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NotoriousCheech Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
1 year20 of 21 people found this review helpful.

2 years
Products Used:
Stiffi 16' carbon fiber
Smart Parts 14' Teardrop
Tippmann 14' sniper
Python insert kit
Marker Setup: Tippmann A5
Egrip w/Rampage board
AK47 expansion chamber
Drop Forward
Tech T Vortex cyclone upgrade kit w/squishy paddles
DeadOn Powertube
Shocktech Supafly bolt
Two finger trigger
DXS (Draxxus) silver or gold (otherwise known as procaps) Bronze work ok 2
Marbs work ok
Strengths: See Review
Weaknesses: See Review
Review: I will try to keep this as simple and short and give you all the facts on the flatline as I see them.

If you put the flat line vs. any other barrel next to each other and hold them level, the flatline will out distance easily (This is due to the arc from the way the barrel curved up). This is a great thing if you are out in the Deep Woods and need to shoot through trees where you cannot arc you shots (Arcing your shots can get you lots of distance but depends on marker and accuracy can depend on your barrel). It also has great accuracy in short range (or as stated by the company: The Flatline (if properly tuned) will be more accurate within the standard barrel range than most traditional barrels.). But, in open field play (which happens to be 70% of the play) where you can arc your shots you can easily get out outdistanced. Let me explain: the Flatline while far shooting has a curve towards the end of its path (thats where you get the curve ball effect that ppl talk about) that can throw off your consistency and accuracy. The curve is not always consistent due to the rough finish on the inside of the Flatline (another reason ppl say it is a paint blender, as the rough finish is not good on cheap paint.) which affects each ball a lil differently. Using a straight barrel can get you a lot better accuracy and distance in open field play due to the fact that you can arc your shots and drop them in. As far as paint goes its really a game of pass/fail. Try out different kinds until you find the one that fits it best. Paint breaks and accuracy can be due to several key factors such as temperature, bore size, shell quality, velocity and feeder. Also, it is heavy so you have to be prepared for the weight add. As far as looks go It does look very cool
Conclusion: In conclusion, the Flatline has many great benefits. It all really depends on your play and shooting preferences. Its a great Deep Woods barrel (I can lay in the brush and shoot from between logs and out shoot most ppl) and for inside bunkers its awesome but in the open field and long distance play I prefer the straight long barrel so I can arc my shots n drop it in on guys behind bunkers from far away. Its the best at what it is so ppl need to stop talking bad about it and try to understand what its made for. People who dont like it just usually dont understand what kind of barrel they are buying and ppl who say its the best ever dont usually explain why they like it. I dont know if I would call this the best barrel ever but its the best at what it does!
8 out of 10

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