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Shadow Wolf1990 Sunday, September 28th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month6 of 9 people found this review helpful.

3 months
Products Used:
Flatline - shoots farther then linear, but linear is definately more accurate
Apex - almost the same as flatline, except not as paint picky and shoots slightly more accurate.
16 in Progressive barrel - Linear is overall better in both distance and accuracy.
Marker Setup: Tippmann 98 with 16 inch progressive smart parts barrel
double trigger
folding stock

A-5 with X-7 low profile hopper
Anything but Brass Eagle Wild Streaks
Strengths: CHEAP!! YEAH!!!
Accurate, slightly longer shot distance
Weaknesses: Not the best of the best, but works very well for the price
Review: I bought the 14 inch Linear barrel for my A-5 on ebay for $18 and it works great. I play alot of outlaw woods ball with friends so we just kinda guess what our velocity is by sight and sound. I first had my velocity set for my stock barrel, but when you add the Linear Barrel to it, it makes the Velocity go up a lot therefor making it very inaccurate because the ball would come out too fast and it would make this weird shot pattern of falling, then it would spiral back upwards, kinda like a tornado on its side. But of course I solve this problem by just turning the velocity down, and now I can shoot about 100ft with some good accuracy. It will hit right on top of each other even with co2 at about 40 feet. I compared it with my friends flatline and even though he can out shoot me in range, at 40 feet, I would hitting my target more then him because his balls would start curving slightly to the left or to the right and it was also more quite then his flatline. Compared to the progressive barrel I once had, it also shoots slightly more accurate and further because the linear barrel puts a choke about half way threw the barrel giving it more push while for the most part, the progressive barrel was just a longer barrel that was just slightly better then the stock. The linear barrel is not the best of the best barrels out there that you can buy. But for the price, even if you bought it new for $30, its out performes does most of the other barrels out there that cost twice that much. I personally have never broken a single good/fresh paintball threw this barrel. I have broken a few super cheap / super old tactical performance paintballs with dimples in them that also had gotton overheated in my truck several times and the accuracy would get effected somewhat when the ball broke and paint got in the barrel, but with a quick swab threw the barrel, it was just as good except for the paint that was being held up in the portholes on the end, but the portholes don't really do anything for accuracy. I learned its just quicker to poor water over the holes then dry it off then it is to clean each little hole separately.
Conclusion: If your always on budget and scratching for money just to play like me, but you always want the best accuracy you can get with a slight plus in distance, then this is definitely the barrel for you. I'm giving it an 9 because of how well it performs and the fact its super cheap, should be a $50 barrel.
9 out of 10

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