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phantompower Saturday, May 29th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
6 months27 of 29 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Trracer
Saber
Marker Setup: CCI Phantom, bottomline
14" stock barrel
Ricochet G2K Hopper
Marballizers, for sure
Recommended
Upgrades:
Bottom Line
Detent Rings
CCI Nickel Barrel
Strengths: Accurate
Dependable
Light
Durable
Sleek
Good customer service
Intimidation
Comfortable Handle
Stock barrel rocks
Efficient
Weaknesses: Slow ROF (duh it's a pump)
Large bore
Review: The HYPE:
. Well, hype is everything, when it comes down to the Phantom. Some have said that, all in all, it doesn't live up to the hype, and it's just a paintball gun, like any other. Well, while this is true, the fact is, all paintball guns are . . . well . . . paintball guns. They all have the same shortcomings, such as problems with bad balls, wind, and air.

The ACCURACY:
. Aside from these things, though, I would insist that some paintball guns are in fact accurate, and some much more so than others, like the Phantom. This is a work of art. The moment you pick one of these up, you know it's gonna work, it's light but very solid. Few other guns can make one shot snipes from over 100ft away, and can shoot so consistently (as long as you're not using the auto trigger, but who needs to?). It shoots exactly where you aim, and I've hardly ever needed to adjust for a trajectory, with its incredibly straight shot (it's not flatline, though).

The CONSTRUCTION:
. The gun is made in a very straightforward manner, and can be customized in many ways, with colours, and even many different models of the gun, which you can reassemble yourself with parts supplied by CCI.
. There are only three freely moving inner components when you immediately take it apart (bolt, spring, and "thing-that-hooks-to-the-bolt-before-you-fire").
This means when you open it up, you won't have parts flying everywhere that you won't be able to reassemble. It only really fits back together one way, and really easily. The entire gun comes apart with two huge (but not obstructively so) thumbscrews with o-rings inside them to make them stay put. And do they ever.
. After you've broken it in a little bit, the pump stroke is smooth and solid, and since it's not an undercocking pump, there's no chance you could break it (or pretty much anything else on this gun, short of dropping a VERY large rock on it).

The EFFICIENCY:
. You'll get a LOT more shots from one fill of gas on this gun than with any semi or autococker out there, especially if you upgrade to the nickel barrel. One 12oz CO2 fill lasts me an entire summer, and my friend's stock class gets a good 30 shots, with another 6-8 usable ones after that. This can also be attributed to the discrete porting on the end. This makes it a little louder than some, but a fair trade, in my opinion.

The CUSTOMER SERVICE:
. Mike Casady, the guy who makes the Phantom, and owns CCI, is awesome! He'll reply to your e-mails super fast, and he stands behind everything he makes 100%, no matter how old and how minor. He understands the little guy, and gives you so much bang for your buck (sometimes he'll even do stuff for you for free, if he sees fit!).

The STOCK BARREL:
. The stock barrel is tough, easy to clean and accurate. That being said, it is very simple in design, a little on the loud side, and has a fairly large bore size. Mike says this is so the Phantom can accomodate ANY paintball on the market, which is nice. But if you're not using some big paint, it'll roll right outta your barrel and onto the ground. You'll need to either pick up a set of detent rings (for only $6) or a CCI Nickel barrel with a tighter bore (and unbelievably enough, a little more accuracy).

The WRAP-UP
. The worst part about this gun, is playing against it. The knowledge that at any moment, without warning, you could get smacked by a single shot from out of nowhere, from farther away than a stock barrelled paintball gun should be able to shoot, and since there was only one shot fired, you never know where it came from. Scary.
Conclusion: . If you expect the results of a sniper rifle, you're bound to be disappointed by this gun. If you're simply expecting the most accurate paintball gun you've ever used, you will not be disappointed in any way. Also, you can't diss it for having a slow rate of fire, since it wasn't made to have a fast one, it was made to be stock class, and that's what it excels at. The only downside I can see is the easily remedied large bore size, which brings my rating down to 9.9, which quickly rounds up to a 10.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, August 28th, 2004 at 7:09 am PST
 

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