16" 32 Degrees Nyte Stikk Barrel. (7/10)
May be a little better-ranged but overall cannot compare.
14" Smart Parts Linear Barrel. (9/10)
Doesn't scratch as easy, and is deadly accurate, but is freakishly loud, and doesn't self clean. Also, while "deadly" accurate, the J&J is more so.
12" Stock Spyder Pilot ACS 2005 Barrel - Red / Black (8/10)
This barrel definitely surprised me with its accuracy, being a stock barrel, but without a doubt, the J&J is a vast improvement.
Spyder Pilot ACS 2005 - Red / Black Fade.
14" J&J Ceramic Barrel.
Empire 2008 Special Edition Barrel Sleeve - Red / Black.
Kingman Spyder Rocking Trigger Frame CAMD 2.0.
Halo B Loader with Rip Drive and V35 Victory Board - Smoke.
Warrior Clamping Feed Neck with Holes - Dust Black.
46/3000 Cyclone Compressed Air Tank
Empire 2008 Special Edition Tank Cover - Red / Black.
Everything else is stock on the Spyder Pilot ACS 2005.
I use Diablo Formula 13 simply because it is the best ball I can buy where I live, but the paint to barrel match is not bad at all. Consistent and accurate.
This barrel is the EPITOME of god-like barrels. Simply no other barrel can compare with original J&J Ceramic barrel in ALL aspects. The gun is monumentally and almost unrealistically accurate. The sound it makes when firing is WAY cooler than any other barrel I have used. People say this barrel is very quiet, but not really... it is just alot QUIETER than other barrels. The sound is more of a concise POP than a loud PANG! as with most other metal barrels. This is obviously due to the use of a different material to construct the barrel. It is also incredibly consistent, and I have emptied hopper after hopper through this barrel without losing accuracy. I have tested it numerous times at different distances with different velocities etc. and the results are simply indescribable. Not to mention, the barrel is light as a feather, although weight doesn't matter to me (low weight is a good thing. though). This barrel is seen on many websites for around 30-40 dollars, and I got mine from ZephyrPaintball.com for 25 bucks on sale.
Having never had a break in this barrel (I use an anti-chop bolt) I cannot verify the self-cleaning abilities of this barrel myself. However, I have had other people use this barrel until one broke in it, and this is how the self-cleaning works... When a liquid comes in contact with the interior ceramic surface of the barrel, the liquid beads up into small droplets, dispersing the density of the liquid, allowing it to move more freely along the surface of the inside of the barrel. This allows for zero friction when a ball moves through the barrel, and thus lets you shoot through paint and water almost unhindered.
The SOLE downside I can find on this barrel is the fact that the outer surface can scratch rather easily, so be SUPER careful, buy a barrel sleeve, and do not store it in a gear bag with other metallic or "scratchy" surfaces and objects.
On the 14 inch version of this barrel, there are 5-1/4 to 6 inches of unported length, if you include the back of the barrel that screws in to the marker. This provides a long distance for which the ball can accelerate with gas behind it before the gas escapes out the ports and increase accuracy. This distance is actually ideal on a 14 inch barrel because beyond that, you start to lose alot of range, and to compensate you would need to increase velocity. I prefer using 12 to 14 inch barrels to keep consistency in the amount of air I use.
When you consider accuracy, sound, weight, price, consistency, and the patented self-cleaning system, this barrel is simply unparalelled. I have no doubt that this is the barrel to buy for any purpose, be it rec-ball, woods-ball, speed-ball, mil-sim, anything. Hell, the linearity of the barrel makes for sort of a realistic look anyway! Ten out of ten, and as stated in other reviews, I do not grade mercifully.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 at 8:26 pm PST