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chikin pickle Sunday, May 7th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann 98 factory barrel, '05 cocker factory barrel, DYE boomstick, DYE ultralight, J&J two peice ceramic.
Marker Setup: '05 prostock autococker
'06 Freak back, 16" all american front, .687 and .691 stainless inserts
DYe sticky 3 grips
crossfire 68/3000 cf tank w/ '05 rhino cover
ricochet AK hopper w/ countypaintball sticker
Recommended
Paintballs:
Anything, if you can buy it, there is an insert for it. Although never buy cheap paint!!
Strengths: Adaptability
accuracy
looks
Weaknesses: Hard to clean fully.
Review: Well, I am putting my review here because I didn't opt for a full kit, for price considerations. I got an '06 back with a 16" all american front, and then two stainless steel inserts along with a few other non-barrel related items. I had read the reviews on here, and decided to take a risk, although I opted for the more expensive inserts because of the durability.

Now I grimaced at the price, as I don't have a job and saving Money takes me a while. Although, the barrel and one of my stainless inserts cost $8 less than a titanium boomstick barrel, so there are more expensive things you can buy. When I got home I opened everything up and was impressed with the smoothness of the barrel front, nice and shiny. Then I looked down the insert. <_< ook, it was worse than the stock barrel off my old tippmann. Well being put off a little bit I put my finger in to have a feel. Oh, there was metal dust inside. Made sense as they are indeed milled steel.
So I washed it out and then it was nice and shiny.

I assmebled the barrel. (I reccomend putting a little oil on the insert the first time you put an insert in to lube up the O-rings inside the back.) And put it on my gun, wow it looked sweet. The cutaways, and color combo matched my gun perfectly, as my 'cocker basically has 3 colors. Blue, black, and then silver for the things like the actuator rod, and ball detent. It basically matched perfectly and looks really hot.

When I got to the field I went to the target range, and set my reg which needed to be done, and when I was finished chronoing the gun I decided to see if my $110 barrel was worth the money. Whhen I pulled the trigger pffschk-schk and whap, an orange splat mark appeared dead center on the farthest target. I few more shots ffft-schk ffft-schk all of them close on the far target. Way more accurate than anything I had ever shot, quiet on my 'cocker too.

I went and played a few games, the first game I played was centerflag assault. Now we had some military types with A-5s and whatnot organize some tactics, with a base of fire, and a force to push up the other side. I volunteered to be part of the base of fire, because I like blasting fools with ropes. So I hit my favorite bunker, a large tower with a spool on one side. I come out and start laying a rope on someone. Spat, I see him duck down and his gun comes up in the air. The rest of the game was pretty similar, and I was hitting cracks in bunkers, and other thing in very tight groupings for that game.

Unfortunately, I only got one more game in, partly because my reg took a dump and started jumping all over, and then my dad decided that I wasn't going to be allowed to play because I took the oversized visor off of my mask. Why? I have no idea.

I had one break during the day, because I was shooting Evil, which has an uber thin shell, and I short-stroked my gun. So I chopped, It shot like crap until I figured out that I had chopped. And I had paint in my bolt and all over, so I had to take that out, swab the barrel a fewtimes, along with the tube of my gun. Then I got it back working again and it shot just as good as it had before.

Yay update, My gun has been plagued with rediculous consistency issues and I have no idea. The balls go in the same vertical plane but the trajectory gets screwed up by the fluctuations.
Conclusion: All in all, this barrel was well worth the money. The original barrel kit is still the best. This barrel shoots awesome, and is the most versatile barrel on the market. 5 kinds of front, 3 kinds of backs, along with a carbon fiber barrel by deadlywind that takes the inserts. If you have the cash pick one up, you won't regret it at all.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, September 7th, 2006 at 1:10 pm PST
 

Review Comments
wetwilly1166 Saturday, January 13th, 2007 | 4:45 pm PST
very informative
I also have an 05 Prostock and was wondering if the freak was a good buy as I recently bought a 2 piece all american (14") as it was cheaper. My accuracy went out the widow as the paint went everywhere but where I aimed.
What I wanted to know is sould I spend the extra $$$ and get this back and a few inserts.
Garrett :)
   

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