Nothing really my first pump marker, so how could I compare?
3.5 oz Tank
Anything to suit your style of play, depends on the person, I like having a stock and the ghost ring. A better barrel is not needed, though you might want it to get that peak accuracy.
Easy to maintain
Runs great on CO2
Rate of fire (not always a weakness)
Velocity adjust inside barrel
Its been 3 months since I have had my phantom, so I feel a review is needed.
I was first attracted to the Phantom for two reason, accuracy and how cheap it would be to play pump. I also found out that, the Phantom has very little to upgrade, no need for HPA, efficient . Anything you add to it is optional and is for the players own preference. All this for about 200, which is about the cost of a Ion, or a A-5( both are extremely popular markers), without their much needed ups. From the outlook this marker is very good.
When I first received it, I was so happy. I couldn't wait for my first game with it. I personally thought I was invincible (not really but it seemed like it). I played with a friend who had a semi, shot him multiple times in a close quarter match. I thought I knew what was coming. Then on my first scenario game (and official game with my pump) I had several issues. My spring was broken, which took me a 2 hours to figure out. When I was able to play, the day was halfway over. I realized that this was going to be harder then I thought. The rate of fire of a phantom means you cannot "walk" your shots towards the enemy. You need to shoot once and thats it, because the player will duck his head down. Rinse repeat the situation till you can shoot the guy. By the end of the day I had zero eliminations, but I learned alot.
The second time I play (today), I learned even more. I got a few eliminations, fired more accurately, and thought more tactically. I still need improvement playing with my phantom. This way of playing is much cheaper, and very fun when done correctly.
EDIT: More then a year has passed since I first got my phantom. I'll say that until I learned my marker inside and out (which is what I suggest everyone does for their own paintball marker it saves you alot of trouble), I didn't understand pump play. I was so new to the sport that I needed some time on a semi. I went and got a cheap spyder, played a few games. And I found that it became pretty easy, thanks to playing pump. An encounter with a excellent pump player made me switch back to the phantom. And I did great. I've made a name for pump paintball and I'm getting offers to try out the phantom. I've pulled off ridiculous shots, and won games singlehandedly. It's been a good experience so far.
I would recommend this pump for people who know how to gun fight better then the average person, and take care of their marker well. EDIT: I say this more then ever now, at first I didn't understand paintball as well End of EDIT. Phantoms are excellent markers, but only if you know how to use them well.
This does not mean you can't get one if your new, its just harder on you. Pump play will help you improve your paintball skills, and if you ever go back to semi, in the words of Tyger will become "pure evil". I would know, I switched to semi for a game and owned.
This marker is good, but it is not perfect, and nothing is.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, June 19th, 2008 at 6:15 pm PST