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Hawkeyes43 Monday, January 14th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month22 of 26 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Smart Parts and Flatline
Marker Setup: Tippmann A5
Tech T Vortex Cyclone Mod
Tech T Lightening Rod
Python Pipe Kit
Strengths: The barrel made the Apex Tip more accurate!!!
Weaknesses: None
Review: I bought the Apex Barrel for the my Tippmann A5 because I wanted a flat trajectory on my ball flight. I have experience with the Flatline barrel and found that it tended to break balls and the clean up after ball breakage could be lengthy. I wanted to be able to unscrew the barrel and swap it out, if ball breakage occurs; therefore, I felt like the Apex was the only way to go. I read many reviews on the Apex and decided to take a chance and purchased it for $49.99. The Apex helped the accuracy of my marker; however, it was still not what I wanted it to be. The stock Apex barrel is junk; however, the Apex tip is a great design. I felt that what the Apex needed was a good barrel to make the Apex tip complete.
I was ready to give up on the Apex and started doing research on a new barrel. I checked all of the reviews I could find and I decided to purchase the Lapco Big Shot. I was getting ready to purchase it when my brother informed me that Lapco was now selling an Apex ready barrel. I ordered it immediately and got it for 49.99.
The Lapco Apex Ready Big Shot is a very accurate barrel. I am not going to get into how tight the pattern is at a certain distance because everyone knows how tight a pattern at a given distance the Lapco can shoot; however, what I will tell you is the barrel flatout shoots paintballs accurately. The barrel and gun combination have begun to stir the other players at my local field. One instance on the mounds field, I had one opponent shooting into the mounds about 20' short and I was raining paintballs on him. He approached me after the game wanting to know what I was shooting. It has made my Tippmann A5 a contender on X-Ball and on the Pipes. Furthermore, it has made it feared on woodsball. I can shoot greater distances than my opponents and do it with greater accuracy, which is a huge advantage in woodsball. In fact, my brother was so impressed he purchased one for his Spyder VS2.
Conclusion: If you have and Apex Tip buy the "Lapco Big Shot Apex Ready"and put the tip on it. The barrel is a precision crafted piece and it will flatout perform. I paid less for the combination than I would have for a Flatline and I out distance and am more accurate than the Flatline. My Tippmann just loves this barrel combinations. In the future, Lapco is going to begin offering the Apex tip and Lapco Big Shot barrel already combined.
10 out of 10Last edited on Monday, January 14th, 2008 at 4:32 pm PST

Review Comments
Sniperfiend Monday, January 14th, 2008 | 11:54 am PST
Thanks for the review. I also have the stock Apex setup and, while the tip definitely gives greater distance, I was pretty disappointed with accuracy. I've been kicking around the idea of picking up the Lapco apex-ready barrel, but didn't see any feedback on it. Looks like I'll have to give this barrel a shot (no pun intended).


I ordered this barrel and received it a few days ago. I am impressed with its quality. The Apex tip took all of two minutes to install, with the grooves lining up perfectly. Had to cannibalize the o-rings for the end of the barrel, though. I'll be using this at a scenario in two weeks and will be practicing this weekend with it. Looking forward to it. I'll post a review after I've had a chance to use this setup on my Spyder MR1.
Last edited on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 at 1:13 pm PST

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