I've test fired a Flatline before. I've also seen how tempermental the Flatline can be (I've seen the barrel 'turn' during use, and need to be re-adjusted, and also break balls on occasion, which meant taking it apart...both of which are no small feats to fix, especially when you'd rather be playing). The APEX seems just as accurate, if not more-so than the Flatline(s) I've seen in action...
Tippmann 98 Custom
DOP Pro-Seal power tube
DOP Rocket-Cock II
Palmers Female Stabilizer
Fighter-X Drop Foward
Dark Horizon Rear Lite Titanium Hammer
GTA Double Trigger (Sanded to Blade-style)
BT APEX Barrel
(various other homemade modifications)
I only used a mixture of older paintballs, left over from last season...anything from white box to much higher quality paint. As with any paint, the better the quality, the better it can be expected to perform. However, that being said, it seemed to perform quite well with anything I shot through it. The barrel seems to function quite well, even with a break...which happened a few times, considering the age of the paint I was using...
Range, accuracy, and 'flat' tragectory...and it looks AWESOME on the marker!!
None (so far, see below)
I've been wanting one of these for a very long time. I finally managed to get my APEX about 2 weeks ago (they kept being 'sold out'), but only got to shoot it for the first time yesterday at the cottage.. In testing it, I used up a bag of older (mixed) paint (left over from last season). The paint quality ranged from various quality of white box to other various better quality paint (Chronic was probably he best in that bag) . I set up targets at 50 feet and at 100 feet, with the prevailing wind at my back. I know it could have gone much farther, but the wind was blowing rather strongly off the lake , and I knew I couldn't hit anything accurately past this distance.
First I tried the barrel without any back spin on it, just to get an idea of the difference in performance. The wind carried the paint almost to the farthest target, but I had to really arc the marker/paint upward to get it even that far. I then started firing on progressively higher settings....and I was impressed. I started noticing immediately the effect of the back spin on the balls. Suddenly it went from an arcing trajectory to a flat one. even with the wind blowing, the accuracy was fairly amazing. Even when a few of the more brittle balls broke in the barrel, after a couple of shots it was flying straight again.
I couldn't really get the barrel to 'hook' in the wind (the balls just carried on straight, with the strength of the wind at my back).
I'll hopefully get a chance to get out to the field this weekend, and test it under much better conditions...and on 'live targets' *grin*. I'll be sure to update this entry afterward.
This barrel does indeed live up to it's hped potential. It has better accuracy and distance than a standard barrel. It also has a flat tragectory when firing, so it's much easier to land shots on target, instead of having to worry about arcing for distance, etc. I'm giving this a 9 out of 10 for now, since I didn't get a chance to test out the 'hooking' functions of the barrel yet. But I can certainly say that this barrel will make my trips to the field a whole lot more interesting even if it didn't 'hook' around corners!
9 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 at 1:17 pm PST
hey i just wanted to tell u that this barrel doesnt make a flat trajectory. sure, it give it backspin but the ball dives down 1st then strait. well at least thats the case when u put it on the 8th setting. my friend has one and thats the case for his
quote:Originally posted by matt_conti hey i just wanted to tell u that this barrel doesnt make a flat trajectory. sure, it give it backspin but the ball dives down 1st then strait. well at least thats the case when u put it on the 8th setting. my friend has one and thats the case for his
Heh. Well, I guess you said it yourself, in that the last setting does give that significant drop right from the barrel, but then it's pretty 'flat' from there. After the first setting, as the back spin is applied, the trajectory does level out increasingly, according to how much back spin is applied (final setting included.)
Last edited on Thursday, June 29th, 2006 at 10:08 am PST