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ghost271 Monday, September 5th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Sniper 2
Bushmaster Line SI
Nelspot 007
WGP Ranger
Marker Setup: Urban Camo Stock Class
Retractable Stock
15 Round tube
Adco Red Dot Sight
Remote Hose
Recommended
Upgrades:
None needed but you have the options and upgrade path that rivals that of todays PCs.
If you had to buy one it would be the ball detents.
Strengths: Accurate
Quiet
Did I mention it was REALLY Accurate
Weaknesses: Absolutley none .
Review: My god. Where to begin ? Lets start with,

Looks 5/5 : You can set this marker up ANY way that you like and suits your style. The annodizing is top notch and they are the sexiest pump markers on the planet right now.

Build Quality 5/5 : The craftsmanship and quality of the materials is of the highest standards. Even though the gun is light and doesn't feel like much it has no problems holding up to the harshest mud crawling, bush-bashing adventures you will put it through.

Weight 4.5 /5 : This marker weighs slightly more than a paper clip. No; but in all honesty it weighs next to nothing. I shoot an Immortal Viking while playing speedball and occasionally my cocker for rec play. However when I use this, it feels like I've picked up a kids toy gun it's so light. Playing with my Sniper 2 seems like a more 'solid' firing platform, however it's simply a matter of false perception. The beefy weight of the Sniper doesn't make it any more stable than the Phantom, but rather the lighter weight of the Phantom makes your mind think that its shooting something 'less' . I make my point in the Accuracy section. If you like the feel of a heavier 'solid' marker, this isn't for you . If however you are willing to get used to the new feeling of this feather weight marker, you won't be dissapointed.

Accuracy 5/5 :

WOW ! I started playing back in '90-'91 and we all shot Snipers and Rangers with 7oz CO2 tanks. Then a team from Bellingham decided to pay our field a visit with their Phantom Stock Class guns and we laughed at them. Until they played against us. They wiped us out to a man in less than 7 minutes and there were at least 20-25 of us.
My perception of this gun changed on that day 14 years ago although I never used one until this past week. I bought my dream urban camo stock class Phantom and took her out to the field. I put my red dot sight on it and to my amazement needed no 'dialing in'. Every shot at 75-100 was either on the red dot or within an inch of it. No word of a lie. This is with the stock barrel ! Not even with my Sniper 2 and Freak barrel could I get this accuracey consistantly !
I was shooting hooopers and googles all day today with it. By days end, I had a number of people running away from me when they saw me coming. As a matter of fact, in one game I shot out a guy 25 feet away from me who was wailing away at me with his Flatline. After I shot him out, I ran across the field and bunkered an aqauintance who was shooting a 2k2 Timmy ! What a feeling.

This thing will shoot darts all day as long as you feed it paint and air.
Conclusion: Of all the markers I've shot in my 15 years experiance playing paintball- this gun is my #1 choice for Pump Play. It has surpassed every other pump I've shot in the areas of Accuracy, Looks, Efficiency, and Weight. It easily ranks in the Top 3 of my 14 gun collection. Don't get me wrong. There are a lot of High End Pumps out there and they are exceptional in a lot of areas, but not ALL areas. I think the Phantom does.

Realize also that your style of play is going to change as well as your skill level. You will be forced to play smarter and fastter in order to stay alive in a game where super semis dominate todays fields. It will be frustrating at first, however if you stick with it, you 'kill' ratio will start to improve and you will become a superstar once an elctro is put in your hands. It became no fun anymore to walk out onto the rec field and waste a case of paint with a spray-and-pray Speedball mentallity. I was getting bored with woodsball and wanted to feel a challenge once again, like I did when I first started playing. Playing wih a pump did that. I have gotten several friends wanting to buy pump guns now, and am actually beginning to start a 'cult like following with the few elitist pump players in my locale. I would be willing to bet a $100 that pump play will become the next trend in paintball for this new generation who missed the good 'ole days.

Simply put, if you want the best that is out there , buy the Phantom.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Monday, September 5th, 2005 at 12:47 am PST
 

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