In this short video I test fire an early first generation CCI phantom with a Crosman frame.
I pulled this pump out, aired it up and found it still cycled without leaks so I decided to do this video. I didn’t clean/oil it before hand but I am sure once I go over it and possibly change springs the stroke will be nice and smooth and the velocity problem will be fixed.
I didn’t realize how pitiful my shooting was until after I had exported the video, I definitely need to work on my trick shot.
This early phantom uses the Crosman frame rather than CCI’s m-16 frame.
In the video my numbers are slightly off for production numbers.
Mike Casady told me he made around 100 Crosman framed Phantoms and then started at 2000 for the serials he used on his M16 grip frame phantoms.
Casady said he made around 10 of the barrel and rail kits. These would likely resemble a phantom but use a 007 frame. I’ve never come across one of these kit.
When Tim Firpo, Derek Roberts and I visited Mike Casady he showed us a Phantom with serial 1111, which he said was the 11th Phantom made. This makes the pictured Phantom in this video number 67.
The grips on the pictured Crosman framed Phantom came from a recent visit to Palmer’s Pursuit Shop and were likely cast by Forest Cox of Elite Products.
According to Mike Casady, he began production on the early Crosman framed phantoms in 1987. Ads started appearing in APG and frontline around this time.
Mike was forced to stop using the Crosman frame at some point around 1988 or so when Aldo Perrone, of Brass Eagle, convinced Crosman to not sell the frames to anyone else using them for paintball projects.
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