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ithacaTCat Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
More than 5 years
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 98 -- Nice marker but doesn't hold a candle to this beauty.
Marker Setup: ICD Thunder Cat
12" J&J Ceramic Barrel
12" ICD Bushmaster Barrel
.45 grip w/ bottom line
Recommended
Upgrades:
Bottom Line / Drop
Barrel
Strengths: Reliability
Very tweakable
Weaknesses: Blowback design.
Trigger pull, compared to newer electronic markers.
Review: This is the low end marker of your dreams.

Reliability: Excellent -- Nothing in this marker is plastic except for the Delrin venturi bolt, but you can't really complain about that anyway.

Noise: Great -- the adjustable recock valve means you can tweak your 'Cat to the very minimum. I usually have it tweaked so finely that it won't recock unless it actually fires a ball. This way, I can minimize the noise output. Add to that a quiet aftermarket barrel and you've got one stealthy woodsball marker.

Cleaning: Field stripping is incredibly easy and requires two thumbscrews and a tap on the palm. Taking apart the rest of the marker is also easy with the right tools, but it's recommended to do that at home in a place where small springs can't hide.

Accuracy: I play with CO2 and mostly cheapo field paint, but it's as accurate as a blowback can be given those constraints. The adjustable blowback allows you to minimize recoil, improving consistency.

Price: CHEAP! also discontinued. Can be found on PBReview forums for $60 these days! Definitely buy if you see one available.

Rarity factor is also a bonus.
Conclusion: In these days of crappy plastic electronic Taiwanese markers, the ICD Thunder Cat is a breath of fresh air. Or it was, until it was discontinued. Anyway, if you find yourself with one of these markers, give it the time to read through the manual -- learning how to properly adjust the marker is critical. Without that prep, you could easily see a terrible day on the field. ICD is also a great company.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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