|Posted on December 25, 2009 at 8:15 AM|
Just when you think they have engineered paintball markers as far as they can something new comes to light. The New Phenom marker from Tippmann is just that. No sear, no hammer, no long spring in the back, how does it work? Perhaps something that was found in the Roswell crash hidden for 62 years? Not at all. but it is so different than all other markers that taking it apart seems as foreign. This marker is of things to come, extremely more efficient and the cyclone feeder has been updated to handle 20 balls a second. If you are on the field in the heat of battle and your battery goes dead just flip the safety switch and you are back to shooting one ball per pull. Lighter than its cousin the X7 yet out shoots it, this marker is light years ahead of other markers. One problem I experienced was with cold weather, running c02 it began malfunctioning. After much study I replaced about 7 of the rings in the tube with a tighter black ring and it worked. I believe the stock rings are just a bit too soft and loose and drag on the inside when cold causing the return to drag. Now it rips shoots off smoothly. Over all I am very impressed with this new marker. It is much more quiet as well. I am looking forward to next year when I can take this out on the field and play.