Palmer's Pursuit Shop TyphoonI'm reviewing a typhoon that is equiped with a 15-shot spring feed. I got this in a trade and have been using it for more than a season while my main 10-shot pistol is away at sergison machine...
I'm reviewing a typhoon that is equiped with a 15-shot spring feed. I got this in a trade and have been using it for more than a season while my main 10-shot pistol is away at sergison machine getting custom wood grips and whatnot.
The typhoon is an older sexier palmers in my opinion because the blazer sorta looks like a block. A big black block of death but a block none the less. The typhoon I have has a wicked short light tigger. This sucks for me as it is the complete opposite of what I'm personally used to but for most people that's awesome.
The typhoon has a couple main things going for it overall. It's reliable as hell, like more than tippmann reliable. It's easy to maintain; water, half a tank of air through the gun, light oil, good to go. It's consistant as hell, 1-5 variance at most depending on paint size. It's accuracy is awesome because palmers makes sweet barrles. Personally I think the typhoons have a little more love put into the barrle because they are fixed but I might just be crazy. It's a big nickle platted beast that makes people piss themselves when you barrel tap them.
It has two things going against it. First it's not electro so it's rate of fire isn't awesome. If your buying one of these for the rate of fire though go check yourself. Secound and more importantly the barrle is fixed. That means it doesn't screw off, it's fixed to the gun permenantly. So if you think it's a cool idea one day to scrape concreate across it's tip you have a bum gun. More realistically if your field suddenly desides the smallest paint in the world is a great idea your boned unless you've bought a secound typhoon with a smaller bored barrle. Some people are crazy enough to think that having 2 guns with diffrent sized barrles is a good idea.
Upgrades are zero. You can however get a custom finish on the gun from a simple powder coat to a gold platted classic finish that's sweet as hell. Sergison has also started making K-frames (SW K-frame for paintball) for this gun which allows you to not only quote dirty harry on the playing field but have a gun like his too.
I gave it 4 stars for value though because performance wise the blazer is the best way to go. Personally I like the older typhoon/stroker models better because they're 100% handmade and I like a heavy gun. Wieght is reliability, if it doesn't work you can hit him with it.
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Palmer's Pursuit Shop TyphoonI owned and operated this marker for a couple of years when the whole electro-pneumatic thing was new. When the market was dominated with automags, autocockers, spyders, and the various tippmans....
I owned and operated this marker for a couple of years when the whole electro-pneumatic thing was new. When the market was dominated with automags, autocockers, spyders, and the various tippmans.
In essence, the typhoon is a rock solid performer that worked off of a similar system to an auto-cocker without all the hassle. I didn't want to spend a lot of time and money on after-market parts and airsmiths and adjustments of an auto-cocker, and I didn't enjoy playing with the automag that much, so I went with the typhoon. Call me simple, but I payed more up front and never payed a dime afterwards as far as the marker went.
As far as rate of fire, it could keep up with what your finger could do. And in those days, I shot pretty dang fast. The thing is, a lot of people couldn't because it had a heavy trigger in an age where everyone wanted a hair trigger. I liked the heavier trigger, personally, as it got rid of short-stroking (probably an archaic term nowadays), which used to chop balls when you didn't allow the trigger to reset fully, and once you learned that part of the system it was easy as pie since you only had to concentrate on pulling rather than letting loose of the trigger.
In any case, the thing was as accurate as paintball markers got, had a nice nickel finish, and it always worked. The only problems I ever had is that the particular barrel I had was a larger bore, and some very small bore paint of the time would sometimes pass the detent and roll out of the end. Easy fix, I just used larger bore paint.
You can get the typhoon with changeable barrels, which eliminates the other reviewer's only issue with the marker, and its probably a good idea just to have the variety and ability to change the barrel if needed in case of damage and the like. I never did have a problem with it, but I could see how it could happen and the concern therein. Having said that, Palmer's barrels are great buys in any case, and that solves both problems.
I got mine with a vertical ASA, and that was about the only option. The only time I had a maintenance issue was when I got lazy and didn't clean the thing after a rainy play day in which a lot of paintballs had gotten swollen and burst when fired. It had gotten jammed into the innards somewhere and I'd allowed it to sit in there all winter. Palmer's fixed it at no charge. I absolutely loved this marker and still regret having to sell it all those years ago. But a man's gotta eat and cannot live on paintball alone. =)
For those of you who really like to do all the extra customizing and attaching of gizmos, doo-dads, and the various jingly-ball catastrophe-makers... this is probably not the marker for you. There's just a weaver rail on top for sights if you want 'em, and a place for a bottom-line. No picatinny rails, 1913 rails, extra grip areas, or even extra material to have custom milled and the like. It is what it is, and besides a few things, there really isn't much to change.
Velocity adjustment was a snap, done right in the rear with a single allen wrench. A rock regulator in the vertical ASA allowed for more fine-tuning and kept liquid CO2 out of the marker. (we all used CO2 then, compressed air was new and not that common) There were expansion chambers that could be used with it, or more common used just as a forward grip, and you could get a stock for it at one point. Probably still can.
And if you don't like how it is, just talk to Palmer's and have them build it your way. It won't be cheap, they don't do chicken-wire and bubble-gum fixes, but it'll be worth it. I was very happy with a double-barreled stock-style pump they made for me.