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Chaffers Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
More than 5 years
More than 5 years
Products Used:
Fieldmaster, Bushmaster, Razorback, Black Widow, Bud Orr Sniper, Phantom, Apex Elite
Marker Setup: STP Silver with MDS bolt, Pred upgrades, MPM stock, J+J 14" and wrap around wooden grips.
I'd recommend a stock to get the best out of a Sterling, other than that just make sure you run on liquid and that the marker stays on liquid during the game (a few mods to the external hosing can help with this). Still a beauty straight out of the box though.
Strengths: Short, smooth pump stroke.
Rate of fire.
Weaknesses: Cost.
Temptation to bait phantom / sniper owners as second class citizens.
Review: My Sterling is more than 16 years old, older than many players around today, though it hardly has a mark on it. I used to happily carry it into tournaments of a decent level against tricked out Autocockers and Automags, the only time I felt as though I was at a disadvantage was in the rough where one handed operation and rate of fire are important. Whilst few would dial their markers above 290 I'd be happy if I was hitting 297 on the chrono.

Against other pumps nothing even came close to the Sterling. I owned a phantom for a couple of years and though nice I missed more games than I can remember with broken power stems. A bit like driving something nice but then upgrading to a Rolls Royce. It was after all just another nelspot.

Sniper's were the closest in terms of consistency but you could slam them off the field. Had a lot of respect for sniper players who could keep up without slamfire kits though, there were some good skillful players out there. Maintenance wasn't anywhere near as easy on the snipers. Good quality kit, just not quite as well designed as the Sterling.
Conclusion: If you can afford it, you should buy one.
10 out of 10

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