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jcaragay Saturday, January 17th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
More than 5 years16 of 29 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Carter Space Gun, Desert Duck DD68, Min-Sniper, LineSI Bushmaster, VSC Phanton, Nelspot 007, PGP and a few others.
Marker Setup: Custom built Carter Buzzard features custom wood/corian grips, polished aluminum and anondized black finish. Stainless body and internals with anodized aluminum ported barrel. Rear mounted twist release CO2 and a removable combination aluminum/pvc horizontal feed that can be converted with a direct feed receiver. This Buzzard was one of the markers that won the 1994 Canadian Stockgun Championships and was featured on the cover of Action Pursuit Games in 1993.
There are no upgrades to recommend. It is perfection.
Strengths: Razor sharp accuracy, gas efficiency, range, master craftsmanship.
Weaknesses: If price is a key issue you do not deserve this.
Review: In the twelve years or so that I have been playing, I've had the opportunity to play around with some great markers. And let me say that the Phantom and a number of others are fine pieces of work. But what we are talking about here is a masterpiece.

The Carter product is not for every player. The cost compared to the rest is considerable. I know players who saved and saved and saved and then waited an equal amount of time waiting and hoping that Earon would make them a marker. But the result was always immaculate and the shots incredible.

I've had my Buzzard for about ten years now and it has performed like no other marker. Still razor sharp in accuracy, the valves are smooth and gas usage is efficient - it is common to get about 27 solid shots from a 12 gram CO2 cartridge. Barrel is extremely accurate and forgiving and will shoot just about any paintball manufacture with predictable and consistent accuracy and distance.

While the weight is definitely more than say a Phantom, it is not prohibitively so. I find it the right combination of weight for accurate sighting and shooting. The Buzzard does not need a red dot or any kind of optical sight. It demands that you work with it on a regular basis to learn it's character and manual sighting becomes second nature and more accurate than an optical sight.

Workmanship is unparalleled. Each part is hand-made, hand-machined and each marker hand-assembled. There is no equal to a Carter Machine product.
Conclusion: I read through the other reviews before writing the conclusion and I have to say that Blacksheep and the Unregistered User don't have a clue. Quite simply, they used the Buzzard for "test" purposes. They have no understanding of the workmanship or the quality of the marker - nor have they actually used the Buzzard in competitive play.

Like I said above, the Buzzard is not for everyone. Just like a Ferrari isn't for everyone. You can just as easily get by with a cheapo 350Z or Honda. A Carter is about passion and commitment to the craftsmanship and to the sport.

The rest is just fodder.
10 out of 10

Review Comments
worldtraveler Saturday, January 17th, 2004 | 11:10 am PST
Just registered, so you can do a spiel on this pump...

coyote Monday, February 2nd, 2004 | 11:54 am PST

If you are questioning a reviewers integrity then have the stones to do just that. Don't do it on suspicion based on their registartion date. That doesn't prove a thing. We all had a first review or post at one time or another.

ZWCoolkid Saturday, January 8th, 2005 | 3:12 pm PST
And, unlike SO MANY OTHERS, he actually used spellcheck and can obviously write reasonably well.

Crossfire426 Wednesday, August 17th, 2005 | 7:24 pm PST
every review here makes me feel bad that i just bought a phantom. You guys make the buzzard look so kool.

u2cool4me666 Thursday, January 19th, 2006 | 7:53 pm PST
stupid phantom now i really want a buzzard.

somnambulated Friday, March 17th, 2006 | 10:36 pm PST
Like I said above, the Buzzard is not for everyone. Just like a Ferrari isn't for everyone. You can just as easily get by with a cheapo 350Z or Honda. A Carter is about passion and commitment to the craftsmanship and to the sport.

So what kind of car do you drive? Since the Nissan Z is just a cheapo, throwaway car, you must have something really nice, right?

1bullet1kill Thursday, July 13th, 2006 | 7:29 pm PST
where do you buy one? I can't find one anywhere!

*DASH* Monday, March 5th, 2007 | 8:11 am PST
You write well, but I have never known a paintball review to be a place where one puts down other members, or discounts their reviews. Until your conclusion, the review was great. I recomend that you leave the other reviews out of it. What you said in the conclusion makes this review VERY subjective, and hence, I'm not impressed. I'm sure the Carter Buzzard is an excellent gun, so just say so and leave it at that.

TippmannCCI Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 | 7:17 pm PST
i agree just because someone owns a Phantom and not a Buzzard doesnt mean they arent commited to the sport.

Quickbeam Sunday, April 13th, 2008 | 2:27 pm PST
"If price is a key issue you do not deserve this."

This is a very ignorant statement. Are YOU prepared to decide what the rest of the paintballing community does or does not deserve?

VibePower17 Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 | 4:19 pm PST
So I'm paying an extra $250 because I love the sport? I'd rather just by a VSC Phantom and get it custom anno'd. I'm sure performance wise this gun is very similar

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