A5/flatline/rt/palmers male/jcs rva/maddman spring kit/lapco side mount rail/3-9x32mm scope/20 oz co2
Marbilizers, evils, allstars, formula13 anything .689 or smaller and round with no seams
150 ft flat trajectory vs 50-70ft. Can aim like a regular gun.
Shot pattern is a little larger than other good barrels. Price ($100)
Ok, I owned and shot over 20,000 rnds through my old 98c flatline. At least 10000 rnds of it was target shooting. I have shot maybe 500 rnds through my friends 98 flatline. I have shot another friends A5 flatline for almost a year (1000rnds over a 9 month period). I have owned my own A5 flatline for 3 months now, and i have shot about 4000 rnds through it already. At least 2000 rnds of that was target shooting.
My review will first be a direct comparison with the 98c flatline and then a comparison with other aftermarket barrels using a few different criteria.
Part 1 A5 flatline vs 98 flatline I give the 98 flatline a 6 overall, so I will go from there.
Range- same (if you lob)
Flat trajectory range- slightly less compared to the 98flatline(30ft) -.5pt
Accuracy(precision)- generally the A5 is better, but with good paint they are about equal. 2 ft or less circle at 150ft +.5pt
Paint pickyness- The A5 is not as paint picky and will get a 3-4ft circle with relatively crappy paint that the 98flatline would only get a 5-6 ft circle with. +.5pt
Wind (how much it affects it)- The A5flatline does not seem to be nearly as affected by wind as the 98cflatline is. +.5pt
Velocity pickiness- If you shoot the 98flatline at much above 280fps, they will rise upwards dramatically(helicoptering). With the A5 flatline, you barely notice even at 300fps. +.5pt
"Floatiness"- The 98 flatline shots really do appear to float. It looks like you can shoot , then run to the target and catch the balls yourself. HEHEHE. The A5 flatline is not like that at all to me. +.5pt
Ease of installation- Once you install the A5 flatline the first time and make sure it is shooting straight, you never have to do it again. The 98c, you have to tune everytime you put it back on. +.5pt
Loudness- They are both loud. +0
Price- they are both the same price. +0
Total= -.5+.5+.5+.5+.5+.5+.5= +2.5 + 6(for the 98 flatline)= 8.5 rounded up to a 9
Part 2 compared to other barrels.
Range- the same about 150-200ft. Other barrels you have to lob to get that far though. +0pt
Flat trajectory range- 140-160ft vs 50-70ft +1pt
Accuracy- not as accurate as other barrels, but with the right setup(HPA) and paint(marbilizers or orange evil), close. -.5pt
Paint pickiness- more paint picky than other barrels or else accuracy goes down. -.5pt
Wind- wind does affect it more. -.5pt
Velocity pickiness- you need the right velocity to get the most accuracy. -.5pt
Floatiness- the A5 flatline only barely gives you that impression. -.5pt
Ease of installation- the flatline is more difficult to take on and off and to initially install. -.5pt
Loudness.- the flatline is not the loudest, but is louder than most other barrels. -.5pt
Price- the flatline is more expensive than most other barrels out there. -.5pt
Snapshootability- since you have to hold the barrel straight to make it accurate, it is harder to snapshoot with it than other barrels. -.5pt
Uniqueness- except for the Hop-up, there is no other barrel that shoots the same way. You can actually shoot it like a real gun rather than like an artillery piece at ranges beyond 50-75ft. +1pt.
Taking a baseline of a perfect 10 for the best "other barrel" here is how the flatline stacks up. 10 +1-4.5+1=7.5 Honestly, here I would round down to a 7 maybe an 8 for woodsball and only a 5 or 6 for speedball because snapshootability becomes much more important. Overall compared to other barrels a 7
EDIT: in woodsball, I havent really noticed that much difference overall between the A5 flatline and normal barrels in regards to accuracy, wind and most of the other variables listed. It is mostly about preference. I never felt that way about the 98 flatline(meaning I always felt at a disadvantage except for range). With HPA and Marbs or orange evil, you can expect a 1-2ft spread at 150ft.
This review will continually be added to as I gain more experience with this barrel.
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Definatly get this if you are an A5 woodsballer who doesnt mind the price and other disadvantages that I have listed. Even though it doesnt compare really well against other barrels using the point system I came up with, I still like my flatline and have no intention of getting rid of it. Edit: see my edit in the review body.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, July 10th, 2005 at 6:07 pm PST