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Big Evil Thursday, June 14th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Pretty much everything but the carbon fiber barrels. Still trying to get my hands on one.
Marker Setup: Spyder Imagine
*Smart Parts Linear 14” barrel
*NDZ low-rise
*EP conversion: ACP Odyssey 02 delrin ram, custom mainspring, Mongoose delrin bolt w/ modified pull pin (to fit ram), custom valve body, custom valve pin/cupseal, Odyssey 02 valve spring, Odyssey 02 frame (FBM Wrath trigger, 25g switch, Air Soldier solenoid/valve assembly, factory Mongoose LCD board), Bob Long Alias Intimidator front block/LPR, Bob Long Torpedo reg, Odyssey 02 ram cap, Nycoil Ion/Epiphany LP line
*Dead On ASA on/off
*Dead On long drop forward
*3000psi 47ci HPA

Diablo Mongoose
*NDZ Low Pressure Chamber
*Modified front block - drilled and chamfered air passages
*Bob Long pressure gauge
*32 Degree spring kit
*Modified stock bolt - removed venturi, bored/honed orifice, drilled/chamfered air passage, reshaped bolt face, polished friction surfaces, shimmed O-rings
*Modified stock striker - lightened, polished friction surfaces
*Modified stock valve - drilled valve-to-bolt air passage, machined valve pin
*Custom blade style trigger
*50g microswitch
*Triumph SL200 loader

32 Deg. Icon Z
*Back-up gun, same mods as the Imagine without the E-Trigger and half-back.

Recommended
Paintballs:
Find what you like. I use RPS Premium as it's the best paint the local fields offer. I prefer Draxxus or Diablo whenever I can get it.
Strengths: Very accurate, lightweight, good anodizing, quality finush, affordable price.
Weaknesses: Read review
Review: The barrel I tested was the Raven Aero 14" one-piece barrel, but it has the same rifling and porting as the two-piece. I saw this barrel in my local pro-shop and the owner said he hadn't sold any of them yet so he had no idea if it was any good or not. I offered to buy one and try it out as I was playing that weekend. For $35, the curiosity alone jsutified buying one. Instead he sent it home with me on loan, on the basis that if I wanted to keep it I could pay him later and if not I could just return it, but either way, he wanted to know how it went. I first went to my parents' farm with some of my own paint - I had everything from Hellfire to cheap Worrpaint and used the markers listed in my setup. The barrel performed flawlessly. It's a tad louder than my other barrels, but still pretty quiet. I did not notice the affore mentioned barrel breaks, though I did have a break in the breech that I can only attribute to a bad ball (there was paint in the feedneck and hopper), and from that I noticed that shooting through breaks is not as easy as with some barrels. It seems that the rifling traps broken paint. It'd be wise to carry a good swab in the event of a break. At the field the barrel worked flawlessly using RPS Premium and Draxxus Field Blaze, with ball-on-ball accuracy from close to moderate distances, and longer shots providing fairly close groupings as well.
Conclusion: It's a great product in the price range of the Linear, Evil Driver and other comparable barrels, that provides outstanding performance. It's a fine choice. I give it a 9 because it isn't perfect but it's good enough to be one of my main barrels.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, November 16th, 2008 at 9:26 am PST
 

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