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Dye NT 2011 Paintball Marker Review

September 19, 2011 by Cliff B. in Markers with 0 Comments

Manufacturer: Dye Paintball

Price: $1549.95 US

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The new Dye NT “New Technology” is nothing short of amazing. Dye pumps out great products and the NT 2011 is one of them. As usual, I have had the great pleasure to test one of these out and shoot some paint through it. I have one thing to say about it that sums it all up. Smile and nod. Let’s start this review off with some specs from the manufacturer.

Key Features of the 2011 DYE NT

  •   14 inch two piece Ultralite barrel with .688 bore
  •   Spool valve
  •   Low operating pressure of just 125psi
  •   Eye pipe with integrated detents
  •   Ultimate efficiency, 1500-1700 shots off 68/45
  •   Player performance and shooting comfort
  •   Ultralite airport
  •   Ultralite reach trigger
  •   2nd generation ultralite frame
  •   LED control with 4 fire modes and 40 ROF settings
  •   Hyper3 regulator
  •   Cam lock feed neck
  •   Tool-less sticky grips for quick access
  •   Contact pads for maximum comfort and grip

This gun rocks. Plain and simple. Dye has taken the best and made it better. I want to talk about the markers weight right now. The Dye NT 2011 is lightweight and easy to handle. As expected, the gun caused no fatigue while playing and was all around a quick marker to handle and move around. When you move around a bunker to shoot from different angles and sides, this marker is butter. Enough about the weight though. I think you understand.

The next thing I want to write a little bit about is one of the most important features of this marker. That would be the new spacer kit. The new spacer kit was genius. It basically allows you to decide how much volume of air you want in the chamber so you can shoot at lower pressures. What this means is that you can shoot the most fragile paint available and not break a single ball. This is important because as we all should know, the more fragile the paint, the less bounces and more wins. It takes some tinkering with to find out what you like and what feels right to you. But it’s fun and that’s why we all play paintball.

The redesigned rear spool bumper has many new things that really make this marker rise above. The new spool bumper reduces impact force, resulting in smoother operation. It also eliminates spool bumper failure and the possible spool stick. They also redesigned the solenoid manifold. The new features of this are listed below:

  • Modified airflow provides more consistent airflow to bolt kit
  • Creates back pressure to slow spool return and reduce impact force
  • Helps prevent foreign partials from damaging the solenoid coil
  • Slightly increased dwell helps improve velocity consistency
  • Maintains superior rate of fire

I shot close to 2 cases of paint through the marker. I didn’t break a single ball. The Dye NT 2011 comes with the eye pipe technology which means no more eye covers or taking shit apart. Just put your finger in the break and wiggle it a bit and pull out the eye pipe. Easy cleaning which is nice and a great perk for this marker.

The stock barrel on the NT 2011 is the 2 piece ultralite at 14″ and .688 bore size. This is almost perfect. The ultralite barrel is one of the best barrels money can buy and as such it belongs on this marker. In short, you do not ever really need to upgrade the barrel as it wouldn’t really classify as an ‘upgrade’. If you do choose to swap out the barrel, it would be for looks or personal preference, or even brand loyalty to a different barrel manufacturer. Personally, I would save my money and spend it elsewhere in the paintball world. Tournament fee’s can get expensive *hint hint*.

As with the DM’s and Rails, the Hyper3 regulator comes standard on the NT 2011 as well. Fine tuning and adjusting is simple. I didn’t really mess with it to much though. But as far as the Hyper3, would you really think this marker would come with anything else? For efficiency, I was shooting on average about 1550 shot out of a 68/45. That isn’t to bad. I would say it’s efficient. Keep in mind that your numbers could fluctuate a bit due to marker setup and temperature. Air expands when it’s warm and contracts when it’s cold, meaning less shots. I was shooting indoor with good temperatures.

I am a very picky person when it comes to triggers and I am hard to please. I found the trigger to be pretty good and I could actually shoot the gun without to much hassle. One thing I hate about markers is when you have a bad trigger, you have to spend half the game figuring out how to walk your trigger to get the most out of it. The trigger on this gun was easy enough for me, but as always, I have yet to find the perfect trigger. Sorry Dye. Most people may not have a problem with the trigger. Like I said, it is definitely shootable.

So all in all, this gun is near perfect. It’s lightweight, easy to shoot, fast, and has little odds and ends here and there that you don’t find on other markers. Also, it is possibly the most comfortable marker I have ever shot in my paintball career. I recommend this marker to anyone looking for the absolute best in paintball that money can get you. I am a Dye fan, so I may be just a bit biased, but once you shoot this marker, you will be also. So I’m not too concerned. If you are ready to take your game to the next level and start shooting pro guns, the Dye NT 2011 is your ticket there. Keep your guns up and keep paintball alive!


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