Tippmann X7 Phenom Review

by admin on January 6, 2012

Tippmann X7 Phenom Review

The Tippmann X7 Phenom with FlexValve Technology is the first electro-pneumatic paintball marker to offer the combination of improved air efficiency, superior accuracy, manual or electronic mode firing, and the flexibility of CO2 or compressed air usage. The new FlexValve operates below 300 PSI for improved air efficiency allowing you to get over 1,400 shots from a 68 cubic inch 4500 psi tank. Also, due to its Spool Valve design, recoil is virtually eliminated for improved accuracy.

As an added benefit, the Phenom’s searless design incorporates fewer wear parts, making maintenance easier than ever. Best of all, because this new marker is built around the existing X7 platform, the Phenom–which is nearly 3 inches shorter than the X7–can still accept more than 20 current X7 mods and upgrades, including the popular Flatline Barrel.

Players have never been offered such a complete package – the performance of a tournament marker…the flexibility of a mechanical marker…the durability of a Tippmann…and the ability to customize their marker with thousands of different looks. With the new X7 Phenom priced similar to the current X7 with eGrip, the X7 Phenom truly is in a class of its own.

Other great features include:

New compact and lightweight aluminum body

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Pushpin construction for easy field stripping

All-metal trigger for enhanced stability

Three position selector switch – with third position having five firing modes

Magnetically activated hall effect electronics

Quick release magazine with built-in tool storage

The internal gasline and lack of cocking handle offer a more realistic look

Redesigned Cyclone Feed System paddles feed up to 15 balls-per-second without batteries

Piccatinny top rail to easily add new sights or handles

Compatible with air-thru stocks

Removable front and rear sights

Low profile, offset hopper for clear line of sight

Modular foregrip with two rails to add sights and scopes

Internal regulator with new external velocity adjustment (tool required)

9.5” high performance, stone-honed barrel

Includes maintenance pack, barrel blocking device, and marker lubricant

Two year marker warranty

Made in the USA

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Customer Reviews


I got the X7 Phenom for my 30th bday. My wife, best friend, and mom all chip-in to get it for me. How awesome was that.

The first use of the gun, it is just a quantum leap compared to my US Army Alpha Black. The AB is reliable, accurate, and runs better with a cyclone feeder upgrade, but the X7 smoked this gun. The X7's smaller and compact profile, it's easier to use in CQB. The fast fire rate is always good to keep the other team down while your team can move. The switch from pneumatic to electric mode is a great feature because if the battery dies in the middle of a game, you can switch from electric to regular mode and still play unlike other electric triggered guns. Lastly, the mods for the X7 are nice, but not necessary cause the gun looks like a real gun already; except for the flatline barrel. That is a must!

Things i don't like about the X7 Phenom… well, the battery cover is a bad design. Yes, it makes it easier to change the battery, but that locking latch bothers me especially when I don't have gloves on. It is picky with paint, so try to find a compromise with cheaper and high quality paint. I just say, try different paints. The port holes on the top of the gun (below the rail) just makes the gun look ugly. Other than that, the gun is great.


Most people who bought an x7 probably hate Tippmann for releasing the x7 phenom. The phenom "at least for me anyway" is more air efficient, lighter, and more customizable.

The egrip allows for relatively easy customization, and the picatinny rails will let you mount just about anything. The full-auto feature for the e-grip only works with a battery but you can use semi-auto without a power source which is great. In terms of paint, it doesn't seem too picky. I've had some chops but it was probably because of the paint and the marker shot through quickly anyway.

The marker is definately geared more for Milsim players but you can still strip it and play speed-ball no problem. The battery compartment in the grip is a little loose though so if you plan to dive with this marker, consider buying a Rufus Dawg grip. I think they're only $10. There are many angles in the design so if you clean the marker after each game you'll be at it a while. It's a Tippmann though so it'll work regardless of external grime.


Well i got the tippmann x7 phenom two weeks ago and have been waiting untill i really got to play before writing a review. I shot a good bit to test it out when i got it. I played yesterday, and it worked perfect all day. Keep in mind that it was warm and dry though, so good performance is to be expected. so far i've put about 1500 balls through it.



-CO2 compatible. This is a key strength for anyone who doesn't always play at a feild. i use air, but i don't always want to drive 30 mins to get it when i'm playing in the woods. the option to use CO2 available at most sporting goods stores is nice.

-Air through grip. this makes the gun look better, and feel better. I really didn't think this would matter, but i did notice that it wasn't there. (i've used an A5 for the last two and a half years)

-No batterys. This is really nice to have. I brought this marker home and spend a few minutes setting it up and getting ready to test it out. then i remembed that i didn't have a battery. i still was able to test it though, but only in semi. Also when you do put batterys in, it works a little different from the other x7 grips. The board is off untill you flip the switch up, then the electronics kick on and you are ready to roll. they stay off while in semi (mechanical). This saves battery and you don't need a poker to turn on your board.

-Cyclone. Alot of people hate cyclone feeds, and i've heard about alot of problems with them breaking. what i've found is that if you are good to your cyclone, it will be good to you. Keep it clean and use grease one the ratchet and oil on the piston. i have never had my cyclone break on me and i've put alot of paint through my A5. The only limitation the cyclone has is that it is bad with high rates of fire. The Phenom cyclone is superior though. I really didn't think that it would keep up with the 15bps. But it did. My friend and I had a full auto shootout in which i put an entire hopper through on full auto with reasonably long bursts. Not a single shot was missed by the clyclone. Another plus is that no batterys are needed to operate the loader.

-Feel. This gun feels good to hold and shoot. Something i was worried about before I got this marker was the quality. But it feels solid. No wobbling on the grip, the push pins are snug, no rattling when you shake it. Even the air line to the cyclone has a little coil around it for protection. Tippmann still makes durable sturdy guns. Shooting is nicer than other tippmanns. Very little recoil and a snappier feel. The trigger is smother and the pull is shorter and lighter. Also the trigger doesn't wobble all over the place like the A5

BAD:-Heavy. Yes this gun is heavy. i was slightly dissapointed, but then again, i do run remote so it's not really a problem. It's heavier than my stock A5, and the PPS brass does not help that at all, but its worth it for the accuracy. i'm not sure how the weight compares to the standard x7. Consider a remote line if you do not already use one.

-Board. The three shot safety feature is anoying. on all of the electronic modes, two rapid pulls are required before the mode kicks in on the third pull. I figured that the selector switch would eliminate the need for this.


I have used the tippman x7 for two partial days of play and it performs well. There is no noticeable kick or recoil and the gun fires as fast as you can press the trigger.

This gun is heavier than most other brands of guns. Around the weight of a standard X-7 or perhaps a tad heavier. But, it feels well-balanced with a heavy tank on the end, ie. a 62 steel compressed air tank.

This gun performs well on the field and in the 1500 balls I fired through the stock barrel, it never chopped a ball. It did chop balls when using a longer barrel but that could have been a bad paint/barrel match. The trigger pull and feel is good, the gun can be built up with accessories or stripped down to your liking. The stock barrel is decent, but I had to break down and get a flatline b'cos I've grown so used to the straighter trajectory.

Out of the box my gun fired well for about 500 shots and then started to leak air. Evidently the valve was not greased well enough and some of the critical parts had no grease at all. Hopefully all the problems are fixed now. If it's necessary to grease up the valve before using the gun at all, the manual should've made this very clear. The manual also isn't clear on how to get to some of the critical parts such as the brass nipple on the bottom of the valve.

Despite the fact it's cheaper than a lot of high-end electrics, this gun has several unique features that make it stand out. It can use either CO2 or compressed air, though the latter is probably a little better for maintainance. It can fire in semi-auto mode mechanically and without batteries.

Update on 1/3/2010 the problem with the valve described above repeated itself several times so I am sending the valve and grip back to Tippmann to be fully checked out and hopefully repaired. I'll update this review once I get it back.

Update on 1/11/2010 I got a call from Tippmann today, they believe they have fixed the problem and I should have my gun back in time for this weekend.

Update on 1/18/2010 I got the pieces back from Tippmann and re-assembled it. Put roughly 1000 balls through it on a half-day of play. Works great, no problems whatsoever.

I did ditch the flatline barrel though. I don't know but some combination of this gun, the newer flatline, and the cheap rec paint I was using wasn't working out well at all. Balls would break, balls would curve in spirals, etc. Stock barrel works pretty well with the cheap rec paint.

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