14" Teardrop - Teardrop doesn't have changable backs, but its still a good barrel. The kit is still much better.
Flatline - Flatline has better range, but the kit has better accuracy.
Tippmann 98 Custom
Flatine,14in. Teardrop, Empire 7-piece kit, Vertical Adapter, AIM Shock Regulator, BT Double Trigger Kit, Viewloader 12V Revolution, Penspring Mod, Polished Internals, Rocket Cock II, AIM Skyforce Drop and On/Off, Daisy Red-Dot Sight, 47ci 3000psi Crossfire N2 Tank
Its a kit, so it doesn't matter too much. Just make sure your paint isn't severly dimpled, and you're good.
Cost ($60 at ActionVillage.com)
Mirror finish interior backs and front
(After about a case of paint)
Accuracy: I went through about a case of marbalizers with the kit, and wow... I was amazed. I must have kept a shot pattern of about a 3 inch diameter at 100 feet. My reg was a little jumpy because I had to radically change the pressure that day to get under 300 fps, but the barrel still kept good accuracy.
Look: The polished black goes really good with my gun. The Empire emblem, along with the bore size, is milled into the side of the backs. Once you screw in the barrel, the bore size ends up on the bottom, so all you see is a wicked cool looking barrel.
Front: The 14" tip that comes in the kit is really more like 15", but that doesn't matter to me. Just thought I'd let you all know. If you have a problem with the length, you can just buy another tip. I checked the threads on all of my backs, and they fit really good. I screwed the front into all of the backs to check it too, and it fit like a glove into all of them.
Price: The price alone deserves its own paragraph. I spent $75 on the kit including tax and upgraded shipping. The Pipe and Freak both cost about $150, so right there you have a 50% savings. This barrel is worth every single penny.
This is an incredible kit. If you want to milk all of the accuracy out of your gun with every size paint you can find (and do it without taking out a loan) buy this today.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, June 14th, 2006 at 12:36 pm PST
Thank you for the accuracy information... grouping size and distance...
Because of it, your review speaks more to me than any 10 others that don't give me that info. Now I can compare it to what I currently use.
3 inch diameter at 100 feet.... that is better than what I can get now (whisper on an A5)
A friend has offered to sell me his empire for a good price, now I'm glad I said yes.