Manual to Pump??? I have decided to get into pump, but don't know where to start.
Posted 03 February 2010 - 08:42 AM
Posted 03 February 2010 - 09:05 AM
Posted 03 February 2010 - 03:53 PM
I'd suggest a CCI Phantom or a WGP Sniper platform to start out with.
The Phantom is going to be:
easier to swap/find parts
more configurable (stock class, open class, modified stock class)
but probably a little more expensive.
A Sniper is going to be:
more consistent (usually have a regulator)
cheaper (for a WGP brand one in the 1998-2004 range)
and most likely will be open class unless it's had some work done.
Now it comes down to two variables. Paint source and air source.
For paint you have stock class and open class.
Stock class is where you have about 10-15 rounds in a horizontal (parallel to barrel) feedtube on top of the gun. This is a much lower profile than a hopper but obviously will call for frequent reloads as you only get those 10 shots before you're out. You also will probably need to buy a new pack that holds 10 round tubes, as reloading a stock class gun from a regular pod is clumsy at best.
Open class is where you have a hopper on your pump. It's an easier entry level than stock class with a much shallower learning curve. Most pumpers use a 50-100 round hopper on their pump, which is usually plenty, unless you're in a really target-rich environment. You don't *have* to use a hopper that size, many people use a high end hopper like a Rotor on their pumps, and some just stick to their good ol' VL200. The downside to this smaller hopper is you'll probably want smaller pods (50 rounders are common) because the 140 round pods are clumsy again.
As for air, you have the option of using 12 gram cartridges or bulk air.
12 grams have the advantage of being über light, but you'll get about 30 shots on average with most pump guns, then you have to change a cartridge, which can be as simple as a flick of a lever or require a bucket to be unscrewed and then replaced. They also don't do well in the cold, so consider that. If you're buying a pump gun that normally uses air regulated down, you'll need to work in a regulator somewhere, which actually increases your efficiency. However, again, you'll probably want something other than pockets to carry your 12ies, they clink around like no other. Most stock class harnesses have provisions for them though. You don't usually see open class with 12ies.
Bulk air has the advantage of no fumbling or counting, and no changes besides to refill. You also get improved consistency and the ability to use HPA. Most fields offer air fills, whereas 25 12 grams from Walmart cost about $15.
I'd recommend an open class bulk air gun to start, then as you go on, move to modified stock class, which is a stock class tube with a bulk tank. I'd choose a Phantom for this, as you can change your setup in two thumbscrews and about as many minutes.
Hope that helps, hit up the Pump Discussion Thread if you have more questions. Welcome to the wonderful world of Pump.
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 12:10 AM
Phantoms always work. Always. However, the super-small paint can give them problems, because it's hard to get a .678" Phantom barrel- 'cocker barrels are more common.
If you're a broke college kid, get a used Phantom is my recommendation. You can resell it for about $10 less than what you paid, usually, if you wait for a good deal before buying. You'll never have a problem you can't fix. CCI sells detent rings to help handle small paint (electricians tape in the barrel works too), and a spring kit fixes any velocity problems. The rest of the gun is basically bulletproof.
Look for a 3.5oz CO2 tank if you want to run it vertical, or run a bottomline 9oz or smaller tank.
Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:08 PM
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