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Jaan Monday, July 23rd, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
3 months3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
2k3 'Cocker converted to Sniper, well upgraded Hammer A, Palmerized upgraded PGP, P-68 SC, Palmers Houndstooth.
Marker Setup: Black Stock Class pistol with rear drop out changer, custom made mahogany battle pump and grip, 11inch barrel drilled for freak inserts by White Wolf Airsmithing.
Recommended
Upgrades:
If it came with the terrible plastic Lonestar M-16 grip at least get the .45 grip.
Strengths: Spectacular fit and finish. Very gas efficient. Great stock barrel.
Weaknesses: None that I can think of, except the standard plastic Lonestar grip as stated earlier.
Review: I won a Stock Class pistol at a game earlier this year. The pistols come with rear drop out, 10 round magazine and a 6 inch barrel.

I've been playing mostly pump and stock class for the past 3 years. I never would have picked the Phantom as a choice for a primary gun...until I had a chance to play with one.

The day I won the gun I had borrowed my friends $1700 Palmer Pursuit Shop Houndstooth. I played all day with that gun, mainly because I didn't want to let it out of my sight, and the Phantom sadly sat in my truck all day. Knowing what I know now I would have locked up the PPS and played all day with the Phantom.

For $1700 I simply was not that impressed with the PPS. Even with "widgets" I was still getting some roll outs. The pump action wasn't all that great either, not for that kind of money. For around $200 the Phantom works and shoots as good if not better.

The thing that most impressed me was the spectacular quality of the parts. This is a gun obviously made by a man who knows his stuff and cares. The tolerances are tight as a drum. As an old machinist, there are little things I noticed when I took a closer look at this gun that most people wouldn't have, like the way the pump rod is bent, or the dowel behind the pump rod guide so it doesn't get worn too much.

I really like the ghost ring. Once you get used to it you can use it very successfully.

The rear dropout changer is great for a pistol, and the air efficiency is excellent. I'm actually not sure how many shots I'm getting out of a 12 gram...at least 30 at 280fps. I change it so infrequently I forget how many tubes I used.

The stock barrel is excellent as well. Probably the best stock barrel there is. New Phantoms come with detent rings too, which work to keep balls from rolling out of the barrel. With the right size ring the barrel is very accurate, even at 6 inches.

I must confess, I did get a "Frantom" barrel, which in my case is a stock barrel machined out to accept Freak inserts. I only did this because paint seems to be very small these days and even the smallest ring didn't always make it...also, I wanted to put on a longer pump handle. However, there was no real need at all for me to replace the stock barrel.

The only complaint I can come up with is that the cheap plastic Lonestar grip just stinks. Luckily most Phantoms come with a .45 grip that's nice. I can't complain too much since my Phantom was free so it's understandable that I got the absolute cheapest one you can get. I just ended up making a custom grip and pump handle for it out of mahogany. If you get one, spring the extra $20 or whatever it is and get the .45 grip frame.
Conclusion: If you want a nice, solid, new, well made pump gun without selling your first born to Palmers, this is it. It's as nicely made as you can make any mass produced product, and nicer than a lot of "hand made" custom jobbbers I've seen over the years.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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