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xXxCAPNxCHARxXx Thursday, February 18th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
2 years5 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann Flatline Barrel
Tippmann/ Hammer Head shark tooth
Smart parts 14'' ceramic barrel
Marker Setup: A5 w/ ape board E-Trigger
Offset mount w/ tacticle red dot sight
Flatline with Tacticle shroud -or- Tippmann Straightline Barrel
Tippmann X-36 Folding stock
Low profile hopper
PMI 64/ 4500 HPA tank with PMI remote
Recommended
Paintballs:
I recommend fireballs, they are made by PMI and are only found at Hell Survivors playfield in Pinkney, Michigan.
I have used Draxxus hard shell stuff, I guess they would work well too.
Strengths: Accurate
Many ball sizers
rifled for paintballs
Nice carrying case
Weaknesses: Too long
not worth the $150 I paid for it
Acuracy
Review: I have been using this Barrel for 1.5-2 years now. I am going to make this review very unbiased and impartial. This is a very nice paintball barrel made by tippmann and hammer head. Yes, it is accurate. No, you cant pick people off from 70+ feet away.

Lets get one thing straight away right off the bat. Many people say that rifling helps with paintball accuracy, many people say rifling is just a marketing tool when it comes to paintball. There is a middle ground with this barrel. I would go out on a limb and say there is middle ground with any Hammerhead rifled barrel. This all depends on the ball you use. If you use cheap paint with a soft plastic shell, you will get mediocre performance. However, if you use a hard corn husk shell; epecially a smaller paintball, you will have pretty good usuage out of this barrel. Even though the paint you use does make a difference the biggest reason for the straightlines accuracy are the barrel inserts that need to match the specific ball caliber. This makes the ball 'pop' with greatly increased accuracy when shooting.

Dont expect to get the range of the flatline when using this barrel. You can expect to get really great accuracy with ball size and type when playing up to about 50 feet. Anything after that its just your typical hit or miss.

The barrel is very long. Its 14'' without the muzzle, 16'' with the muzzle. Anything after 12-14'' actually creates drag inside the barrel thus causing friction on the ball, decreasing accuracy. Since this barrel is rifled, it doesnt create as much drag as a smooth bore at this length but it does somewhat decrease accuracy from the less effecient air flow of a rifled barrel.

Conclusion: I personally dont think $150 is worth it. If youve got $150 laying around and cant think of anything else to spend it on then go for it. I do know that the Hammer head barrel (I cant remember the name at the moment) that this is compared to sells for half the price and is basically the same barrel. I would try that one unless you really want a nice carrying case.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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