The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Product Use:
Less than a month
10 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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None, nothing like it.
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Cannot shoot paint through this barrel.
Accurate, durable, great for practice, no paint needed
We recently picked up a dealership with Predator games, hoping to stock their products. In Michigan we have a problem with practicing speedball in the winter due to the snow. Our team was looking at these, so I decided to purchase one and test it to see if it would suit our needs. Last week I opened the box which was well padded, and inside contained my 'manual', the receiver, and the barrel. The receiver and barrel already come with batteries.
I ordered my barrel in Spyder threads because you can purchase adaptors to fit nearly any marker. I threw on my Angel adaptor eager to start using it. It only requires a source of air. It's just like dry firing your marker. The barrel uses the vibrations from the gun to shoot the IR beam. You can use CO2, N2, or Air on your marker, it doesn't matter.
I set the receiver up, about 20 feet from me on top of the couch. When you shoot this thing is pretty darn accurate. You can usually get within 2 or 3 inches of the receiver and it will hit, this is pretty good at that distance. This barrel works great for improving your snap shooting skills. I recommend it to any tournament player who wants to hone their skills, or anyone who just wants to play a 'high tech laser tag'.
I talked to my team about it, and I think we will all end up ordering them, then setting up bunkers indoors and run practices with them. The great part about it is no mess. No paint is being used, this cuts down on practice costs.
Although the IR beam does not convey the actual trajectory of a paintball (the curve and velocity loss at certain distances) it works great for just practicing.
I recommend this barrel to anyone who can afford it. If you have the extra amount of money and want to run off season pracitce, go for it. It is a great investment and will in the end help you develop your skills as a better player.
It's infared. Just like a television remote. No paintballs come out of it. When your gun fires, the vibrations make the barrel shoot an infared beam (much like a remote control) to a reciever. Thats how it works.
quote:Originally posted by spartan 19 who in their right mind would buy a 100 dollar barrel that doesn't shoot paintballs
haha, its used for practicing indoors when you cant shoot paintballs. like in a garage, or if its winter and you cant play airball. you practice with it, and practices become cheaper, because you arnt shooting paint.
omg you guys just don't get it. It is paintball but without shooting paint, getting everything covered in paint, and without having to buy paint. Same strategy and concept except that lasers don't arc.
Jeez this product should come with an o-ring kit for you marker! so when you do fire real paint, your gun isn't all worn out form all that dry firing. or a shocker on the receiver that bites just as hard as a good hit to the love handles! spartan 19 cracked me up!
personally, i think the idea of an infrared system to practice paintball is retarded because what do all paintballs do after coming out of the barrel? ... thats right, they drop. a laser doesnt, it goes straight out. and i'd like to see a real paintball barrel shoot a ball out 300 feet without dropping, and without curving. so after practicing with this system, wont you be shooting low all the time?? system looks good on paper, but probably is worthless when it comes down to it
i think the predator barrel is one of the greatest ideas ever made into reality.
your basically saving your money buying one barrel, instead o9f buying like 4 or 5 cases of practice paint and at the same time not wasting your money on batteries on your hopper
the only down fall is the fact that you have to keep filling your air system but other than that nothing
no, what are they, reusable balls?! anyway, ive heard they scratch your marker and if someone wants to practice without balls, what else are they going to use besides reballs, which you still have to buy or make a targer to catch them, and then you have to drop your marker, go to the target, put them in a pod or holder, walk over to your gun, and reload, which after a while gets boring. and if you think this is a dumb idea, why are you reading the reviews?!
quote:Originally posted by OrangeBatman no, what are they, reusable balls?! anyway, ive heard they scratch your marker and if someone wants to practice without balls, what else are they going to use besides reballs, which you still have to buy or make a targer to catch them, and then you have to drop your marker, go to the target, put them in a pod or holder, walk over to your gun, and reload, which after a while gets boring. and if you think this is a dumb idea, why are you reading the reviews?!
your right.... i hate all that hard work! the barrel is worth every penny!