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mxmtl Sunday, April 6th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Bob Long Assasins
Custom Products 1-Piece
Deadlywind Fibur
Dye Boomstick
Dye Ultralite
WGP Kaner
Lucky Un1tec
MacDev Matchstik
Palmers Pursuit Shop Brass
Planet Eclipse Shaft
Powerlyte Scepter 2000 Series
Proto 1 and 2-piece
Smart Parts All American
Sly Equipment Dual-Carbon
Smart Parts Aluminum Freak Kit
Stiffi
Stock EGO Barrel
Marker Setup: 2005 WGP Superstock
+ CCM 45 Auto Trigger Frame & Pump Kit
+ WGP Karnivore Regulator
+ Lapco Autospirit Barrel
Recommended
Paintballs:
Probably anything up to .690
Strengths: Shoots well through breaks
Smooth finish
Hard Anodized
Well Made
Inexpensive
Weaknesses: None
Review: As you can see from the list above, I've tried a lot of barrels. What I noticed different in this barrel was the inner finish. This barrel was completely mirror smooth. No concentric circles down the barrel, no lines going down, no variations in anodizaion. It was completely and perfectly mirror smooth.

When I switched to pump play, I started out with a 2000 Series Powerlyte barrel kit because of a paintball test done by Mann on PBNation. It was a decent kit, but it did not play very well through breaks. I was also getting tired of sizing paint.

Looking for a better barrel, I purchased a Palmers Pursuit Shop brass barrel. It was .685, no wedgits, no porting, and 12" long. Over the chrono, it was very consistent. However, it did not do too well with breaks.

Next, I tried a .693 Stiffi barrel, using electrical tape to prevent roll outs. It did better than the previous two when breaks occured, but breaks happened often.

After more research, I found the Lapco barrels. I read how they were made differently than most other barrels, and decided to get one myself after reading a review on PPS brass barrels vs Lapco.

I purchased the Lapco Autospirit, which is .687. I chose the Autospirit in anticipation of shooting Dynasty Paint. I had emailed GAP, and asked about the boresize. They recomended a .687 barrel to avoid roll-out.

For my test, I used 3 month old WPN Elixir. At the chrono, speeds were almost as consistent as the PPS brass. Accuracy was very straight up and down. During a day of play, I went through about 400 rounds. It performed very consistently just like at the chrono. I had one break, but only knew about it when I went to put on my barrel cover. So, I took a few shots to check it out, and I was impressed when most of the shots went straight with only slight curve balls every few shots. None of the barrels I have ever tried (see the list above) performed this well.

Cleaning was easy. Just one pull through with a pull-through squeege-swab tool and it was mirror finish clean again. Porting was easily wiped clean with a soft cloth.
Conclusion: If you own a cocker, or closed bolt marker, I highly recommended this barrel.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, April 6th, 2008 at 4:10 pm PST
 

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