Frink's Mini-Comp Revew (or "The Best Stock Class Marker Ever")
Last January, I got a hankering for some Carter Machine action so I started looking for a used Buzzard and was contemplating ordering a new Mini-Buzzard. I hadn't really considered a Mini-comp because I thought it looked a little out of proportion and I just generally preferred the VSC look. I ordered a Mini Comp in the beginning of February after reading "Shoot to Thrills" glowing review and deciding to try form over function.
My order was:
$500 MiniComp Base Cost
$25 Finish: Polished
$150 Anodizing: Angel Hair (1) color angel hair splash *Charcoal on (1) color base *Cobalt
$50 Color: Cobalt & Charcoal (2) custom colors
$75 Stock: T-Stk Milled
$38 Inserts: .686 and .689
$ 848 USD Subtotal
$ 24 USD Shipping
$ 872 USD Total
Due to the Annodizing choice, my build was delayed slightly, and I received it June 17th, for a total order time of 4.5 months. There were numerous times I completely forgot I had ordered it, so I wasn't upset over the increase time (10-12 weeks was the estimate going in, and that would have been true if I hadn't gone with the splash anno).
The colours on the marker seem a bit off, the Cobalt base has a purple tinge to it instead of the blue, but it mainly comes out in photos. Not quite the look I was going for, but fantastic non-the-less. There are a few minor flaws in the anno, but you can only notice them from 6-12 inches away. Also note that I didn't go for the extra milling option around the BBA.
The autotrigger (which I didn't pay for but got) was tuned perfectly on arrival, and the pump stroke out of the box was a little stiff, but very smooth. This is my first Carter, and I'm puzzled as to why I can cock and fire it without air, whereas every other Nelson I've owned need to have a gas supply to cock.
Took it out for the first time today and even though I'm a huge "PPS Fanboy" I have to admit that this is the deadliest stock class paintball marker I've ever shot. Chrono'd it to around 270, the big red was showing +/- 5 fps waiting a few second between every shot. On the field, I was switching 12g every 4 tubes and saw no visible shoot down. When I pushed it to a 5th tube, I'd make it halfway through and start seeing some drop off.
The most amazing consistency I've ever seen, and it's not even broken in yet. It was a low turnout to our fairly new Pump Nights in town, and only a few people had played pump before, but I slaughtered them. I seemed able to put paint where ever I wanted it, over and over again. In 4 on 4 games I probably average eliminating 2 people each go, with lots of head shots, exposed hands, etc. Anything that I could see was hittable. On a side note, in a 4 on 4 game, I managed to eliminate all 4 people in one run through.
So in conclusion, my new Mini-Comp is one of my "Top 3 Favorite Markers of All Time", and by far the best performing stock class marker I own.
Stock class Favorite: Mini Comp
Open Class Favorite: Pyre
"Fun" Class Favorite: Palmerized top tube springfeed KP2
New Pictures to follow, as my card reader isn't working at the moment.
Edit: New Pictures:
Wow, this review has me thinking. Need to rethink my shopping list.
I am very excited about my Box Gun order, especially given the field test of the BBA setup on Carters. It won't be exactly the same, but I am hopefull.
I am thinking about getting a Copper Mini-Comp next year as well.
Very nice gun.... question with the autotrigger.... my understanding was that all nelson based guns had an autotrigger. That it's inherent in the trigger/hammer/sear set up. I would think it would be more work not to have an autotrigger if this is true.
no not all nelsons had AT, some sears essentially reset by shape.
very few do not.
But my question is, why can I dry fire it without CO2? Its the only Nelson gun I've ever owned that's allowed me to do that.
Any nelson will dry fire if you put a heavy enough valve spring in.
Most aren't setup that way but some Carters are.
I tuned the spring wieghts and power tube on my lever action nelson and I can catch the sear every time.
My Buzzard did it as well.
sexy arent they?
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