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listentoclutch Sunday, August 14th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
3 months2 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
have not used any other pump/stock class markers
Marker Setup: phantom vsc, stock 11" barrel, blue acid wash, clear hardware upgrade (includes front part of feed tube and the actual pump itself), detent rings, matching anodized trigger shoe, t-stock, 3.5oz tank, 15 ball feed tube and 12 gram holder, adapter to switch from 12 gram to constant air, etc.
Recommended
Upgrades:
The detent kit is pretty much a requirement. It's very simple consisting of 4 slightly different sized rings that are held in place by the barrel when you screw it in. The different sizes allow you to use whatever paint you want without balls rolling out. The kit is cheap, just buy it. Trigger shoe is not necassary but without it the stock trigger is very thin and hurts after pulling it all day long. If you're gonna play stock class I'd recommend upgrading to the 15 ball feed tube as opposed to the 10 ball feed tube. Stock class pods hold ten balls so during play you can refill when you still have 5 balls still in the feed tube. If you use the ten ball feedtube you have to wait until it's completely empty before you can refill. FINALLY, I highly recommend a sight--not a scope, a SIGHT. Adco makes awesome "red dot" style sights. Don't get a laser sight, they are not practical at all for paintball. Trust me, look into the red dot sights. They are amazing little tools that will train your eye for better accuracy. Oh yeah, go for the 45 grip instead of the m-16 style grip.
Strengths: Light weight, works great, looks cool, very upgradeable, the best customer service anywhere, good price.
Weaknesses: No real weaknesses, just a different style of play
Review: This gun is so much fun. It will hone your skills, you won't be as tired from lugging around 12 pounds of marker all day, you'll use unbelievably small quantities of paint, and you'll get lots of compliments and curious onlookers. Don't count on people wanting you on their team though, you'll be considered a liability against semis and electros untill you prove yourself with a pump. You will also notice your problem solving skills getting better because you have to rely on quick decision making, smart movement, and making your shots count. Trust me, these guns a FUN.
If I had to give a suggestion, it is this. If you use a suspender style harness to carry 10 ball tubes, cut the suspender parts off and just use the belt. Tighten it up so if fits up above your belly button so you can still slide and move around without falling on your paint. Even without the suspender part you can still carry more than enough paint and 12 grams if you're playing stock.
Conclusion: If you are ready for a challenge and haven't played pump the Phantom is what you want. They are awesome and Mike Cassiday will help tremendously if you need him. Play for a month or two with your Phantom and then switch back to semi. You'll be an unstoppable animal on the field. I rate it 9 because mine had a slight problem that required me to ship it 2,000 miles away for repair. But it works great after Mike worked on it.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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