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Old 07-03-2012, 04:09 PM #1
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Is pump a good place to start?

Looking to get into paintball again and wondering if pump is a good way to start. I feel like saving money on paint every weekend would be a good way to get all my gear before moving up to an electro. I am also wondering if starting with pump will make me a better player? or get better faster?
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:41 PM #2
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Basically it's personal preference. Most people start off with an entry level semi-automatic as there is little to worry about and it lets you get a feel for the game. Pump can be a little trickier, as you have more to think about. Personally, I would suggest picking up low cost entry semi, something like a Tippmann to start, learn the game and then move to a pump.

That being said, you can go directly to pump and learn the game and the pump style of play, but likely it'll be a bit of a higher learning curve. Hope this makes sense.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:32 PM #3
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Thanks, I used to play about three years ago. Started with a spyder moved up to an older angel then quit, so I know the process. Now I want to start again but I think pump is the best place to do so. Any other opinions?
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:12 PM #4
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I say go for it. Pump is a great place to start. And finish.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:21 PM #5
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:23 PM #6
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Pump is the greatest way to start. That's of course my opinion. It makes you a better player and not take the sport for granted. You'll see alot of folks "looking down" on you because they thing you are not going to be an asset on their team. Sharpen your paintball skills and next thing you know they will be fighting over you to be on their squad. Just remember the most important thing. Just go out there and have fun.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:07 PM #7
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In my opinion, you need to have basic technique and skills when playing pump. Most players start with a low cost mechanical marker, like Cdn stated.

However, since you played 3 years ago, I trust that you have skills that anyone should know. Then, you'll be a great pump player. Just starting out with pump when you're a brand new player isn't really correct in my book.
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:23 AM #8
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If you can handle the frustration of not being able to hide behind rof to cover for weaknesses you might have in other areas of gunfighting then yes starting with a pump is the quickest way to get good fast. Since you say you have been playing for 3 years you probably have a solid enough base that you can pick up a pump, especially an open class one without too much difficulty. Plus using $20 worth of paint for an entire day is always fun.
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:18 AM #9
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Just starting out with pump when you're a brand new player isn't really correct in my book.
See many crappy players that started in the 80s, before there really were any semis?
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:52 AM #10
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Do it. Maybe borrow one from a friend and see how you do




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Old 07-04-2012, 12:39 PM #11
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my best advice would be to pick up a 'cocker converted back to a pump - with the pneumatics if you can. If not, you can always cobble together your own with the help of a local shop. You'd get to play pump and the option to go semi cheap (plus - a good cocker is always nice to have).


Pump doesn't let you throw a lot of paint - not like an electro anyway, so supressing fire is a tad trickier to do.

You WILL be at a disadvantage against players with electros, and it will be up to your skill to offset that disadvantage.

I strongly recommend looking up MidnightAngel for inspiration (though he's not a pump player).
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:42 PM #12
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I can't say I would recommend playing pump with the intent of getting better. Sure, there are skills you will probably learn, but they aren't necessarily pump-specific.

I think starting pump is a great idea because then you're bound to learn specific shooting skills immediately.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:45 PM #14
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:59 PM #15
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Thanks, I used to play about three years ago. Started with a spyder moved up to an older angel then quit, so I know the process. Now I want to start again but I think pump is the best place to do so. Any other opinions?
For a brand new player, I'd honestly recommend against it. It can be very frustrating and intimidating to play against players with more firepower when you're first starting, I could see a lot of first-timers walking away disinterested if you put a pump in their hands on the first day.

But since you know the deal, I'd say go for it.
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See many crappy players that started in the 80s, before there really were any semis?
That was the 80s. It's 2012 and markers are getting more advanced and players are getting better.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:29 PM #17
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That was the 80s. It's 2012 and markers are getting more advanced and players are getting better.
And how are those players who cut their teeth against old tech and "not as good" players doing today?
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:48 PM #18
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i think pump makes you think about what youre doing on the field a bit more and IMO makes you a more patient, strategic player
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:44 PM #19
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Starting back into the game after a couple of years off, grab a semi and have some fun. If it bores you try speedball if that bores you try pump. I play pump for the challenge and to get the thrill back into my game. I also have an electro for when I have paint sitting for too long. Otherwise I play pump pretty much all the time.
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:55 PM #20
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its all personal like i play more pump just because i like the challenge
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:29 PM #21
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I started with a semi and moved my way to an electric then found pump which is what I have really fallen in love with. It will be tough shaking off the rust but you will definitely get better playing pump, picking your shots, being at a little disadvantage in rof but it will improve your game immensely.
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