Spyder TL Plus
32 Degrees Venturi Bolt
32 Degrees 14" Whisper barrel
A.C.I Sub-Zero 6 Stage Exp. Chamber
Polished Internals (bolt, striker, sear, inside of gun - thanx ottersscustoms.com)
Custom trigger work (thanx again otter)
Bored out VA and bottomline (thanx one more time otter)
Draxxus Blaze are my favs so far
PMI All Stars work well too
Quieter - not silent (nothing is)
Finish lasts long time
Ports hold paint if ball breaks, even with squeegie
Running under tap water works well
I bought this barrel a few months after I bought my marker because the stock barrel left some to be desired. The fit and finish on my barrel is still in perfect condition after several years of woodsball, a few drops, and repeated cleaning. The price was also very reasonable. I am a firm believer in, "you get what you pay for," but this barrel is fairly cheap in price (compared to some of the higher end barrels, +-$50) and I have had very good luck with this barrel. In terms of accuracy and range I think it's definately better than stock. I've heard some people say that a gun shooting 285fps with a stock barrel will shoot just as far as a good aftermarket barrel shooting the same velocity. Not totally true.
Differences in porting design will affect how the ball leaves the barrel in terms of stability. Porting a barrel has two main functions. One, to reduce the pressure build up in front of the ball as its traveling down the barrel by venting dead air in front of the ball. This lets the ball travel as though it was flying through the air, not pushing it, but while still in the barrel being stabilized for flight. A good example to illustrate this is to watch a baseball game on TV. Bear with me. If you watch a slo-mo pitch of a knuckle ball where the ball doesn't spin and wobbles in its trajectory to the catcher, notice the speed reading, around 60 mph. Now watch the pitcher throw a fast ball. The ball has some spin and flies a fairly straight trajectory to the catcher. Notice the speed. 90-100 mph. Granted some of this is due to how hard the pitcher throws, but a ball that is allowed a straight, wobble free trajectory, will in fact maintain the speed it's given for a longer time. "Hey, dude, 285fps is 285fps, right?" Yes and No. All fps is measured at the muzzle. Try dialing in your gun for a certain fps, then set the chrono back 50ft or more. Try different paint and barrel combos. You will be surprised at the difference!
The second reason is to reduce muzzle report and jump. This is one of the same reasons competitive firearm shooters install ported muzzle brakes to their rifles or ported chokes to their shotguns. If some of the CO2 charge has an alternate route to escape around the perimeter of the barrel rather than all out the muzzle, it will soften the audible "pop" as less of the gas has to exit at one place. This barrel is definately more quiet than stock, but don't expect it to be totally silent, as that is too high of an expectation for almost all barrels. Most barrels these days come with some sort of porting and the list of porting designs and patterns just keeps growing. This barrel in particular has all straight porting from about halfway down the barrel to the muzzle. In my opinion, this design offers a slight advantage over barrels with full length spiral porting because it gives the ball 6"-7" of unported barrel to get up to speed and the last half to keep it stabilized, resulting in a more accurate, and therefor sometimes farther trajectory.
Some people say that this barrel is picky on paint. I agree, but most barrels are to an extent. There is no one barrel that will shoot every kind of paint well, unless you get a barrel kit with different bore sizes. All said and done, THE BEST thing you can do with the barrel you have, no matter what it is, is to get paint that has an average diameter that corresponds with the bore size of your barrel. Do this and you will have just as good of results with this barrel as you would with a much higher priced one. There are charts on the web that give ball diameters and bore sizes to help you match what you're shooting to what you're shooting it through. You can't expect cheap, un-uniform paint to perform well in this or any other barrel.
This barrel is quiet, though not silent. To really hush you gun up, you will need to do some work inside, possibly go LP, and maybe look at some other sound canceling ad-ons. All barrel companies claim that their barrels will make you shoot farther and more accurate, and yes some do a better job at that than others, but I have learned that you don't always have to pay out the rear for great performance. If you're thinking that you need that $150 barrel that your buddy has, take a look at the Whisper first. Hey, you'll have $100 left over for paint, regulator, electro hopper, etc. Can't beat that, right?
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, August 8th, 2006 at 4:56 am PST