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Dayday Tuesday, May 9th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month20 of 22 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Various DYE barrels - accurate, breaks are a nightmare
Freak - accurate, heavy, breaks are a nightmare
Lapco - accurate, efficient, loud
Marker Setup: E2 '05 prostock with other goodies
Recommended
Paintballs:
I bought the kit, so most quality paint will work.
Strengths: - Accurate
- Quiet
- Light weight
- Looks amazing
- Comes with barrel bag
- Customer service
- Shoots clean?
Weaknesses: - Can't use fluffy squeegees
- It's so light that it feels almost fragile
- Price
Review: Every once in a while I'll see something new that I just have to purchase. The SLY barrel was one of those products. They did a great job of creating an image and a feel for their product, and although I can't really pinpoint what it is that makes me buy certain items...this barrel just has a cool factor to it that others lack.

Packaging: When I received my shipment from SLY, I was immediately impressed by the packaging. The barrels come very well packaged to prevent damage during shipping. Also included is a fairly nice barrel bag that has room for your backs and more. Once you get past that, though, prepare to be really amazed.

Looks: I ordered the stealth kit, and had to wait an extra week or so due to it being backordered. I always heavily research products before I buy, and I noticed that a lot of people were complaining about the "cheap" looking excess film (or whatever it was) around the logo on the barrel. I was less than enthusiastic about it, but didn't let it stop me from making the purchase. I was surprised when I took the barrel out to find no trace of white left. With this new batch, SLY has eliminated the problem. It's completely black on the carbon graphite background and looks absolutely incredible. On the opposite side of the SLY logo is the dual carbon logo. It's barely visible indoors, but the whole understatement and "sly" theme are pulled off well. The barrel also seemed to me to be much darker than the pictures indicate. It's got a very matte finish, which again, fits with the whole theme. I've never been more impressed by a barrel's looks.

Weight: Some people have claimed that the weight (or lack of) up front is so drastic that it actually throws the balance of their market off. There's no way that's true. While it is really light weight, it's not as if it's going to just float away. However, if you're looking to shave some weight off your marker, this is a great way to do it. I don't have access to anything that can be considered precise for weighing such a light weight object, but I'd guestimate it's about half the weight of a similar length aluminum barrel.

Fit: The fit between the backs and the front is about as perfect as you can get. The o-ring definitely helps, of course. The barrel won't come loose after shooting. The fit to the gun is almost too tight. I met some resistance screwing one or two of the backs in and out. At one point one of the backs got stuck and only the front unscrewed. Luckily someone realized this may happen and there have been holes milled into the back pieces to allow allen wrenches to be inserted to unscrew the backs. The front has to be removed to be able to do this, though, because when it's on it covers the holes (to, I imagine, maintain efficiency?).

Porting: A lot of people are reporting that this barrel has made their guns quieter. I'm not really sure how truthful that is. My previous barrel was a DYE ultralight and I think it's roughly the same. Velocity stayed the same as well when I switched, so they're about the same when it comes to efficiency.

Accuracy/bore sizes: The accuracy is the same as the ultralight, assuming good paint to barrel match. This kit came with the following sizes: .683, .686, .689, and .692. On their site, it says that the sizes are .686, .689, .692, .695...so they changed that at some point. And for the better, I think. I've never seen paint that needed a .695 barrel. The bore size is engraved really small at the base of the back. On their site it shows it much bigger, and it took me a second or two to find it. I almost thought I ended up with four backs without labels.

Shoots clean/squeegees: I haven't had a break yet, so I don't know how well it cleans itself out. I'll be sure to edit this when I do. And just as a comment to people who say you CAN use barrel swabs and other fluff squeegees - why would you want to? If you spend 200 bucks on a barrel kit, it makes sense to me to follow the manufacturer's instructions. As a side note, water won't hurt the barrel. I was wondering about that and got a definitive answer from SLY, in case anyone else was worried.

Edit 6/13 - Still no breaks. I may just break paint on purpose and see what happens.
Edit 7/7 - I broke paint on purpose and it took three shots to clean out. Not "clean enough to be accurate", rather it was "clean". Simply amazing.

Customer service: Tyson (the owner of SLY) emailed AND called me after I had placed my order to explain that everything was backordered. I exchanged a few emails with him after I had received my barrel (and we're talking fast replies, like within hours), and it's obvious he stands behind his products and cares about his customers. How's that for customer service? I would not hesitate to do business with him and his company again. I just hope it stays that way. A lot of companies start off like this and end up on the other end of the spectrum later on.

Edit 7/17 - I bought a PM6 a month or so ago, and my SLY didn't fit due to DYE changing their threads. I emailed Tyson two months after having purchased the SLY kit, and told him about my problem. He told me to mail the barrel backs in and he'd switch them out. Now, I realize he's done this for other people...but my case is a bit different. I bought the barrel for an autococker. Not a DYE gun. I also used the barrel on the gun I bought it for, multiple times. And he was still willing to replace it, no hassles, no questions asked, free of charge (with the exception of me having to pay shipping to return the barrels, he paid to ship the new ones back to me) and with a much quicker turn around than I was quoted. I cannot believe the level of service you get. It really does justify the price. Every company should model themselves after SLY, Tyson has his act together.
Conclusion: I had some reservations about buying such a new product, but all those fears were dispelled the second I opened that box.

If there was ever a barrel that deserved a perfect score, it's this one.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Monday, July 17th, 2006 at 7:02 pm PST
 

Review Comments
Pontius_26 Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 | 10:52 am PST
Excellent review! The sly is by far one of the best barrels (probably the best) I have ever used. Thanks for taking so much time and writing a quality review.
   

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