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20 May 2010 - 05:44 AMCan I renew this thread with the both the TM15 and the Phenom being out for a while...
Phenom vs TM15?
What I'm thinking:
- running HPA
- an electric, RipClip or Qloader on the TM15
- is the cyclone on the Phenom same performance as previous?
- The one thing that really stands out to me is the "Semi Auto Mechanical" on the Phenom ...would this be the deciding factor for many? HOWEVER the battery in the mag looks very simple to change out rather quickly.
Sure we can start this one up again. I don't mind.
To answer your questions, the Cyclone on the Phenom is slightly different than previous versions though the parts are compatable with existing A5/X7 cyclone parts. The feed rate isn't any different but the paddles are shaped slightly differently to be gentler an paint. I have had zero cyclone problems with my Phenom so far and am quite satisfied.
The Mechanical Semi-Auto was a deciding factor for me. I like the idea of not depending on batteries for any parts of the gun. In fact, the Phenom is my first electronic marker ever, despite over 15 years in the sport and owning many guns over the years. I have shot various electros but never owned any till now. The trigger pull on mech-semi is quite light compared to Tippmann's other guns too. It is very soft and smooth.
The battery on the Phenom is in the grip, not the mag (as the TM-15 has it), but is still quite easy to reach. Either gun can swap batteries quite easily.
I also found the Phenom stock barrel to shoot very well right out of the box. It goes straight and if you get a break, you can shoot it clean very easily.
A few months back I had the TM-15 vs Phenom debate and went with the Phenom. My reasons included the Mech Semi-Auto, Cyclone, reliability (I've read about many TM15 solonoid issues, some even after removing the factory lube), and price.
If I were to go TM-15 I would have wanted the Rip Clip (so I could use a Tac-Cap and my 50 rnd pods) which needed the Mic Mod at the time (the new TM friendly Rip Clip wasn't out yet). The cost of a Rip Clip (or any other high feed rate hopper) on top of the already $60+ price tag over the Phenom was pricing the TM-15 out of my range. I have a baby on the way and I'd rather spend my limited funds playing.
If money were no option to me (and I don't know how your finances are), I'd get both. But bang for buck, I'd say the Phenom gives you similar performance in a less expensive package out of the box.
- running HPA
02 May 2010 - 07:00 AMDefinately apples and oranges. But here's my take.
The Tiberius 8 (and 9) have very large grips compared to most other markers. If you have large hands, its not a problem. If you have small hands and short fingers, it might feel too large to hold comfortably. I've stayed away from Tiberius personally for that reason. They're good guns but the ergonomics don't fit me.
The X7 Phenom I own and love. The grip frame is smaller and easy to get my hands around. The fact that it is an electro that can keep shooting in Semi Mode if you have the battery, board, or solonoid go down is comforting though I haven't had anything go down on me. The trigger pull is softer than any other Tippmann I've shot in both semi or electro mode. The stock barrel is the best Tippmann has put on their guns in long time. It shoots through breaks well and aims true. I personally like the cyclone, it lets me use either a full hopper or a small capacity tac-cap and requires no batteries. The Phenom's cyclone has been altered from older cyclones to be easier on the paint.
I recommend getting your hands on each and trying both out before you buy. Both are well made. If you do go Tiberius, and you're not sure about staying with pistol play, I'd recommend the T9 which will let you play pistol or rifle, clip fed or hopper fed. It's just a more versatile platform overall than the T8.
01 May 2010 - 05:37 PMcan anyone suggest a good aftermarket barrel for the phenom?
Believe it or not, the phenom barrel is quite good. Shoots straight, shoots through breaks well. Not too long and not too short. Unless you're looking for a specific milsim look or something, don't discount the barrel the Phenom came with. It's way better than the stock A5/X7 barrels ever were.
26 April 2010 - 04:57 PMI use modified winchesters (pod lid mod). I've been eyeing the new 50 rnd APP hopper (the generic looking one, not the scope looking one) too.
I never liked the Brass Eagle Pocket Hopper. Too brittle and doesn't feed as well as a Winchester.
I liked the WGP ammo box back in the day but they rattled rather noisily and could only be fed from 10 round tubes.
And one of the reasons I liked my A5 and now love my Phenom was that the cyclone is perfect for Tac-Caps.
26 April 2010 - 04:46 PMI would like to see a better barrel on the two...I mean, they aren't terrible, but could definetly be better.
What I would like to see in an SL-68III are as follows:
* Under barrel pump handle (not around it).
* A5/X7 threaded barrel.
* Stock Barrel being the same as on the phenom (high quality, shoots through breaks well).
* The at rest position of the ball being just short of the barrel and held by a detent to prevent rollouts.
* The same choke design of velocity adjustment as previous SL-68s (It's easier to deal with than a rod down the barrel).
* Vertical ASA and standard 2 hole bottom line like on the A5. That way players could run vertical 12 grams, expansion chambers, or regulators. The 2 hole could mount drop forwards or various ASAs, ON/Offs, etc based on player preference.
* Weaver or dovetail rail on top to mount sights.
* M98 style replaceable feed neck.
* Ability to take existing stocks stocks (M98, A5, or X7).
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