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AOE Monday, September 25th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Freak, Freak JR, progressive on the gun tested with
Marker Setup: 98 w/ flatline
Pilot ACS
Ion
Recommended
Paintballs:
I tested this barrel with PMI Stingers, Nelson Anarchy (silver w/pink fill) and Big Ball
Strengths: Please see review
Weaknesses: Please see review
Review: Okay. We tested this barrel on the Spyder and the Ion using the ion/spyder thread adapter, so the barrel was 1" longer on the ion (for a total of 15").

Package was handed to me and it was very very light, the entire setup was light (box, case, barrels and fronts) and I was very surprised. When assembled, there are no seams in the barrel and squeegie went through smoothy. Testing proceedures went like this:

Clamped down tippman with 14" flatline and Air (not CO2), fired 10 rounds of Big ball, stinger and anarchy to get a basis of better or worse.

Clamped down the spyder running CO2 in a vice with the proper insert (689) and fired 5 rounds of big ball. The results were about the same grouping of the flatline equipped 98. then ran the stingers and anarchy in the same fashion. It improved while using the anarchy and was not as good using the stingers. swithed over to air instead of co2 and the accuracy was improved, with the anarchy retaining first place, stingers next, then the big ball which was still better then the tippman with the 14" flatline.

Now comes in the ion. Running this barrel on the ion it was alot quieter then the stock barrel. Louder then the progressive barrel. We ran the tests in the same fashion as the spyder. Anarchy was the most accurate, stingers next, then big ball. My friend came over with some monter ball and scorch. they did not beat the anarchy, with the monster being the worst until we changed fronts, then it was second from worst, the the scorch coming in second. all shots from the ion with this barrel were better then the stock tippman with 14" flatline.

ALL ABOVE TESTS WERE AT 40 feet.

Distance:
ALL balls fired farther then the stock barrels, but only by like 10 feet. The ball would drop harder then the stock barrel. the stock barrels were a nice long curve, this would go straight and drop harder (not a straight curve) which I would actually prefer. all shots were consistant.

We did not chop a single ball, because we matched the paint size to the bore.

running a larger bore made a difference in distance more then it did with accuracy. running a smaller bore, well, I did not have any large balls to really see.

Conclusion: 1. Using Air, this barrel is MORE accurate then a tippman running a 14" flatline barrel with a Pilot ACS
2. This barrel is MORE accurate then said tippmann in a Ion.
3. This barrel WILL improve your accuracy and distance.

If you are a beginner, then consider getting this kit over a freak Jr. I liked the feel of this barrel more then the freak jr. it's worth the 55 dollars I paid for it.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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