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RhinoSanderson Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Marker Setup: Tippmann A5 basic
Strengths: Looks really cool
Weaknesses: Cheap quality.
Everything on it breaks.
Review: I BABY my paintball gear, and after buying a new A5, I decided to go with the MilSim look and get this barrel. After only 4 days of playing with it, the forgrip came loose from the barrel and started to spin. The metal piece at the front (that sits between the front sight, and the forgrip) fell off and was just sitting there loose. The whole damn thing just came apart.

Next thing I noticed, the metal piece that you put the sling through broke off. Lovely.

The front sight uses a set screw to hold it to the barrel. As you can imagine, if the front sight ends up spinning a bit on the barrel, you will end up with NASTY gouges on the outside of the barrel as a result of the set screw. BT should have used a clamp design that would not damage the barrel.

How did it shoot? With good quality paint it was so-so. Grouping was not very tight in my opinion. I got a few outs with it, but most of my shots were curve balls.

The barrel is ported in the middle....which pretty much defeats the 14 inch length. The inside was shiny, but not a "mirror finish". I imagine this is a pretty cheap barrel to manufacture.

I don't abuse my gear. I take care of it. I don't throw my markers around, and I rarely bang it into things. (Such as bunkers). Even if I was rough with my gear, this barrel should have still stayed together.

I was really thinking of getting the BT M16 Apex barrel, but I don't trust that companies barrels any more.

Stay away from the BT M16 barrel.
Conclusion: Don't bother with this barrel. It looks badass, but thats about it. Do yourself a favor and pick up a quality barrel, such as the Lapco Bigshot, then if you want the milsim look, pick up an aftermarket forgrip and front sight. It might cost more, but at least you will end up with a quality set-up.
Rating:
3 out of 10
 

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