...if the 6lb Skyhawk produced 1100 fps from it's 20" barrel I would have accepted the extra mass to get the looks and cool features but the TalonP actually produced slightly more than the Skyhawk or the Marauder even though it has a 12" barrel...that queered it...
...set up like a tactical carbine the TalonP should be just right.......if it works just right...
The Gauntlet is a nice gun at its price point. The Marauder costs about about $200 more and you can definitely see the difference in quality. The plastic on the Gauntlet is kind of chintzy.
The Marauder has an awesome two-stage adjustable trigger. I have mine adjusted for super light first stage coming to a stop, and just a very light pull on the second stage. It is far and away the better trigger than on the Gauntlet.
I like the shape of the stock on the Marauder better. It has a flat bottom which works better for shooting off a bag than the rounded Gauntlet stock.
On accuracy I have to give the nod to The Marauder as well. Although the Gauntlet is no slouch.
The bolt on Marauder is much easier to cycle than the Gauntlet.
You should give the Marauder another chance. It's a great gun you just happened to get a bad one.
Hapo you might like Sam Woods outdoor YouTube channel. He's a Michigan redneck who hunts, traps, bow fishes and is a bad man with a pellet rifle. His go to rifle is a Marauder 25.
Last year he did an iguana hunting trip in Puerto Rico. The farmers loved him coming in and trying to make a dent in the population. He's an entertaining watch.
For the price of the Yong Zheng, I would just use it as a throw away. I don’t know if your tanks are rated for 4500psi, but if they are, you will only be using the compressor from 3000-4500 psi and not the full tank. Seems quite a few have long term with this and is rebuildable.