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Firebird427 Thursday, October 28th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
6 months4 of 8 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
stock barrel, 14" J&J ceramic
Marker Setup: A5, flatline barrel, e-grip
Recommended
Paintballs:
marballizers, big balls
Strengths: Distance
Accuracy
Looks
Loud and intimidating
Short
Weaknesses: Heavy
Difficult to clean
Loud
Review: I purchased the flatline barrel for its claims of increased distance. The barrel does fulfill its promise of extra distance. I regularly find myself pelting the enemy from out of their range, and that's a wonderful feeling. Unfortunately, a number of factors decrease the barrel's effectiveness at that range. Obviously the paint is traveling slower by the time it gets to its target, so more often than not I here reports of "you hit me like five times but none of them broke". I have also found that wind seems to affect the flatline moreso than other barrels. The balls just seem to die in a good wind. When playing in inclement weather I find myself switching barrels. I think even the stock barrel can out perform it if the weather is real bad. When the conditions are good, I have absolutely no complaints with the barrels accuracy. I point at a target, and the ball hits it every time.
The most troubling complaint I have is the weight. I tend to be an aggressive player and the cumbersome nature can get in the way. If I play for any length of time I often find myself shooting from the hip. The flatline puts a good portion of the weight on the front of the gun, making for an odd balance. All the weight up front sort of acts like a big boom, making it difficult to really turn, aim, and shoot quickly if a new target suddenly arises. And forget using anything smaller than a 20 oz CO2 tank. I've tried a nine ounce before and the gun feels like it's always falling forward.
The barrel can be a real pain to clean in the field. It requires a couple of allen wrenches and at least a minute to remove the barrel, clean, and reattach it. I will say that the supplied squeegie does an excellent job though.
The barrel also requires a special plug, because its bore is larger than usual. I found that the special plug wasn't even tight enough (I accidentally shot it out the end once-oops). Some barrel condoms do fit, but it takes too long to put them on while playing cause they have to stretch quite a ways.
The barrel is loud. Personally, I like that because it lets the enemy know I'm coming, but I could see how a lot of people wouldn't.
Conclusion: If you tend to play a more defensive style, I would recommend the barrel. Its accurate and provides unparrelled distance. For more aggressive players, I would recommend trying a buddy's first. I would strongly suggest for anyone considering the flatline to have at least one other quality barrel in addition to the flatline, and would not make the flatline the first barrel to buy for the A5. Try something else before you go this route, because its more of a special circumstance barrel than an everyday barrel.
Rating:
6 out of 10
 

Review Comments
ghilliesnipe Sunday, November 28th, 2004 | 8:28 am PST
Isn't a rating of 6 pretty low? Your comments sounded more like an 8. I think we all need to standardize or rating system. Your 6 is my 8. My 8 is someone elses 9 etc.

Good review otherwise though.
   

Dmagranet Monday, September 19th, 2005 | 8:53 pm PST
everone elces barrel works fine so everone should get it
   

Kindness Sunday, July 16th, 2006 | 5:48 am PST
Anything on the A-5 is going to be loud it's a beast. Heavy? What kind of aggresive playing is going to complain about wieght. Maybe you should go lift more often.
   

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