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Paintball Museum Spotlight - Dye - Dave Youngblood Enterprises DYE Matrix

DYE Matrix

 

Manufacturer: Dye - Dave Youngblood Enterprises
Year: 2003

What ultimately ended up as the Dye Matrix started in 1994 as a conversation between machinist Lee Kirwan and paintball shop owner Mike Lukas. By the time the valve was patented in 1997 there was nothing else out there like it. They approached differed companies to make their guns, eventually settling on ProCaps. The gun was converted to electropneumatic and unveiled at Skyball 2000. It went through several revisions, namely to fix the terrible 1st generation bolt kits, and add low pressure regulators. Procaps sold them under the Diablo brand.

Eventually, most of production was moved to Generation-E Sports in New York, a division of Cousins Paintball. They sold the bulk of guns during 2002-2003, including several private label varieties. More revisions were made, including the addition of anti-chop eyes and an LCD board modeled after the one in the Angel.

In late 2003, Mike Lukas sold the patent for the Matrix to Dye, who quickly issued cease and desist letters to all aftermarket bolt manufacturers they felt infringed on their new patent. Dye also lightened the body a little, and changed the HPR and LPR to their own brands. The gun was sold until it was replaced by the DM4 (Dye Matrix '04) in 2004. Since then, every year Dye has unveiled a new model of DM that is slightly smaller or lighter. The valving remains functionally the same, though it did receive a significant overhaul in the DM4. In the original Matrix, all internal bolt pieces were separate. With the DM4, all were combined in what is known as the F.U.S.E. system. Since the DM4, all subsequent revisions mirrored this change.

Site Updates

08.11.14
Added some parts in the Misc. Item section. If you have more information or see something that should be added or something wrong with something added. You can send info for the Misc. Items to: vintagerex@gmail.com Just to take some of the burden off of Painthappy.

07.15.14
Many updates coming in the next couple weeks. Please keep the updated information coming in to: painthappy@gmail.com

05.27.14
War Machine and G and H customs updated

05.03.14
Links have changed, update your bookmarks. The old ones will still work (for now), but we are using easier to read URL links today and beyond.

04.21.14
Added Section 8 Paintball and the Darkstar (Nova Clone).

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