I have shot anything and everything. Been in the sport for a LONG time and fired basically every high-end marker there is to fire and in its day, the Bushmaster was everybit as good as the LCD Angels, Shoebox Shockers, and 100 times better than the Impulse. It puts out about 12 balls a second so it can still fling paint out there pretty good, but it does not compare to today's markers, simply because it is almost 10 years old and its a little out-dated. BUT, in its day, it was top-of-the-line and deserved a much better nickname than "the poor man's Angel".
Blue Bushmaster 2000 (sexy as hell!!!)
KAPP Reg Adapter
DYE Hyper 2 Regulator
DYE Sticky Grips
Chrome Drop Forward w/ On/Off
Lapco ICD to Autococker Barrel Adapter
PMI 88/4500 Low Pressure Nitro Tank
Redz Pepperstix Barrel Kit
HIGHLY RECOMMEND the DYE Hyper 2!!! Made this gun shoot beautifully again. Stock Reg is kind of weak but it does its job! Any good barrel kit. DYE Sticky grips make this gun look and feel like it should have from the factory!
Very gas effecient
Beautiful to look at
Not as fast as most electros today
Alright, the reason I am writing a review for a 9 year old gun is that I am loyal to companies that build quality products and ICD is one of those great companies. I bought the gun new on 6/23/2000, only reason I know this is the receipt is still stapled in the owner's manual! I used to play with this gun while I was on a team and take it to tournaments. After I got out of paintball for a little while I sold it to a buddy of mine and he used it a lot, and never took care of it or properly maintained it. It still looked good but there was dry paint in the gun, bolt was disgusting, stripped screws out of the grip frame, and it was leaking. Despite this, I bought the gun back from him because I knew I could fix it and honestly, I just wanted it back because after using the same gun for 4 years, I have grown quite attached to it as the gun never let me down once and everytime I put air into it, it fired. Even when I tested the gun out before I bought it back, in the terrible condition it was in, when I put air into it, despite everything, it aired up and fired!
The first thing I did in my restoration was take the gun completely apart, test out all the electronics, and thoroughly clean everything! Spent a full night doing this, and after I got everything all cleaned I left the gun apart and went to eBay! First thing I bought was a Bushmaster rebuild kit which was $8.00 and when that arrived I replaced all the o-rings in the gun and the stock regulator and aired it up and she was shooting great! But with today's reg technology I knew it could shoot better. So I took the stock reg off and noticed it is not screw in!!! It was the old-style reg (gun is 10 years old, not sure what I was thinking)! I shopped around on eBay for a while and found a KAPP Regulator adapter and got that for $40.00 and installed that on the gun. Then bought the best reg on the market, the DYE Hyper 2 for $35.00 and put that on and topped everything off with some new DYE Stickies that I got for $10.00!!! The gun looked beautiful with everything on it, that bright blue color has always made the gun look sexy, and still to this day, gets all kinds of compliments about how nice the gun looks! I put around $85.00 total in my restoration and the gun shoots better now than when it was new! Well worth it!
I have to say, after owning this gun for 7ish years, I still love it and enjoy shooting it! ICD made an incredible marker! This kind of build quality is rare in the paintball world, which is exactly why I am here writing a review about an outdated gun! This gun has been through everything, encountered every type of paintball game there is, been through every imaginable kind of weather, had countless cases of paint through it (cheap and quality paint), and after all that, it still fired. Even after being neglected for 2 years and abused the gun still worked when you put air into it. 9 years later all it took was a little bit of time and $85.00 to get the gun firing better than new! The electronics still function exactly like they did 9 years ago and the fact it can still reliably spit out 12 balls a second without chopping, thats beyond good in my book!
Throughout all the years I owned this gun it never broke down, not once. All I did was lube the bolt after every use and occassionally drop some oil into the the guts of the gun and cycle it a little. The only thing that went wrong with the gun was my fault. I put the bolt-pin in the wrong slot, it was dark out and I had been wanting to play paintball all day, so in my haste I put the pin in the back of the slot and it jacked up the hammer. So, under warranty, I sent the gun to ICD and had it back within 2 weeks and it was shooting beautifully again! 7 years without a single problem and all I had to do was 30 seconds of care after every use .... can't get much better than that!
Everytime I use the gun it rarely chopped! It does not have eyes, but the gun is fairly low pressure and its easy on paint. I have put every kind of good and bad paint through this gun and it fired it all like it was nothing! It is also VERY accurate when you have a good paint to barrel match (why you get a kit). It is not as accurate as my DM3 but it still shoots ropes and can almost put ball on top of ball!
The only real downside to the gun is it has a little bit of a kick, not like firing a real gun, but it does move a little, the trigger is kind of wobbly, and it does not have eyes. I actually have to look for downfalls to the gun but, if I were to be picky, these are the "problems" with the Bushmaster 2000.
Overall I am not sure why you would not want to purchase this gun as a tournament marker. It is outdated and slower than most of the guns today. BUT for recreational play ... I would still recommend this gun. It is an INSANE amount of fun to fire, very accurate with a barrel kit, gas effecient, and is of the highest build quality! After 7 years of ownership I still get excited about shooting it! This gun is spectacular and still performs well, even by today's standards! The reliability of this gun is second to none and I can't think of a single bad thing to say about this gun in all the years I have owned it and that is about the highest compliment you can give to a paintball marker! My Bushmaster 2000 is 9 years old, has been through everything, shot countless cases of paintballs, and yet, everytime I air it up, it performs just like it did when it was new! The highest of recommendations if you are in the market for a fun rec ball marker!
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 4:30 pm PST