| hey Marlan,
whoa...long e-mail, hehe, ok, so as i see it, the questions at hand are: 1) LP phantom operation, good/bad? 2) integrated regulators? 3)ammo box supply source 4) interesting others in pump only play so i guess i'll start with #1 :-D seems a good place eh? lol
1) LP on a phantom isnt really the greatest way to go...they are built for a high pressure opeartion on straight C02 and seem to work fine like that, when you're using 12 grams (if you do) there really is no point to LP or regulation of any sort...but if you use C02 tanks like a small 4 oz or a 9 oz or even a large 20 oz, some people use a palmers inline stabilizer on the phamtoms to adjust the input pressure...ALSO, the inline regulators do the same job basically as the velocity adjusting bolt does without having to get access to the bolt to do it...so the higher the input regulator pressure, the higher the velocity and vice-versa...all you do to set that basically is teflon tape or lightly loc-tite the adjustor screw on the bolt in place at a reasonable FPS like 280 or so...and then adjust the inline stabilizer to change velocity............LP isnt really reccomended...the reason for LP is to make the bolt pinch balls in semi-auto guns instead of chopping them and to have the ram and LPR pressure run really low, since the bolt is operated by you pumping the gun on pretty much all pump based guns, LP isnt going to do much for you...if you want to regulate down to 600 you can do the stabe trick and adjust the stabe to 600psi and then adjust the velocity the normal way till its set where you want...
2) also, if you want to have an external velocity adjustor without using an inline regulator there are custom shops like "Electric Iguana" and "Docs" and "Punishers Customs" (and a few others i think) that will integrate a inline stabilizer, or other preferred regulator, to the back of your phantom...so you can adjust velocity that way...i wanted to do it to mine but decided against it just cause i like the way it works now and its not really necessary for me...
3) well, what kind of hoppers do you have? the small 45 round BE hoppers or like the old WGP ammo boxes? or something totally different? i know that Winchester makes a small paintball hopper that holds about 35-45 balls but i'm not sure where to get them, also made are 90 round hoppers called "PB Virus Hoppers" that are still in production which you can find at major online re-salers...like action village i think carries them for relatively cheap...if you're looking for motorized, BE makes a hopper called the BE Quantum that holda about 100 balls and is motor driven like a revvie, i've never tried them but i hear they are good...you can also make a mod of a PBvirus hopper and 9v revvie to make a small motor loader...but its really a pain in the ass...and i'd just say buy a BE Quantum
4) as far as interesting other players...its just a personal choice of what gun you use...i suggest trying to get a pump only day setup at the field you play at so that EVERYONE has to use a pump gun to play and no semi's are allowed (maybe pistols if you like) or start a 1v1 or 3v3 tournament for pumps only at your field and have prizes or whatnot.................you can also drag them up to our sac pump day on the 23rd of this month...are you gonna be up here to play maybe? yes? please? hehe
anyway, hope some of this info helped...hit me up with e-mail or catch me on AIM at FirePro84 if you have it...see ya later
- Tim Firpo