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1moretoy Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
CCI VSC Phantom
Palmer Blazer w/ pump kit
Marker Setup: AM-P Illusion
CCI 12 gram changer
Lapco t-stock
Hammerhead barrel system
CCM carbon fiber barrel system
stock class feed (if you can find one)
12 gram changer
barrel kit
Strengths: Price
Pump stroke
Front velocity adjustor
Capable of stock class
Easy to strip
Weaknesses: No longer made
Can't run Co2 tank directly into vertical ASA
Review: I just purchased an Illusion brand new from ebay and received it yesterday. It works great and I am not experiencing any of the problems some have had in the past. I am able to adjust the velocity from not letting the paintball shoot out the barrel to a max of about 360 FPS. I tested it out using a CCI 12 gram changer and it got around 30 shots shooting hot. I have tuned the velocity down below 300fps and have yet to do another count. I like that the velocity adjustment is on the front of the marker. It is just under the barrel, through the pump. You do not need to disassemble anything in order to adjust the velocity. I am also very happy with the pump stroke. It feels better than my Phantom but not as good as my CCM SS-25. The trigger pull was a little hard at first but it has softened up after I broke it in. A little lube might have helped too. The consistency is not bad considering I am not using a regulator but it could be improved. I do love the fact that I can put a CCI 12 gram changer directly into the ASA and use a 12 gram without using a reg. This opens up the door to setting it up as a lightweight stock class pump marker. This is something I wish my SS-25 could do but it just wasn't made for stock class use. The Illusion on the other hand is great as an open class or as a stock class pump marker. It is a dream for anyone who has ever wanted the efficiency of a Phantom but preferred shooting a Sniper/Cocker type pump marker. My only real complaint is that the vertical ASA is so close to the trigger frame that I am not able to screw a 3.5oz tank directly into the ASA. I have read about others having problems with using a CO2 tank directly in the vertical ASA. This isn't the end of the world for me because I will be switching it up between a 12 gram in the vertical ASA for stock class and a Palmer Stabilizer in the vertical ASA going to a 13/3000 HPA tank, screwed into a on/off ASA under the grip frame for open class play. If I had to have only one pump marker to do it all, the Illusion from Action Markers would be it! It doesn't have the incredibly smooth and light pump stroke of my SS-25 and it doesn't have the extremely light and crisp trigger of my SS-25 but then again, my SS-25 can't do it all. The CCM SS-25 is probably the best open class pump marker you can currently buy but it is not made for stock class. I will always love my Phantom and Mike Cassidy from CCI will give you the best service in the planet (this alone is worth owning a Phantom) but the AM-P Illusion is definitely a worthy adversary. It all comes down to personal preference.
Conclusion: Highly recommended if you can get your hands on one. Not as light as the Phantom but air efficient enough to compete with it if you want to play stock class. I personally like the feel of the Illusion over the feel of my VSC Phantom but I will keep both. The Phantom is just too good to let go and the service you get from Mike Cassidy at CCI can't be matched. If you want the best open class pump and you don't mind spending the big $$, get the CCM SS-25. If you want the best all around pump that can be set up for stock class get the VSC Phantom or the AM-P Illusion depending on your personal preference.
10 out of 10

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