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Old 04-13-2011, 05:34 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:35 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Pump may not make you a better player, but it will make you a better person
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:00 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Pump may not make you a better player, but it will make you a better person
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The only definition of "better" here seems to be the ability to shoot some else out. Playing pump may or may not help you with some fundamental skills. If you look at the bigger picture and include little things like making fields welcoming to new players, playing with a pump helps accomplish this. After all, some of us aren't in this for glory or trophies, we just want to go out and enjoy some fun and friendly paintball.

Does pulling out your e-gun and ramping on some rental players during rec play make you a "better" player?
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:13 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Paintball is about how you look. Pump guns look like shotgun and are intimidating: throw on some camo and a tac-vest, maybe a rubber knife and you are the man. You will get picked first for every team, and people will all know that your gun shoots the furthest. Even if you are in the deadbox you will hear murmours of: "They shot the pump guy" or "I can't believe he got hit!?" Playing pump also improves your auto-erotic love-life, forearm strength and manual dexterity. If you are applying to the armed forces and tell them you play pump you can get direct assignment to any tier 1 special forces unit. Chicks dig pump players, it is like having them half drunk right from the get go. Pumps weigh less, shoot straighter and are more efficient. They can shoot both .50 and .68 cal with no conversion necessary. In recent punkworks tests they showed that pumps are 78% more accurate than the most accurate markers out there.

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Old 04-13-2011, 06:46 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Does pulling out your e-gun and ramping on some rental players during rec play make you a "better" player?
Only if you make them cry.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:03 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Playing pump or limited paint teaches you a DIFFERENT set of skills. I still maintain after 20+ years of play that pump users and ramping users of the SAME SKILL LEVEL will result in pump users being shot out.
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Drives me nuts when people argue that pumps have little disadvantage.

I think playing pump can make certain players with certain skill sets better. I think that I am 100% more useful to my team and a better player when I have a phantom vs a vice. Why? I can run faster, dive farther, play bunkers tighter (and come over the top of the snake) aim better and am just more versatile with a lighter more compact marker. Also, when I have an electro I think less and have lower trigger discipline. Plus, I play waay up front and don't shoot a ton anyways.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:05 PM   #27 (permalink)
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My thoughts are the more fields, formats, gun types (electro, mech, pump, stock) you play the better you will be.

Play the same games, with the same people, using the same equipment everytime and you will remain the same.
^This^ I think that once you get to a certain level the only way to improve is to change it up. I've always felt that way with anything related to muscle memory. Practice one "thing" till you have it down, then move on, but don't ignore the original skill you practiced, add it to what you do next.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:19 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Playing with my pump makes [B]me[B] play better. I move more. I change angles more. I look for different opportunities more. I hesitate less.
With my pump in my hand, I always feel like I have something to prove.

This is my opinion. For me. Does not apply to you? Then don't jump down my throat.
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:43 AM   #29 (permalink)
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i find nothing wrong with what mike said. a pump gun isn't a magical device. it's just a gun lacking the advantages of an electropneumatic so you have no choice but to focus on using your skills for once. if you give yourself a handicap to only one-ball during a game, you would be doing the same thing. he basically just said one thing a couple times over the course of 4 minutes.

it's the exercise on the normally unused skills that pump play allows to rise to the surface that can make you better. just buying a pump gun isn't going to make you better, playing with one will.
My pumps give me mystical powers to one ball people.

In the end, as everyone else said, each style has its own set of skills needed. Some require more skills while others use less.

We all play different and I do play better when I switch from a pump to an electro. I get lazy if I just play with an electro.
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:52 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I strive to one-ball - but usually I double or triple tap to make sure a ball breaks on target.

I don't see what the big deal is about one-balling someone. In my experience, that one ball never breaks and now you're in trouble.
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