The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Product Use:
Less than a month
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Similar Products Used:
12" Thunder Pig barrel - Slightly shorter and heavier; looks a little cooler, but isn't as accurate
Tippman A5 stock barrel - Honestly, I could probably make my own barrel out of PVC and get the same performance
Tippman A-5 with response trigger, A2 kit from Spec Ops Paintball and coiled remote
14" SpecOps C-Series barrel
Pure Energy 72/3000 HPA or 20 oz CO2
AGD Automag 68 with 14" All American Barrel, custom hopper and coiled remote
Pure Energy 72/3000 HPA or 9 oz CO2
Large diameter paint
Cheaper than a Stiffi
Doesn't break balls
Feels a little fragile
I got this barrel about a week ago, and I was very stoked. The first thing I did was test it's accuracy against my 12" Thunder Pig.
That day, I made a 14" group at 30 yards with the TP, and a 10" group with the C-Series, 30 shots each. So, more accurate. After that, I turned my reponse trigger back on and let three hoppers rip through the new barrel; not a single break. I was pleased.
This barrel, despite being 2 inches longer than the TP, was much, much lighter; the Thunder Pig is built like a tank compared to the bare-minimum carbon fiber of the C-Series. This makes the C-Series quicker to aim, since it shifts the weight back on the gun.
It feels a little fragile to me, but maybe that's just compared to the thick-walled, heavy Thunder Pig. I got the Suppressor tip to protect the tip of the barrel, and because it's one of the shorter tips, and with a 14" barrel, I don't really want to add any more to the front of the gun than I have to. It would be nice if the barrel came with a stock tip, but whatever, it still costs less than a Stiffi.
One little thing that annoyed me was the bright yellow Stiffi label on the base of the barrel. I keep my A5 blacked out for indoor play and painted over the silver Tippman label with matte black paint. I had to do the same with the Stiffi label to keep the gun all matte black. Sure it only took a minute, but it was a little annoying regardless.
I have never given anything a 10 out of 10, and I don't intend to start now, because this barrel isn't perfect, but it is the best one I've used to date. If you're looking for a light, accurate barrel and you're willing to spend a little extra for carbon fiber, this should be high on your list.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, June 4th, 2007 at 8:42 am PST