Tippman A5/A2 32* 12" Palmer Brass Barrel, Lapco Offset, BT raised rail, Lapco Suppressor and BSA red dot..
Great value @ $45
Well made, easy to clean and take of.
I picked this up essentially on hype. The word on the forums was that the barrel could handle a wide variety of paint without issue and even as far as increase accuracy of said paint. Plus, I wanted something a little shorter then 14" and I wanted unported since I was tired of having to clean out the damn venting after a break, so it was a win-win for me.
Its a great barrel, very durable, looks great and easy to take care. At $45 for the unvented and standard finish, its a great value. I had no trouble firing a variety of paint through it, but it didn't handle breakage or increase accuracy any better then my other two barrels. I would even go as far to say I had to squeegee this barrel more then my 32* Carbon Fiber, but it was on par with the Thunderpig.
And when I say squeegee, I'm talking one or two breaks out of 500 rounds with some 5 month old paint. The 32*, a few dry fires and I was ready to roll. On the Pig and Brass....dry firing didn't always help. Out comes the squeegee.
Another concern some folks had was the loudness of the barrel. Personally, I haven't seen (heard?) much to the dramatic descriptions of how loud or how quiet barrels are, but I do acknowledge frequency differences. Barrels do sound different...however, whether or not they are louder is another story.
So, upon receiving the barrel, I set out to do a little side by side action of checking volume differences as I have access to a dB meter.
3 barrels, c weighted running max dB with the meter 6" below the end of the barrel.
This was done firing a few single shots and then rapid firing (about 7 continuous shots as fast as I could pull the trigger). The rapid fire succession is what pulled the figures above. Both 14" are of the ported variety.
It takes at least 2dB for a noticeable difference in volume (if you're paying attention), otherwise, account for 3dB for someone to go "hey, that's louder". Now, although the volume differences were inaudible to the human hear (you could argue anechoic chamber differences...but that's just damn silly to the current discussion), there was a frequency difference between the barrels. The brass barrel seem to have a heavier mid range then the 32*, which gave it a "wack wack" sound when firing vs a "pumphm pumphm" sound of the carbon fiber. Best I could describe, I'm sorry. hahaha.
Could you tell the difference on the field? In regards to sound characteristics, absolutely. In regards to actual volume, no. Do certain frequencies travel farther then others? Another topic altogether, as there are too many variables at play. ;)
If you are looking to upgrade from the factory barrel or your current barrel is some bargin basement left over that is chopping paint badly...yes. If your current barrel is working fine, you are not likely going to see an improvement with this upgrade.
Did you test different paint? Because from what I've heard, it increases accuracy, but if you were using 5 month old paint, it might have been paint that just couldn't increase too much...
I'm looking to get one because of its versatility + accuracy. I'm going to be going to a few scenarios with my local field's team and I would like to be prepared for all paint sizes. I'm glad to hear that the brass isn't "louder" than other barrels, but could you elaborate on accuracy and versatility to different paints when you've played with it more?
dB is not linear...114dB is quite a difference then 120dB, however, I'd say "pain" is subjective. Ever turn your stereo up loud? You'd likely be in the high teens, low twenties. Feel pain? Not likely....it probably wouldn't be healthy for a small child in the room, but I'm sure you could take it just fine.
114dB? It would startle you, but hardly close to be being painful.
Also, I fire a variety of paint through the barrel (Zap Spank, Nelson Anarchy and Neslon Hemmorage). I should have been more clear about the 5 month old paint...that was the only paint that broke.
The point still stands, however....the barrel was no more accurate on those various paints then my other barrels.