Dye Assault Matrix (DAM) Review | Best Woodsball Gun?

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The Dye Assault Matrix is the only paintball gun in the world that people can tell you its name before they even know what it’s called. DAM.

Okay.. All jokes aside, the Dye Assault Matrix (DAM) is by far my personal favorite paintball gun of all time. 


Not only does the DAM have that cool tactical look that I and other players love, but it also has the internals of a high end speedball gun that would be used in a tournament setting. The body of the paintball gun, however, is designed for woodsball and scenario paintball.

In this review of the Dye Assault Matrix you’ll learn everything you need to know about this paintball gun to help you decide if this is the right marker for you. Or you’ll decide to save your money and buy something much less expensive. Or even more expensive if you wish, your choice.

Anyways, I don’t want to waste any more of your precious time so let’s dive straight into this review of the DYE Assault Matrix.

First Strike Compatible

The first reason I love the DAM is because it’s a magfed electronic marker that’s First Strike compatible. If you’ve never heard of First Strike paintball rounds before they’re essentially a type of paintball round that’s designed for long-range and accuracy. The perfect paintball round for snipers.

So how do they work?

First Strike projectile rounds utilize small angled fins on the backside of the paintball that allow them to shoot up to 50% further than a traditional paintball and with even greater accuracy. You can watch the video below if you want a better idea of how they work.

Easily Switch from Hopper to Magazine

Not only is the DAM (read other reviews on Amazon.com) one of the only electronic paintball guns that utilize a magfed design, but it can also switch from magazine fed to hopper fed with the simple flip of a switch. 

The OTF (On The Fly) switch – as DYE calls it – is by far my favorite feature on the DAM as it allows you to unlock a new level of potential on the paintball field. One moment you’ll be able to shoot regular paintballs out of your loader at a high RoF (Rate of Fire) and the next moment you’ll be able to shoot First Strike projectile rounds out of your magazine. 

You can also load regular paintballs in your magazine if you simply want a little extra firepower when your hopper is empty. Or you can even ditch both the magazine and the hopper altogether and use the DYE Box Rotor instead. 

The Box Rotor is essentially a giant magazine with a Rotor built inside of it. The Box Rotor can hold up to 325 paintballs and sits underneath the DAM in the same position as the magazine. Thereby giving you a clear field of view over the top of the marker while also giving you access to a large quantity of paintballs. The best of both worlds.

Switch Firing Modes with Push of Button

The main advantage of the DAM compared to other magfed markers is its ability to shoot at a high RoF. 

But wait, it gets even better.. 

All it takes is the push of a button and you can instantly switch between three different firing modes of your choosing. The main three firing modes are semi-auto, three-round burst and fully automatic. But you can also choose to set your DAM to PSP or Millenium mode if you like, or even set a board lock-out if you want to play on a tournament field or in a firing-mode restricted area.

With the push of a button you can also increase or decrease trigger sensitivity, dwell and your RoF to anywhere from 10 to 30 BPS. If you really want to see something impressive though go ahead and attach a 20-round magazine of First Strike rounds and set your DAM to fully-automatic. 

Let’s just say that your life will never be the same again.

Tactical Frame Designed for Woodsball

While the DYE Assault Matrix may come with a lot of cool nifty features such as a First Strike compatible magazine and an OTF switch, the DAM wouldn’t be complete without its tactical MilSim body designed for woodsball. 

Unlike almost every other electronic marker in existence, the body on the DAM doesn’t come with a centerfeed design that’s used in a speedball or hyperball situation. Instead, the DAM comes with features that are used in a woodsball or scenario setting such as an offset loader, an ambidextrous magazine system and two interchangeable shroud sections with bottom and side Picatinny rails for the attachment of accessories. 

DAM box rotor with accessories
DAM with Box Rotor, Magazines, and other Accessories

Another useful feature for woodsball players (especially snipers/marksman) is the DAM’S competition-grade trigger that comes with an extra-wide face and vertical ridges to ensure you have a steady grip on the trigger at all times. You can also adjust the amount of forward and backward travel of the trigger to create the perfect amount of pull. 

In addition, you can also remove the DYE’s cam lock feedneck and replace it with the feedneck cover plate in its place if you want to go magfed only. Or as I like to call it, going full sniper mode. One shot, one kill.

Cleaning and Maintenance is Quick and Easy

Another benefit of the DYE Assault Matrix is that it’s extremely simple to clean and perform maintenance on. 

In fact, the DAM’s patent pending eye pipe practically cleans itself every time you fire the marker. This is because there’s an O-ring on the tip of the bolt that slides through the eye pipe and cleans off all the dirt, paint, grease and anything else that could be blocking the eyes.

The DAM also comes with a quick-release bolt system that can be unscrewed by hand, although I will admit that it sometimes can be difficult to remove at first so you may need an allen key to begin the process.

And last but not least, the DAM even comes with tooless access to the batteries in the grip – making your life that much easier.


  • OnTheFly Switch
  • Quick release bolt
  • Gas-through frame
  • Self-cleaning eye pipe
  • Inline Hyper3 regulator
  • Select Fire Technology
  • Dye Tactical Sticky Grips
  • Tooless access to battery
  • 14” precision honed barrel
  • Ambidextrous magazine system
  • Two 10-round magazines included 
  • Modular shroud with Picatinny rails
  • Competition-style single trigger frame
  • Removable lockdown clamping feedneck

Final Thoughts

Now that you know all of the most important benefits and features of the DYE Assault Matrix it’s time to wrap up this DAM review.

Okay.. I promise that was the last time.

Before you leave though, I want to make sure you’re absolutely certain that this is the best paintball gun for your budget and skill level. After all, the DAM is one of the most expensive paintball guns that you can buy. So unless you’re a woodsball/scenario fanatic or absolutely loaded with money, you’re probably better off buying something much more affordable. 

However, if you’re adamant about having the best woodsball gun possible then the DAM may just be your best option. The DAM also comes in a variety of colors and camouflage patterns so no matter who you are, I’m certain you’ll be able to find a DAM that matches your style.

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Woodsball player, magfed player, automag owner, paintball sniper. Have played woodsball and scenario paintball (on and off) since 2007 and still loving the game!


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