X.O. Industries with a V1 shell; these are godly paintballs that made the stock A5 barrel seem like it was good. These balls will work for any barrel and i highly recommend them for this barrel. Incredibly accurate!
Automatically being recognized as the sniper
None! This barrel is great, and they also make a 3 piece version of it!
I love to snipe in paintball so after finding out that the flatline didn't have the accuracy i needed in order to snipe, i moved to this cool looking barrel. The reviews on it have been really good, so i went for it. Straight out, i was worried that because the price tag was so low, i thought it was shoddy quality. BUt i was wrong. The barrel performed very well. At least my friends said so. BUt i was iffy cause after coming off of the flatline, the range was not very impressive. so my opinions were not very high. BUt both of my freinds were saying that that was to be expected. They said it was performing well when compared to their barrels. And the accuracy was batter then the flatline, i only did one mesuring test at 15 feet, its shot grouping was less then 1 foot. But thats very unipressive. Throughout the day i shot my gun at targets and it was very consistant and easy to predict. My friends have a BT-16 barrel and i was making better shots then they were. They lenbth took some getting used to, but i overcame that i even bunkered 3 kids with my barrel cause i was the only man at the time that was in the positions to do so, and the barrel length didn't interfere with that. I was sniping people, but i wasn't making any 1 shot one kills cause i dont no how to predict my barrel perfectly yet (since i used to use a flatline), but that should become better over time. IT should also become better when i get a sight as well. I also noticed that the barrel noticable quieted down the report of my marker, another added feature.
Overall i am very pleased with this barrel and it is a 1000 times better then the flatline in terms of sniping. I was picking off peoples hoppers and everything with my barrel. I like it alot. The length could be a downer for some people, but not for me so would the whole air effeciency. I however get free CO2 fills, so that is not so much of a problem for me.
EDIT: Sun. April, 29/07
I have put in an order for a lapco snapshot kit. I did this because i wanted perfect accuracy all of the time. The other day, i had dimpled paint and i kept chopping. If i had a barrel kit, i could stick in a large insert of back and play relatively chop free for the rest of the day. since i didn't have one that day, i was chopping every 2 or 3 shots. this still is a great barrel and provides great accuracy, but i suggest to go with a kit upfront and not have to worry about stuff like this. furthermore, for tippmann guns, lapco and J&J barrels are supposed to be the best, so i went with lapco.
I thourougly enjoy this barrel and i recommend it to people who need the accuracy and at the same time want a cool looking barrel. They now make a version of this barrel with a freak back. this is really good. i however will most likely stick with this barrel becasue all of the fields i go to have a perfect, or close to perfect piant/bore match .in that case, the rifling will (IMO) provide better accuracy then the freak kit (assuming both have a perfect paint/bore match. thus, it is more financially viable and more accurate if i stick with this barrel. i raised my rating to a perfect 10 because i only gave it a 9 b4 because this barrel wasn't in 2-3 piece construction. i now raised my review accordingly!
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, April 29th, 2007 at 2:14 pm PST
Good review, and there's few better ways to test than a shootout with your friends, though you may want to switch up markers to see who's the better overall shot. =P
The flatline is more of a suppressing piece, in my opinion. It can be accurate, but think of all the movement the ball's doing just to leave the barrel. Snipers definantly need to be able to make as few shots as posible, and be confident their ball is going where they want it. No leading the balls to their target, first or second shot must count. So a more accurate barrel definantly is in the bag there.
I kind of disagree with the just for snipers things, if anyone can adjust to the length, it can be pretty versitile. I've won like 15 foot snap shooting situations against the enemy team's players with this, and anyone can set up, but I can see the length being problems in tight spaces. =) That's why I have a pistol.
I love sniping and I found this review quite helpful. I think that I'm going to get this barrel. The reviews are good for this barrel so I'm going to buy it most likely. The price is cheap only $44 at ActionVillage.com.