Your basic gunky rental semis
I own or have owned A pirahna, spyder shutter, 96 autococker, a spyder flash, and now a phantom.
Spyder Shutter, nitro, 12 volt revy, 12 inch J&J ceramic
Spyder Flash, same upgrades
Back bottle phantom with T stock, .45 grips, Millet red dot sight, coil remote, 12 volt revy and a pnuematic assist from Doc's Machine
All markers run on nitro
I like what I have. It depends on the game you play. The pnuematic assist is pricey, but the short pump stroke it creates rules. When you autrigger with this feature you don't lose as much fiepower to semis.
I was a sceptic. I didn't buy into the legend,but it's true, this marker long ball like a witch. You can pull eliminations at 125 feet. You will NOT be making goggle shots, but you can reach a baller that far away. 100 footers are far more consistant. You can stack balls at 60 to 75 feet. I painted a guy at 85 feet that no one else could to through his cover. I have measued these distances folks, they aren't guesses, only facts.
It's cool. 4 different guys asked to shoot it on the range. They all left drooling and asking where I got it.
It's economical. I shoot less paint. I burn through fewer fills.
You need game to play with a pump. If you can handle a reduced rate of fire that isn't a problem. I have broken a lot of balls in my barrel because I haven't found a great paint match yet.
Wicked ,wicked, wicked marker. There is a learning curve to pump play, but it makes you a better paintballer. All those guys that write that they are a "sniper" with their semi or electro frame, they are not. What they are is wishing they had the game to play with this SERIOUS piece of equipment. Are you the hunter or the hunted?
The Phantom will outshoot, out perform, and just put any other pump to shame. Mike Cassady has a talent and a gift for making the best out of the box and quite possibly the best marker there is.
I have .45 Phantom with a cheap scope with an infra-red piece mounted on it. (it looks strange) I also have the 14 inch barrel. I plan on getting the nikle plated barrel sometime soon. I bought the marker in black because I am going to guillie it anyway.
the CCI Nickel PLated barrel and that's about it
Everything! Great marker out of the box, no need to worry about the over priced and overrated after market garbage, great accuracy, relativly quiet (with my silenc.....errrr....I mean barrel extension it is barely audible), it is light, very customizable, and comes with the great and personalized service of Good ole Mike!
To say anything bad about this marker is sacreligous and that individual needs to be shot to death by Brass Eagle Talons.
Great marker. It can hang on the front lines of a speedball field or the backwoods of BFE. Its all around one of the paintball sniper's best friends and the unsuspecting prey's worst nightmare. One shot, one kill.
Bottom line 45 grip Phantom, CCI 18" Sniper Barrel, PPS Stabilizer, Pmi Remote line, Voodoo folding stock, Bi-pod
Steel braided line for the 45 bottom line
Accuracy, Quiet, Air usage, Overall look
This marker is'nt just a gun. It is a legacy. This thing will not only turn heads with its minimalist design, but with its preformance it will make others take notice.
I have only used this marker for about 6 months, but I already love it.
It is so quiet compared to the hi-cost markers my opponets use i can get so close they never stand a chance.
One time I even got close enough to "barrel tag" an opponent.
The only thing i didnt like about this marker was the bottom line high pressure leakage.
But once i replaced it with a steel line no problem.
The bore is a bit large, but for $6 the detant kit solves that problem.
This is the mecca of pump guns. If you cant buy one at least rent it!
This gun is great, it is a well built pump. Plus it is really acurate. A friend let me borrow his phantom ans i have to say that it is a really inpressive gun. Some people might say that 200 is alot of money for a pump, but those people have never uised a phatom. I am getting my own phantom pretty soon, because it is a really reliable gun.
you definatly need a stock, and unless you don't mind having lots of 12 grams everywhere then you should get a 3 or 4 oz c02 tank
Hella accurate and incredably light
this gun is great, even though its nothing like an Angle speed.....this gun is great for woods ball because of its overall lightness, and compactness. its also great because you really don't have to worry a whole lot about running out of either paint or co2. i think that, and its great accuracy makes up for its slowness.
I think that its a great gun, and its not incredably expensive, so unless you want a really fast gun, this is well worth it
Talon pump guns: Fun, but break after a while, no where near as accurate, no upgrade path.
Automag: Semi so its different, but a great marker none the less. Phantom never breaks, so its a lot easier to depend on.
Spyder tl+: Reliabel and fun to play with, but still just can't compare to the feeling of the phantom.
Phantom: Stock Barrel, Palmer Sideline reg, 45 grip, vertical and stock class feed. Clear pump handle/ stock class breach, Macroline.
Automag: Powerfeed, 9v revy, all american barrel, 5 inch drop forward w/ on-off, benchmark grip frame and foregrip, marcoline kit, pmi 47/3000 steel nitro tanks (2)
Don't upgrade, buy the gun the way you want it to be, this will save you a bunch of cash. I would recommend a 45 grip, a stock if you aren't going to use a bottom line tank settup, maybe a regulator, but thats all you really need.
Sleekness, style, feel, weight (light), simplicity, convertable (stock class to gravity feed in five min)
Velocity adjustment, but even that isn't a huge pain
I bought this bad boy a while ago, and since then i have shelved my other two markers almost completely simply because this one is more fun to play with and more reliable, not to mention accurate as hell and less expensive to play with. The internals are SO simple, you don't have to worry about not understanding whats wrong with the gun. THe pump stroke is passably smooth, the stock barrel is excelent, i still use it. 45 grip is key, and if i were you i would try to get a CCI stock to go with this puppy, since the stock is made for the phantom and therefor makes the proper angle for the stock to be at. ALSO, vert feed is AWESOME. For more info on this bad boy, hit up the owner's group forum, the guys there are friendly and super helpfull about this marker search google for it, i can't post a link here... check it out.
Get this marker, you learn to make each shot count, you can play more cuz you shoot less paint, you get more satisfaction with every kill knowing that you were outgunned and still won, Its a blast
CCI Phantom with stock 14" barrel, bottom line setup
A couple different barrels (slightly bigger and slightly smaller bore size for different playing conditions and paint)
-Straight as an arrow
-Only errors are user made
-Makes you better
-You don't buy as much paint (weekness for field owners)
-Not many aftermarket barrels
I was going to write a review as soon as I bought this thing after testing it, but I decided to hold off and wait a few months. If you want to play paintball, and play a lot without braking the bank, then a pump is the way to go. If you decide to go the pump route, then the Phantom is the way to go. The setup out of the box is as accurate as those Angels and Cockers with the Freak barrel system. I've only had it a short time, but I'm already learning how to better myself without the "spray and pray" methods used by most paintballers. Easy to field strip, easy to use, and easy to get great customer service round off the list of strengths. The only thing I would recommend is that you purchase a few different bore sized barrels, though for most paint the stock barrel is incredible. J&J makes a great barrel, as well as DYE (though it's a bit pricey). Also there is next to nothing you can purchase aftermarket wise for this gun, though who needs it? :P
I suggest that if you have about $200-$270 to spend and want to get into pump play, then get a Phantom.
Tippmann pump. (oops i forgot the name) its not as good.
JT Excellerator 3.5 (all stock, AWESOME GUN!)
PT Extreme Black (all stock)
NOTHING! Great out of the box! the barrel is good enough. dont buy a new one. dont even think about a new trigger. this one is pretty nice.
LIGHT AS A FEATHER (even with a 20 OZ co2 and a 200 round hopper)
If you have the strength, u can crank out balls fairly fast
easy trigger pull
easy to dismantle and adjust velocity
Great for sniping. you cold probably git rid of 3 or 4 guys before they knew where you were at.
the barrel is long and accurate.
Not a long pump pull either
Couldnt really find anything. when they say best pump ever made.. they arent kidding ya. it is a little expensive, but im buying it used.
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! BUY IT! you will be happy! i wouldnt hesitate to use this pump in a big tourney. i love my semis but i like this baby alot!
JT excellerator 4.0, talon ghost, blade, potato gun, slingshot, stingray II. The phantom is even a match for the semi excellerator (in woods combat more), less firepower but more range and accuracy.
JT excellerator 4.0 as it came from the box with a 9 oz. C02 tank.
rifle stock thing to put on C02 tank
Accurate (easily outranges my JT excellerator 4.0)
Looks kinda cool (especially with rifle stock type thing)
Doesnt waste paint/C02
Rarely chops (ive never had it chop)
Easy to cock
Not too loud
Kinda expensive ($198), though you can get it on Ebay for less, still worth the money, id get one but i got an excellerator 4.0 3 months ago.
Best pump ive ever used!!! I didnt realize that it could take on semis and win, but i would not suggest getting into a long ranged firefight against this beast (unless you want to waste alot of paint). Easy to cock, uses much less paint than a semi, uses C02 efficiently. I think im gonna buy one meself someday. Buy it!!!