5 Stars By Aleksandar Ristoski on 2013-08-19
Awesome Tactical Marker
Both my brother and I purchased this marker and LOVE it so far. We've added a ton of accessories and have played with it about 5-6 times so far. No issues what so ever. The Magazines are a great additions since the field we play at allows the First Strike Rounds from Tiberius. I love everything about this marker and also how easily customizable it get be for each situation.
4 Stars By Joshua W. Andrus on 2014-02-06
one shot shut-off. -_-
So I got this marker and the next day went to play a woods ball game. The field test showed no issues. But it was during the game that the gun started showing me problems. It would be inconsistant with this problem of shutting off after firing only a single shot. Looked it up and found that this is a common issue people are having. Somehting to do with the connection of the wiring from the battery and the mother bored. I will update this post once that has been fixed and I've taken it out again.
UPDATE (MARCH 2014)
The reason for the shut off was due to the the connecting cable from the battery through the handle werent fully engaged. I had to unscrew the wires and pull them out more so when i put the gun grip back on the gun i could make sure of a solid connection. Though, I am now having issue with a lose in pressure when firing my gun. Im not getting any air leaks on the field. And my tank has more than enough to last the rest of a 15 min game. I am using the Gurilla feed line ordered from 2DayDeliver. I've not had any issues with it so far. But when I am going full auto the marker starts to lose its pressure so it would seem like I had an empty tank.
4 Stars By meisteckhart on 2013-04-18
Excellent high end paintball marker
I would have given 4 and 1/2 stars if I could as I really do love this marker, but there are just a few things that make it slightly less than perfect. I have owned the DAM for 2 months, used it on 3 separate occassions playing woodsball games. I really believe it is a big step up in innovation for the woodsball and scenario markets, and I think Dye is really breaking new ground with a solid marker that is easy to use and shoots both hopper and magazine fed with the ability to use first strike rounds. That said, this marker is not for everyone. I'm not going to review all the features in detail, though I will mention some, but rather give an impression of the different things I find to be important in a marker:
Ease of Use 10/10: For me, I think this is one of the best markers I have ever used in terms of set up and use on the field. There are very few screws besides attaching the stock if you want, or attaching the feedneck to use a hopper. The battery can be inserted or changed without having to take out a screw, though I did find figuring out how to open the compartment took a bit getting used to. Ability to mag eject from either side, simple slide piece to change from hopper to mag fed, ease of switching fire modes. This marker is very intuitive and feels really good.
Accuracy: 10/10: This is mostly due to the stock barrel I think which is a high quality dye ultralite. It is as accurate as any paintball marker I have used, and more accurate than most. You have the ability to use first strike rounds as well which I believe helps accuracy a great deal, but even with standard paint this marker is a high performer.
Ball breaks: 8/10: Now, I had read before I bought the marker that people were shooting cases through it without a single break. That may be true in controlled tests with high quality paint, but I did have a number of breaks one day I used it. I was using a more lower quality field paint so I fault the marker less than the paint, but I can't say it never breaks as others have. Still, I've never used a marker that never breaks under any conditions and I did have one entire day without a single break, so I can't find too much fault. Seems to me I also had more breaks on mag feed which can be tough as you get paint in the mag and it isn't as easy to shoot through or just swab the barrel like hopper feed. No major problems though
Range: 9/10: I think the only thing you're going to get better range on with standard paintballs is an apex or flatline. Honestly though, we all know at those distances it is much harder to get a ball to break, and you lose a lot of accuracy. (after using both an apex and flatline, I can't say I believe anyone who thinks you improve accuracy with them. Those balls go every which way towards the end of their flight, particularly if its at all windy) Still, I used to use an apex for cover fire at longer ranges than the DAM can shoot. I would not recommend putting an Apex on the DAM. It is not what it is for, you are losing a phenomenal barrel, and I think you're doing yourself more harm than good.
Air efficiency 9/10: I feel like this isn't as important for speedballers perhaps which is what Dye has traditionally catered more to, but to a woodsballer it is important. You don't want to go back for air every two seconds during a long scenario or big game. Hard for me to tell as I often run a 68ci carbon fiber and don't need air too often, but the DAM was pretty efficient. Much better than a gas guzzling Tippmann, and on par with my Empire Axe which I always thought was quite efficient.
Maintenance 9/10: Very easy to maintain. Everything easy to access and clean. Very durable construction. The only complaint I have is the feedneck. The screws used to attach it are tiny. Even when you wrench them in there, the vibration during games loosens them up pretty quickly. I have lost three screws in 3 days of play and usually tighten them now before each game. Not a huge deal, but annoying. Either buy some locktite, or invest in lots of extra screws.
Overall Pros: Very well made, very accurate, easy to maintain, looks awesome, ability to switch from mag to hopper feed, ability to shoot first strike.
Overall Cons: Price, heavy (though you can take off all the rails and stock to lighten it up. Really not so heavy compared to many woodsball markers), tiny screws on hopper feedneck.
I think this marker is best for a player who wants a high end marker that is accurate and reliable with tons of features and is willing to pay for them, particularly mag feed and first strike capability. I wouldn't go so far as to say you are wasting your money if you aren't going to use the mag feed or first strike rounds as it is still a great marker, but you are paying a premium for this ability. You are also paying a premium for the Dye name. If you have the money though, it is an amazing piece of paintball heaven.
UPDATE 4/24/13: I noticed when looking at 2DayDeliver's listing for the DAM that the picture showing all the parts contains a sight. The DAM no longer ships with a sight. This was originally a promotion that Dye had last fall when the first models shipped. The DAM now ships with a carrying case instead which allows you to disassemble and pack up the DAM for easy transport. It is a high quality hard shell case and honestly I think it is much more useful than a sight anyway. If you want a sight though, it is available for purchase from several paintball sellers.
UPDATE 8/6/13: There have been a lot of reports that earlier versions of the DAM were having problems with air leaks when shooting at around or above 280 fps. Earlier the solution was reportedly to run your tank at lower output pressures, but recently Dye has started replacing bolts for those having this problem under warranty. I am typically shooting at around 280 fps which is usually the field limit anywhere I play and I haven't really noticed the problem myself. I have noticed ball breaks at times, typically around 4-5 for every case or so I put through it. This is a bit worse in adverse weather, particularly when wet or cold. Still very happy with the marker overall, but I would say the reason to buy the DAM is mainly for the ability to shoot hopper and magazine, and for the ability to shoot first strike. It is very accurate as well and a great quality gun, but you can find that in other markers for a lower price. If you're not going to use the magazine at least some of the time, I don't think it is worth the high price tag.
UPDATE 12/2/13: Quick update, I have definitely noticed a couple things that might be helpful for those considering buying the DAM, particularly now that there are some newer high end scenario markers coming out. First, cold weather performance. The main thing I have noticed is a significant increase in ball breaks in cold weather. This is certainly dependent on quality of paint and there is no doubt that ball breaks are often more common in cold weather, but it is noticeable. Second, the power and fire selector buttons began to stick on me. This was easily fixed by a little cleaning as paint had gotten into the buttons, but it is something to keep in mind in your routine maintenance. Third, I have still had no bolt issues myself, but I know many who have and have had success fixing them when contacting Dye for a replacement bolt. There is also a bolt upgrade now being sold which has gotten good reviews from those I know who have it. It is reported to improve air efficiency and be softer on paint, in addition to having no leak issues. I will likely be upgrading at some point in the spring, and I will update here again once I've played with the tactical bolt.
I can honestly say that after playing with the DAM all summer and fall, I am really starting to love it more. In scenario games I have started mounting a metadyne launcher in front of the magazine. It is a bit heavy and more suited to my style of heavy weapons support, but a monster on the field. If you are looking into getting a high end scenario marker, there is also the new Empire BT Defender to consider. It has the advantage of having a ramping mode and a unique loader feeding from the back which improves your profile. It seems a bit unwieldy to me and not as customizable, but I am anxious to try it out once I find someone who has it. The BT line is pretty well respected, so it seems worth the consideration.
So, a couple quick updates. I played only once with the ironman bolt and it performed well, no breaks and no problems. Shortly after this game, however, I was again having problems with the power buttons. I attempted to fix the issue myself and ended up busting my board. So, I had to take it in to my local shop and ended up getting a box rotor with a new board and new bolt. I had not planned on buying a box rotor because I thought it seemed kind of silly and looked like a huge, heavy beast. I ended up getting after seeing another player at a game with it and trying it out myself. So, I've since played with the box rotor and upgraded bolt and I was surprised to find that I actually really like it. My profile is actually improved with the box rotor since it isn't sticking up off my gun and is covering my body anyway. I will say, I don't mount my metadyne launcher on the DAM when I have the box rotor on, it is a bit too cumbersome. I carry it with the rifle upgrade in a scabard instead. So after two seasons with the DAM, I am still very happy. I like that I now have so many options to play with depending on the game. I can load out with the Box rotor, traditional rotor, magazines, or any combination of the above, and I can go light with just magazines and my tank on the gun, or run a remote with the stock and my metadyne attached. It is fun to be able to switch things up a bit. My next upgrade next year may be a lapco first strike barrel, which I have heard great things about. Not really into taking a sniper role, but could be fun to try it out and many of my fields are beginning to allow first strike rounds.
5 Stars By Calvin I. on 2014-07-02
This paintball gun is awesome! The switch from hopper fed to first strike ...
This paintball gun is awesome! The switch from hopper fed to first strike mag fed is a smooth transition. Took this to super game and had a great time with it. Definitely need to get an electric hopper if you do get this gun.
5 Stars By Marcin M. Matula on 2014-04-17
I was playing woods ball with a empire mini. This was a HUGE upgrade. That moment when you and an opponent are shooting at each other but just out of range, this doesnt happen anymore. Just flip the switch to first strike and you get an extra 20-40 yards
5 Stars By brandon on 2017-09-05
I've drank the koolade
I purchased my Dye Dam about a year ago and all I can say is it's incredible. 90% of the complaints about air leaks out of the box and what not are user error. While it may seem like quality control issues, the fact of the matter is that you need to read the manual before you actually fire this thug up. Out of the box I got the air leak issue, was furious, only to find out it's because I'm using standard air pressure of 800-850, I pull 2 shims out of my tank and bam no air leak issue. If you have an issue still look at your reg seat, more than likely it's worn down from frantically turning the air pressure up and down. You might also see that your first strike rounds are flipping when loading, look up "angel mod" for the dye dam and issue solved.
It's incredibly accurate and the smoothest magfed marker I've shot. Just buy it.
Overall it's annoying out of the box to deal with the issues but it will be the best marker you shoot in magfed. I have owned almost all the magfed platforms (except the SAR) and I can say that the DAM is by far my favorite. I own 2 now and have a DMR platform and box/ M416 platform.
Last thing, if you plan on going DMR I'd suggest getting an E14 breech, hammerhead riffled barrel, and a carmatech supremacy, it's about $800 extra but so worth it 👌🏼