NEW and Improved Phantom FAQs!
Link to the old FAQ thread. Good job Psycho. - SaiNt
1. What is a Phantom?
A Phantom is a Pump paintball marker manufactured by Mike Casady of CCI. He personally builds and tests each marker before it leaves him to come into your grubby little hands. They are a little spendy, but you easily get what you pay for and then some.
2. Where can I buy a Phantom?
www.phantomonline.com is strait from the man. If you want it quick, here is the place.
www.whitewolfairsmithing.com this is the place to go for great prices. He has the lowest prices around on Phantoms and Phantom parts. It will take a while for you to receive your gun from WWA, but you pay less.
www.wevopaintball.com is another great place to order from. He has great prices and has great service (my personal favorite to order from)
www.bunkerboyz.com also has very good prices. Run by fellow pumpers, so they know what your talking about.
www.doropaintball.com Has great prices on Direct feed Phantoms, but the price on stock class Phantoms are kind of high.
www.paintballadrenaline.com I have had troubles connecting to their site, but supposedly have great prices
www.canadianpaintball.com A must know for all the Canadians. This makes it cheaper and faster because you don't have to worry about things going across the border.
3. What are some upgrades I should get for my Phantom?
The Phantom is an amazing gun right out of the box. Nothing is really needed for the beauty except some air and some paint. But there are a few things that might not be a bad idea.
- A set of Phantom Detent Rings. These will prevent paintballs from rolling out the end of the barrel. Because the Phantom has no built in detent like some guns, these are important to have.
- A Trigger shoe. The trigger shoe slips onto the trigger and is tightened down. The trigger shoe increases the surface area of the trigger making it more comfortable and makes the trigger pull feel lighter.
- A new barrel. Although the Stock Phantom barrel is an amazing barrel, there are a few that can upstage it.
A WWA Frantom 2 is a phantom barrel that utilizes the Freak Insert system. They can be found at http://www.whitewolfairsmithing.com/barrels.htm
Another good barrel is the J&J Edge Kit. Although sometimes hard to find, they are great barrel kits that work great on Phantoms. They can be found at http://www.bunkerboyz.com/jandj.htm
Lapco also makes their whole lind of barrels for the Phantom. They include the Lapco Autospirit, Lapco Bigshot, and Lapco Microshot, found here http://www.wevopaintball.com/
CCI also makes aftermarket barrels for the Phantom. Found at www.phantomonline.com
Hammerhead barrel kits are now made for the Phantom. Although their effectivness has been debated over the years, many people swear that it will increase the performance of your gun.
- A stock also isn't a bad idea. They allow you to steady your shots easier and make shooting more comfortable.
4. Should I use HPA on my Phantom?
The Phantom was designed to run smoothly on co2. A simple 12gram will get you 40 or more shots out of a stock class phantom. 3.5 oz co2 tanks can also be found. But if you must have that peek consistency, then 13ci and 22ci tanks can be found at http://www.whitewolfairsmithing.com/cci%20parts.htm
5. What is a Micro Phantom?
A Micro Phantom Performs the same as most other Phantoms, but is much smaller. The barrel has been reduced to 6inches and the pump arm down to 2.5
6. What is a Ghost Ring?
A Ghost Ring is a small cylinder that slides onto the sight rail. These help you to acquire your target faster. They are not a sight/scope, they merely reduce the field of vision and allows you to quicken your aiming speed. They can be found at
7 What is a "Break in Period"?
The Break in Period of your Phantom is when your first receive it and the pump stroke is not as smooth as it should be. After about 600-1000 shots (varies in the guns) the Phantoms pump stroke will be silky smooth, and only get better and you play with it more.
8 What is a Stock Class harness, and where can I find one?
A stock class harness is a harness that is designed to hold the 12gram co2 cartridges and the 10rd tubes. There are a few different companies that manufacture them.
http://www.docsmachine.com/gear/scgear.html makes the capless harness.
Ronin Gear makes two different harnesses. http://www.iisports.com/product.asp?...&pf_id=UX0040A and http://www.iisports.com/product.asp?...&pf_id=UX0041A
Also Cops911 makes harness...alot of them... http://cops911.com/category.asp?id=106
A new company, PBMafia, has recently started making some very nice stock class harnesses. They can be found at
9. How do I adjust the Velocity?
It should tell you in your manual, but since Im such a nice guy, Ill tell you. The Phantom comes with a long rod with a black adapter on the end http://www.whitewolfairsmithing.com/...y-adjuster.jpg simply put this down your barrel onto the end of your bolt, turn left to lower velocity and right to raise the velocity. There is also a small, white screw on the bolt, that is the set screw. You have to disassemble the marker to access it, but not like that's a huge task. Screw that in lightly to set the velocity, and screw it out if you need to adjust again.
10. Can I change my marker from stock class to direct feed?
Absolutely. All you have to do is purchase a Direct feed body (or stock class body if your going the other way) take the internals and trigger frame from one breech and move them to the other. Quite simple really.
11. What is a check valve?
A check valve is a valve that replaces your old, or you modify your original valve to hold extra co2 after you have removed the 12gram from the gun. Some Phantoms, such as the ones from WWA, come standard with a check valve.
12. Where can I buy a 3.5oz Co2 or a 13ci HPA tank?
There are a few places that sell 3.5oz. They can be found at:
13. How many shots will I get off of a 12gram?
When you first get your Phantom, you wont get as many shots.
Backbottle: Before Break in; appx. 35 shots
After Break in; 45-50 shots
VSC: Before Break in; appx. 20 shots
After Break in; 30-40 shots.
14. Where does the CO2 go?
The following three setups use a regular size co2 tank
In your average back bottle setup Here The co2 bottle will screw onto the back of the marker just behind the valve.
On a bottomline setup Here the co2 placement is pretty obvious, it will screw into the bottomline on the bottom of the grip frame like most other markers.
On a vertical air Phantom Here the co2 placement is also pretty obvious, it will screw in vertically into the ASA.
The following setups use 12gram co2 powerletts
On a Stock Class (SC) Phantom Here, the 12gram will be placed in the bucket, the extension off the back of the marker, and then screwed into the marker so that it comes into contact with the Puncture pin, thus releasing the co2.
On a Vertical Stock Class (VSC) Phantom Here The co2 is screwed into the bucket that is vertical in front of the trigger frame, and then screwed into the marker so that it comes into contact with the Puncture pin, thus releasing the co2.
15. How do I maintain my Phantom?
The Phantom is very easy to take care of. After each day of play, take out the internals, wipe them off with a dry rag, and put them back in. Then, before you start playing, put 3-4 drops of regular paintball marker oil (Gold cup, Core slick, PMI, etc.) and put then on the pucture pin or asa, and then attach the air source. Take off the marker barrel and fire the marker several times to cycle the oil throughout the internals, and replace the barrel. Your now ready for a good day of play
Here is a thread that FuzzyLlama made on how to properly lube your Phantom
Also, a very valuable thread, is Senghing27's thread for a break down of your Phantom, complete wil pics. Great if you are having troubles taking apart/putting together your Phantom.
Another helpful video from one of the members here, a Vid by Omni about how to adjust your Nylon set screw
If there is anything else that you believe I should add, just PM me and Ill be sure to add it in.
I figured we needed a new one because the one that C-mac wrote (a very good job btw) is kinda dated, and he hasnt been on in 6 months, so I made a new one with updated websites.
Now you just need to remake that video. ;) Nice work.
Not too shabby. I like it.:tup:
Not like they'll actually read it...
Frequently Asked Questions about the phantom. Great if you are new to the pump scene, and / or are looking to buy a phantom.
Where can I buy a phantom?
I have a thread written up here with a list of dealers that I have found to be reputable. The link is here:
What setup is the best?
This is personal preference. Here is a quick and dirty comparison:
Second most efficient with 12 grams (compared to the dropout changer)
Some people prefer the balance of a backbottle.
Cannot use a bulk tank when running a 15 round stock class feed (the feedtube will sit too low to screw in a bulk C/A tank)
Most efficient valve with 12 grams
Cannot use bulk tanks with this valve - you must purchase another valve
When used with a larger bottle, the bottle can be used as a stock
Can be run hawaiian style (bottomline screwed in backwards) - some prefer the balance of using a hawaiian style setup.
Cannot use a stock, unless a gas-through stock is bought.
Less efficient with 12 grams compared to the VSC, Backbottle and Dropout changer
Many people prefer the balance of vertical air, especially when using a bulk air tank
Most efficient setup on 12 gram that does not feed the 12 gram directly into the valve (as with backbottle and dropout valves)
VERY consistent with CO2 tanks (3.5s and 4 ozs, especially)
Less efficient with 12 grams than backbottle and dropouts
Should not run a tank larger than 3.5 oz, or you may risk bending the trigger frame if you run into something.
What bore size is the phantom?
What kind of threads to Phantoms take?
Phantoms use their own threads: phantom threads. As such, you need to buy phantom-specific barrels, or get barrels rethreaded. If you get barrels rethreaded, you need to make sure that the pump handle will go around the barrel properly, or that you have undercocking.
What is stock class Phantom?
A pure stock class marker has a horizontal stick feed and runs on 12 gram powerlets.
A modified stock class marker uses a horizontal stick feed and a bulk CO2 tank.
Is the 10 or 15 round feed tube better?
This is personal preference. I personally prefer the 15 round tube because I do not need to reload as often, and when I do reload, I am not left with paintballs in my 10 round tubes.
What is the best barrel for the phantom?
The stock barrel is probably the best single barrel that money can buy (unless you are looking for a quieter barrel...and trust me, the stock barrel is already very quiet). However, because of the large bore size of the phantom, you will get rollouts if your paint is too small for the barrel. For this reason, many people buy a smaller bore barrel (usually the Lapco Microshots). Scroll down to see a complete list of barrels available for the phantom.
What are essential upgrades when buying a phantom?
This, again is preferential. However, I need to say this: THE PHANTOM IS ALREADY TUNED TO SHOOT EXTREMELY WELL OUT OF THE BOX!. Partswise, when you buy your phantom, I (as many others would agree) would tell you to buy detent rings (to prevent rollouts for paint that is too small), as well as a trigger shoe (which increases the surface area of the trigger that your finger rests on, giving the feeling of a smoother and lighter trigger pull).
Another optional upgrade (that is done as aftermarket, custom work) that many pure stock class (only using 12 gram CO2 powerlets) players prefer is to bob your valve, which means you cut down the length of your valve. This reduces the volume of "dead space" that the gas in the 12 gram has to fill in order to completely fill the valve, which increases the number of shots that you can get out of a 12 gram.
Some people also buy undercocking. This puts the pump handle underneath the barrel instead of around it. The advantages are that it smooths up the pump stroke, and for some people, puts the pump in a more natural position for their hand.
Should I use nitro on my phantom?
In my opinion, this is completely unnecessary. Nitro tanks add too much weight to the marker, which ruins one of the main advantages of having a pump marker in the first place. An anti-siphoned bulk tank on the bottomline, or a 3.5 or 4 oz on the vertical ASA, along with a good paint-barrel match and a broken in phantom will yield consistencies of +\- 2-5 FPS. Many pump players prefer using 3.5 oz and 4 oz CO2 tanks with their markers.
However, there are more and more players using the 13 CI nitro tanks, which give the consistency of nitro in a smaller and lighter package. They can be bought at http://www.whitewolfairsmithing.com/ found under the parts section.
How many shots can I get off my phantom?
On a 3.5 and 4 oz tank, anywhere from 200-350 shots (depending on how well your field fills your tanks - these small tanks are extremely hard to fill, and very few people can fill them properly, so you will not usually get a full shot count)
A 13 ci tank will also yield around the same number of shots.
On a VSC phantom, you should be able to get around 25-35 shots, although most people change around 20 shots to ensure that their velocity does not drop off. On a backbottle phantom / dropout phantom, you can get around 40 shots or even more.
These numbers may vary depending on how well tuned your phantom is (springing, bobbing the valve, temperature, rate of fire), but these are numbers on the phantoms that come STOCK from CCI. Be aware that especially with 12 grams, that firing rapidly will chill the tank / powerlet, reducing the number of shots you get from it, and your velocity will also drop off until the powerlet / tank warms back up.
How do I use my detent rings?
Read the instruction manual, dangit! :)
Anyways, what you want to do is take around 5 paintballs, and try to size them with the detent rings (we use 5 to find the "average" size of the balls). A proper fitting detent will have the middle of the ball resting inside the ring detent, and it will take a bit of force to push the ball through the ring.
Once you have found the right size ring, you want to drop the ring (MAKE SURE IT IS LEVEL OR YOU WILL WRECK YOUR BARREL) as far into the breech as possible - it should sit past the threads. Screw on your barrel normally - the barrel should screw on as if there was no detent in the marker. If you encounter resistance, STOP IMMEDIATELY, unscrew your barrel, and check if you seated the detent properly.
Removing the detents, you can either use dental picks, or what I do is stick my finger into the breech, and then get the ring 'stuck around my finger' and pull my finger out of the breech, along with the barrel?
What aftermarket barrels are available for the Phantom?
Lapco: Microshot, Autospirit and Bigshot (many people buy the microshot or autospirit, because they shoot small bore paint very often; not many buy the bigshot because its bore size is very close to the stock phantom barrel's)
WWA FR-Antom II - Sold and manufactured by White Wolf Airsmithing (WWA) - takes freak inserts, allowing you to size your paint better.
J&J Edge Kit - Sold by J&J, arguably one of the best (along with the FR-Antom II) multi-bore barrel systems. This is different from the FR-Antom in that it uses actual control bores.
SP All-American barrel (Rare; Out of Production)
DYE Boomstick (Rare; Out of Production)
BOA Barrels (Rare; out of production)
CCI Carbon Fibre Barrels (Many people swear by them; EXTREMELY rare; costly to buy nowadays; out of production)
CCI Nickel Barrels (slightly tighter bore, cleans out slightly better)
This FAQ Was Awesome!
I know. What can I say? I'm amazing :D. Feel free to post feedback / questions in this thread.
There is also the End Game Compression Barrel for the Phantom.
That was a pretty good FAQ psycho, well done. More people should now about the phantom, and you are helping.
Thanks for going over a few more things, although a few things you did go over a second time. :P I forgot to go over the stock class things though.
Fireball wrote that awhile back, it was on pbnation
One of yall need to tell how to make your phantom more effiect.
But there are a couple things that you could do. A good paint to barrel match with increase your shot count a little. Also, a bobbed valve will get you a few more shots. Also, getting a spring kit with the right combo can get a few more shots, although many people still use the stock springs even after they get the spring kit. But one thing that will increase your efficiency alot would be a Drop Out valve. I have heard of people getting 80 shots off of one 12gram with a dropout Valve. I know that I am going to buy one...once I have money again.
I plan on buying a Phantom soon, and I was wondering, do they come with detent rings, or will I have to buy them separate?
You'll have to buy them seperate, or buy a barrel kit if you don't want small paint rolling down the barrel.
Sorry to bug you guys wit questions, but I was also wondering, does the T-Stock make that much of a difference? I was trying to think of what it would be like without one, since I'm used to haveing a tank to rest my shoulder on.
I see a lot of Phantoms without stocks, so I can't really tell if they really help that much.
It's preference. Try one with a stock and one without.
I myself like stocks on Micros, but not much else.
Stock on a micro? I thought the WHOLE point of having a micro is its pistol-like-ness and that the can get tighter and stuff like that...
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