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Proto Paintball - Proto Matrix 8 (PM8) Information
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Proto Paintball
10637 Scripps Summit Court
San Diego, CA 92131

Fax: (858) 536-5191
Email: customerservice@protopaintball.com
Website: http://www.protopaintball.com
Proto Matrix 2008 edition.
 Manual: Download the manual for Proto Paintball Download
 Release Date: 2008
 MSRP: $749.95
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 4.6/5 stars.
 Reviews: 56
 Rating Summary:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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  • Currently 4/5 stars.
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
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Proto Paintball - Proto Matrix 8 (PM8) Reviews
Proto Paintball Proto Matrix 8 (PM8) great gun i would recommend it to everyone. i like it. not that exspensive
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pbnut17
 
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Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: L.I
pbnut17 plays in the PSP
pbnut17 supports Team VICIOUS
pbnut17 plays in the APPA D5 division
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $600.00
Pros: ul frame light shoots great
Cons: ribbon eyes
great gun i would recommend it to everyone. i like it. not that exspensive
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1.6/5 stars.
Proto Paintball Proto Matrix 8 (PM8) Best gun I have ever owned or shot. I would take it over a DM8 any day.
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That kid from OC
Free Agent
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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: ATL
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $500.00
Pros: Great gun
Cons: maybe too great of a gun
Best gun I have ever owned or shot. I would take it over a DM8 any day.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1.6/5 stars.
Proto Paintball Proto Matrix 8 (PM8) ok so heres my story i got mine out of box shot 220 222 224 228 so i was like ok lets turn it up turned it up 240 255 268 429 (not a typo) it blew the top hat fixed it tryed it again did it like 5...
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the real rich kid
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Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: South Carolina
the real rich kid has achieved Level 2 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 1.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $750.00
Pros: looks good
Cons: i got a bad one
ok so heres my story i got mine out of box shot 220 222 224 228 so i was like ok lets turn it up turned it up 240 255 268 429 (not a typo) it blew the top hat fixed it tryed it again did it like 5 times so i was like wat the heck to it to the shop they went through it tryed it again did the same thing called dye they said some stuff to try. didnt work we pulled a reg off another one and it worked fine so we called dye they sent us another reg we put it on and it worked ok shooting bad finally we got it working and i hated it after all the trouble it put me through so i sold it QUICK.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1.4/5 stars.
Proto Paintball Proto Matrix 8 (PM8) This is the smoothest gun I've owned. It comes with the same bolt the DM10 has and I believe a Hyper 2 (or) 3 reg. PM8s will shoot ropes all day with minimal maintenance. It comes stock with the UL...
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-Mad-Skillz-
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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: ROC NY
-Mad-Skillz- supports Team VICIOUS
-Mad-Skillz- posts videos on PbNation
-Mad-Skillz- supports Empire
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $200.00
Pros: Smooth, consistent,
Cons: nothing
This is the smoothest gun I've owned. It comes with the same bolt the DM10 has and I believe a Hyper 2 (or) 3 reg. PM8s will shoot ropes all day with minimal maintenance.
It comes stock with the UL frame, so for the people that actually care about the weight, do not have to worry about that.
These guns are dirt cheap now-a-days sometimes you can find them for UNDER $200.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Proto Paintball Proto Matrix 8 (PM8) I picked up a brand new LE grasshopper PM8 with a rotor off a guy on craigslist. If you can find this gun under 400 buy it. This is by far the best of gun of the dm and pm series. Pros- cheap, and...
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aquardiente
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Join Date: May 2006
Location: Northern Va/Richmond VA
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Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $750.00
Pros: see review
Cons: see review
I picked up a brand new LE grasshopper PM8 with a rotor off a guy on craigslist. If you can find this gun under 400 buy it. This is by far the best of gun of the dm and pm series.

Pros- cheap, and it can also accept the new dm9 BW bolt. Has an eyepipe similar to the DM9 accept the detents are seperate from it. It has removable eye covers which was a huge reason why i got this gun and not a dm8 at the time, being able to access the eyes easily is must. It has the same reg internally minus some milling of the dm9, on/off are the same. It has all the dm9 goodies with out the huge price tag. Granted dm owners will tell you its not as smooth or quiet but for the price you can pick them up for they cant be beat. Plus all you need is some good tuning and it can be just as quiet and as smooth.

Cons-The pm8 comes with a 2 peice proto barrel, its not bad but you can put whatever barrel you like more. The gun requires alot of time, lubing making sure the pressures are right, checking o-rings. If you dont like working on your gun and giving it tons of tlc then this is not the gun for you. You get what you put in to the gun if you never take care of it, use poop paint you are going to get poop results.


If you are experienced with taking apart guns this gun is awesome and cannot be beat and can hold its own with any gun on the market right now.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Proto Paintball Proto Matrix 8 (PM8) This is honestly one of the best values in paintball. These are small, light, smooth and in my opinion they are pretty good looking. Most people that know these guns will agree that they are truly...
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blueshifty
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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Dallas, TX
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $1.00
Pros: best dye/ proto made until 2010
Cons: hard to access LPR
This is honestly one of the best values in paintball. These are small, light, smooth and in my opinion they are pretty good looking. Most people that know these guns will agree that they are truly amazing. If you can get a decent deal on one of these, the buy it and you will not be disappointed.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Proto Paintball Proto Matrix 8 (PM8) Really the only problem I had with this was the eyes and eye pipe. Mine cracks from time to time and if left un-maintained pieces of the pipe come off and it messes with the o-rings and...
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CrazyCasey6661
Nick@CSP.Studios
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Nebraska
CrazyCasey6661 owns a Planet Eclipse Etha
CrazyCasey6661 supports Team VICIOUS
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $400.00
Pros: Light, smooth, stylish, efficient with proper tune
Cons: bit weird to tune-in initially, gas-hog if untuned
Really the only problem I had with this was the eyes and eye pipe. Mine cracks from time to time and if left un-maintained pieces of the pipe come off and it messes with the o-rings and efficiency.

Great product, none-the-less!
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Proto Paintball Proto Matrix 8 (PM8) Easily my favorite Dye marker overall. No its not as fancy as a dm9+, not as efficient as an NT, not as cheap as a pm7, but it just shoots people. I upgraded mine to wire eyes so i didnt have to deal...
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DA9bro
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Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northern VA
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DA9bro is Legendary
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $220.00
Pros: price, consistency, ergonomics
Cons: efficiency, board
Easily my favorite Dye marker overall. No its not as fancy as a dm9+, not as efficient as an NT, not as cheap as a pm7, but it just shoots people. I upgraded mine to wire eyes so i didnt have to deal with the ribbon eyes crapping out, so that solved the #1 issue with these markers but with some gun slinger grips i didnt touch anything else. One of the most comfortable guns ive owned. Only real complaint are dyes boards. I cant stand em. Maybe im spoiled from owning a lot of Bob guns and having tadao boards, or owning guns with oled boards, but its just unimpressive.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Proto Paintball Proto Matrix 8 (PM8) Price paid was for a used one. It has self-cleaning eyes which is very nice The UL frame is solid and comfortable, it also has all the modes that you would need for tourny play One of the few...
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: NJ
DircheBag has achieved Level 1 in PbNation Pursuit
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $200.00
Pros: eyes, UL frame, barrel
Cons: eyes, barrel, trigger, feedneck
Price paid was for a used one.

It has self-cleaning eyes which is very nice
The UL frame is solid and comfortable, it also has all the modes that you would need for tourny play
One of the few mid-level markers that provide a 2-piece barrel(which in my book is a plus)
The gun is fast, efficient (as spool-valves go), and accurate.
Looks slick!

The ribbon eyes kinda suck in that they are easy to break during maintenance.
Also the eye-pipe that is used (same as dm8) are fragile and only okay, they break easily (sometimes from just screwing a barrel where you would need to put an o-ring on the barrel to prevent this)
Although having a 2-piece barrel is great it is only okay
definitely want to upgrade to a clamping lever feedneck
trigger is a lil sloppy an upgraded trigger would be better

Overall the gun is great, it is accurate, fast, efficient and quiet.
Needs a few upgrades but out of the box it is solid. Comes pretty packed with alot of nice parts that were lost in the pmr and slg versions.

Highly recommended I love mine.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Proto Paintball Proto Matrix 8 (PM8) For anything looking to get back in the game on a budget of under $300, the PM8 is your gun! The PM8 is only 4 years old, yet the price has dropped a dramatic 75%. This thing still shoots ropes,...
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DooPA
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Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Long Island, NY
DooPA has been a member for 10 years
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $250.00
Pros: Cheap, High end
Cons: None!
For anything looking to get back in the game on a budget of under $300, the PM8 is your gun! The PM8 is only 4 years old, yet the price has dropped a dramatic 75%. This thing still shoots ropes, looks good and can compete with other markers priced over $1000.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
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