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Evil Durza Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested
4 years
Products Used:
J&J Ceramic 16" --- Has the "lob" effect
A-5 Stock Barrel --- Slightly louder than the APEX
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5
AK-47 OPSGEAR Folding Stock
Double Trigger
Expansion Chamber
X7 Offset Hopper
ADCO Hot Shot --Red Dot Sight
APEX Barrel
BT Fixed Sight Rail
Mainly any will work (haven't had a single break in a thousand balls yet)
I've used hot spot and PMI premiums
Strengths: Accuracy
Ability to change course
8 settings of flight path
Easy Clean
Weaknesses: Loudness
Could be pricy for some but at $50 it's well worth it
Review: Ok, so here's the deal. After a year of being "on hiatus" I decided it's high time to buy all new mods for my A-5. As a woodsballer I'm inclined to want a very reliable and accurate barrel, along with wanting something to surprise the enemy with. So I went on a hunt to find the best barrel on the market. Before I had a lapse of a year of not playing, I had bought a J&J Ceramic. I was satisfied, at the time. I also bought what I now think is the dumbest idea I've had, a barrel shroud that was purely cosmetic. I remember a friend of mine ,right before I lapsed, had showed me an APEX barrel. I was in disbelief of what it could do. Sure enough, 1 year later I'm seeing it as one of the best on the paintballing market today. I bought it with few doubts and an overall sense of curiosity. Right outa-the-box it seemed to be pretty intimidating. So I put it on and tested it. Granted I was using 8 month old paint on a stormy, windy day and it didn't do so well. I tested it with what was left of that paint a day later when it was much quieter outside. Again it didn't work too well.

Anyway after gathering some money I bought a case of Hot Spots from my local Military Surplus/Paintball store. I got home and immediately tried them. They worked absolutely amazing. They aren't even the best quality of paint and I was still hitting a 12" high statue 9 of 10 times at 30 yards. It's incredible how well the barrel started working out. Then I realized just how important paint is as your gun as a whole. I zeroed in my red dot sight on level 4 flatline and it works exactly like I want it to. Only downside is that setting it to a different level requires rezeroing my red dot sight but I can mainly eye ball where the first shot goes and just know where to aim from there.

Here's a my breakdown of the levels of accuracy per level. *Note* I'm only using the Flatline setting
1- Pretty much a standard barrel with normal drop
2- Slight less drop than normal barrel
3- Getting more accurate at distances
4- (my choice level for my sight) Just enough flatline to be very accurate at 30 yards (9 of 10 hitting 12" high statue)
5- More flatline than 4 (duh!)
6- Getting much more of a flat trajectory
7- Flatline is very noticeable and is still quite accurate
8- SUPER FLATLINE- I noticed it was very accurate at even around 50-60 yards (5 of 7 balls at a 3' x 3' box) I also shot at a 3" radius pot lid at 30 yards and was amazed at the accuracy.

Conclusion: I would definately recommend this barrel to anyone who wants to out-shoot a flatlined Tippmann rifle (Besides mine :P). Even anyone who just wants one for looks and knowing they have one of the best barrels there is on the market.
10 out of 10

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