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MacAtak Saturday, April 29th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

1 year
Products Used:
Only played with Tippmann A5 and 98 Customs before.
Marker Setup: Vertical Stock Class Phantom, Frantom Barrel, 13 Cubic Inch HPA tank and remote, Red Dot sight.
A Frantom Barrel or some good quality barrel that lets you attain a good paint to barrel match. Red Dot sight. Good Paint...(I use Marbs)
Strengths: Accurate, Quiet, Lightweight, Less gun exposed to opponent., Conserves paint and Makes you play smart.
Weaknesses: None, Its an awesome marker able to hold its own with a higher priced semi.
Review: Before purchasing my Phantom I had never picked up a pump marker before. I was one of those guys who played a lot of Halo 2 and loved to play sniper. Naturally when I started playing paintball I had visions of myself picking off half of the other team from the rear and saving the day. After my first few games I was sorely disappointed. The ballistics of a paintball marker made it impossible to out distance any other marker. I would spend hundreds of dollars after each of my games trying to soup up my A-5 so I could have more accuracy. First I switched to HPA , hydro'ed my scuba tank and bought a fill station. Then I spent $170 on a freak A/A barrel kit. I finally relented and purchased better paint. My A-5 became more accurate but nothing like I was hoping for. I started to read up on the differences between real snipers and paintball snipers and realized that the same ammo at the same fps means the same distance. The only advantage I could have over the other team as a sniper was to play smart, have good camo and play with an accurate and quiet marker. I had been looking at the Special Ops Paintball "Long Bow" because it claimed to be a very accurate marker. Unfortunately it was expensive and few people had purchased it to write quality reviews. It was really appealing to me though, especially the fact that it did not have a hopper to get hit. I would gladly sacrifice a large hopper for a few well placed shots. How rewarding would that be? Just as I was delving into the possibilities and day dreaming about sneaking around with the Long Bow I came across the Phantom for the first time. I read countless reviews on how accurate this marker was, some seemed too good to be true. Claims of being just as accurate as a $1500 marker sparked my interest though, especially since this thing only went for $230. I was a little skeptical at first as I thought to myself why haven't I heard about this marker before. The many reviews finally convinced me to order the Phantom. After getting the marker I shot a few hundred rounds through it to calibrate my Red Dot sight and just get a feel for the marker. I was very impressed by the quality, weight and accuracy. My backyard is only 75 feet long so I was only able to target practice at that range. I set up a few different 4-5 inch targets and proceeded to take out all of them with a few well placed shots. This thing was amazing!!! All the claims were true. When I finally played my first game I remembered what some of the reviews had said about being out gunned, "Plan to lose a lot at first and Play smart", so I tried to play smart. I stayed at a descent range and relied on the Phantom's small profile to make myself hard to see. I chose a target that was farther than I would have ever attempted to engage with my A-5, lined up my Red Dot sight and shot. All my shots were either extremely close and spooked my opponent or they hit. All I had to do was adjust up or down for distance. The balls flew strait otherwise. I had one of my best games that day and I only used 70 rounds the entire day. My second day of playing was even more impressive. I had to learn not to get in a close fight with a guy rocking his double trigger back and forth at me but with a little bit of stealth I was able to take out an entire 3 man team with 5 shots. The first two guys were taken out with one shot each and at an impressive range for the accuracy. It was insane and extremely rewarding. I am not making this stuff up this gun is awesome. Just target practicing with my friends before a game made everyone realize how formidable an opponent this marker will make you.
Conclusion: I can't tell you which pump is better than another but I can say that this marker has made my dreams of sneaking around in the brush and playing havoc on the other team a reality. It can reach out and touch you when you least expect it. Sure a full auto can make your life difficult but the versatility of this marker gives you options to make smart decisions and exploit your opponents weaknesses. You can move fast, remain a small target, stay hidden and make those hard shots you normally wouldn't attempt. I love the Phantom!!!
10 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, May 30th, 2006 at 7:29 am PST

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