J&J Edge Barrel Kit
Trinity clamping feed neck
Empire Reloader 12V
Crossfire 47/3000 tank
Anything that is good quality. That means no China ball and no old paint. As for bore sizes it doesn't matter, that's the whole reason you buy a barrel kit in the first place!
Self cleans well
Ceramic finish scratches easily
------ BACKGROUND :
After purchasing my Proto SLG I was already looking to get a new barrel. The stock barrel is a pretty large bore and it reduced my choices for paint. I was having some problems with accuracy and I knew it wasn't the gun that was the problem, it was the paint to bore match.
So I did some research. I already owned a J&J Ceramic for my Spyder Xtra and it was a great barrel. I hadn't played paintball for years though before buying my SLG and I knew the market had to have changed a lot. But in terms of barrels, not much is different. Dye and Smart Parts still make the same overpriced, flashy barrel kits. And J&J still makes excellent barrels that may not be so flashy but perform superbly for a fraction of the cost.
------- FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
So I bought the J&J Edge kit online for $70 (no local stores carry J&J, I checked around first!). My kit came with 5 control bores and two tips, a 10" and a 14". I immediately got to playing around with the barrel kit.
J&J has done it again! Excellent build quality, a very lightweight barrel and at a great price. The kit includes o-rings to ensure a tight fit. I'd recommend using them as a few shots from my SLG made the barrel back a little lose. Using the o-rings keeps it secure. The barrels have an excellent mirror internal finish. Trying out some cheap paint on my own yielded great results once I found the right bore size. After shooting a hopper of paint I checked the inside of the barrel and there was a small amount of oil but nothing serious A quick squeegie through the barrel and it was good as new.
----- FIELD DAY:
First day of playing with the Edge Kit was very enjoyable in the end. I started off using field paint (Bonus Balls...blech) and the accuracy was as good as can be with cheap, dimply, crappy paint. I had good range and minimal curving. I bought a case of WPN Toxic off some other guys and my accuracy jumped tenfold. Range exceeding 100', tight spread and NO curving. I was very impressed.
Being so used to the mechanical safety of the Spyder Xtra, I hadn't gotten fully used to turning the SLG off when I didn't want to fire. With the barrel sock on, I managed to bump the trigger and fire a paintball in to the sock, which broke and oozed all over the barrel. I cleaned off the outside of the barrel tip with my jersey and dry fired a couple shots and it was almost good as new. A squeegie run through and that awesome mirror finish was back. Self cleaning heaven!
----- OTHER THOUGHTS:
This barrel is great but a couple negative things stood out. The ceramic finish shows small scratches pretty easily. I can run my fingernail down the barrel and it will show a scratch. The scratches go away with some microfiber cloth but it's a little unsightly. And, like other J&J barrels, there's no flashy oogly designs. That might bother some people but I could care less. It's an understated, awesome barrel. It's not the same black color as my black SLG but it blends in well enough. Shoots on rails though and that's what I want in a barrel.
Barrel kits are a great piece of equipment to have. They let you find the best bore match for virtually any paintball, and the J&J Edge kit with its five bore sizes does a great job. It's less than half the price of a Freak Jr. kit and it doesn't use crappy inserts. It's great at self cleaning and it's light weight. What more could you want in a barrel system?
The bag that came with the kit has extra room to hold my two 14" Spyder barrels as well which is pretty cool. You also get two or three tips which means you essentially have two or three barrels at once should you decide to lend a barrel to a friend.
If you're looking for a functional barrel system for a great price, then you owe it to yourself to check out the J&J Edge kit. Trust me and the other reviewers here, you're getting a whole lot for your money. In a sport where so much of the equipment is grossly overpriced, it's nice to see a company make something that works well AND is priced well.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 at 11:42 pm PST