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the_ion Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
98 flatline, other none flatline barrels
Marker Setup: A-5
Response trigger
Special ops A5-A2 stock
Special ops frontgrip(stock bottom line)
ADCO Hot shot sight
PMI remote line
Tippmann A-5 flatline
Smart Parts progressive(barrel I used before I got flatline)
This barrel works best with .688 cal. paintballs. if you use any thing smaller you will not be able to hit anything

.688 paintballs I have tried and had success with: PMI Premiums
Strengths: Flys flat
flys far
as accurate as any other barrel
the ability to hook shots
Weaknesses: Requires .688 paint
Thats about it
Review: I have been playing paintball for a while now and I have gotten sick of having to lobe shots. The difference between a paintball gun and a real gun is that paintballs go way slower and they also loose speed, this causes the paintball player trouble because he has to lob his shots in order to hit his enemy from a far distance. If you get the flatline you wont have to do this.
The flatline works by putting backspin on the paintball. It does this by the curve of the inside of the barrel. Also the inside of the barrel is like a very fine sandpaper. The sandpaper surface and the curve combined causes the ball to go into a spin. and when it flys out the spin stops it from flying in a parabolic trajectory and instead it flys in a completely flat line.

Don't let someone fool you into saying that the flatline is bad, it isn't. here are some common problems that people did not do anything about and say that the flatine is bad just because the don't know anything about it or what its requirements are:(look in the low ratings and im sure those peoples flatlines would work if they didn't have these problems)
1.the barrel could be a factory defect
2.wrong size paint(remember that you NEED to use .688 NOT .685)
3.wrong velocity(should be around 270 range)
4.Flateline is not aligned(the top screw with the sight, you will know what I mean once you see one)
5. poorly maintained(see below)

Another thing that this barrel needs that most other barrels don't is that it needs to be cleaner. the sandpaper like texture on the inside of the barrel catches debris from paintballs and other things. every once in a while you should run scalding hot water through the barrel for at least 5 minutes. I have even heard of some people boiling their flatlines after every time that they play.

A cool thing that this barrel can do is that it can hook shots or do drop shots(the same thing that the Apex does but the Apex makes it easier). all you have to do is turn it sideways and you can hit people behind trees

Some people say that the flatline is inaccurate. This is NOT TRUE, I know people that would choose their flatline over their all-american! The flatline is only inaccurate if the user is doing anything wrong(see paragraph three)
Conclusion: I recommend that you get this barrel if you are sick of lobing your shots to hit people. this barrel is accurate, long range, cool looking, durable, and can do many more things that other barrels can't do. I believe that it is worth the money for this great barrel.
10 out of 10

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