Tippman Model 98 /w Flatline Barrel. To me, it just seemed that the flatline barrel (with good paint) was incredibly accurate and had a long range. Overal, even though the Flatline is around $50-70 more than the CP's One piece classic, I was just more impressed with the flatline barrle. The grouping of a flatline and range was just simply beyond limits in comparison to the CP barrel.
Tippman A-5 /w Reactive trigger.
The CP barrel came stock.
As a veteran paintball player I would highly recommend to buy quality paint, and not the cheap stuff, like Brass Eagle, which is now "Blue Streak." I'm assuming they merged with another company to hide their name, which, in my opinion, is now synonymous with low-quality, poor performing products.
Accuracy better than stock.
Better range than a stock.
No chopped paint when match properly.
Design (personal opinion)
Grouping was very diverse.
Overall the barrel performed good. I have yet to try other high quality barrels, so I can't compare to a J&J ceramic, or Dye Precision, or Smart Parts. But in comparison to the flatline barrel, well, there just was no comparison. The CP barrel I used was 14". I don't know if increasing the barrel length would do anything. But overall, fine barrel, but I'm sure there are better barrels if you have the money to spend on it.
(As for as for the diverse grouping.....we are talking about 2-3 feet in diameter.)
For the average player who is not a professional player, then it's a great barrel to start out with. Decent range and accuracy, you will make short work of stock barrels. When it comes to the higher ups, well you might be at a disadvantage. But I'm looking for a higher quality, more tournament/professional barrel for my marker. Anyone have any recomendations? I'd love all inputs.
more porting = more gas needed to fire paintball, therefore increases gas consumption of the marker, less porting = more loud, but less gas used. LP guns use high volume but LP to fire a ball, so too much porting on a LP marker exhausts all teh gas before it can push the ball to its fastest speed. HP systems use a lower volume, and rely on the greater density of air at that PSI nad let it expand from there. does that make sense now?
Last edited on Monday, November 1st, 2004 at 5:10 pm PST
Actually, as soon as the ball hits the porting its acceleration is over and it begins to slow down. So the more porting there is the more gas it takes to have the paintball at 300 fps when it exits the barrel.