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slowerpig81 Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
1 year
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
I have not used other pumps.
Marker Setup: Primary:
Tippmann 98 Custom Pro
Cyclone feed system
Pure Energy 48/3000 HPA Tank
-or-
SC or OC Black CCI Phantom
14" stock barrel
Rear Bucket changer/3.5oz
Stock class stick feed/Winchester 50rnd hopper
Daisy electronic point sight
-or-
Tippmann Pro/Carbine
Drop Forward (Tippmann)
A-5 stock barrel
Recommended
Upgrades:
Get the .45 grip-better and more durable, lets you mount a bottomline or stock
Stock, I prefer L-stock, but any is good, it helps with pumping and ATing.
Undercocking kit, the Rainman kit is best, but get what you like.
Ghost ring, if you want a sight
Other breeches for OC play, and a 3.5 oz or 13 ci. HPA for winter
Detent rings to prevent rollouts
Trigger shoe for comfort
Strengths: Light, Stock barrel, consistent, simple to maintain, modularity, quiet
Weaknesses: Pump handle-adds friction to pump stroke, only one arm
see review for some more.
Review: So, I decided to put this review in the RSC Phantom group, I don't really like how they are separated, since all phantoms are the same internally, just different options available. The RSC was the first config that I used, and I have the most play with that config.

The Phantom was my first pump gun, also started with stock class trying to save paint and improve my game. Some of the most important things stood out from my Tippmann, like quality and craftsmanship. Every Phantom is hand assembled my Mike Casady of CCI, and he has been doing a great job since 1988. The stock barrel is all I will ever need, its quality is awesome, and it's price is too good. I have a 14" barrel, and it's really preference between it and the 11", both are accurate, quiet and efficient.

The consistency of the Phantom, after a break in period of about 500 shots, is amazing and a testament to the quality, even on unregulated CO2 and 12 grams. You will probably get more than 30 shots per 12 gram on a normal day, even more than 40. Shoot slowly, and you will be quite efficient.

The ergonomics of the Phantom are not perfect, but it is plenty comfortable, expecially with a stock. The stocks that CCI makes are great. I use an L-stock, and it makes pumping much easier, since you can push against your shoulder. Using the auto-trigger, a feature of the nelson valve, is possible with a stock. Without one, it is quite inaccurate, as the gun is getting jerked around by pumping.

The stock pump handle may make barrel sighting a little harder, but you can get an undercocking kit if you want. I don't have one myself. There is a 3/8" Dovetail on the SC feed block, and you can purchase a 2.5" or 5" long dovetail sight rail from CCI for about $5 that mounts onto the air adapter when a stock class feed is not being used. CCI's ghost ring is nice, it makes that first shot easier to get off.

The modularity of the marker is great. There are so many options for air, feed, stocks, and barrel and pump length. The Phantom can be made into a pistol that is about 10 or so inches long by getting a 6" barrel and short pump handle, and using a dropout 12 gram changer. It also gives the Phantom a nice straight, single tube look.

The 12 gram bucket changer that CCI makes is though of as the best, and it screws into any ASA, and is therefore used on many other guns. It is easy to turn and puncture the cartridge without wasting gas. The ASAs on the Phantom are ported to that when unscrewing a tank, the gas vents out of the port instead of the threads, saving your o-ring.

The finishes on the Phantom are great. There are many anodizing options that CCI offers and you can get many different colors and patterns. You can also get colored transparent plastic hardware, to match your anno.

The maintenance is quite easy. Put a drop of oil in the air source to lube the valve, and keep the bolt and hammer lightly lubed. To disassemble, just unscrew the two thumbscrews. Quite easy.
To adjust the velocity, you must turn what is known as the tuned port compensator (TPC), which is inside the bolt. It is the seat for the main spring, and turning it in or out adjusts the compression on the spring, changing the velocity. You must stick a rod down the barrel or remove it to adjust, using a slotted screwdriver. A rod is supplied with the Phantom. This is not the easiest way, but short of a reg, is part of the Nelson valve system. You can get a CCI spring kit that has a weaker and stronger spring for extreme temps. One complaint about the TPC, it has to be screwed in enough to prevent the bolt and hammer from kinking, this is when they join at an angle, and it causes friction in the breech, making the pump stroke stiffer, and wearing off the nickel plating on the internals faster. You can still operate it, but sometimes you have to switch springs.

Now to the pump. It is guided by the barrel, and so with use makes the barrel dull and you can tell where the pump is, as well as making a lot of friction. The pump has only one arm, so it has a little slop. You also may need to modify the pump for different barrels, or get an undercocking kit.

I sometimes get double feeds, this is when two balls fall into the breech in one pump stroke. This causes a reduced velocity on the shot, since the same amount of air has to shoot two balls, but rarely results in a break. I'm going to install a home made detent to prevent this.
Conclusion: The Phantom is a great mid level pump and a very user friendly marker. It will last for a long time and has many options for changing it after purchase without modification, since it really doesn't need much. The plastic parts and lack or fancy milling keep cost down for people like me, as well as keeping it light. It's a great marker for people wanting a quality pump that can fit most playing styles.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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