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mattpace Sunday, May 27th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
CCM 2k+ Sniper kit (install and play)
WWA Premium 2k+ kit (only played)
WGP 2k+ Sniper Kit (install and play)
Marker Setup: for this, 2k3 Autococker converted with a hooptie kit, J&J Ceramic 1 piece barrel
Strengths: Super Cheap, Super easy installation, aluminum pump handle.
Weaknesses: Only one guide rod allows twisting, grinding before break-in period
Review: Their website rendered horribly in Safari, Firefox, and Seamonkey, but I needed a pump kit, I needed a big one, and I needed a cheap one. So I ordered anyways. Shipping was awesome, the rate was spot on fair, and the item shipped either the day I ordered or the day after. The man in charge emailed me right away too telling me it would ship ASAP, so communication was great.

It arrived well packaged. One pump handle, one guide rod, and one pump rod. Installation was a breeze, removing the front block sucks because all your pneus get in the way (I wanted to leave the hoses intact), but that's irrelevant, and has nothing to do with the pump kit. The guide rod is annodized aluminum, and comes with an O ring attached to seal against your marker. The end of it is flattened so a crescent or adjustable wrench will grab right onto it. I slapped some grease onto the O ring and threads for a little extra sealing power, threaded the rod in which went incredibly easy, and said, "Wow, I am kind of disappointed. I was hoping to have to do a lot of work to justify having a beer right now". I had a beer anyways. Then, the pump rod threads right into the pump arm, and into the back block. They use the same threading, so don't bother trying to orient the rod. I put some teflon tape on mine, but that wasn't necessary at all, it didn't wiggle or anything without it. I don't even know why I did that, haha.

Anyways, pump stroke is decent. If you're a twister, you may notice that it only has one guide rod. Like WWA economy kits, vendetta economy kits, and WGP kits, it is prone to twisting. The pump handle is solid aluminum, which feels pretty heavy. I don't mind, but some will. I prefer the feel of aluminum over the feel of plastic, so I find it worth it, especially since I don't wear gloves. The pump is long, which I really like. It's pretty nice, since I have somewhat big hands. The pump stroke grind a little bit, but like any points in a marker where aluminum rubs, I fully expect it to have a break in period. I have been pumping it quite a bit lately, and it's definitely improving (although now the guide rod's anno is starting to wear a little, but it looks cool, a nice kind of gray color with super thin lines). I drop 2 drops of gold cup on the rod when I am playing a game, to smoothen it out, and leave it bare aluminum at home, to increase the rate at which it breaks in as a I practice around the house. The kit is really simple, and would be really easy to adapt a custom pump handle to.

I am not the pump return spring type of person, but the pump handle's hole for the guide rod is deeper than the rod, and the perfect width for either a cocker or nelson hammer spring. This means you can have the pump return spring in there without it showing externally, which personally, I find to look uncool.

Problems:

With my J&J barrel, which is pretty wide at the base but tapers down, it does scrape near the end of the pump stroke. I put a nelson valve (not hammer) spring inside the pump handle, which prevents me from pumping back that far. The result is I can still pump far enough to cock the marker, plus a little more, but not enough to nick my J&J barrel. This is probably just an issue between these two, and not likely to translate into many other barrels. The fix was incredibly easy. Any phantom dealer can get you a valve spring for very cheap if you want to do exactly what I did, but I am sure there are other springs or objects you can toss down there.

Overall:
Very good kit for the price. Fairly smooth, but it's definitely getting smoother as I break it in. A little heavy, pump is a little narrow, but I think ALL pumps are a little narrow, so that doesn't count for much. It's actually about the same width as most other pumps, 1.5" across. Nice and long, looks sleek.

You can also get it re annodized to match your custom sniper, which would look really cool.

If you're looking for the smoothest of the smooth, you shouldn't be looking at $30 kits, go look at the CCMs or the Deluxe Vendettas or WWAs. If you're looking for a large kit that works great and is cheap, then look no further!


Picture with a 14" barrel:
http://threehundredfps.com/aqua_scummm/pictures/current_mark
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Conclusion: Awesome if you want an aluminum pump handle, which is especially handy to have it match annodized to your custom marker. Otherwise, a mediocre pump kit at a killer price, sub $40 shipped in general gets you a pretty decent pump kit, great customer service, and more. A little twisty due to the single guide rod, but no worse than a phantom, WWA economy, WGP economy, or Vendetta economy kit.


Can't beat the bang for the buck
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, June 9th, 2007 at 12:38 pm PST
 

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