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Arbites[RAT] Thursday, April 8th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
6 months17 of 18 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Stock (obviously)
Armson
Flatline
Marker Setup: Primary: A-5 w/ 12" J&J Ceramic, E-Grip, NW 8" Drop Forward, 3A HPA tanks (88/4500 & 43/3000), Extreme Sports & Hobbies A-5 Sliding Stock, and stock internals.

Secondary: SMG-68 w/ Lapco dual adapter, 20oz Siphon CO2 w/ SP on/off and a special order 12" J&J Ceramic on order.

Loaners: 68-Specials w/ 14" J&J Ceramic, 12v Revolution hopper, Lapco dual adapter and 20oz Siphon CO2 w/ SP on/off.

Pump: SL-68 w/ 14" J&J Ceramic
Recommended
Paintballs:
Experimenting, but few problems.
Even Storm works well.
Heard PMI Premium works best, using now.
Strengths: Accurate
Quiet
Self-cleaning (see below)
Best accuracy to cost ratio on market
Weaknesses: MSRP above is wrong
Manufacturer & dealers sell for $45+/-
eBay for $30-45
Review: This is a great barrel and is available for a wide variety of markers, and even more if you look at a barrel adapter. For the newer players, nothing will positively effect your performance as much as a barrel upgrade - NOTHING. And because this can be an expensive sport to start, you want the best bang for your buck. Don't waste your money on other barrels that will be an interim until you can afford a better one. I know many experienced players that can afford better barrels that don't bother. I even know a few that use a Flatline on an A-5 that carry a Ceramic on the field as a back-up in case they get a break in the flatline (which is a nice barrel, but is essentially impossible to try to clean in the field).

Is it QUIET? Yes, there are a few on the market that may more quiet (and you pay the price for them), but there is a huge difference between stock and this. So much so that in a game I played last weekend where I used my 68-Specials, I had several people come up after they saw my marker when I was walking off the field. One asked if that was what I had been using with a little confusion. He recalled the sound of the 68-Special being like "Anti-aircraft fire", but he didn't hear that on the field (and I had another buddy using a second 68-Special equipped the same playing next to me). This barrel even made the 68-Specials sound closer to modern markers - I can't wait for my SMG-68 barrel!!

The claim about it being SELF CLEANING is also very accurate. Will it be spotless, no. But we're not talking about wanting perfection, we're talking about rounds flying in at you after a barrel break and you wanting to get them before they get you. Paint in the barrel needs only to have some quick dry-fires through it (tip feeder over or turn off power feed) and you are back to shooting with the repeated barrel breaks you suffer from most barrels without a full cleaning. Yes, a wipe will make it better and a full cleaning & drying is the only way to return to 100%, but it is a great advantage.

Need further evidence of how good this barrel is? I own 8 markers, 7 have removable barrels (the other is an SMG-60). My primary marker (A-5) has a 12" Ceramic. The loaners I keep up for friends (four 68-Specials) all have 12" or 14" ceramics. When I use my pump marker (SL-68) I use one of the barrels from my 68-Specials. And I have been impressed enough with these barrels that I have placed a special order for my classic / fun marker (SMG-68) to also get a 12" Ceramic.
Conclusion: Get it. You won't be disappointed in the performance or the cost.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, April 8th, 2004 at 8:59 am PST
 

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