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YonderNorthWest Sunday, April 4th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 months2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
98 custom with flat-line, gravity hopper and car stock (huge disappointment)
98 custom with 14 inch JJ ceramic barrel, gravity hopper and car stock (decent but not great)
Marker Setup: Stock class Phantom with M16 grip,10" barrel, an adjustable T-stock, an open sight and an upgraded trigger surface
Recommended
Upgrades:
The T-stock and open sight greatly improved my ability to put my balls where i wanted them (no pun intended). For any other hunters or shooters on here, you already know that having a third point of contact on your weapon greatly increases your accuracy, and the concept holds true to this marker. The open sight not only gave me something consistent to aim with, but also quickened my ADS (Aiming Down Sight) target acquisition.
Strengths: Accuracy
Weight
Small Profile
Simplicity
Paint Consumption
Pump-Intimidation
Customer Service
Weaknesses: Fire Rate (pump)
Price
Cold Weather Performance (Co2)
Gravity Fed Pump
Review: I hadn't even thought of playing with a pump gun until i was in a shop buying a pair of I-4s to replace my awful mask and saw a Phantom hanging on the wall. I picked it up and it was love at first touch. It was light, sleek and sexy. The only problem was the price tag. The store wanted 300 some dollars and i only had about $250 to spend. I went online to do some research and discovered that the factory where they were built was only a few miles away from where I lived. I contacted the owner via e-mail and he was incredibly helpful.

I bought the standard, stock-class setup and headed out to the field to try it out. To be honest, my first performance with the pump was less than spectacular. I didn't know the strengths of my marker or how to properly utilize them on the field. The result was all of my buddies laughing at me as I tried to play with my pump like I had with my semi-auto marker. I was also lacking any kind of sight which made it difficult (for me anyways) to hit anything. The lack of a stock also made it feel like I was two-handing some kind of freak-hand-cannon. Let's just say I didn't know what I was doing and needed to head back to the drawing board.

What I did know was that I needed to make some modifications to my marker but I wasn't quite sure how so I went to the maker's website. That's where I found the T-stock, open sight and trigger modification. I rang up the owner, bought all three and threw them on my marker. I couldn't wait for round two.

The next game I went to was a scenario big game. During the opening hours of the day we played some small, single map games. I was a little worried that my pump would be under powered in the large fire fights that would inevitably happen during these short games. I couldn't have been more wrong. The surprising accuracy of the Phantom made it unnecessary to fire more than one shot at any target. For the first time I was experiencing the one-shot-kill, and I liked it. Not only was I playing very well, but I was being recognized for it. People would come up to me after a game and praise me just because I was using a pump. I had similar results during the scenario big game, and was also pleased with the prone mobility the Phantom gave me. By the end of the day I was very pleased with my marker setup.
Conclusion: This marker has been nothing but a pleasure since I made the last modifications to it. I would recommend this marker to anyone and everyone.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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