My '02 right feed pump-cocker (nice and all but it is direct feed)
Freak Factory Impulse#99 (hasent been used since the Phantom)
Evo,ultralite,vert MaxFlo,stock cricket w/vision(cheaters suck)
Custom VSC Mini Phantom
8" carbon fiber / 11" aluminum barrel's
Various feed tubes
12gram / 4oz co2
As stated, the only thing you REALLY need is detent rings or a barrel that matches your paint.
But...since there are so many different ways to set it up, why not try everything?
What I mean is, you could go crazy on it and still only end up with $500 into it.
Custom-a-bility (danged 15 word limit)
1. Velocity adjustment is in the barrel, this is not a big deal.
*I decided to wait until I had used this marker enough to give it a honest review.*
Honesty is a funny thing, we all say we appreciate it, but then we twist and skew it to fit our needs. Case in point is "hype", and there is no shortage of that around here. Hype in paintball products comes from many different places, advertisements, things we hear, things we see. Perception is reality, sad but true.
So WTF does all of this have to do with a pump action marker designed before many of you were born? HONESTY. The Phantom is just that, a honest marker. Most every review involves the accurate barrel, you know "it is so accurate I can hit a bla bla bla from bla bla feet". The funny part is that almost every barrel out there can do the same thing, you just never noticed before because you believed otherwise. The fact that the phantom is so accurate has more to do with the design of the marker as a whole, and less to do with the tube sticking out of the front. The efficiency (who cares, right?) is the backbone of the legendary one ball one fall shot.
I have heard people recently calling Phantoms "trendy" and "over hyped". That makes me laugh considering that none of the so called hype came from the manufacturer. Has no one noticed that in all the years CCI has built the Phantom, they have NEVER made a "special edition", an '04 or '05, or any of the other tricks played out by damn near every other paint-gun manufacturer out there.
All the reviews here should be enough to make you want to try one, but don't expect anything but a honest gun, that will give a honest satisfaction.
Now with over one year under my belt the Phantom is still tops.
I have not picked up a semi or felt outgunned for so long that I cant really remember how it felt before. The phantom has introduced me to some of the coolest people, events and games I have ever been a part of. DO NOT buy this gun to gain anything but enlightenment, for you will be forever changed by the exposure. Never again will ask yourself if it was luck or skill...
I still love my Phantom, though I tend to only break it out once or twice a year. Not that I play less or semi...I just happened to get hooked on Brass a couple of years ago.
Though I love my KP, PGP's & Palmers to death, every now and again I pull out the old Phantom. I enjoy the way it brings back the feeling of simplicity, how I am still amazed at its accuracy and feel.
Even though I use a KP or Pug 99% of the time that I play, Even though I prefer rock back feeds...Still I feel that the CCI Phantom is THE BEST pump marker out there, it molds itself to you...Not the other way around.
Well here we are again, another year has past and my old trusty Phantom has not skipped a beat. Throughout this past season I have had my KP trigger group break, my Pug's internals fail and require rebuild & my PGP's shot count just cant hold a candle.
I messed around with a Sniper, wondering how a pump the size of a cocker ever caught my eye...
What was there on the bottom of the gearbag each and every time?
That old Phantom!
Rock solid, always in tune & problem free.
Each and every time I take it out I am blown away with its frugal C02 use, ultra light weight & steadt predictable flight pattern. Its like the girl that got away, why did I dump you again?
Oh yeah, I was looking for the green grass, on the other side of the hill.
It may be too little too late for me, I may never call my Phantom my primary.
But IMO it is STILL the best value in the whole relm of pump guns & it delivers quality year after year.
What do you have to lose? $250?
Since you can sell it for an EASY $220 I don't see how you can loose.
While I have never believed that ANY product deserves a perfect 10, in this case it does.
It does what it says, no more no less.
Long live Mike & CCI!
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, August 7th, 2008 at 12:02 pm PST