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n3twrkm4n Thursday, November 23rd, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months
More than 5 years
Products Used:
Talon pump (doesn't compare)
Marker Setup: VSC Green/Black Acid Wash Phantom with 14" CCI barrel and detent ring set. Running on CO2 12 grams and a 15 round feed tube.
Detent ring set, parts kit, trigger shoe.
Strengths: Simple design
Weaknesses: Hardline removal, detent ring loss
Review: I purchased this marker in October and had a great time at a game with it. It was light and easy to use and the pump was pretty smooth for not being truly broken in. I was a little disappointed since the barrel I received with the gun (11") had markings and scratches on the inside. A quick e-mail to Mike at CCI got me a FREE 14" barrel to match my gun within a week. Great customer service. On to my poor experiences. The hardline is difficult to remove if you need to do it quickly. Macroline with push fittings are a must for super fast dis-assembly. Removing a barrel mid-game to clean a break with the detent ring set can yield lost detent rings as well as bent cocking rods. Barrel removal was more difficult than most under fire. My phantom in it's later life had issues with not keeping a consistent velocity, I removed the nylon set screw and replaced it from my parts kit. Still wasn't holding the velocity adjuster properly. Strange issue where pump would 'catch' when closing the chamber halfway, required some extra force. This problem seemed to resolve itself with a couple assemblies and disassembles. A trigger shoe is a necessity since the stock trigger can be a little rough. Overall a very sturdy gun and easy to yield on the field.
Conclusion: Great pump overall even though I got rid of mine. A little pricey $349 for my total kit just for a pump. Was able to hold my own with it in the game though. Customer service was great but when receiving my Phantom I noticed several scratches/dings and 'ruts' in metal pieces. Feed tube has 'skip' marks across it as well from a machine tool but was covered by the anodizing.
8 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, November 26th, 2006 at 12:20 pm PST

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