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ZORN Monday, June 29th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Site Mfg MF .691 14"
Freak All American 12"
Marker Setup: Ego 09 Vicious Grey/Pol.Grey
Deadly Wind 16" with Freak Inserts
Empire Prophecy Smoke Standard Front (no RF)
Custom Products 48ci 4500psi LP
Recommended
Paintballs:
Marballizer
Strengths: Good fit with Ego 09
Works with Freak inserts
Weaknesses: Freak inserts were tricky to remove when oily
Review: DECISION TO BUY
I was having a difficult time with field grade paint accuracy using the stock barrel for my Ego (.693") and my Site Mfg MF barrel (.691") . I already had a Freak insert kit for a different marker. Rather than just buy another Freak back, I wanted to keep the carbon fiber barrel, but have the ability to match bore size to the paint.

PRODUCT QUALITY
The surface finish both inside and outside appear smoother on the Deadly Wind than the MF barrel. I prefer the Tri-Linear porting on the version I purchased. The carbon fiber barrel is secured well to the aluminum back. Good machining quality.

MARKER THREADS
The Ego stock barrel and the MF both use a gasket to keep the barrel from vibrating loose. The Deadly Wind does not have a gasket for the marker threads. During gameplay I did have to do one quick quarter-turn to retighten the barrel. This only happened once, but it's one area for improvement.

FREAK INSERTS
Freak inserts fit snugly into the barrel. The inserts sit flush with the end of the barrel. Once the insert became slippery it was a little tricky to remove. I had to use a straight shot squeegie to push the insert out.

PERFORMANCE
I was surprised at the accuracy. The Ego is designed to sling paint, not necessarily one ball sniper style. During a scenario game, the Ego and the 16" Deadly Wind were a great combo. Fast and furious for front line play, and consistency for long ball tactical fire.

LOUDNESS
I wasn't paying attention to the sound signature. But then again, neither were the targets. It was kind of fun using the Deadly Wind to take pot shots on forts, and if I stayed off the trigger, the defenders weren't able pin-point my location.
Conclusion: If you already have Freak insert kit, this is a great buy. The Deadly Wind is unique that it combines the accuracy of inserts, the weight and looks of carbon fiber, and great porting. Highly recommended. Due to the minor design issues, it rates a 9 out of 10.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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