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Ace-o-Spades Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Brass Eagle Talon (lol)
Marker Setup: CCI Phantom (stock class)
Daisy 4x20 scope
Remote line to HPA
Recommended
Upgrades:
For sure get a set of ball detents, a couple bucks it saves you many, many rollouts
Maybe the nickel barrel but it's not necessary
Strengths: See review
Weaknesses: See review
Review: First Impressions:
I purchased the stock class CCI Phantom from White Wolf Airsmithing (it's about 20 bucks cheaper there than the CCI website), and a month later (shipping was a NIGHTMARE, USPS lost the package!) I finally got it in the mail. I took it out of the box, and was slightly taken aback. I mean, this marker is absolutely gorgeous! The look and feel is so smooth and well-crafted, I just know it's going to last a long time.
I put it on my lap and looked around PBreview's website for a while, and completely forgot it was on my lap, it was so light. The Phantom is one of the lightest markers I've held. It's also well balanced in my hands, the center of gravity is right on the trigger guard with CO2 and paint in it, perfect in my opinion.


Strengths:
Never in my experience playing paintball have I had to take wind into account of my shots (barring extreme winds, of course). None of my other markers simply have the accuracy and consistency to warrant it. I used to be able to rely on the much wider spread of my shots with semi-auto markers to counteract the effects of the wind. However, the Phantom is accurate and consistent enough that it will drift to the exact same spot every time. The Phantom is honestly the most accurate marker I've ever shot. Sure, high-end marker setups with enormous amounts of cash put into barrel systems and regulators probably shoot just as accurate (I've never truly tested the accuracy of such markers), but for under 200 dollars, you can't do better than the Phantom. Some say that scopes are useless for paintball, but I say nay. Properly tuned and adjusted, my Daisy scope is right on the money from 75 feet out, reliably enough so that I can use it to great effect whenever I want.
It's rather quiet, as well. I made a suppressor out of PVC and with it on, the noise it makes is comparable to a loud fart.
As I said before, it looks cool as hell, especially with the scope on it. You will definitely get looks from other players when you enter the field.
It's really easy to disassemble, as well. Two thumbscrews secure the marker together, and the trigger assembly comes off when they are taken out. Oiling the marker is as simple as unscrew, wipe, oil, screw back in. CCI kept to the KISS method (Keep It Simple, Stupid); I love the simplicity of the design.


Weaknesses:
The only thing I could think of as a weakness was the fact that it doesn't come standard with a ball detent, which keeps the loaded ball from rolling out of the chamber. I read some reviews here before purchasing and saw that people suggested buying some, and I'm really glad I did. I would say they are a requirement for this marker.
Other than that, the Phantom is absolutely flawless.
Conclusion: I'm definitely giving the CCI Phantom a ten, I have never seen such accuracy and consistency out of the box before. An all-around well-crafted marker, I'm looking forward to years of use.

*Note: Notice how the Product Rating section says "10 - Best," not "10 - Perfect." Don't not give a product a 10 just because "nothing's perfect." Absolute perfection is not what a potential buyer is looking for, so don't rate things as if that's the case.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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