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Old 08-31-2012, 08:11 AM #1
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First day of pump: what to expect?

I've been playing paintball for 13 years now on and off, but have never played a day of pump. Started out with Spyders, moved into mags and cockers, and eventually into DM's, Timmys, and other electros. Having played mostly speedball for the past several years, what should one expect during the transition back into the woods with a pump gun? I'm hoping I don't get too frustrated out there, as I am really REALLY looking forward to getting into pump. Will my accuracy be terrible? Is AT'ing difficult to get used to? Any advice for a first time pumper would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:51 AM #2
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Be prepared to take your lumps. I don't say this to be mean I only say it because you will be walking onto a field with a new gun that you are not used to. Your previous experience will help a bit but you will need to practice a bit to make it work with your pump gun. Keep that in mind, and DONT give up!! Keep at it and you will find you wont be getting shot as much and you will be doing well in no time!

Transition from electo speedball to pump woodsball? won't be hard. Play pump wherever you want, the fundimentals wont change.

Practice your snap shooting.

Use your smaller, lighter set up to MOVE more...A LOT more.

I think it was Durty Dan who said, "if you cant hit them in four shots, move to a place where you can"

AT, easy to do, difficult to do and aim. Spend some time at the crono and work on learning your gun so you know exactly where that ball will go when you pull the trigger the first time.

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Old 08-31-2012, 09:51 AM #3
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1. The biggest thing is you will suck at it.
2. You will have the biggest rush when you actually manage to shoot someone.
3. You will catch your self trying to shoot more than once without cocking the gun in between.
4. You might be ok on the AIM if you played enough.
5. AT is not difficult to use but it is hard to use accurately.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:09 AM #4
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3. You will catch your self trying to shoot more than once without cocking the gun in between.
lol, hadn't even thought of this but it's probably so true.
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:05 AM #5
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Expect to have more fun than you have had playing paintball in a long time, and expect to go home with more money in your pocket.
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:15 AM #6
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It should not be too much different. i just made the switch a few months ago from speedball to pump woodsball... one of the best paintball decisions of my life.

-your first day or 2 may not be super exciting as you get acquainted with your new gun and the lac of firepower you now have.

- after you become comfortable with your pump you will find yourself focusing significantly more on the basics, snap shooting, accuracy, movements etc.

Like the ones before me said, when first starting out. you will double pump and shoot 2 balls, your pump stroke may be too short at times and you dont actually cock it back the whole way, you may pull the trigger multiple times without cocking it, because thats what your used too. but give it a day or 2 and youll be doing fine

as far as an A/T, many people love them, personally i cant stand them, i feel they are uncomfortable, and i feel like it takes alot of practice to keep accurate.

My biggest piece of advice would have to be----- DONT GET DISCOURAGED!!!! if you dont get a single kill your first 3 times out that doesnt mean pump sucks or you suck. it means you need to practice practice practice!!! dont give it up like alot of people do there first time playing pump!

and as for my last little tidbit. you will notice your skills go through the roof, snapping, accuracy, etc. because many times you wont be playing pump vs pump, and your lac of firepower must be made up with skills that you will aquire along the way.
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:53 AM #7
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Oh ya 1 more thing.
Size your paint so it doesn't roll out!!!!

If you size your paint properly doubled pumping is ok. Most people use it to bunker someone.
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:24 PM #8
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Roll outs will drive you insane if you're not underboring.

I always used to double feed when I first got into pump. If you're not running a return spring, you'll have to hold your pump handle forward.

Also, if you were more of a cover fire guy when you played semi that will have to change. Run up the field and take ridiculous bunkers that no one else would play.
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:55 PM #9
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Also, if you were more of a cover fire guy when you played semi that will have to change. Run up the field and take ridiculous bunkers that no one else would play.
I was/am a back player, so I'm plenty familiar with throwing gobbs of paint at nothing at all, lol.

Part of the reason I've been wanting to get into pump is because I've gotten kind of disenchanted with paintball. I want to be able to rediscover it again. I can't tell you how thrilled I was the very first day I played. When you get that rush of excitement accompanied by the feeling of "holy crap, this is amazing and I want to do this everyday." Hope pump brings that back for me.
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:19 PM #10
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I think you will have a blast.. Sounds like when you Started paintball it was still a shooters game =) You just found your way back to it. Only tip I have is don't quit.
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:08 AM #11
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on the darkside..............

Just be ready when that semi player figures out you have a pump.He will try and powershoot you out,stay calm and snap his _ss out! because he will be in the open thinking he's got you. The look of what the Fck! he did that with one ball PRICELESS!!! Then you will know the DARKSIDE. Plus it's just alot of fun.
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Just be ready when that semi player figures out you have a pump.He will try and powershoot you out,stay calm and snap his _ss out! because he will be in the open thinking he's got you. The look of what the Fck! he did that with one ball PRICELESS!!! Then you will know the DARKSIDE. Plus it's just alot of fun.
I think the worst is that you don't hear a "pop"....all you get is a quick "Zip" then "splat". and if you didnt know where they were, you never will.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:20 PM #13
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Just be ready when that semi player figures out you have a pump.He will try and powershoot you out,stay calm and snap his _ss out! because he will be in the open thinking he's got you. The look of what the Fck! he did that with one ball PRICELESS!!! Then you will know the DARKSIDE. Plus it's just alot of fun.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:36 PM #14
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Listen to this man most rewarding feeling in the world.
lol, beyond excited to get out there! Can't wait!
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:23 PM #15
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I think my first day playing pump was the most fun I've had in a long time.

kills are so much more satisfying.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:12 PM #16
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I've been reading this and I am also new to pump. What does AT'ing mean? thanks
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:27 PM #17
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:27 PM #18
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I've been reading this and I am also new to pump. What does AT'ing mean? thanks
AT = auto trigger. I'll let someone more knowledgable and articulate than me explain how it works.
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Auto trigger is a mechanical function of many pump markers allowing the user to hold the trigger and continue to shoot with each pump stroke.
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Thanks so much. If I would have thought a little harder, I would have know that!

First day today, was a blast!!!
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:35 PM #21
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Glad to hear that. Now, just get out there more to get more comfortable with your gun!
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