The CORE Sharc is the most feature loaded entry level marker on the market today. From its tournament level barrel to a complete Co2 improvement system you'll notice the attention to detail put into this marker and appreciate its consistent delivery on the field for years to come.
The CORE Sharc is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
It looks great. I think it looks better in blue if you are thinking of buying it. Also it is very gas efficient and saves alot of money. Also the sight rail is great as it looks class. It is accurate and shhots well.
Not much exept the lack of upgreats available.
Buy it. Its all you want in a paintball gun it looks great, it is accurate and shoots well.
Tippmann rentals obviously cruddy
-double, even triple feed possible
-Green to Black fade 2003 Core Sharc
-200 round PMI hopper
-Clear PMI elbow
-12 oz tank
-ACI Combo barrel
-DYE metal trigger frame
-DYE black sticky grip
-Spider trigger frame
-metal trigger frame
-new barrel (as with any gun)
-sights are worthless, don't get one
-the price is cheap
-looks very cool
-perfect for beginners and intermediate players
-a slanted feed (I hate vertical feeds)
-a pretty good stock barrel
-a fairly nice air efficient expansion chamber
-better and less expensive than most Spiders
-easy to disassemble and clean
-very light (especially with a 12 ounce tank)
-there are a lot of O-rings which only means more care
-some of the O-rings are small and I have no idea where to get them, but I have enever had a problem with them
-the O-rings between my fore-grip (expansion chamber) and my gun, It took some time but I found that if you double up a normal O-ring it works fine.
-the spring that it comes with it very tight, you may need to come a few pieces of the spring
-not much else, it is really a great gun
The o ring stuff about this gun is not a big deal, it really is very worth the money. The bad parts i explained are nothing. This gun is cheap, looks awsome, and is much better than most Spyders. You can upgrade ANY part of your gun with Spyder parts, so upgrading is not a big deal at all. This is a great gun, and I am going to continue using it for a long time.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, January 28th, 2005 at 5:08 am PST
Spyder, Piranha, F4, Raider, Raptor, Rebel, Joker, Inferno, Tippmanns, Cockers, Mags, Angels... just about everything
My old faithful Bob Long Cocker, with some custom milling and anodizing. Freak barrel, ANS Genx reg, Shocktech 3 way and valve, recently added a WGP swing trigger, have quite a few other small things. Also have my reliable old Spyder original that I've had since the beginning of Spyders. Decked out as well of course. Then there's my Phantom...
Motorized hopper, barrel, regulator
relatively cheap, descently upgraded entry level marker. I do think some of the improvements that have been made make a big difference. There is a drop forward instead of that rediculous drop back, made the rear cocking bolt a single piece unit, added the vertical adaptor block with low pressure chamber, finally counted the sight rail on well.
Not a lot of room for upgrades, more attention needs to be made to assembling, but what can you expect from a gun from Taiwan, so tighten and oil everything up.
Nice improvements over the older model, definately showing signs of some thought being put into it now. Good for someone who doesn't want to spend a ton of money because they know they might only play every month or every other month. Over all not too bad of bang for the buck
The basics; Spyders, Tippmans, JTs. Considerably better than the first two, more even playing field with the JTs, difference not as noticeable, but the Core is cheaper.
Just a 200 round hopper, a 32oz tank (I think thats what it is), and one of those fancy goggleskinz for my lens (dirt-cheap and they intimidate less experienced players)
Possibly a barrel, but before that a new bolt. Best stock barrel I have ever seen, quiet and accurate. I haven't seen uber expensive guns with stock barrels though.
Rear-cocking, huge exansion chamber
Shiny sight mount which is blocked by the angled ball feed. Trigger guard.
Has a solid feel to it, if that makes any sense. It is not a feather weight, but it will not slow you down. It is quiet stock compared to other markers, but it won't allow you to take out a group without them knowing where the shots came from. I had only one problem, but it was fixed. This marker is like a baseball glove; the more you use it the better it gets. It has a break in stage, but once past it it molds to your playing style. The barrel is very accurate for stock. I managed to hit a tree's trunk from the hip, diameter no more than 2 1/2 feet at base, from the roots till it ended from about 30 yards away. The tree was about 30 ft tall.
As you have heard before, the expansion chamber does leak a little but you can fix that. I have issues with the trigger guard. Maybe they thought the player's trigger hand had one of Mr. T's rings on their middle finger? It juts out and pokes your left hand (for righties) and keeps you from getting the most comfortable grip. That is a petty complaint, but I have to because it is one of the few. The chrome barrel and sight mount (which is useless) aren't that serious, as most players aren't that worried about being hidden to worry about it.
Possibly the best sub $100 dollar gun you can find ( I think they got that low), but it will have to be pre-owned. I haven't tried out the 03' edition, but I can only imagine good things coming from it also. For an intro level marker, and for the price range (when it was new) I give it a 9.5; but compared to EVERY marker out there, a respectable 7.5. Until they make bullet shaped rounds, I won't give a 10, because I like accuracy over hailstorm of fire.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, July 5th, 2004 at 5:03 pm PST
blue 2003 core sharc
14 in empire twister barrel
20 oz co2 can
maybe a new barrel, although the stock is okay and will do
easy to clean
good stock barrel
long trigger pull
the bolt pings
This gun is very good. The stock barrel is an avrage barrel and no paint breaks in it. If paint breaks it is because you short stroked or because the bolt hits the ball too hard. This gun worked perfectley in the first 5 games i played with it. In the 6th game the bottom part of the expansion chamber flew open and co2 started pouring out. I could not pry it off so that I could replace the o-ring, so i sent it back to Paintball express to get it fixed, when I got it back It was perfect once more. This gun comes with all of the upgrades needed. Make sure that before you play that you OIL ALL OF THE O RINGS. Also I am not bashing tippmans, this gun worked for me and a tipman did not.
get this if you are a begining to intermediate player, it sucks for woods ball because it is all chrome, super swirls suck with it
9 out of 10
Last edited on Saturday, December 27th, 2003 at 5:29 pm PST
tippmann pro/carbine, tippmann 98 custom, a few spyders
green to black fade 2003 core sharc
200 round PMI Hopper
Clear PMI elbow
Im thinking a 14" barrel although the stock 12" isnt bad at all
looks totally tight! its light. good solid feel. comes already upgraded for no extra cost.
kinda flashy/chromy for woodsball
A good beginner/intermediate gun. very accurate and hasnt chopped ball yet. if you buy it take it apart and lube all the o-rings and tighten things up and after that you will be winnin games. perfect drop forward. almost balances gun perfectly with 20oz tank. i am over all completely satisfied with this gun for $99 and even got my friend to buy one. great gun for price!
if you are on a budget or maybe not. this is a good cheap marker that is very Co2 effecient, its tight lookin and affordable! buy this gun!
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, July 19th, 2004 at 2:45 pm PST
I used a Brass Eagle Tiger Shark...I can't really compare the two, though.
CORE The Sharc with everything it came with, except the sight rail. 20 oz CO2 tank, 200 Viewloader Hopper, PMI gun oil, PMI Universal hopper elbow.
Nothing really. I've never even tried a different barrel.
Appears to get better with use, uses CO2 wisely, can turn velocity above legal limit.
Poor shipping and I received an incorrect manual in the mail.
The grips on it are a different shade from the green that I got, and they look dorky, but who really cares? The stock 12" barrel is awesome. The gun doesn't field strip really fast, but if you are like me, you'd rather it stayed together in the field while playing. A bolt needed tightened right above the expansion chamber when I got it. For the people that the expansion chamber leaked air, it probably wasn't the chamber, it could have been this bolt that you can find inside the area the expansion chamber screws into. With all the pain that this gun brought me at first, the way it works now makes up for it. I just needed to experiment with it, and find little things that make the gun work better, like a good cleaning every time you use it, something other than Brass Eagle paintballs, and PATIENCE. The gun hasn't given me a hassle since 3 months after I got it, which makes 9 months of fun after that. Delivering the upgrades with the gun is a good idea. (Drop forward, low pressure chamber, expansion chamber, etc), they just need to be put together more carefully by the manufacturers. I got a 2 year warranty with the gun for $30, so I can get a part replaced if it quits on me. The invisible bolt action is something I had never seen before until I got this gun. The bolt is a little hard to cock now, it must just need worked more often. If your cocking mechanism gets rusty like mine, you shouldn't need to cock the thing again unless you run out of CO2 or something else goes wrong. Just cock it before the game starts, no big deal. The sight rail that the gun came with was kinda dumb, I didn't like it, so I just took it off. Why do you need a sight rail for a paintball gun anyways? Just point and shoot, the balls will curve whichever way they feel like anyways. That's about as ridiculous as people with lazer sights for their markers. I just replaced a couple o rings on my bolt after a whole year's use. I'd recommend putting a little oil on your CO2 tank's threads before screwing it into the gun because it can be pretty hard to get out of the gun, wasting a lot of gas if you're struggling to get it unscrewed. I couldn't fit the next few sentences in the key strengths and key weaknesses: for the strengths, Care needs to be taken to get the gun to work better with use, the expansion chamber, drop forward and low pressure chamber all make the gun use CO2 wisely, and you can turn up the velocity above legal limit to bring some pain to opponents you don't really like. For the Weaknesses, I received a manual for the CORE Hammerhead, what the heck? It's a good thing I understood paintball guns good enough without a manual, but I'm thinking of the poor chap that this is his first paintball gun and he goes to look at the manual and he sees a CORE Hammerhead.
I recommend this gun if you have patience. You also need to take care of your gun and try to find the conditions that it prefers when you get it. Since most people don't have patience, you shouldn't waste your precious time with this gun, but this review was written for the other people. The score it got is the way it performs NOW, not when I first got it. If I had written a review 10 months ago I would have said something like, "The dang thing always has something new to go wrong" and given it a 3.
It has everything you need. Shoots well, is light, looks crazy good, and never chops.
Make sure your screws are tight after you open it, kinda shiny for woodsball
Once again the gun is already suped up for you. No need to by a lowpressure system, a expansion chamber, a sight rail, a double trigger, or a drop forward. The gun is extremely gas efficient, shoot a 20oz all day on 1 fill.
The power feed is surprisingly effective. I always thought verticals to be the best but power feeds are even better! Never break balls, just keep it in shape , and it'll serve you well.
If you are playing woods, get the black model or cover ur gun in camo. It is very shiny and metallic. This gun is ideal for a middle speedball player, shoots fast enough, reliable, and intimidating.
Uses Spyder threads so maybe a longer barrel if you play front. THX!
Stop reading this and get it. Great for intermediate players. Noone knows about it . . . yet . . . It will never leave you down.
2003 core sharc w/ a 16" inch sniper barrel and a remote
a bigger barrel made a really nice upgrade for woods and village games i got one for like 25$ on ebay and its sweet also its a knock off of spyders so most spyder upgrades fit it
looks great, shoots great, catches people off guard cause no one knows what it is
off brand, shops dont have parts for them
i played paintball once got hooked came home and bought this gun on the net (i think paintballonline.com are the only one who sells it) i played for a while and was happy. then i baught a 16" sniper barrell and took out soooo many people. but then i came home and it was leaking gas out of the expansion chamber. people at the nearbye shop couldnt fix it so i just sent it back to paintballonline.com to fix it because it comes w/ a free 3 month waranty. i think i just broke a O ring but i couldnt get it apart. and i just sent it so i dunno how good they will do. but when its working its a sweet gun.
its a great gun if u like playing woods and village games but if u like speed ball spend some more money and get a electronic marker.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, October 4th, 2004 at 5:17 pm PST