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IrishVik Saturday, May 8th, 2010
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Less than a month3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Marker Setup: X7 Phenom, picatinny rail riser, RAP4 metal buttstock adapter, CCA buttstock, adjustable cheek rest, 8" LAPCO Bigshot APEX Ready Barrel
Strengths: Accurate and can reach out and touch. Paint friendly.
Weaknesses: Aesthetics ( very weak con), I wish the tip was shaped more like a suppressor.
Review: Earlier this Spring a buddy of mine let me borrow his APEX ready 8" Bigshot for a few rounds. He warned me it would change everything about my game, and he wasn't kidding. So I picked up the exact same setup he lent to me. There is no doubt that this barrel/APEX tip combo puts an easy 30' or more additional distance on a flat shot, but the thing that blew me away the most was the accuracy and consistancy. For example, on a capture the flag game where we were required to fly the flag at the enemy's base, there were three guards dug in at the base's forward bunker. I was able to take out two from 30' away by aiming for the 1" to 2" of the exposed tops of their heads. Could this be done with a non-APEX barrel? Yeah, sure, no question. With less than 10 rounds? Very doubtful. Or at least put it this way, at my current skill level (I'm clearly not special in a good way) I would have dropped 50+ balls without it as non-APEX barrels just don't have the consistancy with distance IMHO.

Of the 2500 rounds that I know for sure that I've put through it, I'd say I had maybe 2 ball breaks. This was largely because I had the APEX tip setting too high and it was a very hot and humid day (ball bloat). The previous outing on a cooler day (probably around 1000 balls spent) I had no breaks at all.

For giggles I ordered an LAPCO 16" Assault barrel with a APEX Ready Tip For Assault. I'm not expecting any huge difference, but I'll update when I get it.
Conclusion: With the good deals out there on LAPCO products, you can easily get this combo for under $75. If URL's were allowed, I'd post it.
10 out of 10

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