Originally Posted by skateandpaint
Ok so i want a decent marker for my kid brother to play speedball with me and the e1 seems really great for the price. I just want to know what is regular done to maintain the marker besides lubing the bolt and the hpr? is there anything else? if the gun is leaking can i access most of the o rings without taking the trigger frame off? ohh and is there an lpr on the marker or no?
any help would be appreciated..i really dont want him to shoot an ion lol
It sounds like you have looked into what marker to get before buying...
. I think the next step is to look into maintenance and parts availability - which you are trying to do now. First, check out the manual for the E1: Dangerous Power E1 Manual
. You can also check out the manuals for the other Dangerous power markers being suggested here: Dangerous Power manuals for downloading
As already stated, ANY marker will require maintenance of some sort if used long enough. Parts wear out and/or break over time. I understand your desire to get a new E1 with the thought of having this support from either the place you buy it or the manufacturer. However, you will likely find that some sort of warrenty, if even available, is going to be very limited and have a short time frame. Once that time is up (let's say 30 days), the E1 is just like any other marker bought used as far as coverage for issues/breakage.
Now to ansewr your questions directly:
Yes, you are correct in that the E1 is almost identical to a G3 but with less bells and whistles. Both will require maintenance of the bolt and backcap stem every time you take it out and possibly even once during a single day of play. The only o-rings you will not be able to access without taking the gripframe off are the solenoid o-rings. However, the solenoid will also need manitenance at some point so might as welll get use to having to work on the entire marker.
There is no LPR on the E1, only a HPR. The ASA is integrated on the gripframe (meaning if there is ever an issue with the ASA, such as cross threaded or stripped threads......you're going to have to basically get a new marker). The feedneck holds the hopper in place via 2 o-rings - usable but not very secure in some cases. Other than typical maintenance that any electropheumatic piece of equipment would require, there isn't anything "special" required for the E1 specifically. Maintenance is pretty much the same for ALL DP spool valve markers - from the REV-I to the E1. DP's poppet marker's maintenance is slightly different but all still require some, including the solenoids.
I think what others are trying to convey to you about getting a G3 or G4 may be that you get better bang for your buck but I'd just add that, particularly with the ASA, should anything break or get trashed down the line, it may be easier and less costly to repair. Cross threading the ASA on a tank reg would pretty much make an E1 a paperweight or hope that Dp has an entire gripframe available for replacement. If the same were to happen with a G3 or G4.....either a replacement ASA from DP or one of many aftermarket ASAs available will do the job.