J & J ceramic - quieter, shoots through breaks better, but overall not as good
Lapco BigShot - louder, shoots through breaks better, but overall not as good
Stock barrels on various guns
Dragun TES with 16" Empire Twister barrel
Every paintball I've tried rolled through the barrel when doing the size test. The closest fit I found so far was with Evil paintballs, but every paintball seemed to work pretty consistently (probably due to the rifling).
Edit: I just recently tried some Marballizers, which I didn't try sooner because I was told they are small bore, and they are an almost perfect fit for this barrel. I don't know how people could think Marballizers are small bore because these things are HUGE, the biggest paintballs I've ever used. But yeah, it figures that the best paintballs for this barrel also happen to be the most expensive ones around. Well worth it, though.
Rifling makes it more consistent
Looks really cool on my TES
A real pain to clean if you break a ball.
The Empire Twister barrel does exactly what it claims to do: increase consistency. This barrel does not make your balls fly farther or straighter, but even so, it DOES increase accuracy. How's that, you might ask? Basically, your paintball will fly in relatively the same path as the ball you shot before it flew. Normally, when you shoot a paintball through any other barrel, the paintball will begin to curve after a certain distance. The distance and amount of curve differs with each barrel, but the fact that it DOES curve remains true. The problem is that it doesn't always curve in the same direction from one shot to the next. It'll curve up and to the left on one shot and then the next shot curves slightly to the right. This makes your shots less accurate after a certain distance. I mean, pretty much every barrel will shoot the same for the first 20 feet, right?
The rifling in this barrel alleviates some (if not all) of this problem. This barrel makes every shot curve to the right after awhile. It shoots mostly straight, but near the end of its flight path, it will curve to the right a little. The severity of the curve depends mainly on the velocity of your marker and the paintball size. It may seem bad that this barrel will most likely make everyone who uses it's shots curve, but the fact that it curves the same each time is FANTASTIC. It's alot easier to use your balls as tracer fire when tracking a target when you know where your shots are going to end up. You know that if you shoot at something 100 feet away and your shot misses to the left, all you need to do is redirect your aim a little to the right. With most other barrels, you could aim at the same spot and miss in each direction, mainly because that's the nature of a paintball. It's basically the same concept the flatline uses: put spin on the ball to make each ball fly the same. The flatline puts backspin on the ball to keep it in the air longer and ultimately increase it's range and accuracy. You can't get a flatline for spyders, however, so this is your best bet. (Well technically, you could put a flatline on any other gun if you're mechanically inclined, but Joe Average can't so we'll just leave it at that.) I know I may seem a little long-winded when explaining this, but I just want to make sure everyone understands the full benefit of this barrel.
Anyways, the only bad thing about this barrel is that it's hard to get all the paint out of the porting with just a squeegee because the rifling creates an uneven surface. You need to run water through it and dry-fire it a few times to really get it back in shape. Also, my dad has a Piranha E-Force SRT and this barrel and his gun just don't seem to agree. I let him try it out a few times and it busted balls like crazy. He was firing full auto, so I don't know if that affected it or not (and yes, he has an agitated hopper). My TES isn't full auto, but you can fire it fast enough to make people think it is, and I haven't broken any balls yet. I guess the world may never know.
I'm sure that this is not THE BEST paintball barrel you're ever going to find, but it's pretty close to the top of the list right now. Every barrel could be quieter or shoot straighter, and this is no exception. This barrel does, however, greatly increase the consistency or your paintballs flight path. It makes your paintball marker fire a little more like a real gun, and that's great. I'd definately recommend this barrel to anyone looking to upgrade from a stock barrel or someone unhappy with the consistency of their current barrel.
This barrel deserves a 9.4 or so since it could be quieter and easier to clean. No barrel available today that I've ever seen deserves a 10, so take that into consideration when you read this.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, May 10th, 2004 at 11:32 am PST
What barrel would you reccomend as THE BEST barrel?
The Tippmann stock barrel on my gun needs to be replaced.
Any suggestions for an A-5 barrel? JJ Ceramic, Twister? What?
I appreciate your in-depth anaylsis of the Twister.
i have a question for any of you empire twister users. i recentley am thinking of buying one and right now all i am buying is zap rec paintballs will it work in this barrel or is there another barrel i should get?