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A NewB just poosted a Question in the NewB section on what marker he should get to improve his game Im copying my answer here as well since I think this is where it belongs:

Acctually I think U should post in the Pump Forum - We do try to help U know allthough I try to help here as well.

If U want to improve your game and U allready have a SEMI there are a couple of things U Will want:
* C/A - i.e. don't go stock.
* No bigger then a 12 oz tank, U won't need it anyway.
* A Anti-Syphon or a Syphon. I prefer a Syphon since I can use lighter springs that way.
* A accurate marker - since U will be fighting at a 1/4th to 1/10 of the ROF U need to make your rounds count.
* A light pump action with Slamfire - hmmmm thats the verb the right term is.... don't remember however it is when you hold the trigger and just pump and the next round is fired automatically.

I havn't tried the Hammer but ppl seems to like it, but I would recommend getting a Phantom, a springkit, a 12 oz syphon and then use Ure regular Hopper and other stuff.

The Phantom barrel os good-very good from start but when I played tourney (only Pumps were legal then) the phantomplayers got a better ported barrel and a new bolt for their phantoms. If U can find an old Sterling STP that might be a good deal as well allthough spareparts are a little hard to find.

Now all those markers are in the 200++ range if U don't want to spend that much a Trracer with up:ed barrel and a Anti-Syphon will set U up. A syphon is not that good on a Trracer since U have the valve basically right behind the ball and I don't know if there are any good bolts to buy for the Trracer to distribute the gas evenly.
 

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In all honesty, I would probably not upgrade a Trracer/Maverick. It was my first and most often-used pump gun, and I tried a couple of different Venturi bolts which did nothing but impede my airflow and make me have to use heavier springs (plus they aren't adjustable velocity like the more recent Deluxe bolts) and I've found that the stock barrel shoots as well or better than any other barrel I've tried. I have a Smart Parts Progressive on mine now, and it actually shoots no better than the stock barrel. I keep it because it's quieter. Outside of that, the marker really is one of the best cheap guns you can get right out of the box.
 
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