Vike's Complete Guide to Building a Spyder Pump



Why build, and should I build? 

Actually, this is an easy question to answer.  I personally do not NEED another pump - as a paintball player for many years now and who has played in many tournaments, I have used, seen and owned several different paintball markers.  Right now, I'm currently using a Proto Matrix Rail (upgraded, of course.)  I have a very upgraded Shocker sitting in it's box in my laundry room because I use the Rail now as my primary marker.  I also own a CCI Phantom Pump.  I've used DMs, PMs, Timmys, an old style Matrix...shoot, I even used a Tippman during rec play one day.  I just sold an Angel Speed that I couldn't get use to, and I've owned Spyders, a Dragun TES and 2 Dragun T1's - ALL of which were upgraded as far as they could go.  So, it's obvious that need is not in the equation.  So, the question is, why do I want to build a Spyder Pump?  Personally, I think it's because of this definition:

Modifiers don’t build because they just want an Intimidator or a pump Spyder, or can’t afford to buy a new gun right now, so they build it over time, buying parts now and then until they can bolt them onto a body and go play.  Most of the guys I know that have modified guns have more than enough cash to buy the latest and greatest marker on the market. 


Rather, they choose to build because they love to tinker.  They love taking several parts and molding them into a single, working marker capable of competing with anything factory made.  Building a Spyder Pump means you can choose the best body for you, the best parts, the best color, everything.  When they finally get it finished, and send it off to get anodized, it’s one of a kind – there just aren’t any out there like it.  It may have similar parts, but not everything is the same.  When people laugh because it’s not a “real” pump (see, assembly line built, thousands just like it, no effort to design, fine tune, search and buy parts – just pick it up and go gun) you can just calmly take it to the field, shoot a few people out with it, and that’ll make them say, “Wow, you built that?  Seriously?”  That’s the awe factor, and tinkerer’s live for that moment.


Does this sound like you?  If so, you just answered the first question as to why to build.


“Should I build?” is another issue altogether….


When I was a kid, my dad gave me an old alarm clock and told me to take it apart carefully, then put it back together again.  Granted, it never worked again, but I was hooked.  Over the years, I have taken apart many things, and put them back together again, most of the time with great success.  In the process, I learned more about why an object works and can pretty much explain it to anyone willing to listen.


On the opposite end of the spectrum, I know a guy that anytime he touches something it breaks.  I don’t know what he does to break it, but it breaks.  Then he comes running to have one of us fix it.  We fix it, and then he takes it, fiddles with it, and breaks it again.  Then he comes back to us.  My point is, if you aren’t handy with tools, or don’t have access to the tools needed to do this job, or access to someone who does have the tools, this may not be the thing for you to do. 


Now, if you do have the tools, the ability and the wherewithal to build, then more power to you!  If you choose to do this, be aware it isn’t a quick, do it in one hour thing.  At least not the way I’m describing it.  You need to take your time, be patient and do a good job. 


To really answer this, you have to ask yourself these questions:


  1. Do I have the time to do this?  (For example, I’m a teacher that watches his children during the summer to save on daycare costs.  Since my children are a bit older, I don't have to keep an eye on them all the time, but just be around in case of emergency.  So, I have the time.  Do you?)


  1. Can I afford this?  (This can be broken down to involve time, because you can spend lots of time researching the web to find the best deals on parts.  This could result in lower costs to build.  Fortunately, a lot of the parts needed for this modification can actually be made at home - resulting in a "ghetto" pump, which appears to be the popular term used these days.)


  1. Do I have the tools and a place to work?  (The only tools I used on this project were my laptop, a tabletop drill press, a set of files, a set of drill bits, a set of hex (Allen) wrenches, a dremel and grinding bits, a clamping table vice, a hammer and some sandpaper.  I did most of the work at my workbench in my garage, and some at my computer desk.  Ask your parents first!  Make sure to follow ALL safety guidelines when using these tools.)


  1. Do I want to spend the time putting this together, and then deal with the crap from other “real” marker owners?  (A Spyder Pump should be built to be played with and shown off.  Sadly, in today’s world of internet paintball, players get together from all around the globe.  Unfortunately, it’s very common for these people to be immature and “flame” someone for what they fell is inferior to their own gun of choice.  Some people just can’t handle this.  Pump play, while enjoying a resurgence in popularity, still is looked at as stupid at some fields, and awe when they see what is accomplished by one skilled in that style of play.  However, Spyders carry with it an inherent sense of "noobness" by those who never have used one.  Since this modification is based off a Spyder body, the effect will be the same.  My suggestion is to ignore those idiots and just go have fun - shooting them as often as possible!)


  1. Do I like to tinker and build and get into the guts of things?  (Obviously, if you don’t like to do this, then don’t attempt to build.  Seriously.)


If you can say yes to all or most of these, then you are a perfect candidate to build the gun!  Congratulations.  You just answered your own question!