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Old 06-14-2011, 05:32 AM #1
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PUMP Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you're new to pump play or are thinking of trying it out, the information in this thread is sure to help. There is also a separate Pump Markers Forum with plenty of information about pump guns, and friendly members willing to help.
  • Are pump guns more accurate?
The simple answer is "no".

The real answer is: All markers have the potential to shoot with equal accuracy. Accuracy in paintball is probably better described as "precision", which is dependent on consistency. High consistency can be reached by doing a number of things:
1. Buy FRESH paint. Best found at proshops, big box stores are a very poor source of quality ammo.
2. Buy the expensive stuff. This rule doesn't apply all the time, but chances are the more you pay, the better the ball's shape, fill and shell will be.
3. Use regulators and regulated air systems. CO2 is cheaper, and you definitely get more shots per volume, but HPA is absolutely the better choice for overall performance. Regulators supplement the gun's valve by supplying a set amount of pressure. Generally speaking, if you use two regulators (in-line and tank) you're ensuring yourself the most consistent air flow with the most flexibility.
4. Buy a barrel kit. While not an absolute "must", a barrel system with a range of bores to match to your paint of the day can be very effective in controlling your chronograph numbers and squirrely shots.
  • What if I don't want to use a barrel kit?
There are a few other options out there, but both essentially function the same. The idea is to hold the ball in the same spot in front of the bolt before every shot, improving consistency. Click here for a tutorial.
The first involves using 3 drops of fingernail polish in your barrel, equally spaced around the inner diameter. The type of gun you're using will change the exact depth to place these drops. On a Sniper/Cocker, place them no farther than 1/8 of an inch into the barrel. For any gun with a bolt face that enters the barrel before the shot, you will need to place the drops at least half an inch in, sometimes farther.
The second method only works with SOME threaded barrels. Take a 1/2"-3/4" square of electrical tape and fold it over the lip of the back (threaded) end of the barrel, half outside, half inside. You may choose to do this twice, opposite of the first piece. Also, depending on the size of your barrel's diameter, you may need to use a slightly longer piece of tape. In this case, you should fold the first third over the second third to bolster the "detent" you are creating inside the barrel, then stick the final third to the outside of the barrel, folding the bolstered half into the barrel.
  • What gear should I buy?
It's been asked and answered a million times, yet there is absolutely no right answer. With a market so flooded with fantastic companies and products, it's impossible to someone identify the "best" product for any other person. There are a handful of companies that stand out in one or more ways, but nothing is perfect. It all boils down to personal preference. Believe me when I say that despite my many years of pump paintball experience, what I choose for myself cannot possibly suit everyone else.

  • Should I play Open Class or Stock Class?
For all the things to consider when deciding between the two, weigh this: "If playing pump is 'Hard', playing stock class is 'Expert'." This doesn't mean that stock class players are any better than others, they just have to try harder.
  • What upgrades or parts does my gun need?
Chances are if it shoots a paintball near 300 feet per second, you should be able to get by. Fancy pump kits, bolts, valves and grip frames don't make as much difference as playing experience does. The single greatest improvement a person can make to their gun is consistency, as outlined above. The second best investment would have to be paintballs, and time to shoot them. Experience is a sure way to improve your game.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:11 PM #2
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I believe that you and a few others should go through the old stickies and How to and make them with new information and including the new technology on the market. Great post though Castro
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:30 AM #3
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Well, I'll point out that this is a work in progress, as the title suggests. My intent is to eventually revamp the stickies and help threads entirely, but it's a big project for a guy without much time. I welcome helpful posts and suggestions in this thread, just keep in mind if it doesn't fit the "aesthetic" I'm going for, I'll be editing it.

I couldn't see leaving these things on my hard drive somewhere when they could be helping people.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:34 AM #4
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I think it is quite amazing how no matter what region/state you are residing from, a question ALWAYS asked to any pump player is, "There more accurate rite?" Lol, Nice post Castro.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:31 PM #5
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You could add that they myth of pumps being more accurate is often the result of pump player;

1) Usually having played for a long time...
2) Are forced to pick and choose their shots carefully and therefore take the time to aim before pulling the trigger ensuring they get the elimination.

My phantom is also not a shot gun that gets more powerful the more times I pump it...
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:08 AM #6
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Like the nail polish idea
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:24 PM #7
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i have always heard that saying "pump is more accurate" however if its just the same as a semi except you load your every shot that wouldn't make accuracy increase. Just a few seconds of logical thinking should anwser that question for a person. but good right up cause i have heard alot of discussion on the matter, never thought how to explain it though. now i have a few anwsers to give back to those who insist pump increases accuracy!!
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:00 PM #8
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i feel like shooting my pump is way more consistently accurate than shooting my other guns
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:02 PM #9
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Nice write up
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:38 PM #10
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I am a seasoned player new to pump, I just want to know how effective the ten shot top feed is?
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:40 PM #11
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I am a seasoned player new to pump, I just want to know how effective the ten shot top feed is?
effective doing what?
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:37 PM #12
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It depends entirely on how you mount and orient it. If it's springfed, it will load very quickly, but be slow to reload. If it's a traditional stickfeed that pokes up in the air at an angle, it too will load well for the most part. Stock class feeds along the body are entirely different. They usually require the user to tilt the gun when pumping.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:55 AM #13
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whats the advantage of having a pump gun?
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:03 AM #14
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Who said there's an advantage?

If anything, it's possible to have a lighter gun than any semi, but that's frequently not the case.
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:17 PM #15
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whats the advantage of having a pump gun?
I can play for a month with what I would shoot in a weekend with my G6R.

Other then being cheaper, there is no advantages.

Its also challenging which I find to be a plus
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You can actually supress some players with one shot, instead of 75.
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You can actually supress some players with one shot, instead of 75.
It's called snapshooting
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i use the tape trick now! and it works great
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my friend has a phantom and it shoots very accurate
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my friend has a phantom and it shoots very accurate
Remember that accuracy is just affected by the bore size to paint size and quality of the paint. Also a regulator helps to keep the FPS (Feet Per Second) pretty stable, and thus you know where your paint will go.

Just because it is a phantom, doesn't mean that it is more accurate than another paintball gun with a good bore size barrel to paint size mix.
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pump is more accurate. not the guns, the players.
anyway. whats a cheap way to get into stock pump?
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