Brass Eagle Tigershark- Good beginners gun, but not very good at all, it hardly compares
PMI Tracer- Basicly the same gun as the phantom, but lower quality parts, and overall not as good.
CCI Phantom- I use the stock class setup, but instead of using 12 grams i use a 7 ounce back bottle. Black, 14" Stock Barrel, M16 Grip, a crossman red dot sight that i use for speed ball, as well as a bushnell 3-7x20mm extended eye releif scope for woods games. (I switch)
-A sight of some form, as this gun is very accurate and a sight would improve the performance.
-Possibly an 11" Nickel Plated Barrel, as I asked Mike Cassidy(owner of CCI) and he said they are designed to be more efficient, as well as larger porting for a queiter, less visible shot under constant air (the Co2 puff out of the barrel disperses with better porting, thus making you less visible when firing, i call it a muzzle flash)
- Very Durable, lightweight, easy dissassembly, excellent customer service, quality craftmanship, well made, well designed.
See below, i want to explain the 'weaknesses' (in other words, none)
I wanted to explain the weaknesses here in full, as there wasn't enought room up above.
When using the 10 round stock loader, and a back bottole, the loader interferes with the loader cap, and you have to force the stock loader up to get the cap on, after you put the Co2 bottle on. This is a weakness per say, because the stock class variation wasn't designed with that in mind. The velocity adjust down the barrel is a bit of a nuisance, but you just have to get used to it. The M16 grip can be a little uncomfortable, as most of the weigth rests on your middle finger with it, but its a trade off for the 'rifle feel' I was looking for. Again, I wouln't call these weaknesses, I'm just being in picky.
The CCI Phantom is a excellently crafted marker, I wish I had gotten it sooner. The markers are all custom made to your personal tastes, with the availability of any colour, barrel size and type, feed system, and Co2 posotion. There is a multitude of options available to the Phantom, however only CCI puts these out, so there is a limited path to follow for upgrades.
The disassembly is very simple, there are two very large thumb screws on the bottom of he grip frame to unscrew, and the entire body comes apart. The bolt, hammer, port compensator all slide out after the screws are removed, for an easy feild strip and resassembly.
The accuracy is incredible for a stock barrel, I chose the 14" barrel because i wanted mine with a rifle look and feel. The stock barrel is one of few that don't truly need to replaced, the accuracy is exceptional already. The nickel plated barrel is designed to be more efficient (The coefficient of kinetic friction is less on nickel than on aluminum, thus producing less drag on the ball), which indirectly affects the accuracy, making it slightly more accurate. Unfortunately, the Nickel barrel can not be annodized, because its Nickel, and i looks pretty cool anyway. There is a Carbon Fibre barrel out, which is now discontinued, Mike Cassidy put out for a little while a week or two ago (October 03 now) and it was the last batch. I have no idea how good these barrels are.
The pump on the phantom is smooth, and easy once its broken in, and very easy. One thing i would recommend is be careful not to double feed while autofiring(holding the trigger down while pumping, you can get about 6 bps off that way), as its more prone to double feeding while autofiring, as you have a tendency not the bring the pump arm far enough forward to fire. All it takes is practice to eliminate this.
The Velocity also drops while autofiring, though only while using twelve grams, not a bottle larger than 7 ounces.
This an excellent marker, well made, and comparitively cheap to other pumps that are as good as the Phantom. I bought my Stock Class Phantom for $290 canadian, which is an average price. Mike Cassidy is excellent for getting back to you, so if you have any questions, email him, and he'll get back to that day, or the day after.
I give this marker a 10, as its as close to perfection as any marker can get. Most markers have their flaws, this one just has a lot less flaws.
You should get this marker if your looking for a well made, well priced and very reliable pump.