The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
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can most paintballs... even cheap Monster's to expensive-top grade Marbalizers
Takes Apex Tip
Accurate (for a paintball barrel)
Could be lighter
no O-rings provided
The Lapco "apex ready' big shot barrel is a great match for your Apex tip. It runs for about $49.99, and comes as one piece. It comes in either 8 inches or 12 inches, and i do not believe there are other sizes however i could be wrong. The Apex Tip takes about 2 inches from the front of your barrel and combined with the barrel adds roughly 3 1/2 inches length (more or less) in total from the front of the Apex tip to the bottom of your barrel.
No special adapter is needed as the front end of the barrel is shaped to be applied to the Apex tip and it's insert grooves. IT CAN SHOOT WITHOUT THE APEX TIP and maintain it's accuracy as a regular 'BIG SHOT' barrel. If you are looking for a more accurate shot along with the advantages of the Apex tip, this barrel is it. The barrel that comes with the Apex is heavy, short, and not as accurate as it could have been. One advantage of the Apex is that it creates a spin on the paintball which provides a longer shot, resulting in 'Long Ball' however matched with the barrel that is provided with the Apex tip.. your shots are not accurate. It does not give you the same distance to say a flatline barrel from Tippmann, but when combined with the Lapco Big shot.. you're shots from a distance increase in accuracy which is more capable than the flatline accuracy.
One major downside is that Lapco does not provide the O-rings necessary for the Apex Tip. The Apex tip needs TWO O-rings to be placed on the front end of a barrel in order to properly fit and work. I wish Lapco could have included the O-rings, however you can just use the one's from the stock barrel provided by the Apex.
Also, for certain markers, particularly mil-sim markers such as Tippmann X7's and A5's.. The 'Apex Ready' Big shot does not fit through certain shrouds. It may take a little moding to widen the hole. The grooves around the barrel cause the problem with fitting, however this all depends on the shroud ( i.e Tacamo 416 shroud)
Another negative is that it is not a particularly light barrel It is still an upgrade from the weight of the barrel that comes with the Apex tip, however it is slightly heavier than other barrels available. This can be interpreted as being 'picky' so this complaint is just based one's own opinion. It may differ when you put it on your marker.
The Barrel itself runs for about 49.99 and is a very capable barrel. The Apex ready Big Shot, shoots the same as a regular Lapco Big shot.. just with the capability of adding the Apex Tip. No additional adapters are needed which can run from $15-20, this barrel comes as one piece.
Dispute: For the vast majority of paint, the Apex shoots farther than the Flatline. Different levels of oiliness/paint size may affect the Apex and the Flatline differently, but generally, the smoother or oilier the ball, the more performance degradation you will see for both. Also, smaller balls do not work as well with the Apex, since they do not catch as much of the rubber ramp, whereas very large balls will break in a Flatline, since they are meant to travel along the upper contour of the barrel, only. With the paint at my field (Hellsurvivors, in MI), which is dry paint that matches well to my bigshot diameter, I find that setting 3 and 4 on my Apex generally approximate a Flatline's range and dip, while the max setting sends the ball on a crazy course that dips so low that if I were 6 inches shorter it would probably hit the ground at my feet, before it comes back up and sails off to dissapear off the end of most fields.
So if you're using marbelizer in an Apex, find something in the .689 range, and less oily... you will see better performance in the bigshot without the Apex ramp engaged, as well.
I remembered right after posting this: one quirk of the Apex is that the straight line travel of the balls tends to be along a line pointing a couple degrees opposite of the ramp. In other words, you have to aim slightly upward to shoot parallel with the ground. Otherwise, you will be shooting into the ground, which creates a lot of the perception that the Apex is shorter ranged than the Flatline.
Last edited on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 6:55 pm PST