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.
Lots of good things about the T-Cat. It's lightwieght, durable and has a rock solid feel. It's one of the quietest blowback markers I've heard, and it's really accurate, especially with an aftermarket barrel. Once you learn how to tune it, it's really gas efficient (I can usually go the whole day with my 14oz). Also, it's one of the most reliable guns I've ever used; I've never had a problem with it that took me out of the game. Also, it can share barrels with all other ICD guns, so the Bushmaster or Desert Fox will take the same barrels. Oh yeah, and you can get the T-Cat for around $125.
If you aren't particularly mechanically inclined, the 3-point gas adjustment may not be for you. There is a little bit of a learning curve, but it's really not difficult to learn how to adjust the T-Cat and once you know how the adjustment works you can tune it to play in practically any weather (I've been able to use it from 100* weather down to the low 40's with no problems).
Overall, the ThunderCat is a great marker. Reliable as all hell, accurate, lightwieght, and affordable. People gripe about how there aren't as many upgrade parts available for it as the spyder for example, but the great thing about the ThunderCat is that it doesn't NEED many aftermarket parts to perform well, except for a good aftermarket barrel. And of course, there are 45 grips and ex.chambers and bottom lines available too. Overall, I'd say the ThunderCat is one of the best mid/low cost semi-auto blowback markers available. You can get one and expect it to perform reliably consistently. So if you're looking for an excellent gun in the $125-$200 range, GET A T-CAT!
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