Pump Paintball Versus Electronic - Why Would You Play With A Pump?

 By: Garrett Maxwell
When a paintball player brings and uses a pump on the field, many semi-automatic fancy electronic marker players scratch their head. "Why would anyone want to play with a pump?", is the question many ask themselves.

Armed with a pump paintball gun, the player only can shoot as fast as he can pump, which isn't very fast at all. Going against an electronic 15+ BPS gun, a pump is a huge disadvantage. Why would anyone want to play so disadvantaged? Let me give you a few reasons.

Armed with a pump gun, the player only can shoot as fast as he can pump, which isn't very fast at all. Going against an electronic 15+ BPS gun, a pump is a huge disadvantage. Why would anyone want to play so disadvantaged? Let me give you a few reasons.

There are some people out there, believe it or not, that live for a challenge. They enjoy pushing themselves and seeing how much they can accomplish. They are the kind of people who would rather take the hardest trail up a mountain rather than the easiest. These kind of people enjoy playing with a pump because if offers a challenge for them. They thrive on being outgunned.

With a pump paintball gun, you can't play the same way as you would with an electronic gun. Well, you could, but you would be completely painted head to toe if you were going up against players with fast guns. This makes you play smarter by finding more effective angles, making smarter moves, and taking better shots. With your ability to shoot less shots, you have to compensate by making each shot effective. You can't utilize spray and pray because it isn't effective with a pump. By forcing you to play smarter you will become a better player. With an electronic marker you still will get better, but at the same time it is easy to get sloppy and stay in the back and shoot paint like there is no tomorrow. Doing that trains fewer skills.

There are more reasons why someone would choose to play pump paintball, but these are a few of the big ones. Saving money is a big thing when it comes to this sport, because it is so expensive. If you want to save money, improve your skills, and experience a challenge, playing with a pump is a great way to do it.
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