OK, to answer a TON of PM's I've been getting as of late, I'm going to write this thread as a response to these PM's. I see this posted up a lot online.
"OK I'm selling my electro and I'm looking at buying a pump gun soon. What should I buy?"
And the first thing I really want to ask is why you are selling your electro. Are you sure you want to get into pump? Nothing against it, just checking. You are really sure?
One thing that' I've seen a lot of is when people jump head first into pump play, get burned out on it, and hang up the gun and goggles. Lets do some mythbusting here.
"Will pump make me a better player?"
and the typical response
"Playing pump will force you to choose your shots better thus making you a better player in time"
In my experience and opinion, this logic is a bit twisted.
To be completely honest with you, putting a pump gun in your hands won't do either. Sitting in a 1988, 5 speed, v4 Toyota Corolla with crank windows will not make you a better driver than sitting in a 2012 Cadillac with all the trimmings will, and vice versa. You will either be a good driver in the automatic Cadillac and not do too well in the manual Toyota, or learn to overcome that stumbling block by learning to drive stick or you just sit in a car that you can't drive. Just because one is a little harder to learn to drive doesn't mean you will be a better driver, you might just not drive as well. I really hope that made a little bit of sense.
Now, before you go out and spend all your money on a super fancy pump gun, decide how "good of a driver" you are. Can you barely hang in there with an "automatic", or a semi auto? Or do you find "driving" an automatic to be boring and too easy? This is where you need to weigh the pro's and con's that playing with a pump gun can bring to the table. Go ahead and decide where your handicap is at. For some people, they will have no trouble taking people out with pump guns. Some people will, and that is where you need to look for the answer.
Critically look at yourself as a player and go from there. Are you a good player? Are you an average player? Do you suck at paintball? Be honest with yourself here. For most people, this might effect how much fun you can have with a pump gun. If you are willing to learn what it takes to better yourself as a player by limiting yourself with a pump, then yes, pump can be an effective way to learn paintball skills.
I guess what I'm getting at here is this. No, a pump won't make you better. No, a pump won't force you into making better shots or playing better. It's completely dependent on YOU to get better. The gun you use is entirely up to you while you do this. For me, I find my handicap right around the mechanical semi auto area. Around there, I play good paintball without it being too hard or too easy.
So to answer the question after I typed out that entire tangent of text.
"Should I switch over to pump entirely?"
"It depends. Consider where you are as a player. For me, pump is very hard and I got tired of it very quickly when I ONLY played pump. Consider this before putting your semi up for sale. Remember that pump isn't the only way to play paintball AND learn good skills, but it can assist the effort."
Thanks for reading this post, I tried not to mix up too much stuff in here.
Edited by Kermit, 23 March 2012 - 11:15 PM.