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napalm42 Thursday, June 12th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
J&J s2
J&J edge elite kit
Psychoballistics Aradus barrel
Dye UL
J&J 2 piece aluminum
tons of stock barrels
armson rifled
All American Barrel
SP teardrop
SP progressive
Marker Setup: AGD Tac-One Warp left
68/45 Manifold Maxflo
AGD warp feed
V'lo jr with virtue chip
30mm simmons reddot
Full Freak kit A/C threading

Fully upp'd Tac-Ion
68/45 myth'd crossfire tank
v'lo jr with virtue chip
Proteam warp feed
Full Freak kit IMP threading
Recommended
Paintballs:
any that have a shell and fill
Strengths: Accuracy
customizability
decibel level
Weaknesses: Possibly weight
aluminum inserts can bend
Review: I have used this barrel kit for a good amount of time now... i feel it is the best thing i have honestly ever shot. In my list of similar products used i have many barrels but of course the kits will shoots better than the 1 or even some 2 piece barrels
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Strengths -


Customizability... This barrel comes with 4 different style backs (depending on year) and 5 different fronts with 6 different length fronts in probably about 7 threadings...

fronts - teardrop (rare nowadays), AA, freak, Tactical, rain
lengths - 10" (AA only)
12" Tear drop, AA, Freak, rain(maybe)
14" Tear drop, AA, Freak, rain(maybe)
16" Tear drop, AA, Freak, rain(maybe)
18" Tactical (i think)
20" Tactical

colors - unlimited... they are aluminum fronts and backs so they can be anno'd to match

threading - imp, A/C, angel, A-5, 98, SFT, NXT(imp), old style angel (rare nowadays)
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Accuracy... the barrel has 8 different inserts which are all microhoned to a pretty tight tolerance meaning that 98% of the time the bore on the insert is very very close to the actual bore of the insert... this is a huge problem with many kits out there. they have inserts with the same bore (but different markings) due to low tolerances in production...

But, with the freak kit and a properly chosen insert it is possible to shoot a 6" grouping at 20bps full auto from 75 feet away, which is pretty rediculous... i also shoot a 2-3" grouping at 75-100 feet on single shot with my ion and tac-one
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decibel level... this is dependant on the front you choose... the order of quietest to loudest is as follows

AA
Teardrop
Freak
Tactical
Rain (disputable)

with the AA front on my mag it is nearly silent, and with the rain tip it is not too much worse than the freak front (this is why it is disputable because it is believed to be the loudest)
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weaknesses-

weight... its not the lightest barrel out there but its surprisingly not that much heavier than a J&J ceramic edge kit

the inserts are made of aluminum and therefore can be bent or damaged if dropped... but this is the case with a lot of things in paintball and isnt really a weakness...


I personally love this product... i currently have 2 backs (A/C, imp) 3 fronts (10" AA, 12" teardrop, and 14" freak) and they all shoot amazing and equally as accurate... however, the product is not without flaws because tolerances arent 100% and people will eventually get a bad batch like anyone could.

I personally got a bad batch and actually got 3 bad mis-shapen inserts and the balls would freak out when they came out of the tip... but SP replaced them for free and there are no problems now
Conclusion: I highly reccomend this barrel system because 2 backs, 3 fronts, and 8 inserts means 6 complete barrel kits (in essence) and has only cost me $140 (i bought the parts used)

only give it a 9/10 because no product is without flaws and the tolerances are great but not the best
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, June 12th, 2008 at 8:52 am PST
 

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