VSC Phantom, trigger shoe, polished power tube, valve slug
Mid to smaller bore
Tighter bore than stock, easier aiming, quiet
Lowers 12g efficiency
I got the 18" barrel mostly because thee are so few barrels available for the Phantom. I've often had problems with roll out from the stock barrel and for the price, its not to bad.
The barrel is teflon coated and looks like its made of PVC. The muzzle screws on and stays secure. When mounted doubles the length of the gun, making it look very impressive.
The greater length makes aiming a bit easier, you can see the tip of the barrel without any problem. A little unwieldy at times but useful for poking through the brush and grass so that you don't have to expose more of yourself than nessessary.
The greater length does lower 12g efficiency if you have a tight barrel-paintmatch. I saw my shot count drop from 36 to 28 at full velocity. Blaze and Draxxus still roll into the barrel, but rarely out. (Lowers velocity and efficiency)
Haven't broken one in the barrel yet so I don't know if the teflon coating adds anything to quick clean out.
My understanding is that this was designed for a custom order and CCI decided to market it. Those closer to CCI have said that shorter lengths of teflon coated/tighter bore barrels are in the works.
Its a CCI product so its well made and has practical value. If you are looking for a tighter bore barrel, go with the Lapco Microshot. If you want a long barrel for some fun this is not a bad choice.
CCI Stock Barrel, but they dont make anything quite like this for the phantom. iv also used the barrels on my other setups:cmi truflight, smartparts teardrop, stiffi, smartparts progressive, j&j ceramic.
CCI Phantom, right-feed, backbottle setup, 18" Barrel, 9oz.
medium bore (superswirls, marbs,scorch,blaze, inferno, nelson whack) paint
Okay, so we all have heard people go on on and on about the magnificent stock barrel on the CCI phantom, but just wait until you try THIS barrel on your phantom!! when i compared the two barrels at different distances using different types of paint, there was a very significant difference.
Here are the Pro's:
-Tighter tragectory: My shot groupings were much tighter than with the stock barrel. When i shot at a 4'x6' peice of plywood with my stock barrel at 90 ft, i was getting about a 10-14 inch grouping. With the 18'', i could literally stack ball on ball!! no lie!
-Annodizing: unlike the nickel barrel, you can have the 18'' custom annodized at CCI to match your gun
-Teflon coated: This works so well that breaks are almost unnoticable. when you break a ball inside the barrel, unless you're shooting at extremly long distances (80-90 ft) your shots will fly pretty straight.
-Weight/Length: The long barrel at the front of you gun balances the weight with the back if you use a 9oz, making those tough shots much easier to take. It also helps for poking through brusk in a woodsball game, or around an air bunker in either a stock class (or if your crazy like me) or a speedball game.
-Smaller Bor: You can use a much wider selection of paint instead of having to use bigball.
Now for the cons:
-Loud....ish: Because of its minimal porting, the 18" is noticably louder than the stock barrel. however, it is just as quiet as most tourney guns and nowhere near as loud as a tippmann.
Weight/Length: Some people just prefer a shorter barrel.
Rollouts. you still need to at least buy meduim bore sized paint to prevetn this.
In conclusion, it all comes down to presonal preferance. if you will do anything for that extra accuracy regardless of the downsides, get this barrel. no barrel iv ever used has been perfect, but this has come pretty damn close. i wish i could give it a 9.5, but i cant, so im giving it a 9 becasue nothing is perfect.
oh, and please comment this, it takes a wicked long time to do these. thanx!
This barrel was the first barrel over 14" that Mike Cassidy manufactured.
Phantom VSC (Black) with Telescoping T-Stock, CCI 11" Stock and 18" Sniper barrels, NcStar 42mm 3-9x Scope w/ Lighted Crosshairs, and 12 gram adapter or 3.5 oz Aluminum CO2 Bottle
Any fresh paint will shoot fine through a Phantom, but Marbs, Blaze, and even PMI Premiums work well.
-Accuracy slightly improved over stock barrel
-Ability to poke through brush
-Auto-triggering less accurate
I bought this, and it was one of the first "real" barrels of it's kind. The PVC-looking barrel was a custom barrel and the others were all prototypes. The barrels CCI sells now are all metal (I think aluminum, just like the gun) and the reason why the muzzle unscrews in the first place is so that it fits inside most paintball gun cases (most are 16-17" wide.)
Accuracy is slightly improved over stock barrel (just make sure you do not screw the muzzle on the other end, even though they have identical threads.) Another strength is the ability to poke the barrel through thick brush. Also... Don't forget the intimidation factor.
It is unwieldy, and slightly throws off the gun's balance. If you are caught up close with it on, or even shooting from behind walls, it takes more time to draw it to the target. In addition, auto-triggering is inherently less accurate due to the movement of the more accurate barrel.
The threads are the same for both the barrel-to-gun end and barrel-to-muzzle end, so do not get confused as to which end to put the muzzle back on. Trust me, you will know the difference when you shoot.
The barrel seems to retain paintballs better than the stock barrel (I have not had a ball roll out of the 18" yet,) again making it more accurate.
For $55, it definitely is not a bad buy, plus it really makes the gun aesthetically pleasing. My Phantom currently resembles a PSG-1... Mwhahahaha.
However, if you don't like woodball, I wouldn't recommend this, because it is a hinderance for speedball. The stock barrel makes the gun far easier to draw and faster to aim.
If you like to play woodball or scenario games, it is a well-made well-priced, and accurate barrel, and by all means, buy it if you prefer; but if you are more into speedball, as with any other long barrel, it just isn't worth it.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, April 29th, 2004 at 8:23 pm PST
Too long to adjust with velocity adjuster without unscrewing barrel.
Well, although I haven't tried it in speedball yet, It must be very hard, But then again, Who in their right mind would play speedball with a Phantom?
Woods is great, It is a high quality barrel, I love how the front porting unscrews,
I haven't had a problem yet, but when you chrono in, it is annoying to be constantly screwing in and unscrewing your barrel to get the speeds right.
But it's a lot of fun! Gives you the "sniper" feel you always wanted in a game like paintball which snipers are non existent.
I would reccomend it. Cheap high quality barrel. Loved sniping in the woods.
Phantom (stock and direct feed) with either a 4oz tank or a 9oz. Nothing else (it doesn't need it).
Tippmann Pro/Carbine (stock, needs nothing)
I've used normal Blaze and Midnight .68 Caliber balls with this barrel.
Very accurate. Looks really sharp. Light.
Very long (18")
I bought this barrel because I'm making a scenario sniper-type marker out of my phantom...and I wanted something a bit longer than the stock varieties. First off this barrel is every bit as accurate as the stock CCI Phantom ones...it just slightly reduces your fps velocity. The barrel looks amazing, with its muzzle break looking a lot like a silencer...I got mine coloured the acid green to match my marker, and all for $55 USD. A great deal if you ask me.
Excellent for the scenario type player, but stick with your stock barrel if you're into the stock and pump tourny's.