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JAYCEN4025 Sunday, April 30th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 years
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
CP barrel kits
JT barrel kits
Empire barrel kits
PowerLyte barrel kits
KAPP barrel kits
Hammerhead barrel kits
Dye barrels
Marker Setup: WGP 2005 ProStock_olive w/ the following upgrades:

Eclipse E2 frame, Nexus LPR, Nexus Ram,
Supercharger Valve, Rex Dialer/Hammer kit,
Orange Hardliner Bolt, CP inline reg,
ShockTech Micro Rail & locking feed neck
Smart Parts Stainless Freak kit & Max-Flo 68/4500
Empire Reloader B2

Other markers:
Alias Intimidator
Tricked out Spyder Compact 2000
Tricked out Piranha STS
Soon to be tricked out 68 Automag Classic
Soon to be tricked out M98 Custom
Soon to be tricked out Spyder Pilot ACS




Recommended
Paintballs:
Just about any decent brand of paint.
Strengths: Versatile
Weaknesses: Rather spendy
Doesn't shoot through breaks very well
Quality control is lacking sometimes
Review:
Barrel Kit Theory:

For all you newbies out there drooling over the one sitting in your local proshop, I'm sad to inform you that the Freak is not the Holy Grail of aftermarket barrels. and, as a matter of fact, I don't really think that can be said of any barrel kit. In my opinion, barrel kits are designed to give you the best, "all around accuracy". For example, if you had a custom barrel made for Evil paint, the Freak's bore size that is closest to matching it probably wouldn't shoot as well, but lets say you're at a field where they don't have Evil, and you're using a smaller bore paint. Well, now your custom barrel isn't going to shoot as good, because the balls just roll out of the barrel, now the Freak is probably going to shoot better. That's the theory behind barrel kits. They revolve around the "close is good enough" mentality.


I bought a Freak system because I really needed a barrel kit that would let me shoot a wide variety of paint. I have had good experiences with their All Americans, so I figured it was a good place to start. For the most part I've been really happy with it. The Freak barrel has the most bore sizes of any barrel kit I know of currently, and aluminum version is also a little less expensive than most of the other kits out there. If you have the ca$h, I would go with the stainless inserts, as you are going to get better mileage out of them. As far as barrel lenghts go, I prefer the 14'', although I use a 16" for airball fields. As far as the choice between "Freak" and "All American" porting goes, I would say It's up to you, all though I have heard the Freak style is better for higher end guns. I really haven't found this to be the case. I have a 12 and 16" with Freak porting, but I like the 14" better in the All American. Call me crazy.

Disadvantages:

As far as paint goes, It seems like doesn't like real cheap paint. All of the brown box stuff I have shot through it shoots worse than through my Intimidator's stock barrel. I don't know why that is, but it is something to consider. Another disadvantage I have noticed is that Smart Parts barrels don't seems to shoot through ball breaks as well as others I have used.
Conclusion: I'm going to give it an 8. Accuracy isn't the best I've seen, but it's still really good. I would definatley reccomend one to somebody who travels around and uses a wide variety of paint. For $150, it's one of the most affordable, but if you have the money to spend, I would go with a CP set, and add to it later on. Or if you're really rich, you'll get Dye to make you a custom bore set for 8 or 10 sizes. I feel like they need one smaller than the aluminum Freak's 679.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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