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Compressor Recommendation Page
« on: July 10, 2019, 01:56:44 PM »
I've been seriously looking into the idea of going PCP, but if deciding on a gun isn't hard enough, trying to decide on a compressor is even tougher.  Outside of going full bore with a $3500 + unit, I'd settle on $600-1500. The Shoebox 10, new unreleased Xisico, Air Force E-pump and Air Venturi HP are my contenders so far. But really outside of "searching"  this or other forums, reviews, etc., it's not the most straight fwd or best method. You almost have to create your own Excel spread sheet just to keep things sensible.  Why not just start a dedicated heading/thread that people only positively recommend a unit they have and use.  It would really make life so much easier, especially now with so many choices good and BAD!  The last thing I want is to be "f'ing" with a crappy compressor or poor service.  Getting a new gun set up how you want it with (w or w/o service issues is bad enough). I'd have to say it's the biggest hurdle in trying to make  the jump to PCP's.

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Re: Compressor Recommendation Page
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2019, 02:56:56 PM »
This is an opinion!

The choice depends largely on just how much you shoot. If you shoot occasionally, the choices are many. In fact, Steveoh just got his 12volt/120volt unit, for a whopping $320. If you shoot a lot like me (several hundred rounds a week), they you need a heavy duty compressor. I have an Omega Air Charger, and it suffices for refilling all of my airguns and tanks.

So.... Decide what your estimated rounds per month is, and choose what you need. But be warned! PCP airguns are addictive! You always end up shooting more than you ever expected. And, big bores eat air! Just ask Steveoh!!!
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Re: Compressor Recommendation Page
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2019, 12:13:43 PM »
Yes, how much you shoot dictates some of the choices. But the actual "purchase" choice follow different rules as I see it. The one you want may not be a good choice, especially if it shows a lot of dissatisfied users or isn't on a list of recommended units. While someone may pick one initially, that person may not chose it again if given a choice.  Based upon all I'm reading from "users" (not magazine reviewers), it's a virtual mine field in making a selection.  I was just hoping, as a future user, to be able to make this decision with the aid of people who, given a choice, "would buy the same unit again" and would recommend a specific brand/unit.  I would move up from a sub $1000 unit to a $1500 unit, even though I may not need it, if it was highly recommended and was clearly a better unit. As in most things, "what you pay is what you get." This rule seems true in the $3500 and above compressors, it's the ones below this that are hard to make decisions about. There has to be a better way than spend countless hours trying to find the better/best units vs. coming to one site and getting that data refined into a recommendation. 
Making a choice simply on "use" doesn't help me in the long run.  What your not telling me is, what unit you use and would you recommend it. The is what I need to make a informed and proper choice. I've been reading about compressors for almost a year, and I'm no closer now on a decision than I was a year ago. Maybe it's just me, but "rolling the dice" on a compressor ain't my idea of having fun! ;)
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Re: Compressor Recommendation Page
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019, 01:30:11 PM »
My PCP journey.

My first PCP was a Sumatra Carbine in .25. It eats a good amount of air, though if I turn the power down and shoot lighter pellets I can a dozen + shots.  To fill this airgun I bought a Hill manual pump.  At the time I was busy in a dojo training 3 times a week. Pumping built up my triceps and shoulder muscles and it wasn't too bad.

Then I bought a .45 Sam Yang 909s, and it gets maybe 4-6 shots before you have to get back to pumping. Well, that isn't practical as I'd spend most of my day shooting filling up this airgun. 

So I bought the biggest Airhog SCBA tank, and got it filled up at the fire extinguisher place in the next town. It was about $11 to fill initially but nowadays I take a couple tanks and don't get out of the shop without dropping $25. And that's a complete fill from empty or topping off from 3,000psi to 4500 psi. These folks are open M-F, and close early. Sometimes they are too busy to get to filling my tanks. I usually zoom over before work and drop the tank(s) off, and pick then up the next morning.

Well I got sick of the inconvenience, and the cost, and so I bought a $220 Yong Heng on eBay. It ran for a year before having catastrophic failiure. I've rebuilt it and it's back to filling my tanks and rifles. I will say it was a year of filling bliss. I can fill anytime I want and I don't have to pay $25.

Alan bought me one of the 12volt compressors and the first one was damaged in shipping. They sent another, and so far so good. I'll use it this weekend when I head over Steelhead's for a super relaxing big bore shoot. I have my truck sized battery all charged and ready to go. :) Life is good.

One day I will get a gas powered heavy duty compressor so I can have reliable tank filling in a much shorter time, and haul it to shoots to share with others.

A Yong Heng will work for the short time, and you can fill and have independence!
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Re: Compressor Recommendation Page
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 02:14:10 PM »
Can't wait to see that in action, Steve. Also, I got an email back from Screwwork (GTA member) and he's coming Sunday with his .357 Slayer. On that note if any Guild guys feeling stopping by just let me know.

On a side note, those FX no-limit rings are not compatible with the BSA scope so I had put the old mil dot Hawke back on. This could be good and bad. I like the BSA tactical reticle for long range but the Hawke is a better optic. Hopefully giving the scope that little bit of tilt will get the job done. The nice part is that if it does I can keep my favorite hunting scope on all of the time.
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