Gravity feed Phantom with 12 gram co2 changer and 11" stock barrel
The ridge on the m-16 grip can wear on your hands after a while. It's not so bad if you have gloves on. Regardless, the .45 grip might be worth the extra expense.
Barrel and internals are nearly perfect stock. For an easier pump stroke you can take out the external pump spring. The internal spring moves the bolt back into place even without it.
CCI Detent rings are a cheap upgrade I intend on making.
Made with precision
The m-16 grip could be more comfortable
I bought this gun used. On the same day the package arrived, I took it to a local field.
Of course, I should have oiled and disassembled it first, but I went right into play. It is extremely accurate, moderately quiet, and the internals are very smooth in operation.
The pump stroke and spring back are very nice, the return spring was enough to prevent any double feeding. If you break a ball or double feed with this marker, it's your own fault.
Efficiency with 12-gram CO2 cartridges was impressive. Unfortunately, the o-rings in my marker were lacking lubrication and allowed leakage after half a day of playing on the first day. Disassembly and replacement is both cheap and simple.
Field stripping is easy, just two thumb screws and the barrel to take off.
What I really love about this gun is the weight. It is incredibly light, especially with the 12-gram Co2.
To make a comparison, a BE Talon weighs just about the same as this Phantom. The Phantom is twice as long and is almost completely metal construction. The Talon is almost completely plastic. You can snap shoot at close range just as quickly with the Phantom as you could with the little Talon.
I was dashing around for an entire day of paintballing with it, bunkering semi players who couldn't react fast enough as I ran by. The autotrigger is great for this, and I had no problem with double feeding. The light weight also means one handed operation - between pumps, at least - doesn't tire your wrist out.
The Phantom is an unbeatable value, and a precise marker crafted with great attention to detail. This may be the last gun I ever want.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, September 19th, 2004 at 9:24 pm PST