The barrels that I have used on my Tippmann 98 Custom are the stock barrel and a Flatline barrel.
I've shot a Toxic Impulse with 2 different Freak barrels (one with an aluminum back and an All-American tip, and another with a stainless steel back and a Freak tip), and I've shot an Outkast autococker with a Freak barrel (stainless steel back and Freak tip). Those barrels are also made by Smart Parts, so you could consider them similar to this product, as it is made by Smart Parts.
I own (use) the following marker with the following upgrades/accessories:
Gun: Silver Tippmann 98 Custom.
Barrel (other than stock barrel): Black 14-inch Smart Parts Tear Drop barrel.
Loader/hopper: Blue Viewloader 12 volt Revolution loader (has an X-Board in it).
Special trigger: Response trigger (I own the stock trigger on my gun with the response trigger installed; it is a single-trigger with the response system in it.).
Air source: 20 ounce CO2 tank with a blue thread protector.
Other upgrades/ accessories that are not in use on this gun are a Flatline barrel and a double trigger.
Even though it is not a marker, I have no where else to list what mask I have. I own a blue 2003 Dye Invision mask. I also own a 2003 Dye Precision Jersey in the black and red color.
I don't exactly know what paintballs are good for this barrel. I have shot Draxxus Blaze and P.M.I. Premium paintballs through this barrel, and I have yet to break a ball. With that fact at hand, I'd have to say that those paintballs are compatible with this barrel.
- Increases range.
- Good accuracy.
- Variety of color options.
- I have yet to have any problems with this barrel (there are no weaknesses).
After I had played with the stock barrel on my Tippmann 98 Custom twice, I decided that it was time to purcahse a new barrel. At the time, I did not have superior knowledge of paintball equipment, so I asked a friend, who knew a lot about paintball equipment, what a good barrel would be that isn't too expensive. He reccomended the Smart Parts Progressive barrel.
On April 17th, 2003, I went to my local paintball shop. With $55.00 in my hand, I asked an employee for a Smart Parts Progressive barrel (I asked if I could purchase one). He did not see any in the main area of the store, so he went to the back of the store to see if there were any. Unfortunately, I was out of luck- they did not have it. But, being that the store is very generous and nice, he said that he'd sell me the Smart Parts Tear Drop barrel, which was better than the barrel I asked for (the Smart Parts Progressive barrel) for the same price as the Smart Parts Progressive barrel that I asked to buy (the Smart Parts Progressive barrel was $50.00). I was more than delighted at the offer, and accepted the propsition. I bought the barrel, and 2 days later, went paintballing.
As I played, I noticed the dramatic increase in accuracy and range of my marker. I was very pleased with the barrel. It shot accurately, and I was able to shoot out opponents at longer distances. 1.5 years later, I still feel the same way- my barrel performs great. It is a little less accurate than when I first got it, though, but that is expected. I have yet to break a single ball in my barrel. Even though breaking balls has to do mostly with the gun, the barrel can affect it, too.
I am very pleased with this product. I reccomend this barrel to people who want a good barrel at a low price. They sell these for around $40.00 online, so take advantage of the opportunity. I also reccomend this barrel to people who have guns such as Tippmanns, Spyders, or other low-end guns, since they come with pretty bad stock barrels. I wouldn't reccomend this to people who have guns such as autocockers, Impulses, Angels, Intimidators, or other high-end guns. This barrel has performed very well for me. Smart Parts, you deserve a 10/10 (100%, which is an "A" in these circumstances) rating for this splendid product.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, March 25th, 2005 at 7:35 am PST
Finally, a review that actually makes sense. Im tired of hearing "Dis is the best barrel eva! U need 2 go git 1 of these!" Or the the people that get one defected barrel or whatever and go "This barell sux! Dont buy! mine had 2 chips and a scratch on it! Bad Product!" So Thanks Smart Paint.
quote:Originally posted by rebelshooter02 Finally, a review that actually makes sense. Im tired of hearing "Dis is the best barrel eva! U need 2 go git 1 of these!" Or the the people that get one defected barrel or whatever and go "This barell sux! Dont buy! mine had 2 chips and a scratch on it! Bad Product!" So Thanks Smart Paint.
You are very welcome, "rebelshooter02." Have fun paintballing, and remember: school is very important!
I also have a Tippmann 98 Custom and I am glad that you are happy with the barrel. I have just recently bought a TearDrop, but I have only fired test shots. I have yet to write a review for it, because I need to use it some more so I will know what to say about the performance.