The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
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12inch all american freak,
A-5 to spyder barrel adaptor,
ricochet R-5 hopper (smoke),
32 Degrees remote,
Redz Flex-Tek 4+1 harness,
Bt fixed sight rail,
dye izon red dot sight,
16 oz Co2 tank.
Anything, but extreemely cheap paint ie: scorch. Those balls don't break no matter what the barrel, trust me, I was litterally shot 6 times, yes, 6 from about 15 feet away and the stuff didnt break.
Can be matched up with any paint
Need to be presise with matching the insert to the paint, I will explain below.
I've read many of these reviews and compared it to my own experiences with this barrel. There are a few things I need to clear up. First, the inserts may be weak, but thats what they have the carrying case for. Ive had my freak for two years and have never had any problem with inserts denting or breaking on me. Another thing I hear a lot is that the barrel is inaccurate. That can't be further from the truth. The key with the accuracy with this barrel is being very careful about which insert you use and also the velocity your marker is set at. I'll tell you how I choose mine.
1. I take an insert and put it into the barrel.
2. I then grab about 5 to 10 random balls from the bag of paint I will be using.
3. Place a ball in the barrel
4. If the ball rolls through without any outside force, switch to a smaller insert.
5. If the ball barely fits into the barrel and you can't blow it out (EASILY) switch to a larger insert.
6. When you blow the ball out of the barrel listen for a small pop. If you can blow the ball out without blowing hard you should have a good match.
7. Keep in mind that the more you blow through the barrel the more spit you get on the inside to the insert. THIS WILL EFFECT THE RESULTS OF THE TEST. If you notice that the ball is starting to stick, or see this buildup, clean the barrel and continue with the testing.
The velocity was another MAJOR factor with the accuracy of the barrel. I've shot my marker at many different velocities, from 200 to 346 fps. (the 300 and higher were not during gameplay, just practice). I've notice that with the A-5 and a 16 oz Co2 tank the best velocity is between 266 and 275 give or take 4 fps. Anything higher will make the ball shoot out like a knuckle ball. Anything lower will work just fine, as a matter of fact I tend to get more people out when I am low on Co2 and shooting closer to 250fps. But that's just me.
Now that you know how to match the paint to the barrel and set the velocity I'll tell you a quick story about how accurate this barrel can be at a long range. This past year I went the the Adventure Games Big Game in Weare, NH. First you need to know that there was absolutely no wind resistance because we were so far in the woods. During almost everygame I was popping people from about 90 to 115 yards away. Most of you are probably thinking I am exaggerating, but I think I should know that distance because I run it on a track team for majority of the year so I see the distance a lot. Don't get me wrong though, it isn't guaranteed that you will make that kind of shot everytime. It took a lot of steady aiming and one hell of an arc to make that distance, but let me tell you. IT CAN BE DONE. Most of the other times I shot people out was within 70 yards, but even that only took less than 10 rounds per person. I guess what I am saying is you really have to train yourself to AIM. Spraying and Praying may work, but as with any barrel, steady aim is key.
The same day I shot at their shooting range and shot a target that was about an inch larger in diameter than a standard CD from about 50 to 60 yards away. I wasn't using a sight so I shot a few rounds and compensated. When I hit the target I steadied my aim and fired about 20 shots in quick succession. Only one missed.
A few things that made this barrel hard to use was old, warped paint, and bad weather conditions. Both are obvious problems, but let me tell you how to correct them. First, don't use old, warped paint. Second, on windy days fire a few shots to see how the wind carries the ball and take a few practice shots with that in mind. If you play it out right the barrel should be just as accurate, it is for me anyway.
Here's one thing that confuses me a little bit. Sometimes when I fire the ball will take a different decending path. I soon realized that the tilt of the gun effected this and that for some reason the barrel shot much straighter if I held it verticle instead of slanted like many other players I see. This may not be the case with you, but there's a heads up.
I've seen and tried many different barrels, but the freak set stands out as number one for me. However, I have not yet tried the flatline barrel which I've heard is pretty good. This is an excellent barrel, but it cost a ton, I'd recommend looking around a lot before buying to get the cheapest price, but hey, sometimes thats the price to pay for victory. I hope my review helped you to make the best decision for yourself. I am giving this a rating of 10 because I have yet to see anything surpass it.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, July 7th, 2005 at 10:34 pm PST
It seems that whenever you mentioned distance, you measured it in Yards. Are you sure you didn't mean Feet?
90 to 115 yards is 270-345 feet. And 70 Yards is 210 feet.
Could you confirm this. Did you really mean 270-345 feet???
Hey everyone, I'm the original poster of this review. Its been quite some years so I forgot my password and just made this new profile. To answer the question of did I really mean yards, yes, we were playing on two sides of a valley during those shots and I was at the top shooting down. If you want to know exactly how far 100 yards is, go to the nearest high school or college track near you. Stand at one end and look to the other. End to end is actually a bit more than 100 yards. Now imagine that distance down a roughly 30 to 45 degree sloped hill. After looking at that you'll see that it is, with a lot of patience, aiming up, great paint that will break without a lot of velocity, and a little bit of luck, possible. However, for the shooting range, i think i meant to type feet, sorry for that typo. I must agree with Hedgehog though that it is not possible to shoot horizontal to the ground at 275 fps and expect the ball to reach that distance. I will be sure to be more specific in future reviews. Thank you all for your comments and input and since this review ended up being the most useful of the freak reviews, that encourages me to write more. Look around for my new name on anything A5 related.