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When I bought my Gen 1 .22 Marauder back in 2012, I bought a hand pump to go with it. But with me being a one-leg amputee, I found it real difficult to STAND over hand pump and pump it, what seemed like a kazillion times, to fill the Mrod directly.
So, I did some online research and discovered a guy named Joe Brancato (airtanksforsale.com) and called him up. He was very knowledgeable (and even took the time to talk to me) and set me up with a “Shoebox” compressor, a 66 cu.ft. CF (carbon fiber, not steel) tank that can be pressurized to 4500 psi (it is not a scuba tank) and the hoses / fittings to go with it.
To make a long story short, as far as I am concerned, that $$$ was $$$ well spent. For those who don’t know about a Shoebox compressor – here’s how it works: First, you have connect a regular compressor (at 85 psi) to the Shoebox compressor. Then, you connect the Shoebox compressor to the carbon fiber tank and then turn on both the Shoebox and the regular compressors. It took quite a few hours, but the next thing I know, the CF tank was at 4500 psi. The Shoebox can be set to turn off automatically when the CF tank hits 4500 psi – but I was enjoying seeing the CF tank get pressurized, so I was checking all the time to see how fast it was filling the CF tank.
I use the 66 cu.ft. CF tank to charge my Mrods (I now have two, a .177 and the .22) and it is done in a snap – I sold the hand pump.
BTW, today I revisited Joe’s web site and saw a type of high pressure compressor that wasn’t there back 4 years ago. It is an ALPHA90 PCP COMPRESSOR and if I had it to do over again (or when my Shoebox dies), I’d get that one, because it doesn’t need a “pusher” compressor like my Shoebox does.