I honestly think the G5 is not as good of a marker as the previous G series from Dangerous Power. So if you want a good tip about Dangerous Power markers, read this.
The G3 is a much more quality marker for the price you will be paying for it when compared to other G series markers, as well as other markers in it price and end range.
Reason being for this is because Amazone ended up buying out Dangerous Power shortly after the G3 was produced. The orignal Dangerous Power guys made the Fusion 7 & 8, the Threshold & Rev-i, and the G3 & G3 Spec-R. Amazone made the G4, G5, E1, and Fusion X. Amazone produced Dangerous Power markers have many corners cut when put into production. They are made of much poorer quality aluminum and the electronics in them are also garbage. For example. On the G4, many of the eye covers end up snapping in half when tightened a little too much. This is because of the poorer quality materials used to make them as well as very poorly thought out tension points. The original owners of Dangerous Power knew what they were doing and had the customer in mind above all else. Whereas Amazone simply wants your money and tries to cut as many corners as it can to ensure they get the most out of your money, instead of you getting the most out of your money.
The G5 is made out of the same poorer quality aluminum. Moreover if you were to purchase an G5, you would really need to pray every night and before every game in hopes that the G5 bolt will not start rubbing/gouging out the breech. This has been a problem on more than one occassion and have seen it on a few forums. The bolt begins to rub the bottom of the breech and the metal starts be chipped away by the bolt because it is not properly seated. SO far there really hasn't been a fix for this problem. While the G-series markers and the G5 are very simplistic in design, the G3 is, overall, the best designed out of the bunch. It is made to take a beating and keep going. Moreover, the G5's internals are nearly the same, BUT a key factor is that Amazone decided to put a lip inside the chamber which has made TechT have to go to the drawing boards. They've gone so far as to say there'sd a possibility of them not even making a bolt engine for the G5... Very depressing.
Used G3s are going for as low as $75 in some cases. You probably payed triple that for a G5. That additional $150 you'd keep by purchasing a G3 can go towards an A.P.E. board or a TechT bolt engine. When these two upgrades are used in unison, tuned and worn in, it can easily shoot just like the high end spools you see the pros play with... And you'd be spending a fraction of the cost. For being an older marker than the G5, with those two upgrades it is leaps and bounds better than the G5. The only "nice feature" the G5 has going for it is the hoseless design... Not all that significant.
Most people complain about the G-series markers going down when 99% of the time it is from bolt stick. Either because they didn't clean off and replace the DP-40 lube, put too much DOW33 on the bolt, didn't know the difference between DOW55 and DOW33, or simply didn't know how to take care of it. The only other real issue is the solenoid, though not a big issue, is stillone I feel like needs to be addressed. The second-most problematic component with the G3(really any G-series marker) is the solenoid. The great thing is, is that you can service the solenoid yourself, super easy stuff compared to most other marekrs. AND if it came down to it and you had to buy a new solenoid. They are $35 new, pretty much a third or a quarter the price of most other marker solenoids.
This is all coming from a guy that has shot and owns several different high to low-end markers. The G3 is truely a diamond in the rough, you just need to know what you are doing with it and ignore all the assclowns who think DP is garbage, "just because it's a low end." Hater gunna hate always.
Hope this opened your, and possibly others, eyes a bit.
Aside from that informative post, other things you should consider getting if you haven't already is/are:
Barrel. This is the single most important part of the marker in my opinion. My personal preference is to bore match, it hasn't steered me wrong in 9 years of playing. I use a stainless steel freak kit with a one peice bob long 14" barrel that has been bored out to accept freak inserts. However, barrels like Disruptive and Lurker make excellent and cheap one peice barrels. You can buy 3 barrels that are different bore sizes for around $60. Hardly breaking the bank when you want better accuracy.
Carbon Fiber tank. I'm a smaller guy so I prefer to use a 50/45 stubby, but 4500s are lighter and offer more shots per fill than a 3000psi tank.
Good hopper. I see you have a Halo Too, that's a pretty good hopper. Heavy, but good none-the-less. If you look around, you can find aftermarket shells and components that can change the profile of the hopper(such as suicide shells) or convert it to take 9V batterys which is much lighter than those AAs.
Good mask. I never really liked the I4s because they leave too much of my face exposed for my liking. I mich prefer the Sly Profits. Very comfortable and the dual straps ensure it will never fall off your face. But that is just personal preference and my opinion. So don't think I'm forcing you to take a second look at masks. If you like it, you like it.
Good Pod Pack. If you plan on playing alot of games, or one really long game.It's nice to have a podpack that has cushioning on the lower back. depending on how many pods you carry, your back with thank you for it at the end of the day. Also depending on how you play, there are magnetic pod packs that are much quiter and last longer than velcro, which wears out over time as well as getting grass and other annoyances caught in it.
Good Pants. This is the single most important part of the apparel in my opinion. It doesn't matter if you are playing on turf or rocks. The padding on the pants make all the difference. Pants like Dye C-series, Empire, or PBRack Jet Pants are the best in my opinion because they have the padding and vents in all the right places.
Arm Pads. Depending on how you play, these may not even be needed. I've gorwn attatched to Empire arm pads, others swear by eclipse. at the end of the day, they all do the same thing, it's all about how much you're willing to spend.
Things like jerseys, kneepads and footwear are all personal preference and don't really qualify for a singular "go-to" answer. I rarely wear a jersey, usually just a T-shirt and my arm pads. Shoes are all dependent on where you play, i've never really had a problem playing in tennis shoes. From Oklahoma D-Day all day scenario, to speedball, always tennis shoes for me. Never worn knee pads, tried but didn't like them so I just pick pants with nice padding, problem solved.
Edited by AoSpades, 29 June 2013 - 02:55 AM.