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miks Monday, May 15th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
CCI Stock Barrel
Lapco Big Shot
Smart Parts Progressive
Marker Setup: CCI Phantom VSC w/gauged adapter, L-stock, ADCO Hot Shot Red Dot Sight, 3.5 oz CO2,
I use Anarchy but because of the sizers, you can use any paint.
Strengths: Shoots flat and accurate. Quiet. Self-cleaning. Light. Looks trick. Uses any paint.
Weaknesses: Aluminum at the pump handle scuffs easily.
Review: I had my doubts because the control bore is only about 1" long. I had heard that this barrel was a glorified, overpriced set of detent rings. Everybody was saying you needed 6" at least of control bore. All of these worries were laid to rest after taking the first shot with this barrel. This barrel shot so much flatter and straighter than the stock CCI barrel that I had to adjust my elevation on my red dot by a large amount. I was in disbelief. At 50 ft. it was shooting 2ft over my red dot when I had the sight adjusted for my phantom barrel, and I had had this phantom barrel for about 3 years with the sight adjusted at the same place and shot all kinds of paint and got what I thought was good accuracy. I had no idea what I had been missing.

Playing in a game with this barrel was a revelation. I gogged two people with my off-hand in the first game. A couple of games later, we played 4 on 4 and I eliminated the entire opposing team by myself. I was making shots on body parts like just a knee sticking out or a foot. I was one-balling people from all the way across the field. I was doing this all day, which I usually don't do. This barrel increased my accuracy to another level.

Once, I got hit in the barrel. I didn't remember to try the self-cleaning properties, but one swipe with a straight shot squeeguee (be sure to only use the rubber end) and it was clean as a whistle, no notches at the muzzle like the stock barrel for paint to get stuck in.

The control bore was plenty long enough. I cannot think of how making it longer would have helped because accuracy was such as I have never seen.

This barrel is much quieter than the stock barrel, which is good because I was shooting at people who had no idea where the shots were coming from.

This barrel is a bit expensive, but worth every penny for the increase in range and accuracy.
Conclusion: I don't know why the CCM barrel shoots so much flatter than my CCI stock barrel. It was ridiculously flatter. I had to adjust my sight's elevation a huge amount to almost 0 elevation in order to get the balls hitting on the dot whereas with the CCI barrel I had the elevation to the maximum. I cannot explain this. I don't know how they did it. It was almost like some sort of voodoo. This was one of those rare experiences where the product completely outperformed all expectations or hopes I could have had for it. I am still in a bit of shock, really.
10 out of 10

Review Comments
RickLiebespach Saturday, January 20th, 2007 | 11:30 pm PST
Were you playing woods ball?

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