A. Any grip that fits a Phantom will fit on a Gargoyle. And the
Gargoyle grip can be used with a Phantom as well.
A. Yes, the grip has five mounting holes for positioning a stock how
you like it.
Q. Does RTR make stocks?
A. Not at this time.
Q. Why is the Gargoyle expensive?
A. The Gargoyle is a hybrid custom marker that uses the Nelson operating
system with generally a Nelson valve design -- different from, but generally along
the concepts of the Carter Machine pumps, the CCI Phantom, and other Nelson style
pumps. The Gargoyle shares with the Nelson how the marker works relating
to the bolt, hammer, and air flow.
Then comes the custom work and custome design of the Gargoyle, especially extensive custom machining that cuts the body, body block, and pump from solid block aluminum. Time consuming work creates the Gargoyle body, with details resulting from the individual, custom work and hand assembly.
Each body block, once mated with the Gargoyle body, stayes with it for
the entire process of manufacturing, via a steel plug. The custom work includes
careful filing, sanding, more sanding, and hand polishing (not wheel polishing or
Every Gargoyle body results from countless hours of work before the marker goes
to ano (anodizing).
Those players who rock with a Gargoyle know they own a quality custom marker
they can show off because of its looks and its performance!
Q. Are there sight rails available?
A. Not yet. This is in prototype.
Q. Are you planning on making a feed block that can use a vertical
A. Not really. Although one is designed, it just looks wrong for the
Gargoyle. It is not out of the question. This may be something for the future.
Q. How many paintballs can the Gargoyle hold?
A. 13 in the feed tube. That meets standard stock class play rules.
Q. Where can I buy a Gargoyle?
NEXT: Just some images to show the differences between the Carter Buzzard, CCI Phantom, and the Gargoyle.
One thing to keep in mind. Earon Carter has made many different versions of his markers, and with each comes different ways they go together. These are just a few examples.
Hands down the largest reason for the Gargoyle's cost is shown in the below image. Most Nelson based markers use tubes to start the marker body. The Gargoyle begins life as two separate solid pieces of metal. When the two are mated together, they stay together via a steel plug, and much more work is done in making the custom Gargoyle.
The first 20 Gargoyles were done this way. However, they were not stamped as they are now to ID them after the ano process. So these first 20 have feed blocks that may have small variations on the outer surfaces between the two.
Another obvious difference in the Gargoyle is the valve body.
Yet another difference is the Gargoyle pump body. Instead of starting with a hollow or solid cylinder of some kind, the Gargoyle pump body starts as a solid block. When finished, there is a hole bored through for the barrel. Both sides of that hole are threaded for the bushings to sit in. The outer surface is done, and there are two holes drilled and tapped for the connecting rod and the guide rod. And then, of course, the bushings themselves have to be made.
Carter feed tubes have always dazzled his markers, and I am sure that these are an expensive piece to make as they are not holed all the way through. Boring lengthy holes can be tricky and a pain in the backside. Add to it the sight rails and decorative aspects and they look spectacular on both Buzzards and Carter Comps. Below is one of the earlier tubes of Carter's creations.
Below are only images of Carter and RTR bucket changers. The top two being Carter Machine.