So I want to start by giving a little background on my self. I have been playing paintball since 1999 and have taken quite a few breaks from the game in those years. I have owned many markers from entry level to tournament level. Currently I own 4 markers an Alien Deception, Invasion, freestyle 8 and PRP. I wanted to take the time to do a review on this new product that does not have any feedback on it currently to help players. This is my first pump marker and I want to disclose that to everyone reading the review. I currently have it listed for sale because I have never really been into pump but I am contemplating keeping it because it really is pretty neat.
ICD CUSTOMER SERVICE
First I would like to say a little something about my first hand experience with ICD. Their customer service and friendly nature is second to none. The time they took with me to explain details on this marker and answer all of my questions and concerns was amazing. Gary answered my questions at all times of the day from 7 in the morning until 10 at night if I had them. I would give them an A++++ on this category.
Weight and feel
The marker feels good in your hands not too heavy not to light. I have a small tank 50/4500 that I wish was a bit longer to position the marker just right. I believe a 68/4500 would probably put the marker in the ideal shooting position. The marker fits me very well at 5'9" but I fear someone that is taller with longer arms would struggle to find this marker comfortable. The pump handle is not aluminum like the rest of the gun I was not aware of this before I received it. I had assumed it was aluminum like every other component on it but find no issues with the quality and find it quite comfortable. I give the marker an A in this category.
I will start by saying that the build quality of this gun is good it feels extremely sturdy. I see one issue that I am told is common with nelson based markers is that the pump handle is loose without the barrel. I also find some issues with the milling on the marker by the feed-neck and barrel. I see some tooling marks which I am not used to seeing on some of their previous markers. The anodizing on the marker seems to be good quality. The tool less maintenance makes this marker easy to field strip and maintain. It literally takes 30 seconds to get the guts out. I would give the marker a B+ due to milling.The only issues are just the feed neck and barrel area everywhere else is great.
I absolutely love the grips on this gun both the design and feel of them. They are a really amazing feature and they clearly spent some time on them. I'd give them an A+
The barrel on the marker is just pretty basic. It is a .689 bore and has some decent porting on it. The barrel also assists the pump handle to be more sturdy once installed. I installed my alien barrel and the pump handle did not seem to be as sturdy with that barrel installed. It appears there was a reason for the raised sections on the center of the stock barrel to help assist with keeping the pump handle sturdy. Me personally I would either have my neighbor who owns a machine shop make me a custom barrel or freak bore this one for me if I decide to keep it. I would give the barrel an B due to not being bit smaller bore size and it's shorter length.
Trigger and frame
This is one of my favorite features on the marker.The trigger on the gun is good. It has a nice feel and is fairly large (You could almost use two fingers to pull it).The frame itself is hinged at the front and has a set screw at the rear which allows for easy maintenance. I give it an A+ I love it.
The feed-neck on the marker is one that ICD has been using for a long time. I personally wish it was a lever locking but it is not. It is adjustable with an allen wrench and holds my spire really well. It is a solid design and works just fine but it is not a lever style that's why I will give it a B+
Lever on/off gas through grip no macro lines its pretty sweet. The on/off is really easy and it does purge the gas when you open it. I give it an A+ it works great.
I will not weigh in to much in this category as I only have a hopper through the marker in my back yard. The sound signature is pretty cool its not terribly loud either. It would seem to me that It was shooting pretty hot probably 300+ FPS. The kick was pretty minimal and the pump action is smooth but not as easy to pump as some other pumps I have played around with. I am not going to put a grade on this category until I have a chance to get out and use the marker for a whole day.
I would say the two biggest draw backs for me personally with this gun are the milling issues around the feed-neck area and the pump handle being loose without the barrel.I think for some people there may be better options out there at this price point but none that are as unique as the PRP and have a company with this much history standing behind it. Indian Creek designs is also an AMERICAN COMPANY with a true made in the USA product. If there are any other topics you guys might want me to touch on that I may have missed just post your questions and I will try to address them to the best of my abilities. Please forgive me if this review doesn't meet all of your expectations it is my first. Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope to help make your decision a little easier on the ICD PRP.