I hear all these people saying you have to have the right kind of paintball or that you have to buy high end paintballs. Honestly I have put nothing but cheap field paint through mine and I have yet to have a break out of thousands of shots. I haven't tested fate with wal-mart paint, and I most likely never will, but if this barrel is picky on paint I have yet to see it.
Must be installed right
tough to field clean
First off I want to touch on the subject of this barrel being picky with paint. I have shot thousands of rounds of cheap field paint through this barrel and have never (knock on wood) had a single chop. As I said I haven't used wal-mart paint and most likely never will but as for just normal mid range quality paint I have never had a problem. I have also turned my E-grip on full auto and shot a full hopper (about 200 rounds) and had no chops and no problems.
Accurate. I'm not going to say that you will be able to pick off a target from 200 yards away. The barrel does for the most part shoot pretty straight, although the balls will sometimes be off target the further you are shooting. All and all the barrel itself is pretty accurate but I do notice some of my balls going off target if the shot is near the end of its reach. Then again that is true for all barrels. One thing that will help increase how accurate the barrel is, is buying high grade paint. This might not be a option if your local field makes you buy their paint however. But if you play any farmball or own your own land I would suggesting thinking about this in order to increase how straight your marker shoots.
Added distance. The flatline does increase the distance in which your balls will travel. They might not be the most accurate shots but that doesn't mean you won't get kills. And if nothing else you can lay down some nice cover fire for a your team from a distance that just isn't possible with a normal barrel.
Style. This is a big factor for me, and the reason why I own a Flatline and not a Apex. the Flatline barrel looks just as nasty as it is.
Tough. Just as anything Tippmann puts out this barrel is made to last. You don't have to worry about breaking it on a tree or any kind of barrier. The only downside is the shroud itself can be prone to rusting if you don't take care of it.
Must be installed correctly. This is by far the most important part. This is not a screw in and play barrel. You must make 100% sure that your flatline is installed correctly in order for it to work. If you find your balls always curving to the left or right every time you shoot your barrel is most likely not properly installed. If your barrel is loose or if it wiggles at all you do not have it installed properly or there is something wrong with your marker.
Tough to field clean. since this barrel doesn't just screw off it is a bit tricky to clean it in the field if you need to. Honestly I have never needed to but if for some reason you just had to take it off to clean it out you will need tools and if you are in the middle of a game a good hiding spot. However I have never run into this issue.
Loud. This isn't really that big of a deal if you are playing air ball or some other game where being sneaky really isn't that big of a issue. But when you are attempting to be sneaky during a game of woods ball it is a bit hard to keep your location on the down low with this thing basically announcing your location every time you pull the trigger. All and all though this is a very small issue for me.
One more thing. You must have the proper velocity on your marker. Anything close to 275 is recommended. If your velocity is set to high it will cause chops!
I know there are going to be people who wish to disagree with some of the things I have said. But all and all I see no reason not to have a flatline barrel on your A-5. Unless of course your style of play is to run up and get as close to the enemy as possible. then the added distance isn't needed and you might as well just get a 10-12 inch barrel. I can't say it enough, I have never noticed any pickiness in the kind of paint that this barrel uses. I'm sure that higher quality paint would improve the accuratcy of this barrel but I have never had a problem with mid grade paint chopping in the barrel.
I highly recommend the flatline barrel for anyone who owns a A-5, or any other tippmann.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 10:26 am PST