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gotpaint92 Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
PGP - So many levels below the phantom

SL-68II- once again, not even close
Marker Setup: HSC Phantom
12g changer
15 round feedstick
Recommended
Upgrades:
As far as upgrading this marker...there isn't any thing that you NEED to have other than detent rings. I've heard good things about the 86 grip from CCM, some might say a new barrel. I would recomend getting different bodies, pumphandles, and grips to play around with. It's very easy to switch around, I recommend taking advantage of that.
Strengths: Smooth pump stroke
Durable
Reliable
Efficient
Easy to maintain
Accurate
Light
Weaknesses: I really can't think of anything.
Review: I started playing pump paintball a year ago with a PGP, after a month or so I upgraded to a CCI Phantom and I picked up a SL-68II for a loaner. The Phantom without a doubt blows them both out of the water.

PUMP STROKE- Compared to the SL-68II and the PGP, the pump stoke is easy and buttery smooth. I have no return spring in my phantom so that may contribute, I've heard from some people that the return spring can cut down on the smoothness of the pump stroke. If you find that's a problem Wevo sells return springs that are 1/2 the strength of the stock ones.

DURABILITY- I think I failed to mention the fact that the Phantom I bought is 15 years old. I think that speaks for itself, this gun has all the original parts that it came with from the factory and it works flawlessly. Even the anno is still in almost perfect shape.

RELIABLITY- Did I mention the fact that this marker is 15 years old? I've never had it break down on me. It's a simple design...very little to go wrong with it.

EFFICIENCY- This is where the marker really shines. I get an insane number of shots out of a single 12g. I have gotten upwords of 60 shots at a reasonable velocity. Back-Bottle kit = super efficiency.

EASE OF MAINTAINENCE- I had some crap in the barrel and I was breaking paint like mad. The paint worked it's way into the gun and swabbing out the barrel just wasn't helping anymore. I had less than 5 minutes until the next game, I was able to completely field strip it, put it back together, and refill my tubes before they called the game warning. Completely cleaning and oiling everything (bolt, hammer, valve, etc) takes less than 10 minutes, unscrewing 2 thumb-screws and the valve face.

ACCURACY- It's as accurate as anything out there, don't be fooled by someone saying pumps are more accurate then semi's. Pumps just force you to aim.

LIGHT- Any stock-class phantom is going to be super light. Aluminum body, acrylic/delrin pump handle and feed block, plastic or aluminum body. My phantom weighs in at about 2 pounds with paint and 12g. No tank and hopper to bulk up the marker, I love playing with this marker it lets me make fast moves and play super tight.
Conclusion: If you are looking to get into pump paintball this is the marker for you. It's very simple to maintain, easy to switch between stock-class, modified stock class, and open class, which is great...it's like having three pumps in one. Are there better pumps? Yes, but you won't find a better value for the price.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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