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Brophog Wednesday, November 12th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
4 years8 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann SL68II
Marker Setup: CCI Phantom
Male Stabilizer
Recommended
Upgrades:
Shoots VERY well out of the box.
Stabilizer adds further consistency with CO2
Variety of upgrades available, mostly cosmetic
Strengths: Very Consistent
Well Balanced
Excellent Customer Service
Weaknesses: Nelson style valve has limited flow compared to today's high end markers.
Review: I have used a phantom for several years now, and consider it the pinnacle of the pump world. There are more high priced pumps out there, but consider them more show pieces than game markers due to being incredibly high priced and very limited gain over a phantom.

If you consider only pump guns, the phantom really has no weaknesses. It is true the Nelson valve has a limited flow rate, but considering your only able to pump out 5-6 BPS with the autotrigger, this is not a factor.

The versatility of the phantom is a really big strength. You can play either stock class or direct feed (left, right, center). For air you can play either 12 gram, or constant air. You can place your bottle either back bottle, bottomline, or vertical. There isn't a configuration that is not do able with a phantom.

The biggest strength is the ability to aim the marker. It is incredibly well balanced, and its single tube design makes the gun point very well. It is very light weight compared to today's standards at only 1.7 stock.
Conclusion: If you like to play pump, just get the phantom. If your a fan of the autococker or sniper and are accustomed to that setup, then that is a great route to go. If you have the money, you may want to go with a Palmer or Carter. If you just want a great pump gun, that can be used anywhere, buy the phantom. There is nothing to go wrong with this gun, and replacement parts are easily accessible at phantomonline.com.

The fact the phantom is still in production is a real testament to the design and service of CCI. You won't have any fear of not getting parts for this marker for a very long time. Even new markers come out with a new design every year, making getting parts for the older model difficult. The phantom has stayed relatively unchanged for over 14 years now. I highly recommend.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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