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Number of Reviews: 14
Average Rating: 9.6 / 10
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Suggested Retail Price: $500

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World renowned for being the most expensive stock gun in the world, the Earon Carter Buzzard is the Cadillac of all stock guns. If you play stock, and you want the best, the Buzzard is where itís at. All Buzzard stock guns are custom built by Earon Carter, one at a time. Buzzards come standard with deluxe horizontal feed tube, aluminum double sided pump, stainless steel DYE barrel, 45 trigger frame, vertical CO2 chamber, stainless steel receiver and adjustable velocity.
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jcaragay Saturday, January 17th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
More than 5 years16 of 29 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
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.
Recommended
Upgrades:
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.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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NytBlade Monday, April 21st, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
3 months0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
VSC Phantom, Palmerized Stock Class PMI 2, P68SC, 2K1 PGP, Bulk Feed Phantom, Sniper 2, Pump Mag, SL68, Maverick
Marker Setup: 2K3 Royal Blue Buzzard, stock class, veritcal quickchanger and L-stock
Recommended
Upgrades:
None
Strengths: Accurate, reliable and the best stock class pump money can buy.
Weaknesses: None
Review: My Buzzard out shoots and out performed all my other pump markers.

I found that it shot better than the VSC and bulk phantom. Both had CCI Nickel Barrels, and the bulk feed was running a Palmer Stabilizer and Air.

It even out shot my Sniper 2 which had: 3:16 Rat valve, Phat Hammer, ANS Quick Pull Venturi Bolt, AA Vigilante reg, air and a 12" tear drop freak and 14" Dye Boomstick.

And to those that complain about the weight of the Buzzard, try running around with a Sniper 2, Ric full of paint and a 68 ci 4500 psi tank. I used this setup for 4 months and now my Buzzard is as light as air in comparison.

The stainless steel and aluminum construction gives the Buzzard a solid feel to it.

When compared to the pumps in my collection, the all aluminum construction of the phantom seems weak and inferior, my sniper is unwieldy and ugly and my PMI 2's all brass construction is fragile and inadequate.

And on a basis of looks my Buzzard out shines everything. Nothing Mike (CCI) can produce can compare. Only Punisher and Chipley Custom Machine can produce a something that can come close to the Buzzard.

At least in my mind
Conclusion: If you are serious about playing pump and want the best buy a Buzzard.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, May 1st, 2003 at 10:53 am PST
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coyote Tuesday, January 7th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
6 months4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Phantom, PPS pumps
Marker Setup: Stock class, rear quickchanger, L stock
Recommended
Upgrades:
None needed
Strengths: Stainless steel. If this is too heavy for you mix in some pushups! It is heavier than a Phantom because it is made from stainless steel and not aluminum. Nelson valvetrain= compact and simple. Easy to clean, easy to strip. Shoots like a dream. Cocker threaded.
Weaknesses: People whine about the price. Everyone and his bald headed granny is willing to buy a $1000 cocker, but a $650 pump is too expensive? This is a champagne marker. If you have a beer budget get a Phantom.

If i have one genuine problem with it it is that the thumscrews get loose fast.
Conclusion: This is a marker for the comitted pump player. Not the guy that might play a game or 2 with his Maverick. I has the cost of a #1 marker because it is built that way. If you don't get it, buy a Phantom. If I could drop a 15 rating on this beast I would. If you want to save $100 off the suggested retail price shoot me an email. Then join a small elite group of players that know that pump isn't just a cheapo way to play.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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Big_magnum357 Sunday, May 5th, 2002
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Phantom VSC
Marker Setup: Stock Carter Buzzard, now with a Dye single swing trigger frame.
Recommended
Upgrades:
A red dot sight. It does help when you really need the shots to count. I would add a stock to it. It helps me to bring the marker up to the same point consistanly and make me more accurate with my snap shots
Strengths: Super accurate, super sexy. Pumps very smoothly. Made very well, not flimsy.
Weaknesses: A little heavy compared to my phantom. Cost a lot. Repair and replacement parts might be difficult to find, but might be easier now with Dye in the picture. Make sure you put some lock tight on the pump handle screws, they do work their way loose.
Conclusion: Awsome marker. This is the Rolls Royce of pump paintball markers. I love it. Workmanship on this product is awsome. If you have the extra cash lying around or if you can find a good deal on a used one get it. This is a keeper, it maintains its value very well. If you order one, there might be a little wait as he builds each one himself. But well worth the wait. If you don't have all the extra cash, get a phantom.
Rating:
9 out of 10
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