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Gypsy06 Monday, March 30th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
6 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
CCI Phantom
WGP Sniper
Sheridan PGP
Marker Setup: AGD: R/T Pro ULE, Micromag R/T, Minimag, Micromag
ANS: GX-5
CCI: Phantom VSC, Vintage 89 Direct feed
Worr: Outkast Sniper 2
PMI: Tracer
Spyder Special edition ( the original and still going strong)
Recommended
Upgrades:
None Available
Strengths: Ball Detent, Anti Kink internals, Sliding trigger, Grip angle, Braided stainless hose,
Weaknesses: Possible stripped threads, Not all Spyder barrels will work, plastic grips feel cheap,
Review: To add to my ever growing list of markers I brought the Ghost into the family. The short version is that it works and works well. Unfortunately there ar a couple of minor hiccups that keep it from being perfect. That said it's got a lot going for it.

It pumps well with a positive spring return and the sliding/adjustable trigger is smooth and easy. When snap shooting it point's on target fast and I find that I need to adjust my aim less than with my Phantom. This probably has to do with the grip angle and when brought to the eye the hight is great for lining up right over the feed whereas my Phantom always feels low. I like the way the sliding trigger allows you to really feel the shot. With a little set up you can adjust it to break right where you want it to. The ASA is integrated into the grip frame really well and the stainless hose is always leak free.

Unfortunately there are a few things that I think need mentioning as drawbacks. First and foremost, the fact that the marker is Spyder threaded does not mean that all Spyder thread barrels will work. Because the pump wraps the barrel and the inside is drilled narrow to house the pump return spring most barrels will not fit through the pump arm. Any barrel profile that swells at the rear can not be screwed into the marker. This is particularly annoying since most barrel manufactures do not make barrels that look like a smooth tube. Look at the CP and Dye's to see what I mean.
Secondly the brass screws that hold the marker together are threaded into the aluminum body and could easily strip out if the user isn't carefull. This presents a problem especially for the side screws that could be lost in a moment if they are not snug but cannot be tightened beyond finger tight for fear of damaging the body.
Lastly I have to say that while the ergonomics of the grip panels are spot on the materials used leave a lot to be desired. Plastic, that's what they are and I'm not talking about that "stronger than steel" kind of plastic. They fit the hand great but are as hard as well ..... plastic. The trigger pull is excellent and would be even better with some nice soft rubbery grips. With the grip frame being a custom design the only grips that look like they might work are the old PMI rubber ones. These have been out of production for a long time which leave only the stock grip pannels as an option.
Conclusion: The Ghost is for the player who not only wants to play pump but wants to be one of the only ones with this pump. Price is comprable to the Phantom in a similar configuration and function is equal to or better than it in some ways. I'm going to knock a point off for the grips and one for the pump handle as well since it really limits your barrel options. As for the body screws I have to say BE Carefull! They are easy to lose but better to lose a screw than strip a body thread. All in all the Ghost is a verry refined and capable pump with several top notch features but it's not the workhorse that the Phantom is. Your better off playing S/C tournaments with this than slogging through the woods.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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