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TheMedievalMan Sunday, September 18th, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
J&J Ceramic 14 inch. They actually look very much alike if you look at them both together. But the Ceramic has better coating in the inside (uh, its ceramic).
Marker Setup: Tippmann 98 Custom with J&J Edge barrel kit, response trigger, Cyclone feeder, double trigger, Clear Dye Sticky Grips, Rocket Cock II, Dead On Rear Velocity Adjuster, Skull drop forward and Dead on X-core expansion chamber.
Any paintball that is around medium bore. It is a .689 I think and make sure the quality is good of course.
Strengths: Good price (Mine was $24.99), simple yet attractive milling, good porting, mirror interior finish.
Weaknesses: Um... its ugly?
Review: This could be a bad batch because the barrel as of right now is new but one of the two logos on both sides of the barrel was glued on backwards. Where the words "ugly stik" is right side up on the left side, but the right logo is placed on backwards. No big deal though, you can easily peel it off and reglue the logo the correct way. The porting of this barrel is enough so that it is silent but not too much that it will eat up your gas efficiency. The porting are placed right where they belong, closer to the front, and not to far back. The milling is simple, yet the barrel does look attractive, unlike what the funny name might suggest. This barrel is an upgrade to my Ion and it looks like it belongs there. When you screw in the barrel and it becomes tight, you will notice that the logos on both sides align correctly. Which is good that they took care of doing that right, because hate it when the logos are not in the proper looking position, and it makes the set up look sloppy rather than properly aligned and neat. But other than looks the performance is good. Looking down the barrel you will notice a desirable mirror finish with no blemishes inside. The milling and porting is simple enough so that cleaning the barrel is easy and does not require much time consuming cleaning methods to get in any fancy lines of the milling, or porting holes like other barrel brands. The porting is just the right size for silencing, yet large enough to be cleaned easily. I have noticed that after games just like my ceramic barrel, this stays clean. If this is a sign of some kind of self cleaning method I do not know, however, I must note that the porting holes were full of paint after the game... Accuracy is excellent, with string shots in the air each ball was following the other like pearls traveling down an invisible line. With the stock barrel I noticed that they would spread more. But accuracy has improved at least double if not triple if the paint is good. I was using economic paint and the accuracy was as I desired. Because I have only used this barrel at moving human targets, I am unable to give an example of shot groupings in this review. But I will attest that most balls went right where I wanted them to go, keeping alot of the enemy players on the move and at far distance when seeing those paintballs give near hits. Did I mention this barrel is silent? The porting is of the correct amount and the correct area of the barrel. Making a low pitched "thwik thwik" sounding noise as it fired.
Conclusion: I definitely suggest getting this barrel if you want an inexpensive upgraded barrel for you paintball gun without sacrificing performance. This barrel has failed to chop through several games so far, and succeeded in delivering desirable accuracy when needed.
10 out of 10

Review Comments
ballisticpball Wednesday, September 21st, 2005 | 5:26 pm PST
The fact that the logo's line up is luck. When a company tapps the threads on a paintball marker for a barrel, it's not done a specific way in which if you take that same barrel, and screw it onto every Ion, it will line up. Looks at some pictures of some Shockers or something in a magazine. You'll notice sometimes the words "Freak" are upside down, and sometimes they are not.

TheMedievalMan Monday, October 10th, 2005 | 11:01 pm PST

FockerJ9 Tuesday, December 27th, 2005 | 9:09 pm PST
yea same wit thunderpig barels, those are some ugly stickers btw

Vordoen Monday, January 30th, 2006 | 10:42 pm PST
Oh about that? On mine? I flipped one of the stickers so they're both facing normal, and readable. Well, i screwed it in last time? And they were upside down! I was a bit puzzled, and it's just the way you initially screw on there. It threads it differently sometimes...Weird o.O Either way i took the stickers off, they were icky.

bcballer321 Friday, August 25th, 2006 | 4:55 pm PST
Thanks for the review, I just saved $2000 and this is definately what im buyin now, it'll destroy my little ION

tomster Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 | 10:57 am PST
can you get this barrell in tippmann 98 threads? oh and whats the length??
Last edited on Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 at 10:59 am PST

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