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wolftune Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
1 year
Products Used:
WGP autococker pump, Trilogy pump, Trracer Pump. WGP comes close in accuracy only.
Marker Setup: Palmers Cherry Pyre with Lapco Drop forward stock combo.
None needed but I suppose a sight is a possibility because of how accurate this thing is.
Strengths: Consistent (which, with practice, equals accurate), VERY well built, quiet (with ported barrel), looks
Weaknesses: None except price, but you get what you pay for in this case
Review: Types of Pyres:
First, there are 3 types of Pyres: the Ash, the Oak, and the Cherry. The Ash is just the marker with no barrel. The Oak has a 10.5" Palmers brass barrel. The Cherry has a 12" brass barrel (vented), is anodized, has a clamping feedneck, a stock, and a T-rod (on the pump handle) as well as an S-rod (2nd arm to stabilize the pumpstroke). The differences correlate to differences in price ($520 - $850). You can also upgrade all to your liking.

These are not simply Blazers with a pump kit (although that's a nice setup, too). The Pyre has a built in Stabilizer Regulator and, as an option, two pump arms.

I recently bought the Cherry Pyre. After using it many times in the yard and during 2 long days playing 5 on 5 in a woods/scenario setting (about 1,000 rounds), here are my thoughts:

These markers are very, very high quality. By that, I mean they are made of Aircraft Grade Aluminum and made and put together by hand at Palmers Pursuit shop in Sacramento, CA. It seems like the type of marker that you could run over with truck and it would keep on working (not that I'd try it).

It is obvious when you pick this thing up that it's different from most markers you'll see today. It just feels good in your hands. Solid, well balanced, tough, and, clearly handmade.

While all 3 Pyres look good, the Cherry is gorgeous. The anodizing is very authentic and high quality, as you might expect. The general look of the marker isn't slick, overproduced, or superficially intimidating. Instead, it looks like a well made piece of equipment that is about to take care of business.

Pump Stroke:
Like most good things, this marker actually improves with time. It has a break in period for the pump stroke and the regulator. I've already noticed the pump stroke getting smoother. However, right off the bat it is smooth and sturdy. Knowing that it will only get better is nice to know.

Trigger Pull:
Very smooth trigger pull. I like it because it's not so sensitive that you'd be likely to accidentally trip the sear, but it's very easy to make this thing shoot.

This marker is accurate. With a steady aim, it is possible to put ball on ball from 50'. I plan to clamp the Pyre to a vice to really test the consistency, but so far I can say that it is the most accurate marker I have ever shot (Autocockers, autococker pumps, an a5 with several different barrels, Ions, and an Angel). That being said, of course you need to invest in good paint.

Since it is a pump, there's even more player variability than a semi-auto because each time you pump, you inevitably move the marker a bit and have to re-align. Practice really helps improve pump play in general. I noticed my shots improving a lot as the days went by.

I will be testing this marker to actually put numbers behind it, but from my experience so far I'd say this is a very accurate and consistent marker. One game, I took out the 3 remaining players on the other team with one-shot kills.

EDIT 4/19/09
Just played again today for the 7th time with this marker. It only gets better. With my Armson Red Dot sight, I was nailing people from under 75' with one shot, even with very little exposed. I am very impressed with this marker.

Air efficiency:
Very efficient. With a 13 ci HPA tank, I was able to get about 200 shots. It shoots well down to just under 200 PSI.

This marker is quiet (with porting). Instead of a THWACK, you hear more of a PSSTT sound. It's quite possible to shoot one opponent and have other opponents nearby have no idea where you are (I've had this happen).

Field Stripping/Cleaning:
Very easy to clean if there's a break. All you have to do is remove the bolt (2 seconds) and you can run a squeegie through the whole body without removing the barrel. Bolt back in in 3 seconds and you're good to go.

Ability to play Stock Class:
Craig (at Palmers Pursuit Shop) is currently making stock hoppers that fit into most regular feednecks. With that and a 12-gram adapter, you're good to go.

Customer Service:
Pamers folks are straight forward and helpful. Let them know what you want and it's done. They are a pleasure to work with and they answer their phones.
Conclusion: The Palmers Pyre is a fantastic pump marker. If you are serious about pump/stock class play, this should be at the top of your list. It's accurate, well built, easy to maintain, and gorgeous. Finally, it's nice putting a face and a name on the folks that build your marker.
10 out of 10Last edited on Friday, June 19th, 2009 at 9:14 pm PST

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