Stupid as this might sound, it being a straight, un-ported barrel, you would think that its similar to most barrels on the market... But you couldnt be more wrong...
A5 with Adapter and with an OPSGEAR 18" Fluted Sniper Barrel and a 32 degrees precision barrel with a coiled remote, and a folding aluminium combat stock
(also bought the 18" air cooled machine gun shroud with it... also looks bad to the bone.)
Straight shooter, Built like a rock, Looks BAD TO THE BONE!
Got this bad boy in the mail about 3 weeks ago, along with the 18" air cooled MG shroud, and was instantly in awe. All I could think was "damn... if this thing shoots as good as it looks, I'll be tagging people left and right."
From when you first hold this thing, you realize that its definitly a quality piece of machining.
I noticed from the first round I fired, that this barrel wasnt your average everyday run of the mill piece of aluminium. Unlike other straight barrels, ports or none, this one fires on a flat trajectory with a more shallow ball fall. let me see if i can draw it out for you.
------------------------- < balls straight air path
_______ ________- < ball finally hits ground
(had to use underscores because the illustration didnt come out right using spaces... Just think of the underscores as the ground :-)
this is firing Diablo Heat Paint at 280 FPS.
Now, I know some people out there probably think im full of it but I did actually test the OPSGEAR against a 16" J&J ceramic with a buddy of mine standing off to the side.
The OPSGEAR got about 10 feet more distance before it hit the ground, and this is aiming directly at the target which was 150 FT away EXACTLY. (i wanted to see if the OPSGEAR demo was for real)
Its not so much the 10 extra feet, because thats not even a big woohoo... but you dont have to arc this barrel nearly as much as you would even a 16 incher... Just the fact that we didnt arc the 16 incher took about 20 feet off the shot.
Now im not comparing this to a flatline because the flatline has no comparison, but this barrel definitly does shoot a little further and a lot straighter. argue with me if you will, but I know what I saw.
As I said before, when you hold this barrel, you realize that its not your run of the mill and that its made using some good stuff, unlike when you hold some 32 Degrees barrel and you feel like youre gonna break it. (not saying 32s are all bad i own 2)
Ive had a chance to play a few actual field games at this point so i have some new stuff to post.
The opsgear 18" blah blah blah is a damned good barrel... best smooth bore non ported barrel ive ever used... hell... best smooth bore period.
I've switched between the opsgear and my flatline back and fourth... and i have to say... though the flatline is the closest thing to a real gun that ive used in paintball... the opsgear definitely holds its own...
the thing about the flatline is that if ur gun isnt chrono'd juuuussssttt right... between 275 and 285... somewhere.... the ball does kind of a left right up down sorta thing... so its great at fields where you can actually tune your gun with a chronograph... but for regular outlaw play or woodsball... where players usually dont chrony their guns... or cant.... the opsgear is definitely the way to go... is it obsolete? sorta... but then again the flatline has made pretty much everything kind of obsolete... however... in its own sense.. and own right... the opsgear is by far the most accurate, coolest looking (IMO), best made (quality) barrel that i've ever seen in my entire 10+ yrs playing paintball..
If you play a lot of outlaw paintball where nobody uses a chrony then the opsgear is definitely for you... also... if looking cool is a priority... then this barrel is especially for you...
HOWEVER.... if you are a function over form person... I would go with the flatline all day long... in the case of the A5... being that the flatline for the 98 kinda sucks... but it was a good try... but anyway yes... with the flatline and a properly chronographed A5, and some skill obviously.. you will be able to hit players far beyond the reach of the opsgear, or any straight barrel for that matter...
let me sum it up for those of you out there that are like me.. simple...
This is what you get with each barrel:
TPI Flatline: Distance / bullet like performance / EXTREME accuracy (for those idiots out there accuracy means the difference between where youre aiming and where the projectile actually impacts.)
People tend to call the flatline a bad speedball barrel because it shoots too straight...Ill elaborate more on this after..
OPSGEAR 18" Fluted "sniper" barrel: a little more distance.. relatively excellent accuracy in comparison to other non flatline barrels... a nice bang, and it looks cool!
This thing is the balls. No pun intended. 80 bucks is a lot of money, but remember, you get what you pay for. People constantly b!tch about how expensive DYE barrels are, and DYEs are some of the best... SO YES... you do get what you pay for, and in this case, what you pay for is a solid, accurate, bad to the bone piece of paintball gear. Save up the money if you have to... Dont settle on anything less than the best, and believe me when I tell you, Ive been into paintball since the early 90s, and this definitly is among the best Ive ever seen.
Im giving this product a 10 because you dont really see things made with this kind of craftsmanship and quality anymore.... not to bring up the fact that you could probably hit the head of a pin with this thing. And did I say it looks BAD TO THE FRIGGEN BONE?
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, July 25th, 2006 at 2:07 am PST
Amen my friend I have this barrel and I still can't believe the performance I get from this smoothbore barrel. But I must disagree about the Flatline having bullet-like performance. It has excellent range but not so great accuracy.