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KRA SHARPSHOOTE Sunday, October 7th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
3 months6 of 10 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
A-5 Stock Barrel
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5
Special Ops Dogleg stock
Special Ops 12" C-Series Barrel
Opsgear Remote Hose with Check Valve
Opsgear CO2/Compressed Air Tank Pouch
JT Pro Shield Spectra Mask
Recommended
Paintballs:
Nelson Special Forces
Strengths: Very Light Weight
Strong
Quiet
Weaknesses: Kevlar rapping gets dirty very easily.
See UPDATE Below
Review: BARREL UNDER REVIEW: Special Ops 12" C-Series
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Environmental Conditions

Temperature: 80*F Humidity: 17%

Wind Speed: 3Mph Wind Gusts: 4.5Mph

Weather Conditions: Clear

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Paint Information

Date of Purchase: 9/3/07

Brand: Nelson Special Forces Series

Paintball Size: According to most Paintball size charts these paintballs are .690(When I measured them my average size was .677, my minimum size was .669, and my maximum sie was .682)

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Marker Setup Information

Velocity: 290FPS

Make: Tippmann Model: A-5

Air Source: CO2

Regulated: No

Barrel: 12" Special Ops C-Series

Modifications List:
- Special Ops Dogleg Air Thru Stock w/Foregrip
- Special Ops 12" C-Series Barrel
- ADCO Sure Shot Sight

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User Evaluation

Review Date: 9/19/2007

When I received my 12” C-Series Barrel, I was very impressed with how little it weighed. I think the swappable barrel tips are a great way to make you marker stand out. Even if you don’t want a tip for your barrel you will want one to protect the threads at the end, as the barrel doesn’t come with any thread protectors. This barrel does make you’re A-5 considerably quieter, whenever you shoot the A-5 with the Stock barrel you always hear a loud *POP*. With the C-Series you no longer have that *POP* sound.

I took it outside to test it out. I loaded it up with some Patriot Paintballs I had and started shooting at a 12”x12” target from 50’. After burning through 100 paintballs, it seemed like this new barrel was less accurate than the stock barrel. I wasn’t getting tight groups with this paint, so I switched to the stock barrel and my accuracy improved considerably.

After these disappointing results, I decided I didn’t have a good paint to barrel match. Next stop, Fleet Farm! I printed out a Paintball Size Chart and headed off to the sporting goods section.

After comparing the different brands to the chart I narrowed my options down to either Nelson Hot-Spots or Nelson Special Forces. I had tried the Hot-Spots in my stock barrel and I wasn’t to thrilled with them, all the paint in the case I got was dimpled. I decided I would fork out the $15 for 500 balls for the Nelson Special Forces and hope they where worth the $0.03 per ball.

I decided that in order to test the Nelson Special Forces efficiently I would test the Nelson Special Forces against the Patriot Paintballs by shooting them at three different ranges (50’, 75’, & 100’) in both the stock A-5 barrel and my Special Ops 12” C-Series Barrel.

I set up my target in my backyard and marked out the distances I wanted to shoot at. I set up my shooting station at 50’. I threw my BDU jacket on the ground, put my paintballs on my left, my clipboard on my right, and my gun on top of the box of paintballs as a shooting rest. Two days earlier I had zeroed in my sight for 75’ and practiced where to hold on the target at 50’ and 100’.

For this test I shot 10 paintballs of both Nelson Special Forces Paintballs (SF) and Patriot Paintballs (PP) thru both the Stock (Stock) barrel and the Special Ops 12” C-Series (C-S) barrel, at 50’, 75’, and 100’. The average target size was 14” x 26” (W x H).

Key:
Range
-Barrel with Paint…….Group Size…..Miss/Bounce

50’
-C-S with SF….............…….6”…........….….0
-C-S with PP…..…….........16” ……........….1
-Stock with SF……........….10” ……….........0
-Stock with PP……........….12” ……........….3

75’
-C-S with SF……...........….13” ……........….0
-C-S with PP…...…........….20” ……........….3
-Stock with SF……........….15” ……........….0
-Stock with PP……........….18” …........…….4

100’
-C-S with SF……...........….18” ……........….3
-C-S with PP……...........….14” ……........….6/1
-Stock with SF……........….12” ……........….6
-Stock with PP……........….16” ……........….4

NOTE #1: When comparing group size please note that the Group Size is measured from the paintballs that broke on the target. Look at the both the Group Size and Misses to determine the true accuracy potential.

UPDATE 03/13/2008: After using this barrel all fall and a little in the winter I have noticed the grass stains have all faided away leaving the barrel looking like new. I have also tested Nelson HotSpots in this barrel and my finding are:

-Barrel with Paint…….Group Size…..Miss

50’
-C-S with HS….............……9”…........….….0

75’
-C-S with HS……...........….14” ……........….1

100’
-C-S with HS……...........….24” ……........….4
Conclusion: I would fully endorse this Barrel for anyone looking for a quiet barrel with great looks.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, March 13th, 2008 at 6:39 am PST
 

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