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nerdcore Friday, June 13th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Lucky Un1tech - innovative design because of the full-length bore.
CP 2-piece - ok but kits are costly.
Freak Jr - not a fan of inserts.
Equation Bizerk - again, not a fan of inserts but this barrel was pretty good.
Marker Setup: ul'd DM5 w/ Critical trigger, Hybrid Hedlock, CP asa & EPEK flow plug.
CP 2-piece
Halo B
Crossy 68/45
Recommended
Paintballs:
It's a kit, so any.
Strengths: Light
Self-cleaning*
Weaknesses: Price
Can't use swabs**
Review: Ran into some money so i decided to splurge on a Sly kit , ordered through a local shop. Barrel kit came in 2 separate packages, one for the front (+ stickers) & one for the 4 backs (+ barrel wrap case & more stickers). Sly spends a lot on packaging for these things.

All the pieces were well-manufactured. Backs were anno'd & polished w/ engraved bore sizes. Front was nicely glazed. The two Sly jewels on the front stuck out a lot but they were small - just an observation.

Fronts & backs screwed together nicely. No hangups or snagging & they stayed screwed together. The backs also stayed screwed onto the gun very well... a little too well. In fact, that may have been Sly's intention, as they included holes in the backs so you can use an allen wrench as leverage to remove them from the gun (holes have no effect on performance, as the front covers them on the interior when screwed in).

Barrel is incredibly light, obviously. And i can't say much more about that.

Accurate as hell! Shot arrows like Robin Hood, son! Shot ball on ball w/ a good paint-barrel match. First had it on a Mini, then used it on my cousin's 2k5 timmy and finally on a Gen E Matrix. Used Karnage Bite, mostly.

*The Sly does indeed clear breaks very well, as advertised. Takes about 3-4 shots. I had even chopped a couple times with the Mini and it even helped clear that, although it couldn't clear the breech at all; it still regained most of its accuracy.

However, i over-bored in one instance just out of laziness and broke a ball or two and found that it had trouble clearing it. My first assumption is it clears better with a good paint-bore match but i don't know how that'd affect the front, since that bore is wider, anyway. I never did test the theory further.

**Can't use swabs, fluffy squeegees, etc. The swab fibers can catch onto microscopic strands of carbon fiber around the porting and unravel it, essentially ruining the barrel. But you can always use rubber squeegees or straight shots and be fine - or just shoot through the breaks.
Conclusion: Overall great barrel aside from the price being relatively steep. Still, worth the money if you want a super light barrel, like the carbon fiber look, and actually have the cash to spare.

I actually sold mine but only because i needed the money to pay for more essential things... like bills.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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