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cjpomeroy Friday, December 29th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
J&J Ceramic 16"
Flatline Barrel
Stock A-5 Barrel
Lapco Big shot 8"
12' Boomstick
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5
WAS Egrip
J&J Edge Barrel Kit
Flatline Barrel Kit
88ci/4500psi Carbon Fiber Pure Energy HPA
My rating scale defined
10- Oh my god this thing is awsome, drop what every you are doing and go buy one
7 - Good piece of gear
5 - Does what it is suppose to do
3 - Doesn't live up to advertised features
1- If you insist on buying this item, you should just send it to my paypal account either way your are waisting your money
Recommended
Paintballs:
Just about anything due to multiple backs
Strengths: Accuracy
Flexibility
Price
Quiter
Weaknesses: Kit doesn't include a ball sizer
May be hard to find
Review: I bought mine off Ebay after searching around trying to find the Full kit (12", 14", 16" with 5 backs). I wanted the full kit so it took me a while to find. Enough about buying it on to the results. Oh one other thing I need to mention is that I spent 8 years in the Marine Corps and was my units Primary Marksmenship Instructor. So my testing was based upon some experience.

Test setup:
Marker Tippman A5 with HPA FPS 285 14" barrel.

I setup a target the size of a mans torso (1 1/2' x 2 1/2") and marked off distances of 75', 90', 120'. Using a red dot scope it dialed it is so that I had 3 shots in a row on overlapping each other exactly where I expected them to be. The paint I was using was some older field paint I had and it wasn't very good paint. I would expect the results to be better with better paint.

Results
Slow fire 1 shot every 10 secs
75' 10 out of 10 in a 12" group (most of top of each other)
90' 10 out of 10 somewhere on target
120' 7 out of 10 somewhere on target

Rapid fire 10 shots in 10 seconds
75' 9 out of 10 somewhere on target
90' 8 out of 10 somewhere on target
120' 5 out of 10 somewhere on target

This has been by far the best results of any barrel for my A5. Even with crap paint, this barrel system dramatically increases the accuracy of you A5. With good paint, this could turn you A5 into a bonified Sniper Rifle, with the exception that the A5 is still too loud for this purpose.

The accuracy compared to price that this barrel provides make this barrel a must have for the A5.

Now for the bad....

I seem to break alot of paint in this barrel (more than normal). I recently played at Stallingrad II at CPX in Joliet and had a lot of problems with breaking paint. Having said that I need to clarify that everyone was having problems with breaking paint. It was so bad that they had to replace everyone's paint. However, when I switched to other paint (which was Marbelizer), I still had some breakage. The temp outside was about 45 degrees so I have a feeling it was more due to the weather and the paint than the barrel. So when it warms up some I will comeback and report if this gets better.

One good thing about all the breakage, I got to test how well it cleans itself. And the answer is NO. At least not with the type of breaks I was getting. I had to remove the barrel completely and run a squeegy through it.



Conclusion: Despite the problems with breakage (which is most likely due to other factors). This is a must have item. It will increase your accuracy, quiet down the beast of the A-5, provides alot of flexibility and is priced right. The truth of the matter is that I would rather you not buy this barrel because that will take away my advantage when I meet you on the field. So just as long as you and I don't play against each other.... Drop whatever you are doing and find you one of these kits. If you you play anywhere in Central Illinois, you should probably stick with your Flatline or stock barrel. :-)

With the exception of Switching from C02 to HPA, this is the only MOD that will get a 10 (see rating scale).
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

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