer proximity to perfection as in the example of the DYE DAM Paintball Marker Gun.
How It Compares
We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.
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The ability to fire shaped paintballs from the magazine means you can make long-range one-shot-one-kill hits. Better accuracy could probably only be had with a dedicated paintball sniper type marker.
The magazine can feed high-precision long-range rounds mean so can reach out when you need to for that long-range hit.
Everything about the DYE DAM is high and exceptional quality in materials, design, and function. From the carrying case and the electronic fire selectors to the Picatinny rails, all of it is high grade and high value. Add in the grips, the ability to fire from the magazine or drum along with three different modes of fire, and a seemingly never-ending list of features and it becomes apparent this is a paintball marker rifle by which all others may be judged.
The one-year warranty on this marker gets 4 stars out of 5.
This setup is a bit more of an entry-level type of marker gun but with some great features and gear included to help start you off right. One of the really exciting features is add-on components that can really change the look, feel, and operation of this marker so it can be a great base platform to start with. Aftermarket accessories like red dot sights, lights, and grips mean you can expand this system to fit your style as your pocketbook allows.
It comes with a 200 round gravity fed loader, MILSIM body, Anti-Fog paintball mask, a 20 ounce CO2 tank and 6 - 140 round paintball pods plus the harness to go with it. So if you are looking for a starter kit for paintball this might be it.
There is plenty of accuracy to be found with this marker gun which was exceptional considering the price.
Shooting only standard paintballs the range is about what you would expect.
The durability of this unit is quite impressive. It goes and goes all day long without much maintenance or malfunctions and the ability to use it as a platform to build on speaks volumes about the thought and detail that went into its design and manufacture.
A 6-month warranty is pretty adequate for this marker based on price and the ability to tear it down and fix or replace components easily and quickly.
- An affordable, upgradable and customizable marker, suitable for woodsball or scenario play
- Cyclone Feed System can fire 15 balls per second without batteries
- The A-5 can be field stripped in less than 60 seconds without tools
This particular marker gun brings customization to a whole new level. There is a seemingly never-ending supply of various kits to make this marker look and function in all sorts of different ways. You can have this thing looking like an MP-5, an AK-47, an HK-417 or a number of other tactical rifles which means endless fun.
There is a fire selector switch for safety and single shot modes. Later on, you can swap out the trigger for an aftermarket one to convert to full auto if you so choose and the Cyclone feeding system ensures smooth loading and firing.
This marker is really a system to build on and a platform for achieving your dream marker incrementally. It comes with the PMI X-ray Google system, a 20-ounce CO2 tank, a 4+1 harness with tubes and a neck guard so you are ready for action with the mere addition of ammo.
Solid accuracy that means you are ready to face your adversaries right out of the box but with the potential for even better accuracy and stars down the road with the plethora of aftermarket performance enhancing gear this platform has available to it.
The good solid range for a gun of this class makes it a contender though it is not top of the line.
The rugged dependability of this marker gives it 4 stars. It is a great value especially for the price. The number of accessories alone indicates it has a huge following, so they must be doing something right!
A one-year warranty at such a good price earns this a 4-star rating.
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This paintball marker gun has a 14-inch barrel with nice accuracy and you can squeeze off up to 15 balls per second since it comes with an electronic trigger and auto-cocker to help reduce how much air you are using. This marker is exceptionally light and the sticky padded grips mean less fatigue over the day on your favorite paintball course.
The ergonomics of the marker really lend itself to quick accurate sight acquisition, quick firing, quick follow-up shots which means more wins. It comes in a super nice padded case with excellent protection. The durability and ruggedness of this marker rate as excellent.
The barrel, trigger, and ergonomics of this marker combine to give it fantastic accuracy.
The excellent accuracy helps boost the range of this marker so you can hold your ground in a standoff.
This marker has almost unbelievable durability. It keeps on going in a fight and is highly reliable.
The one-year warranty seems plenty adequate considering the reputation of this marker.
Our featured product the DYE DAM paintball marker rifle is an amazing piece of engineering and an example of true dedication to quality. Overall, based on everything from the quality of its case, to its 3 different fire modes, to the ability to shoot from the magazine for a one-shot kill or to fire full-auto from the drum and to switch on the fly, it is evident the DYE DAM deserves 5 out of 5 stars.
This is truly a high-end paintball marker with superior range, accuracy, function, and design. It stands out and apart from the crowd and you would be hard pressed to top this most magnificent paintball marker. If your dream marker rifle is practically perfect in every way, the DYE DAM might just be exactly what you are looking for.