As far as durability goes, it's solid. I've got serious game time in on it, and it never went down. There's nothing there that ca nget damaged unless you physically throw it on the ground ot against a tree.......serious impacts that would damage any other gun.
Yeah, I've been asked to make shrouds for them, and I will........but yes......they do cost.
As for comparing it to the other guns.....apples to oranges.
Let's see here............
- closed bolt
mechanical sear release w/ electronic recocking control
cool as hell
- open bolt
single chanel electronic
pretty damned fast
cool in a frankenstien in a tootoo kinda way
- Open bolt blow forward
cool in a restored tractor kinda way
Each are gonna shoot totally differently, each good in their own way. I didn't create the E-Phantom to kick the Angel off the tourny scene. I was asked enough times to do it, someone waved some money at me....so I did.
Can you play a tourny with it and keep up....Sure! It's easily capable of 10bps on HPA, retains the legendary accuracy of the Phantom ......and well....it's just cool as hell. There's only three of them in the world right now(5 more being built currently).
Clear as mud?