Proto making a statement with the Proto Matrix 6
review by Macky McCalla
|Stylish curves, smooth milling|
A list of the welcome additions put into the Proto Matrix 6:
• All new body that is absolutely stunning (ASA is no longer a separate piece)
• New grip frame contour matched to the frame
• Clamping feedneck (definite plus)
• New solenoid and its beefy, definitely up for the task of the rigors of paintball
• New bolt design, Proto has included the Low Pressure back cap
• Higher flow LPR
• Proto 2 piece barrel and very nicely done too
• New on/off ASA, self-purging that is easy to operate
• Break beam anti-chop eyes
• Something I liked, it included every Allen wrench you would need to perform maintenance on the gun
• Built in snatch grip on rear of trigger frame
• Dual ball detents
|LP back cap|
and snatch grip
“Unequaled quality, meticulous engineering and impeccable design are just a few of the reasons why Proto is the first name in paintball. The new Matrix 6 features jaw dropping body style, a new balanced on/off bottom line, adjustable clamp neck, a new lower pressure bolt kit, new and improved LPR, metal logo inserts and a two piece barrel system. With all of that we still managed to shave 1/3" off the height and 4oz. off the weight of the marker. We built the Matrix 6 with one idea in mind: to help put you at the top of the podium”~ www.protopaintball.com.
Let’s take it to the field and find out. As soon as I arrived at the local field I slap a 68/4500 Dye Throttle tank on and my trusty Boost Halo. I was walking up to fill my tank and wouldn’t you know five fellow ballers come up and asked, “Hey is that the new ‘06 Proto?”
I had to contain my grin a little bit; sometimes it feels good to be the one with the hot new product to show off. After passing the Proto around, I finally filled my tank and headed to the chronograph.
|E-heart of it all|
Accuracy was just plain ridiculous. At 40 yards (120 feet) all the groupings were pie pan sized tight. At full-auto the groupings shrank to fist size. At 15 yards (45 feet) the Proto Matrix 6 was ball on ball deadly accurate. The sound signature was also reduced from its predecessor; I would assume this is attributed to the new bolt. With a lower dwell there was no noticeable kick as the gun would cycle. With the aide of the anti-chop eyes, even at full-auto, the gun would not chop a ball.
I didn’t sit down to see what it’s gas efficiency was, but in one game I went through six pods and a hopper and still had air left to spare for a seventh pod. How much of it the gun would have shot is something I should follow up with later. Unfortunately, in my joy of getting to play with this new gun, I overlooked to check the gas efficiency. But 1100 plus shots off of a 68/4500 seems pretty good in my book since there is no need for 10 man back players going on the field with a case of paint on their butts.
My overall conclusions: Well it hasn’t put me on the podium yet, but it sure kept me out of the dead box. The Proto Matrix 6 is a gorgeous marker that takes everything about the 05 and kicks it up a notch. With an MSRP of $950 it definitely has the bang for buck appeal. I give this marker a big “Thumbs Up” as another great addition to the Matrix line of markers.
Trigger- 4 (adjustable)
Operation Type- Spool valve electronic
Barrel Thread- Autococker
2 Piece Proto barrel
Built in low pressure regulator
*All ratings are 1 to 5, 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest.*