Smart Parts Proggressive 16" barrel
PMI coiled remote w/slide check
20 oz CO2
NXE 4+1 harness
Looks pretty cool
Great for milism
$100+ price point
hard to find matching paint (large bore)
Picky with paint
Keep in mind, I never owned this barrel. I did get to shoot with it, and watch my friend play with it on many occasions. He bought pretty much because of its cool look, and it went with his ironsight and stock to look like an M16. It did well in that field, it was an accurate representation of the M16 barrel.
The only part of the recreation that it failed to fulfill on was the durability of an M16. After a few uses, part of the front sight on the barrel just broke off for no reason, rendering the barrel very hard to use since a large sight was sticking out of the side of the barrel. In addition to this, it is very large bored (.692) and it is hard to find GOOD paint for this size bore. To make it worse, it is very picky and will not perform well unlesss there is a perfect paint match. There was no problem with the gun, because after the sight broke off, he used my friends 14 inch stiffi, and it worked more than perfect.
With this product, you will not be getting even half of what you pay for. It is possible that the barrel's sight could have been fixed rather easily if we bought the screws or whatever, but it wouldn't be worth it since it didn't perform well anyways. I wouldn't recomend buying this. However, I have heard good things about the BT M16 Apex barrel, so that might be a better option for milsim players anyways.
To fix the problem with the front sight falling off, you have to screw the allen head tighter. And dont write a review on something that you do not own. And the bore isnt that big. And youre sight was to the side because if you went to BT website you would know that for that to line up, you have to loosen the allen head, then turn the sight to were u want it, and then you tighten the head, and then it will line up. This barrel deserves more then a 4... At least give it an 8.
I would like to give it more than a 4, but in my opinion, it was a less than average product. Not only were there problems when i used it, but i witnessed the owner having problems on many occasions and even being sidelined and having to sit out because of problems with the barrel
So what's the point of the "Only tested" option for reviewing if you shouldn't review something you don't own? What about owning something makes the review of that product so much more accurate?
I read your review, Matt, and after reading in the 'Strengths' section that the barrel has "good range," and that you got four inch grouping from more than 150 feet out, I immediately knew that you had no idea what you are talking about. Long Shot's review is more accurate than yours, because at least he was telling the truth.