Indian Creek BKO w/ Halo-B, CP High Pressure Reg, Mitey Max Volumizer, Stock LPR, Stock Bolt, ICD Drop Forward, PMI Pure Energy 88/5000, Freak Barrel and inserts, Vapor Valve
Haven't matched Bore Size, check a bore size chart!
Nothing Stands out, Unique?
This barrel is rifled. I thought maybe I'd get better trajectory or some advantage, but there was none that I could see. After playing with this barrel for a few open play days, I pretty much decided against using it very often.
First off, the barrel is LOUD. I cannot beleive how load this thing is. If you want to scare your opponent, this is the marker. Just sit quiet for about 2 mintues, and open up with this and everyone will be thinking "WHAT IS THAT!?" It could be a plus for scenarios if you're intentionally looking for a loud barrel, but generally it is not something you want in day to day play or tourneys.
For accuracy, I didn't see any advantage or disadvantage. I'm sure I didn't have any particular barrel / paint bore match, but I noticed it shot about as consistant as nicer barrels at a distance. I don't think that accuracy is any particular issue for this barrel. I haven't done proper testing, but it is loud and and doesnt self clean like my J&J Ceramic that is similar price, so I'd stick with that anyday over this barrel.
Cleaning, ...well cleaning isn't all that bad. When you use a nice squeegee, it gets all the paint out just like any other barrel. The rifling doesnt matter much for cleaning. So, that isnt an issue.
Heavy! This barrel seems heavy to me. When you hold it, you think "GOD, WHAT IS THIS MADE OF!" I'm sure it's not going to scratch easily or get dented or bent. It would be very durable over long years of play, but I personally like light equipment.
Ball Breaks: For some reason, I could get away with less ball breaks it seemed, but I wasn't watching the bore size, and it could have been paint or marker related so I really don't know. I've wondered though if the rifling couldnt either improve or make worse the chance of ball breakage some how, but I'm not going to test that theory out :o
I would recommend you keep looking for a barrel and skip Armson. While I've seen them make other equipement I liked and they seem like a very good company, I think the rifling on these barrels just is not worth the price, and the noise and weight for the cost. You can find a better barrel.