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RollingThunder Monday, August 9th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
3 months13 of 14 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Stock, SP AA, BigShot
Marker Setup: Piranha EXT Pro G3,
Palmer Stabilizer
Maddman Rocket Valve
TigerShark Bolt
Lapco AutoSpirit
12V Revy
Chronic, Marbs, Spank or Big Ball (now Menus) anything that is .686-.688
Strengths: Consistant
Well made
Weaknesses: None.
Review: Here is my review of the AutoSpirit (for Spyder).

Location: New Kent Paintball in New Kent, VA on July 3, 2004.

Starting Temp: 80 F
Ending Temp: 88 F
Humidity: 80%

Gun setup: Piranha EXT Pro G3 (Red/Black Fade)
(pure mechanical blow back marker)
Low-pressure internals
Delron Bolt
Palmer Stabilizer (direct) (set at 450 psi)
In Yo Face – T-Stock w/drop forward
20 oz CO2 through a PMI remote

Range: Firing range is setup with man size waist high silhouette targets.
Targets are set at 10 ft, 25 ft, 35 ft, 50 ft, 75 ft, 100 ft
For review purposes I used 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 ft.
(On field shot out to 130 ft., will be part of my opinion portion of review)

Paint: All paint was not fresh, could tell is it had been on the shelf for quite sometime.
Zap Sports Series .686 -.688 (had dimples and paint was settling)
(Looked like old Spank w/black shell)
Zap Primer .687-.690 (misshapen)
Zap Chronic .686-.687 (paint was settling)
Viewloader Heavy Metal .686-.688 (no defects noted)

Review: All shots where well aimed center mass shots. Gun chronographed in at 275-277 fps. No ball breaks occurred.

At 10 feet: All paint hit 10 for 10 in a 4-inch square pattern

At 25 feet: All paint hit 10 for 10 in a 6-inch square pattern

At 50 feet:
Primer: 8 for 10 in a 12x6 inch pattern, with the 2 missed just left of the edge of the target.
Sports Series: 10 for 10 in a 12x10 inch pattern.
Heavy Metal: 10 for 10, 8 in a 8x6 inch pattern and 2 hit low on target making the pattern 8x10 inches.
Chronic: 10 for 10 in a 6x6 inch pattern.

At 75 feet:
Primer: 5 for 10 in a 12x12 inch pattern, with the misses just right, left and high.
Sports Series: 6 for 10 in a 12x12 inch pattern, with the misses just right and left.
Heavy Metal: 6 for 10, 12x14 inch pattern with misses just left and high.
Chronic: 8 for 10 in a 12 x 8 inch pattern with miss just left.

At 100 feet:
Primer: 3 for 10 in a 14x14 inch pattern.
Sports Series: 3 for 10 in a 14x14 inch pattern.
Heavy Metal: 4 for 10, 14x14 inch pattern.
Chronic: 6 for 10 in a 14 x 10 inch pattern with miss just left and low.

Over all from the data, update 75 feet the barrel is very accurate with all paintballs. As you extend your range the better the quality of the paintball the more accurate the shoots were. As you can note Chronic shot the best, most likely since it is a better quality paintball.

Opinion: The AutoSpirit is a good upgrade form most stock barrels on inexpensive guns. With a the porting at the end of the barrel it can be considered loud, but I have heard louder stock barrels and if can lower your gun operating pressure this will also reduce the report. When the paintball match perfectly with the bore the accuracy was outrageous. Players watching me during the testing at the range noted the impacts on target sound like the gun was firing “HOT”. When gun was chronoed it was shooting a 276 fps. I can only assume I was getting the full potential out of the air.

During game play, on the denser wood course any player that got with in 75 feet of me was eliminated using 1 and 3 shot bursts. Total kills 10. On the Fire Base course, shooting in a fire suppression mode, I was pining down targets at 130 feet. I was shooting through 20 feet of woods, to an up hill to position shooting at a shoulders and head target. I was using Chronic paintballs only and after the game the pattern at that position was 14x8 and 2 very splatter covered players.

If you paint match near perfectly, this barrel is one of the best barrels I have used. You can go a little small and not loose too much, but I don’t recommend going above .688. This will be the barrel I use if I’m shooting a medium-small ball.
Conclusion: If your looking for a good barrel for around $50.00, then I'd get this barrel. If you properly paint match you'll never go wrong.
10 out of 10

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