The flatline isnt actually mine, its my moms of all people and shes nice enough to let me mess with her toys.
Anyway I am a frontal player so the flatline only helped me in one way and that was its flat trajectory. It made shooting paintballs into the little holes in nettings reallly easy, also when trying to shoot people with a standard barrel, you sometimes have to angle your gun in order to get the ditance needed. Nothing is more frusterating then watching a perfect looking shot clip a twig and break in mid-flight. With the Flatline you dont have this problem because the bal flies flat.
It has been said that the flatline is much louder due to lack of porting. I have noticed that it is slightly louder, but it seems to echo so I dont think it would give away ones position.
On the occastions that you have your opponents in the back waving at you because they think that there out of range, it sure does bring you alot of pleasure watching their dismyaed reactions when they get hit, this barrel is fairly accurate even at long ranges.
As most people know, even if you do not break a ball in the barrel, it still gets oily, this WILL throw the accuracy off greatly, be sure to squeegee it every other match or so.
Besides this i have no other prblems with it.
Even you are a front player, BUY it. A great product.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, April 8th, 2007 at 5:41 am PST
wow, your mom sounds pretty cool if she paintballs =P
on another note however, the flatline DOES clip twigs and break in mid-flight as it happened to mine. now i will be the first to say that i had a custom 98 flatline, so maybe that is it. but even when i did shot by shot comparison of my new barrel (smart parts 20" tactical) to an A5 flatline, my barrel, while not being able to go as far, was superior in accuracy. i had thte same results with my custom 98 flatline vs. a 12" lapco bigshot and a BT-16 barrel. not a bad review though. keep 'em up!