The Thunder Cat is a semi-automatic, open bolt,
blow-back-type marking device. The major components of
the Thunder Cat are machined from solid, aircraft-grade
aluminum, then hard anodized per military specifications. No
castings or extrusions are used in the construction of the
The Indian Creek Designs Thunder Cat is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
It's very unique, unlike tippmans and spyders. I've never met anyone else with a thundercat. That should tell you just how popular it is. Anyway, it *can* be accurate and gas efficient, but it can just as easily break down for no apparent reason. You have to really know what you're doing to keep it working. Many people justify this by arguing that you can't get much more for such a low price.
The gun is annoying to tune up, and the design is outdated. If you're a newbie, you'll find that it's only reliable when the weather's right.
It's a good choice if you want a cheap gun that'll last forever, but don't get it if you're the type who wants to upgrade, bceause this gun has very few after market parts. Lapco makes barrel adapters that will allow thundercat and bushmaster owners to use autococker or sypder barrels, but forget about fancy bolts, a wide selection of triggers, velocity adjusters, full-auto kits, cocking mods, etc...
The gun is small, but heavy, and well-made. The Anodizing is very durable. I chopped the barrel, put on a 45-round hopper, hooked it to a remote and made it into a great little sidearm for games where stealth is useful. There are three adjustment screws that determine whether it is frugal or wasteful with the CO2 (its more reliable when less efficient but rather bone-jarring to fire), and tuning it properly will reduce the noise a little. Field strips completely and quickly.
There are very few aftermarket parts. The barrel had very poor finishing (there is a visible groove in the barrel along its length). The valve is VERY fickle, and it frequently jams, especially in the cold, or when hot from the sun. Does NOT like liquid CO2 at all, and will cause it to jam. Has more kick than a Tippman (except a .68 Special), and is very loud. Hard trigger pull makes it a slow-firing gun, although this could be helped with a double trigger and some lighter-action springs.
If it wasn't for the poor valve design, this would be the perfect introductory marker. It (namely, the valve) is unreliable enough, that I have never gone a full day playing with it exclusively. I highly recommend a remote and an expansion chamber, this will keep liquid out. Since the valve is 90 degrees off from the hammer, the hammer places torque on the valve pin which is what causes it to jam. A frozen valve assures that this will happen frequently so KEEP IT WARM! The T-Cat is pretty cheap, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to keep adjusting their gun all day long. It works well for the specific role I have outlined for my personal use, which is why I keep it around, but it's internal operation is so fickle that I can't see using it in any extended situation like a scenario or tournament.
Thundercat is made out of metal. its cheap lightweight and good for begginers. its accurate at a good range and has a dual co2 intake for tanks, which means it can be used easly on indoor and out door courses. matinence on the thundercat is simalar to the stingray. it comes with a 8 inch stock barrel wich screws in.
its a good begginer gun upgrades can be an exspansion chamber and a barrel and thats really it
buy this gun when you start rather then wasting your money on cheap gun kits that come with a stingray
One time I used a turkey baster like this. I also used a Spyder TL+, Shutter, Compact 2000, a Sheridan XTS, and a neat H2O rifle.
I've have under my watchful eyes, a shiny ICD Thunder Cat w/ Bechmark 6 stage expansion chamber, Taso Pro Series SS Barrel, 45 grip with Houge grips, 2 scratches, lots of hugs.
The stock barrel smells like hot dogs. Get those checked out. The M16 grip hurts not only my hand, but also my ego. Put that on the phone. Buy Thai boxing shorts, they improve your gun by leaps and bounds.
To be quite frank, this marker is the ultimate manifestation of everything rugged and good in paintballing. The construction is SUPER, man. The folks at ICD must take TIME to choose and assemble the parts, which is rare today. The construction of the marker is magnificent; as the man said, no hot or cold welds impair the gun's ability to live. It's very quiet, accurate, and boasts neat utilitarian styling.
The only chink in the armor of this bad boy is that it doesn't roll right. I tried to throw it down a hill and it just sat there, HOW DEPRESSING!
In conclusion, I think you should go to your poor Aunt Kelly Ripa and ask her to buy this thing for you and all your closest relatives. None of you will be disapointed. It's tough, rugged, neat, accurate, quiet, loud, and great.