Uhhh... I have not run into any problems with paint, and I have used Brass Eagle, Midnight, PMI Team, and many others.
NEVER chops paint.
Odd balance for stock users.
Don't hold me to those timelines... I can't really remember when I got the barrel and gun.
First things first, any of y'all that think this barrel is too heavy, GO LIFT SOME WEIGHTS! You should have to be incapable of walking before this should be considered "heavy." Sure, after using stock forever, the balance is a bit off, but after a year of using it I can hit a speed limit sign at 40 feet shooting one handed from the hip. Yes, the barrel certainly is longer, but it is not a pain... that is what makes it so accurate. Any one who thinks this barrel slows the paint has never been shot at... I've gotten five shots off before they could realize they were being shot, and all five went within 2.5 feet of each other. He was out long before he had time to react. My only complaint would be the balls have a tendency to dip at the very begining of the shot, so shooting on the ground is not as simple... but I may have been holding the gun slightly downward. I have seen several complaints that the barrel is too noisy, but I did not notice any increase in sound. Besides, if they are out, who cares who heard you? This barrel has gotten me out of many 4-on-1 crossfires. Also, the distance allows you to stand at the back of a field, get comfortable, and rain pain on the enemy at distances well over three blocks. (Where I live, that's about a football field + endzones... 120 yards.) I gave my entire team enough time to get cover within 50 feet of the opposition, and then joined in the fighting about 20 feet behind them. I took out at least 3, not including the artillery shots i was taking before the real fighting began. O... and for you that think it is too hard to break down, all you have to do is loosen the front bolt of your gun and it comes right out. I can break down the enitire gun in less than 2 minutes, provided i have the right tools.
I know that I really shouldn't put this in here, but the Tippmann 98 Custom is an excellent gun. Even with the stock barrel, I never chopped paint, and I have only cleaned my gun once in... 4 or 5 years. It kept right on pumping out that paint, even though it has been dropped, thrown, landed on, hit against a tree, scraped, had paint blown all over it (damn those automatics) been soaked in water and left to dry. It still works like the day it came out of it's box.
The barrel is DEFINITELY worth the money. It will increase your skill dramatically. Not recommended for whiney S.O.B.'s or newb's too stupid to know a good thing when it bites them in the butt. 10 out of 10
EDIT: I was searching through the pages, and reading from Lowest First, all the 1 of 10 ratings ended on page 3. Reading from Highest First, it ended on page 54 or 55. Need I say more?
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, August 22nd, 2005 at 3:59 pm PST
No such thing as equipment that can "improve you skills," only equipment that can enhance whatever skills you have. If you can't shoot straight, use the stock barrel, the paint might fly in a crooked enough pattern for you to make the hit.
Last edited on Monday, August 22nd, 2005 at 3:09 pm PST