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slim_vela Sunday, February 5th, 2006
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 4 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Stiffi Switch Kit, Smart Parts Freak Kit w/ Aluminum and Stainless Steel Inserts, WGP Kaner Kit, CP 4 Piece Barrel Kit (3 backs-1 front)
Marker Setup: Current: Defiant 2, LCD Matrix
Previous: Various '05 Shockers, Slide Switch Matrix
Any brand that provides a good paintball to barrel match
Strengths: Light Weight
Utilizes Smart Parts Freak Inserts
O-Ring to secure Inserts
Weaknesses: Bore finish
No reinforcement/muzzle break at tip of barrel
Must use squeegie to clean
Review: Very lightweight as can be expected, and the fact that it uses Freak Inserts is definitely a plus. No matter what brand of paint you decide to use, as long as you have the proper insert your good to go. Stainless Steel or Aluminum, doesn't matter.

The version I am using is the 12" vice the 14". The sound signature of my Defiant was lessened considerably, and the already quiet Matrix is now quieter.

Accuracy is as can be expected from a good paint to barrel match. However, for me it did not clean through breaks as well as some have stated. Breaks were not due to chopping or bad paint/bore match, but more due to the quality of paint used. The fact that it was a thick-fill type of paint didn't help either.

Now I did state that one weakness I notice is the lack of a 'muzzle-break'. So far it is holding up well. But much like my first edition Stiffi One Piece barrel, I expect the tip to possibly start fraying. A simple piece of aluminum slipped/bonded over the barrel tip to help protect it would be beneficial, similar to the Stiffi Switch Kit barrel tip.

Also mentioned was the bore finish, near the tip to be exact. There are very minute pits, if you will, within the first inch of the barrel tip. Nothing of major concern, yet and hopefully not, but not the 'polished' finish one would expect.
Conclusion: Overall, this is an outstanding product that offers the best in barrel options. Lightweight combined with the use of sizing inserts and at a very affordable price.
9 out of 10

Review Comments
Paintbalfreak5 Sunday, September 24th, 2006 | 9:15 pm PST
The barrel self cleans its self if you dry fire a couple shots.

zoom707 Saturday, October 21st, 2006 | 2:31 am PST
hey I DONT USE A SQUEEGIE ON MINE I USE SWABS AND IT WORKS GREAT. also... it shoots through breaks awesomely and even when there is paint coating the inside of it and i forget it still shoots good. AND THE TIP IS NOT GONNA WEAR OFF ITS SUPER TUFF. ITLL LAST LONGER THAN YOUR ALUMINUM TIP. THIS IS NOT A STIFFI THIS IS TUFFER!

chibbs Thursday, February 15th, 2007 | 2:04 pm PST
DUDE thats the whole thing with the deadly wind barrel you can swab it, when i only had a squeegee with the barrel i had before this i had to unscrew the barrel squeegee it and screw it back on which took forever (autococker threads) i was going to get a stiffi but that was just too hard to do, and although i love stiffis (have one on my 98) when i got my Automag i found this and was psyched, had the accuracy of the freak with the weight and quietness of a stiffi and you can SWAB it

shadoflame Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 | 3:05 pm PST
you guys are being such babies. he's using thick paint, so it's hard to dry fire those out.

the tip can wear off, but having a replaceable alluminum tip on it wearing off is better than the actual barrel getting frayed. if the alluminum tip gets messed up, u can just replace it. it costs too much to replace an entire barrel

yes, carbon fiber is very tuff, but how can you tell whether or not the dw fibur barrel is stronger than the stiffi? did u personally try to break both and only the stiffi broke?

you guys should at least have a reasonable reason to dispute a well made review.

jtb1689 Friday, March 30th, 2007 | 12:46 pm PST
Ok, I will give a reasonable reason. I have had my DW for over a year now, one of the first batches made actually, back when they still made 12" lengths. I have hit it on cement rollers, accidentally dig it into the ground, and have it venture through bushes and bushes of various thorn bushes. No fraying. As a matter of fact, a friend even chipped a "minute" piece off of the outside of the tip against one of those cement rollers. It has yet to fray, as soon as it happened I debated pursuing preventive measures against fraying, but never got around to it. 6 months later, its got a nother scratched out section on the tip, and it STILL has not started to fray. Thus I will reasonably conclude that fraying on the tip of this barrel will prove to not be any troubles for anyone as their barrels have only gotten better in engineering since I bought mine.

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