So, got looking at all those pretty Palmer's brass markers again... and decided to see how my budget is doing. Last May, I started working a summer job for 4 months ($18.33/hr) and quit before September to start University - as I started the Honours program (thesis for undergraduate degree), I have had no time for a job AT ALL. So, I made up a budget back in May to last me for a year (until next May)...
When I started, it wasn't so bad - I had about $150 a month to spend on whatever... but for those of you with girlfriends and lacking a field pass, you know that going out balling and dates is extremely expensive. I got hooked on the idea of pump early that summer, and so worked my butt off trying to get yard-work jobs to earn extra cash - I bought a VSC Phantom from Krazy8 and it is definitely my favourite so far (though I admittedly have yet to really get the Tac One out).
In October, I came across a Tac One Longbow/Qbow with a CF tank, etc - for $500 on Kijiji.ca. Now keep in mind, my budget had (at points) dropped to like $10 a month spending money - but I decided it was too good a deal to pass up so I found a friend that previously offered to buy my upped Dogleg 98c with Cyclone for $250, and got this fellow to drop to $450. I don't remember how I justified covering the rest, but it probably had to do with my extremely conservative original budget (ie. $1/L gas - it started at $0.80/L in May, but it's already up over $1) and GST returns, so I grabbed it.
I finally got it working (the Qloaders, the Xvalve, etc.) with a new 1200 psi output Ninja tank in January, but didn't get to adequately test it because my uber-short remote line choked it of air - at home, it fires just fine. I even used Christmas money to get an ASA and Empire Prophecy for ease of use in long games and for my girlfriend.
And recently, I thought of how when I was originally looking at getting a pump, I had first gone to Palmer's Pursuit Shop to see what they had - I had initially been drooling over the Pyres, but was dismayed by the price.
Now, a combination of a really cheap textbook list, my sister beginning to drive (and so being forced to cover half of the insurance - seriously, I pay over $800 for 6 months and she pays about $150), and me using the bus and penny-pinching everywhere possible (no, I didn't bum off my girlfriend
) ... I checked my budget over again.
I have $200 a month to spend ... after purchasing a Palmer's Super Stocker (with taxes, shipping, and insurance). I plan on ordering Monday - double vented barrel, and a phantom-style feed that I can fit into the stock feed. From what I see on other pages (ie. the Typhoon Nasty, I believe), it could take 3 months to build. I am REALLY looking forward to hefting some brass.
It just seemed opportune - hell, I even convinced my dad and my girlfriend (just months after getting 2 new markers ... and I've only gotten out a lot for 1 season...I started the season before but only got out 3 times). See, if I don't get it now, I won't have it for this season... (maybe), and I'd probably just waste the money on food and crap at school. I'm getting a tax return April-ish worth at least $1500, which I will save for moving out after my undergraduate. It's ideal because I don't dip into next years budget, and I don't dip into my savings for moving out.
(Mine will just be nickel-plated, not black powdercoated).
Question: Is double-vented going to mess up my efficiency THAT much?
Also, how badass would it look with aluminum/brass 10 round tubes in the cram-jam feed?
EDIT: Sorry for the biography
This post has been edited by cdrinkh20: 29 January 2011 - 09:23 PM