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Mardi Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month10 of 11 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Empire 4 & 7 Piece Barrel Kits
Stock Bob Long Assassins Intimidator Barrel
Full Stainless Steel Freak Kit - Shocker and Timmy
Ultralite - Team mates' markers
Stiffi Tips for Ultralites
Marker Setup: 2k5 Empire Intimidator
Orange Pre-Alias Bolt
Empire Revolver Kit
Empire Fuel Adjustable 45/4500
Empire Re:Loader B
Empire Vertical Regulator
Empire Micro Rail
Empire Feedneck
Recommended
Paintballs:
Whatever your wallet can support, obviously more expensive paintballs will work better then cheaper ones. Use your discretion.
Strengths: Carrying Case
Color coded laser engraved inserts
Barrel Front locks inserts in place
Weaknesses: Availability (We received first in Canada)
Lack of aftermarket Upgrades or other barrel front lengths
Review: -- Not even Tested, Received the first Kit into Canada then had to ship out to a customer, I will have one of my own in the following weeks, but might as well build hype now and get some info I have on it out --

After receiving this barrel kit from NPS in the mid week of April 2006, I admired the container it came in, I admit, it did look a little bit like a "murse" (male purse) but it was built to the quality standards. Outer layer of the case was a heavy Kevlar style cylinder with both ends able to be unzipped for accessibility to the kit. There was a heavy duty handle on packing, the kind that's used for the Empire Gear Bag series. Definitely a quality handle.

One the packing is unzipped inside the inserts, barrel back, and front are all evenly spaced out like the chamber of a revolver. Two balance points, one at the front of the packaging and one at the back are a firm substance. Like the barrel spacers of 4, 7 and 11 piece Empire Kits. They slid in nicely and seemed to stay put once they were fully inserted into the padding. My only worry would be if someone was throwing around the kit, then the inserts would be dislodged and might bump into each other. Moral of the story, don't use your kit as a Frisbee. There was padding on both ends of the zip up section to ensure that the barrel front doesn't get banged up either. The packaging would get an 8 out of 10... 2 more points would easily be added if there was a little disc that you could put over the top of the inserts to keep them down.

Once I took out each of the parts to lay them out and take pictures I was amazed as to the anno level and use age of a lazer engraver to allow you to recognize what insert was what bore. Very similar to a Freak Kit, but not so concentrated on posting patents like freak, instead the bores are very large, and very easy to read. Like any other piece of metal that has a thin wall (less then 1/32" thick) they will bend if you apply pressure and/or step on them (not tested, but using common sense), the moral of this story? When you're not using the inserts, keep them in the carrier. The interior bore was not exactly a mirror finish. I was impressed with them but our field manager turned his nose up after looking down the insert. The barrel front, however, was super shiny and could quite possibly pass a paintball down it frictionless.

The barrel inserts slid into the barrel back with much ease. Unlike the freak back that takes some effort, you could drop the inserts into the back, and move on. Now, since the backs slid in so easy, wouldn't they move around during shooting? You'd think so but the barrel front has a tapered back where it screws into the back. This locks the insert in place and stops it from moving at all. Very easy to screw in. Very solid barrel once assembled. The barrel back doesn't have any kind of window to show you what insert you're using. So don't count on that feature to be carried over from the Scepter series. Not that tough to remember which of the 5 inserts you're using.

--- Which brings me to Extent of my testing --- I will be bringing in a kit for myself to use on my own marker. Will be replacing a 7 Piece Empire Kit. I will finish my review with a detailed comparison to the Empire 7-Piece, A Dye Ultralite and a Freak Kit, All on the same marker without any tinkering to anything operational wise, in the near future.

----- NEW TESTING RESULTS AND AVAILABILITY -----
Alright, a month and a half later since we got our first kit in, we've been getting in many at a time from National. Definately a way to fix the weakness I spoke about. Now, after getting mine and outrigging it on my Timmy. I was impressed with the accuracy. I was putting Premium and NGage through it and the balls were going exactly where I wanted them to go. The inserts were awesome to bore size with and the revolver bag is awesome to choose which insert you use, nice setup for all of the barrel components.

I used this barrel in a tournament, even to have main stage Canadian Ballers come ask me what barrel I was using. Of course since they're still new then they havn't heard of them. My gun performed flawlessly and was as accurate as the freak, the empire 7 piece and an ultralite.. I'm not switching ever again... perfect for me.
Conclusion: I'd say BUY BUY BUY. But don't believe any hype on any kind of barrel. Choose a design that you like best, if you want to go out and buy multiple backs, and end up using one of them, then finding a paint that doesn't fit any of the backs you have, so you need to go get another back, only to never use that one again either. Be my guest. I have always been a fan of the insert type of barrel. My Gearbag is big enough as it is, Why lug around another 6 backs when you don't have to.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, July 16th, 2006 at 7:47 pm PST
 

Review Comments
PaulWest Wednesday, November 29th, 2006 | 11:51 am PST
Thanks for the review

some have come up on the uk forums so will take the plunge and get one
   

xytom22 Monday, June 25th, 2007 | 1:41 pm PST
wow u like empire dont u
   

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