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06-11-2009, 03:09 PM

New MacDev Marker: Tactical Drone

For years now MacDev have made high end markers for use in tournament paintball. The designers at MacDev have now made a new marker specifically designed for use in scenario paintball.


The Drone is CNC machined from solid Aluminium billets, without castings or cheap plastic parts, you will receive the same quality expected from MacDev high end tournament markers.

Pneumatic Drive

The Tactical Drone is based on a simplified, valveless version of the popular Droid marker of 2008, however it has enough changes to the drive system to make it a new design in its own right.

The pneumatic drive is fed by the next generation of inline regulator, the new Gladiator RX2. The new inline boasts industry leading flow, recharge, reliability and ease of maintenance.


The board inside the Drone is based on the Cyborg RX electronic platform, however programming and feedback is achieved via a chameleon LED housed in the rear of the grip frame. A powerful microprocessor achieves lightning fast firing response and allows the user to access fire modes and select fire options.

Limitless Potential

Add-ons for the Drone will give almost limitless combinations and customisation to your marker, the Drone is the perfect platform for your ideal scenario machine-gun.

06-11-2009, 03:16 PM
They don't mention it but this will be a mid-end marker. It is not the new Droid!

06-11-2009, 03:24 PM
oh god. BL, MD, please tell me PE will keep out of the mid/high-end milsim market.

06-11-2009, 03:28 PM
PE already entered it. They have that Desert thing.

Looks interesting, but I'd have to see an internal diagram before even considering it. I like the new Glad design, though.

XSiv Force
06-11-2009, 03:38 PM
every one is getting into the mil-sim thing now.....they definetly realized the market potential

06-11-2009, 05:20 PM
looks cool, I wanna see how it shoots

06-11-2009, 05:50 PM
any word on price? it looks like its got alot of potentual.

06-11-2009, 07:24 PM
I like it. Of course, it has to shoot good also. and b a reasonable price before I would even consider buying it.

06-11-2009, 08:10 PM
I'm going to guess it's probably going to cost around $500-750, given that it is a mid-range marker.

06-11-2009, 10:27 PM
Rough estimate is $550
It will be backwards compatable with the Cyborg OLED and grips as an extra!
Anyone on the Spyder forums can hit me up if your interested. I have a bunch of them coming. In fact we are going to rent them for fun and see what happends. James said this is the most robust design he could think of with only one moving part. There will be more info released soon!

06-11-2009, 11:21 PM
This one has the RX OLED board and the shift kit!
And with shroud removed

06-12-2009, 04:43 AM
lol nice

06-12-2009, 08:56 AM
nice but w/another shroud :)

slim and shady
06-12-2009, 10:05 PM

06-13-2009, 09:46 AM
nice but w/another shroud :)

There will be lots of accessories including other shrouds! :)

06-13-2009, 02:34 PM
Not much of a fan.. it looks like a Droid with rails.

06-13-2009, 08:01 PM
Looks pretty cool. I would use it for speed ball.

06-16-2009, 03:05 AM
i read "tactical drone" and said to myself "i bet it only has rails"

guess i was right.

06-16-2009, 04:53 AM
lol nice

Ever wonder why so many people use "lol" when there isn't anything remotely funny? Threw Ferret under the bus here for my example :D

I know nothing of MacDevs but it looks like a speedball gun with rails.

06-16-2009, 12:49 PM
El oh el.

06-18-2009, 06:53 AM
looks like a speedball version of the sp1

06-18-2009, 07:08 AM
El oh el.

06-18-2009, 07:12 PM

06-18-2009, 08:29 PM
There will be lots of accessories including other shrouds! :)

from bob long? how do you know? i hope so it will be BAD ASS like stock and stuff :)

06-18-2009, 08:33 PM
i read "tactical drone" and said to myself "i bet it only has rails"

guess i was right.

Cmon people , just put in a stock, shroud and sight and you will have a true tactical gun

06-18-2009, 08:40 PM
how do you know?

He's got connections ;)

06-19-2009, 12:04 AM
from bob long? how do you know? i hope so it will be BAD ASS like stock and stuff :)

Where did Bob Long come into it? This is MacDev, a much better company (simply based on product).

06-27-2009, 06:25 AM
Where did Bob Long come into it? This is MacDev, a much better company (simply based on product).

o sorry, I was thinking on a intimidator ATM lol I meant MacDev:rolleyes:

07-24-2009, 12:24 AM
I can tell you there are several shrouds an adapters to fit current model tip 98 stocks and A-5 stocks, and maybe a few other interesting things. Md did have their own stocks made as well. I can also tell you that there is a new short stubby shift kit coming out since a bunch of our guys like loud obnoxious guns. If anyone is interested contact me as pre-orders have now begun. I also have most of the first batch coming to me :) Not into the scenario style guns with rails..............might want to wait a bit more :)

$550 is MSRP

Spyder forum members with 250+ posts.............may be allowed a discount :)

07-24-2009, 12:48 AM
Timber, what about members with 5K+ posts? ;)

07-24-2009, 09:31 AM
I think you'll qualify.................I've got another deal for you guys! Somthing totally new and different from our shoe sponsors! Maybe I could just throw in a free pair of shoes with purchase................LOL

07-24-2009, 09:33 AM
Oh why not a newer pic?


08-12-2009, 10:58 PM
Just an update...................there was a delay thanks to the solenoid people. Those people are no longer producing the noid for this marker and a new one is going in. This gun will also be showing off something new and unknown that will be the envy of every marker out there ;)

08-13-2009, 01:25 AM
A bottle opener??? A thermometer??? Electronic FPS control??? Electronic pressure control??? A game timer???

Oh... wait... all those have been done already... Is MD releasing this by the next major woodsball event (whatever or wherever that might be)?

08-13-2009, 07:00 AM
We are about 3 weeks out! At least for my batch...............not sure how many will come in first shipment but I should have a couple available then.

09-21-2009, 03:29 PM
Here's a review by Krazy8:

Krazy8 Sep 18 2009

Thought I would start a thoughts and observations thread. Let you know what I think of the Drone as I progress through some tie with one.

Thursday afternoon a box from MacDev USA arrived at my office.

Start yelling now....I have pictures on my phone and no way to get them off the phone! Pic later.

Anyhow. The box had 6 new Drones inside.

First impression is pretty darn good.
The gun comes in a vacume molded semi hard case. Zip it open and the first thing you see dead center is the gun itself. The barrel is above it.
Inside of the lid is egg crate open cell foam, and the foam around the gun and accesories in al cut closed cell and very ridged foam. Great protection for the thing.
Also in the case is a small container of Malitia lube, a BBD, a full set of MacDev ball head allen keys and a small bag containing commonly lost parts! Detents, grip srcews and a few orings. Honestly I was surprized due to the price of this gun.

Pull the Drone out and the first thing you notice is the illusion of wieght. It looks heavy...I assure you it is not.
The grips are solid and feel very nice.
Power botton is easy to push with gloves on.
The power light is totally hidden from sight while you are holding the gun making night play in scenarios a bit easier..no more hunting for electricians tape!
And the select fire button...push and hold for one second and you are in three round burst from semi...do it again...full auto...one more time and you are back to semi. So full to play with!
The trigger frames looks to be the same used on the RX...I will compair later and decide for sure.
The trigger it self is modeled after the RX...a nice sweeping blade that has angled egdes to compliment the theme of the overall design. Trigger pul and return is set moderatly and the spring tension is right middle of the road. There is no adjustment available for the trigger. If you want it different...put in a Droid or Cyborg trigger.
But the trigger feels good to shoot and can easily be walked at high rates of fire.

The spacing from the trigger guard to the reg is a bit shorter than previous MD guns but still comfortable to hole.

The trigger frame is just mounted far enough foreward so the body itself acts like a snatch grip...making holding the gunor handing it off to someone comfy while in the staging area.

The barrel shroud really looks good! I really want to put a short barrel in there and have the Tec9 look!
The barrel shroud and feed neck are clamp ons that have a compression colr to hold them in place with a single cap head screw each. Clean looking and the removal of either is easy while not damaging the dust finish of the gun.

The one piece barrel threads are polished and easily tighten into place. The barrel itself is milled to meld nicely with the shroud.

"You can get the Drone in any color you like...as long as it is dust black!" That was told to me directly from the owner of MacDev Dianne King. give a good LOL moment to hear her say it withthe Aussie drawl!

The milling is all done to highlight the tactical aspect of the gun. It looks superb. Yes there are milling marks, but they just seem to flow with the direction of the gun...like it was done on purpose. :ninja:

So I was pleased.

Then the real joy set in....I put on a tank and shouldered it.

Wow. Smooth, solid feel. Just comfortably rests there without thought.

I shot a tank of air through it last night between myself and five friends...in all modes. Running around the house and yard peeking around corners while giggling like girls.

I am excited to shoot it tomorrow in our Cancer Charity event.

I will post up and let you know what I think as well as post up pictures when I can.

Krazy8 Sep 18 2009

Handed another Drone out to a happy team member again tonight...more air shot in the back yard....more smiles that dislocate your ears!

I took the time to compair the guns. The Drone feels great, but when I pulled the wifes Droid out of it case it felt a whole lot lighter. I was kind floored, cause when I first grabed the Drone I noted just how light it felt.

So off to the kitchen I go! Grab the scale. Run to the rec room...grab the guns...dog heads for the closet to shiver.
What I got actually tossed my brains in a pan and scrambled my judgement!

RX Cyborg 34 ounces = 2.13 pounds
Droid 35.5 ounces = 2.22 pounds
Drone 37.3 ounces = 2.33 pounds
'07 Cyborg 39.3 ounces = 2.46 pounds


I need a nap.

Krazy8 Sep 19 2009

Shot the Drone all day today.

First impressions were right.
The gun shoulders quick and smooth.

I found it to be a very good intuitive shooter. I had many one ball shots that I was just seeing if I could....and did.
Snap shooting is quite nice. balance is great.

I did a air consumption test during the day.
68ci tank, 4500 psi fill allowed to cool then refilled. I fgure I got pretty close to 4500 actual.

I used Dye loclids to count my paint so the numbers are going to be +/- 20 or 30 I am sure.

I shot 10 pods. So...1500 rnds on a fill!
I fired in all modes during that tank of air.
starting at around 2000 psi I started to notice shoot down after a long strings of full auto. But shooting on three round burst with a slight puase the shoot down did not occure.

The last two pods I shot at the chrono knowing I was close to the end.
Shots stayed a consistant 280-285 until the very last bit of the tank. The last 20 shots the chrono droped to 260-263...then it just stopped!
No studer, no major loss of chrono. My last shot was 262 and then it did not cycle again!
Kinda caught me off guard!

Overall, I would say buy this gun to anyone.
Every person who had the chance to shoot the gun was smiling after the fact. In fact, allowing a player to shoot it...sold one. He will pay me when the banks open!

09-21-2009, 03:32 PM
His comparison pics:







09-21-2009, 03:34 PM
Action Shots:





09-21-2009, 03:36 PM
One more add in from K8:

Krazy8 Sep 20 2009

I used three barrels during the day.

I started out playing with a 12" HammerHead MoFo shooting a .688 stainless back. That is what is in the first action shot.

Oh...one cool little feature. THe front ring on the shroud unscrews and can be removed so you can use barrels with bigger back thanthe stock....back to my testimony....

I then switched out to an original short HammHead Shark Tooth. Loud and proud baby! At a total length of 4 5/8" the tip of the barrel stuck out past the shroud just a bit under an 1"!
I lost 30 fps just changing to the tiny barrel and the increase in velocity to 285 made the thing kick pretty good and have a substantial amount of barrel climb under three round burst or full auto.

And yes I did spend over half a case with just the stock barrel. It is quieter than all the rest. Bore seems to be .689. It is not marked but the paint I was shooting with a .688 still fit good and couple that with MacDev releasing their previous guns with .689 I thought it was a logical conclusion to jump to without a set of calipers.
It performed veryvery well.

The Shift kit kept the same sound signature of the stock barrel but actually reduced the recoil of the Drone vs the stock barrel. Now I did not shoot the shift in game...but Ronin58 giggled a bit while unloading two pods of paint at a poor helpless cluster of trees in each of the select fire modes.

And I must correct my shot per fill on my 68ci tank. Iceman made me count a full Dye Loclid pod.
Tuens out a Dye pod hold 158-160 rounds of paint! So the shots per fill jumps from 1500 to 1600.

1600 shots per 68/45....yeah that works for me.

09-21-2009, 03:43 PM
For those that took the time to read that long winded review............almost reminds you of Vike's doesn't it? I myself haven't shot the marker yet as they came in last Thursday and I have been out of town. But there is one more thing we are rather excited about that has been kept a secret and can now be released. In fact I'm pretty sure it hasn't been mentioned anywhere at all on the internet as of this post!

As some of you know in 07 MD had a solenoid problem in which they tested and used a solenoid and then they were shipped out a solenoid that looked the same but was not identical and they had issues with them. They replaced them all at no cost to the purchaser's. Now when the Drone went into production they faced an identical situation. So after 2 months of research.............the Drone now contains an MD created and designed solenoid. It is the culmination of 2 months of R&D and has better specs than an noid out there. The best part....................wait for it.............it's completely rebuildable. No more $120 solenoids! MD techs can service and repair a solenoid for just the cost of a couple of small parts!