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John_hmstr Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
SP freak
old school Lapco stainless
SP All American
J&J ceramic
many many more.
Marker Setup: Smart parts ION with 360 QEV & L7v2 bolt
Deadlywind Carbon Fiber Isaria body shell
Hybrid bottom line rail with hybrid on/off ASA
68ci 4500psi CP HPA tank
Warp feed with modded intelliport activation and super hose
Low rise clamping feedneck
VL Evolution 3 hopper
Deadlywind Fiber barrel with SS freak inserts
Firemode: Rebound.
ROF: 0
Dwell: 12
Anything will do as long as you got the correct insert.
Strengths: Ultra Light
Shoots through breaks
Accepts freak inserts
Great accuracy
Swabbable a huge plus.
Weaknesses: No major flaws yet, will update if any.
Review: A while back a paintballing friend of mine got really excited about this barrel when he got one, but I was skeptical cuz he was in my opinion way to excited about what looked like just one of the over rated fad Carbon fiber barrels of the past. "Ehh I doubt its any better then the freak kit I already got" I said. But the first time I saw the system (and felt how light it was) and tried it out on my buddies’ marker I was intrigued and decided to get one for myself to give it a shot. Plus I already had the SS freak inserts that the barrel accepted (Deadlywind this was some serious marketing genius on your part, cheers.) so it wasn't even going to cost that much ($89 plus a couple of bucks shipping.) both points were a big plus. So I put in my order for a 12" and a few days later a box shows up at my place. At first I was confused cuz I picked the box up and found it hard to believe there was anything inside it was so light. Opened up the box and found there was a barrel inside but it was the lightest barrel I had ever felt. With the SS insert inserted it was considerably heavier but still one of the lightest I had ever used.

First use, the first test shots I fired were consistently accurate and quiet. Suffice it to say I was impressed.

The first day I took it out to the local field and put it to use I was beyond impressed. Consistently very accurate, quiet, light, sexy looking, and able to shoot through breaks with little to no loss in accuracy. Broke 2 balls all day and the first I couldn't even tell until the game was over and I was cleaning up and pulled a great gob of paint out of my barrel with my straight shot squeegee and said "holy crap! Look at all that paint I didn't even know I broke one."

I know some folks aren't going to believe my review because I am so impressed but that first day really made a believer and a Deadlywind fan out of a person who has had a 10+ year paintball career and is typically not easily impressed by the newest paintball fads.

I have been several times since and every time I am impressed again and again.

Ever since I was introduced to this barrel I don't think I will ever again be caught using a marker without a Deadlywind fiber barrel on the business end of it.

Also I would like to note I had zero problems with the freak inserts not fitting properly as other have reported. Not sure if I was just lucky or if Deadlywind has fixed that particular problem but they fit snugly and securely.)
Conclusion: Crazy light, very accurate, quiet, accepts freak inserts, shoots through breaks like a champ, and sexy looking to boot.

With freak SS inserts it’s my opinion that in my long experience this is the best overall barrel system I have ever used hands down!

In case you couldn't tell how much I liked this barrel... If it could I would be proud for this barrel to be the mother of my paintball love child. :-P
10 out of 10

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