OK, so with a new camera and tripod for Christmas, I needed something to put them (and my awful photography skills) through their paces.
So I made Ooda's recently posted gun, the Pump handle TR8.
This is my first review, so it won't be the best, well anyway, enough talk, lets cut to the chase...
It is based off KillerK's famous weapon, the TR8. The new concept here is the use of the handle as a 'pump' for the firing pin. Unlike pump-actions of the past, this one still packs a mighty punch. The handle allows for the full draw- back length of the original gun. Other modifications are a new stock to incorporate the sliding handle, ratchet mod, and a new handle.
The Ratchet Mod
The ratchet mod allows easier and quicker loading of the turret. The elastics are attached to the turret itself, but the ratchet locks the shaft into place. The ammo is put into the turret, without the need for winding, then the wheel is turned 2-3 times clockwise, to wind the elastic band. The turret is now set.
The main mod to the original gun, this is what sets it apart from the other TRs. The pump makes it a lot easier to pull back the elastics, at a faster pace than the original. This means one thing: ROF. This is quicker than the Zak's ZKAR v3 assault wise. However, the pump means a lack of firing pin guide, so the pin is stopped from bending up via a row of green connectors.
The Instructions are here. It is quite simple to construct, although the front and the top rail are difficult for someone with less experience.
As with most guns, it has its problems. If an elastic snaps, it can be hard to put a new one on quickly, as the elastics are covered by the new frame (not too much of a problem). Another is that if you accidentally not put the handle in its rest position properly, the firing pin snaps the two grey clips off the pump. This can be fixed quickly, though. Lastly is the lack of a stock. The small stub is usable, but it is personal preference whether to have one or not. There is a small ammo capacity as well (8 shots).
Overall, an excellent gun, that rivals (if not betters) the TRs.
Range: ~70FT+ 10/10
Ease of use: 9/10 (The turret mech might confuse normal TR18 users!)
Ammo Capacity: 8 6/10
Accuracy: 9/10 (Needs sights!)
Overall: 61/70 Excellent.