Most any paint, since it is a kit. But you get what you pay for. This barrel will handle poor paint better than most, because it shoots clean [i]much[/i] easier.
Kit is not complete
Backs somewhat short
One barrel per thread style
I recently bought into the hype and purchased a Sw!tch Kit. A friend of mine was raving about his Stiffi, and said the Sw!tch is even more amazing. Here is what I found out:
Quality: This Product is a real work of art. Looks great, is super lightweight yet durable, and is well made. It is not too flashy for rec/woodsball players, but will still look nice on most any speedball marker. It is astonishingly lightweight. It surprises anyone hand it to. I would expect it to snap like a twig, but having done some homework on the type of materials used for this, I am not worried at all about breaking it. I am less worried about his barrel deforming than I ever was with my Pipe. The manufacturing takes the porting into account as well.. Carbon fiber can leave runners and edges that will lead to premature wear on the structure. Like having a loose string on a sweater. Pull it and it all starts to unravel. Site did a very fine job of finish work on the barrels I have seen, and make sure that the holes are clean and have no edges. It greatly increases the amount of wear this barrel can handle. It will most likely outlast any standard barrel. No anodizing to wear thin and rust.
Adaptability: This is a very adaptable set-up. It has multiple backs for sizes of paint. Even most paint will vary day to day. Or during the day. Having multiple backs allows the user switch (thus the name) between bore sizes while still getting the performance of the stiffi. Also there are additional backs for more options and additional size fronts for longer or shorter barrels. 12", 14" & 16". On top of that, they all have a space in case made for them.
Weight: This is the lightest kit out there. Have a heavy marker? Why have a heavy barrel? Works better than most any barrel I have used, and it is super light to boot.
Features: These barrels have great porting, low friction, and a resistance to heat effects. The backs are designed to prevent them getting stuck on a marker. The case is able to accommodate all of your extra barrels (minus a 21" thunderpig) including a A5 flatline! This barrel is also extremely quiet. I am used to shooting a flatline and a Pipe. The first can be heard all over the field, and the second is still very loud (due to the angled porting). This is the quietest barrel I have heard that was not 18" with extra porting.
Accuracy: I have found that the accuracy is very good. My pipe system may have been better, but I have not used this barrel with a lot of different paint. It may be better with some. The barrel is a stepped bore, and have a very good thread system. So the ball gets good travel in the marker to build speed, and the barrel does not wiggle (even a little) while shooting. Either one can lead to lower accuracy, shot to shot.
Price: This is expensive. You hear that. All said and done, you might need to sell your younger sibling on the black market to afford it. Or at least put in some serious overtime. This system is at least $180, and that does not include all of the backs and the different size fronts. To get a second front is around $75+, and the backs are about $25+ each. So add $50+ if you want all of the sizes of backs.
Kit is not complete: What? Where is the rest? I was surprised to fing that there are not any more sizes available in the backs. I was expecting that they would have backs that are 2 more sizes up (.693 & .695). Sure you can order more parts, but at the price it goes for, I was expecting a bit more in options. Granted, they do have to core sizes, but I want to be able to have it accommodate anything.
Backs somewhat short: I will have to qualify this; there is a lot of debate on the length of barrel needed for a paintball to get up to speed, and the barrel [i]is[/i] stepped. The backs are short. Easy for storage, but if a paintball gets is full speed in the first 6 inches of travel, the bore sizer only helps in a very small portion of that. But if it gets it in the first 2 inches (the other school of though) this it is just fine. I am sure that it comes down to type of marker and operation style, as well as a number of other items. The porting does not start before the magic 6" of travel time, so regardless, you are getting most of the function. The back is more of a ball dent. So unless your ball matches the actual back of the barrel, you are losing a small amount of efficiency. This might be made up by the low friction of the barrel. Might be a problem, might not.
One barrel per thread style: Unlike a freak, it is not fairly easy to use the system on a Impulse, then a cocker, then an spyder, then a '98c. Most systems have this issue. The insert/back system of the freak allow buying just one new part to have it work on a new marker. On the sw!tch (like most systems) it is not possible without getting all new backs. So if you trade markers alot, or have a multitude of markers, this is a one thread style system. Most of us keep our markers (or all have the cocker threaded markers) so t is not an issue, but it could be an annoyance.
Squeegee: Can't use any old battle swab in a pinch. Don't want the barrel to develop runners due to the threads of the swab. Good thing the barrel shoots clean so quick, or this might be an issue. Make sure you are prepared with the right kind of squeegee when you go out to play, or clean up at home.
This is a very good barrel system, and I am very pleased with it. I see some potential issues, and am not happy that there are not more backs for the price. But for what you get, it is very high quality, well built, and works like a dream. If you have the money it is an awesome product.
Great review... Very complete and thorough. I noticed you said that the backs act as ball detents. If you are shooting a cocker, then this is true, however if you are shooting any other open bolt (non- trap door) marker, they do not act as ball detents. Other than that, this is one of the most complete, thorough and honest reviews I have seen! Good job, and keep up the great reviews.
Oxidization is when a metal REACTS with oxygen to produce an oxide (rust aka Aluminum Oxide, etc.), theyre the same thing; "rusting" is just a more normal way of saying "oxidizing" but they mean the same thing. You dont need water for a metal to rust but it does make it rust faster.
Last edited on Monday, December 4th, 2006 at 3:11 pm PST