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4d5e6f Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Stock barrel (very bad)
Friend's teardrop (good but not as good, quieter than Stiffi though)
Apex barrel (bad)
Marker Setup: Tippmann 98 Custom
14" Stiffi barrel (.691 bore)
Maddmann Spring Kit (Red Spring)
BT CAR Stock
Tippmann Double Trigger
Shocktech Superfly Bolt
Lapco Front Grip
Recommended
Paintballs:
Medium bore paint (I use Nelson Whack which is $40 at Dick's for 2000)
Strengths: Accurate, LIGHT, strong, looks good, quiet, self cleaning
Weaknesses: Price, can't use cotton swabs, smallest for 98 Custom and A-5 is .691
Review: Well, after a problem with SITE having a broken machine that makes the barrels being fixed, delaying my shipping 5 days, I finally got my Stiffi barrel! A week later, I have paint and air, and get to go shoot it in my friend's yard. I've never used this paint before, and I can't find it online, so I'm not sure how good the paint is, but the fill seemed a little thin and the shells were as uber tough as I'd like them (woodsball player), but it seemed to shoot much straighter than my apex and stock barrel. The distance was also good, but distance isn't affected by barrel, science even says so. I have no accurate way of measuring distances, but I'd guess about 80-100 feet away, there was a shovel sticking out of the dirt, so I tried hitting the handle (1 inch thick), and surprisingly I managed to hit it quite a bit, and I'm not the world's most accurate shooter. Shots were in a tight group (couldn't measure but trust me), and the barrel was so quiet my friend and I could actually hear my sear engaging. The barrel weighs about as much as a king size Hershey's bar.

As for the whole "can't use cotton barrel swabs" thing, no big deal. The barrel is so slick and 1-piece that it cleans itself after a few shots. If you must give it a good cleaning in battle, and you have a 98 custom, just push the button on the front of the gun so the hopper swings down, fire a shot so the chamber clears, and then push your rubber squeegee through the feed area and into your barrel and pull out. Problem solved.

The smallest bore size that I could get was a .691 for my 98 custom. This is pretty stupid, considering most paint is ~.689.
Conclusion: This barrel is definetly worth its price tag (I got it for $109 after S&H). The weight, accuracy, self-cleaning, and quietness all add up to a fantastic barrel. Maybe consider something else for a better bore fit if you have a tippmann, but it's still pretty accurate even when your balls can just fall out.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, April 13th, 2006 at 9:46 pm PST
 

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