-Less forgiving to different brands of paintballs / old paintballs
-Expensive for what you get
Since the only other barrel I've tried is the stock spyder pilot, take everything I say in this review with a grain of salt.
I'll start off with a general impression of the barrel. The overall quality of the barrel is quite good. The parts have a nice tight fit and finish seems durable. All the parts are metal contrary to one reviewer's remark about a plastic part on the shroud falling off. None of the parts have fallen off or even loosened. The shroud is removeable. The barrel itself has spiral porting but it doesn't have a muzzle break. The inside of the barrel doesn't have a mirror smooth finish like what I've seen on most barrels. It's finish is slightly textured, similar to the tippman flatlline barrel, but by no means is it rough. The shroud is made of the same material at the barrel and has the same spiral porting as the barrel. Inside it is lined with the same type of material used for dust filters in fans. It can be removed and washed quite easily. The barrel has no o-ring near the threads but one can be easily added. I just used the one that was on my stock barrel.
Performance wise I am quite satisfied overall. First off the barrel doesn't have rifling like what the description says. Yes it does have a grained finish but the are no spirals like inside a rifle barrel that would give the ball a spin. In my opinion that's a good thing since rifling for a paintball doesn't make sense and would make the barrel shoot worse. The inner diameter is smaller which leads to a tighter fit. The diablo paintballs that I use would roll right through the stock barrel where as with the compression barrel you would have to blow moderately to get them to go through. So at least for them I would say that they are an excellent fit. Accuracy seems to be slightly better, the groupings are tighter. Consistency though, is the reason I would recommend this barrel. I rarely see any "curveballs" with this one. Another pro is that since less air goes past the ball, less air is needed to achieve the same velocity. Which equals more shots per fill. One minus is that since the fit is tighter it won't shoot "any type" of paintball. I find cheaper or old paint will break more frequently than usual. One day I was using one year old paintballs that I kept in a pod and I would get around one break every twenty balls. The stock barrel would shoot them without any problem. With fresh balls I would get a few breaks every thousand rnds. Still, the pros far outweigh the cons.
As for the sound of the barrel, I really cannot tell much of a difference between the stock barrel and this one. I would say that this barrel isn't any quieter than the stock nor does it have a different rapport or tone. Didn't really matter for me since I bought it mostly for the looks. I would think that if you change the lining of the shroud to something like compressed cotton or insulation it would possibly muffle the sound more but would restrict the flow from the porting. Maybe something fellow compression barrel owners could try?
Overall it is a great barrel. Excellent consistency and intimidating looks means that this will be the only barrel I will need for my marker.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, June 3rd, 2005 at 8:23 pm PST