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mjr_paranoid Friday, December 29th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tac Shroud on flatline
Marker Setup: A-5 with: J&J 12" with Lapco Shroud or Flatline with Tac Shroud
Lapco offset sight rail
(mounts include tac light, red dot, and/or magnifying scope)
E-Trigger
Rhino hopper
Ag Mag kit , modded
Quick disconnect thumb screws for flatline
Remote line
Trinity Stock
Strengths: 1.Groovy looking
2.Pretty solid
Weaknesses: Set screws can harm barrel
Review: There is not much to say here. Its a mostly visual add on, but it is a killer look.

This shroud comes several lengths to accommodate most barrels and arrives with two different diameter rear attachment rings.

The front is a set diameter width with orings. I have found the front can't accommodate a teardrop front and will only fit an Evil pipe with some friendly coercion. But an AA freak front is perfect. Likewise the JJ ceramics barrels work great. Be forewarned, if you mount it on a freak system you will need to unmount the shroud to change your inserts.

Once mounted the shroud not only looks great, but it gives a more stable grip on the base of the barrel for when you want to play a little tighter.

Now the bad:

The set screws. Ugh. these can really mess up your barrel if you don't take the precaution of wrapping a decent friction tape (I like the stuff I also use on my hockey sticks) around the mount point. While these are certainly the cheapest way to create the attachment, a twist/n/tighten or a some other form of quick attach would have been much more functional.

But hey this is Lapco. They don't really seem to have engineers who actually know how to engineer a great product. Seriously. Their quality is great, but almost all their designs are just basic blocks of metal with the bare minimum done to them to make them functional. I am a big fan of keeping it simple, but Lapco seems to have made this their religion. Pure function, with no style or attention to weight reduction.

Conclusion: Over all, I like it. A lot. It gives my a-5 a great look. As far as price goes, you should be able to get this off eBay for around 20-25 dollars, 40 -45 dollars with a JJ barrel included. I have two.
It comes in various lengths (I have seen 12 - 18 inch) and if your barrel doesn't have a gigantic muzzle break this should fit fine on it.

Be forwarned, like all Lapco products is has LAPCO printed on it big block letters. Generally, a black sharpie is the cleanest way to obscure this crass marketing imprint.

To get a 10 a product would have to work in such a way that I was totally blown away by its form, function, and engineering. This product had a few issues in my mind, so that is why it gets an 8.

Bear in mind, I have not found any comparable products for a comparable price, so this one does get a best in class from me.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Friday, December 29th, 2006 at 7:12 am PST
 

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