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Paintball ...Isn't Pretty
 
Nope.
I started playing paintball the summer I graduated from Auburn, in 1983. Recent histories of paintball claim that was right at the very beginning of the sport, though some list 1982, or even earlier. At any rate, I started playing at a field in Suwanee Georgia run by a fellow named Dave Ellis.
 
[Update - 2005: I know this info is getting pretty long in the tooth, but with moving to Charlotte and various job dramas I really haven't had time to play paintball in several years, much less add much to this page. I apologize to folks that were expecting more from me, but I do plan to keep this up here in the hope that I will be able to return to the sport in the future...]
 
Back in the 'old days', we played with oil-based [permanent] paint with bolt-action Nel-spot pistols. Capture the flag games were played on a huge field, more than 50 acres, with teams of 20 or more on each side, and usually lasted 2 or 3 hours each. The basic tactic was 'run like hell'. The guns weren't very accurate, and took so long to re-load that people rarely got off more than one shot at you.
 
An aside here. There's a common misconception that paintballs go 'splat'. This is not true. Paintballs look like they go splat. They actually go 'thwack', and hurt like a sum'bitch if they hit bare skin.
 
In 1983 we wore goggles but no masks.
Getting hit in the face feels like being stung by a bee.
Ouch.
 
Time passed. In 1988, I first saw a Bushmaster pump gun.
 
Shortly thereafter I bought my first paintgun, a clone bushmaster 'Assasinator' from I&I Sports. I played a lot of games with that gun, upgrading it with a constant air and honing the internals, I even made a nice pair of rosewood grips for the Nelson frame, but, again, time passed.
 
 
 The Bobcat
 
In 1995, I first played against serious semi-auto paintball guns.
 
Shortly thereafter, I bought a semi-auto (fires each time you pull the trigger with no pumping or cocking required), an Indian Creek Design (ICD) Bobcat. This turned out to be a good choice. With a few upgrades, it's still kicking along.
 
I like the Bobcat. It's reliable and accurate, and quiet. It's a tough little marker. It has decent rate of fire. I use a remote CO2 from a 4+1 pack, and it's very well balanced and quick to point that way. And they've dropped in price to almost half of what I paid for mine in 1995. Efficiencies of production, ugh.
 
pRC's Bobcat: Click for too much information on ICD 'Cats pRCarter (ICDOG #013)
1995 ICD Bobcat
ICD New Style 10 inch Barrel
VL Revolution
'Ghillie' Loader Cover
Green VL'bow
ICD Sight Rail
ICD 45 Grip
Custom Oak Grips
Gas Thru Stock
ACI Disconnect/Slide Valve
20 Oz Remote CO2 with X-Chamber
Polished Hammer
Trigger Job
ICD Double Trigger
 
ICD Barrel Collection: Click for Review information Top to Bottom:
14" TASO Pro-Series SS
12" J&J Ceramic
    with Lapco Adapter
12" SmartParts Teardrop ICD
7" ICD Bobcat Barrel
 
 
 Links: 'Cat info on this Site
Links to Another Page on this Site ICD 'Cats: Main Page
Links to Another Page on this Site Getting Started: Tips for a New Owner
  Links to Another Page on this Site Bobcat Exploded View and Schematic
  Links to Another Page on this Site Puma Exploded View and Schematic
  Links to Another Page on this Site Thundercat/Alleycat Exploded View and Schematic
Links to Another Page on this Site 'Cat Theory of Operation and Differences
  Links to Another Page on this Site 'Cat Theory of Operation
  Links to Another Page on this Site Differences: The 'Cats
  Links to Another Page on this Site Differences: Other ICD Markers
Links to Another Page on this Site 'Cat Trigger Work and Bolt Polishing
  Links to Another Page on this Site Trigger Work
  Links to Another Page on this Site Bolt Polishing
  Links to Another Page on this Site Adding a Rear Trigger Stop
Links to Another Page on this Site Accessories: Aftermarket Parts for the 'Cats
 
 The Phantom
 
Time passes. I stopped playing for a couple of years.
So now it's 1998. Why would I go backwards and buy another pump paintball gun?
 
Well, it's complicated. I miss pump guns. I miss the challenge of sneaking up on folks and aiming carefully. I fear high rate of fire guns and getting hit by a train of 8 paintballs when someone wails away with an Angel or Automag RT.
 
There's been a resurgence of interest in pump-only and stock gun paintball play. Several of the fields here in Atlanta offer pump-only games weekly now. It's a slower game, more suited to 'old guys' like me.
 
The Phantom is, well, awesome. It's light, accurate, sneaky quiet, and stone reliable. It's a highly evolved version of the bushmaster pump I still have, but beyond the similarities of function, there is no comparison. The fit and finish of the Phantom are of the highest level.
 
pRC's Phantom: Click for larger view Phantom Gravity Feed Pump
14 inch Grey Anodized Phantom Barrel
VL 200 with Neoprene Cover
Clear VL'bow
Crosman Red Dot Sight
Benchmark 45 Grip Adapter
Uncle Mike's 45 Grips
Vertical Gas Adapter
Microline Gas Fittings
D-Lab Gas Thru Stock
ACI Disconnect/Slide Valve
20 Oz Remote CO2 with X-Chamber
Grey Anodized Trigger Shoe
 
 
 The Desert Fox
 
Urk. It's 1999, and I've bought yet another paintball gun. This time I bought another ICD gun so I could use the same barrel collection, a 1998 model Desert Fox. I was doing online research on suggested markers for a fiend when I found a price at Skanline I could not refuse. It had to be a database error, since the price went up two days after I bought it.
 
But, this gun must have been a return, since it arrived without the ICD box or a complete parts kit, and covered inside and out with a fine coating of grey grit. The gun was also bone dry, so I had to do a total teardown and rebuild/relube to get it to work.
 
pRC's 98 Desert Fox: Click for more Fox info 1998 ICD Desert Fox
Macroline Gas Fittings
Lapco ICD to Spyder Barrel Adapter
12 inch J&J Ceramic Spyder Barrel
ICD 45 Grip
Hogue Wraparound 45 Grips
Gas Thru Stock
ACI Disconnect/Slide Valve
Macroline Gas Fittings
Polished Bolt
Trigger Job
Pro-Line Double Trigger
 
 
 Links: Desert Fox info on this Site
Links to Another Page on this Site 98 Desert Fox: Main Page
Links to Another Page on this Site Getting Started: Tips for a New Owner
  Links to Another Page on this Site 98 Fox Exploded View and Schematic
  Links to Another Page on this Site Classic Fox Exploded View and Schematic
Links to Another Page on this Site Fox Troubleshooting
  Links to Another Page on this Site Troubleshooting: Air Leaks
  Links to Another Page on this Site Troubleshooting: Cycling Problems
  Links to Another Page on this Site Troubleshooting: Ball Breaks
Links to Another Page on this Site Tweaks: Things you can do for your Fox
  Links to Another Page on this Site Regulator Theory and Tuning
  Links to Another Page on this Site Trigger Work and Bolt Polishing
  Links to Another Page on this Site DIY Dial Velocity Adjustor
Links to Another Page on this Site Accessories: Aftermarket Parts for the Desert Fox
Links to Another Page on this Site History: A Bumpy Start
 
Links to Another Page on this Site ICD Aftermarket Barrel Review
Links to Another Page on this Site Basic Airsmithing
Links to Another Page on this Site Links: ICD Info on the Internet
 
 
 More Web Stuff
 
With my re-entry into paintball, I started looking into information on the web. Wow. There are a lot of great paintball sites. I've been contributing to a couple of them:
 
I.C.D.O.G. (the Indian Creek Design Owners Group)
I.O.N. (the ICD Owners Network)
 
And I worked up a re-design for the CCI site, manufacturer of the Phantom, but it looks like that will not work out. Too bad too, I don't have space to house the new design here for long, but the thing is complete:
Old CCI Homepage
Redesigned CCI Homepage
 
 

 
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