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Hoochie Sunday, April 18th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 months6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
Marker Setup: All stock, with a vertical hand grip.
Remote Coil, Vertical grip, and/or a stock depending on your play style.
Strengths: Electronic/mechanical with the flick of a switch
Easy to use
Light considering the power
Weaknesses: High ROF chops when using CO2
Gun is balanced(see below for details)
Review: I had previously been using a PCS US5 that I'd bought from a friend of mine. After playing paintball for 2, going onto 3 years I decided it was time to get myself something better, and more reliable.

After doing some looking, and being a fan of Tippmann, I had decided on the Phenom. I had thought of the regular X7, but for the sake of having something relatively new to the market, and something of that magnitude, I decided just to go for the Phenom.

My local store could get it to me for $520(Canadian) with shipping and tax, which I didnt think was too bad of a price at all, considering its a new gun, and is so versatile. When it finally came in a bought a bag for some higher quality paint (cant remember the name) and got my 20 oz tank filled and rushed for home. I played with the firing modes on the couch, then decided to head outside to paint some real paint through it. The modes which you may or may not be aware of is Mech semi,Elec semi, 3 round burst, 13bps auto, 15bps auto and pull release. To engage bought the auto modes you are required to pull the trigger twice quickly (the time needed between each pull can be adjusted). This is a safety feature so that if you were to fall while using the gun, you dont shoot off hundreds of rounds at your buddies,yourself or whatever you are around.

I found the 15 bps to be a bit...useless. It isnt that much faster than the 13, and you must give it a slight release and pull to keep it engaged, so that you cant just mash on the trigger. I preferred the pull release myself, because you can choose while playing how fast you need to shoot, and often surpass the 15bps auto mode.

Anyway back to the initial run. With the CO2 in firing in the back yard, out of my 500 balls I had 3 breaks, which i wasn't too pleased with. I clean my barrel up, and the internals ( which are very tidy and easy to get to, unlike the US5 for example), and assured myself that it was because I was firing CO2, and it wasnt very warm out. In a week or so, I went to the first event of the year, using HPA, and could not have asked for a more reliable gun. Our limit at our field is 290fps, and my first shot was at 260. A gave a little turn and it went up about 5,I found it was fairly consistent between the adjustments and the velocity. My US5 i could give a quarter turn and it would go up say 12fps, another quarter would put it up 7, and another 19.

Putting HPA through it, I fired well over 1500 balls that day, and had zero breaks. The paint wasnt bottom of the line, but it wasnt real exspensive stuff either (Ramp Blizzard). The gun worked amazing all day. The gun was easy on the arms for the 6 hours we played, my only real problem with the weight, was more or less an inconvenience. I have found that most older woodsball guns are heavier in the front, and when you put a tank on, they seem to balance out. This however, is balanced, ( i suppose most people who buy a 500 dollar gun have a remote line or coil) adding the tank made it back heavy, which is nothing a RC wouldnt fix. To compensate I put on a vertical grip, and it seemed to handle better.

Conclusion: I would recommend this marker to anyone who's been playing for a while, and is looking to buy themselves a newer gun. I dont think this is the greatest starter gun, but is deffinitly a great next gun to move up to. Its light (apx 3 ounces lighter than the regular x7), a reasonable price, and has some cool firing modes. The whole thing that I really minded, was the chop with the CO2, but then again, if your going to buy a 500 dollar gun, whos going to stay with CO2 long anyway.
9 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, April 18th, 2010 at 8:22 pm PST

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