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Unregistered User Thursday, October 18th, 2001
Strengths: Great price - I purchased it from G3 for under $50.
Really well made - very slick black anodizing, smooth internal finish, beautifully machined. Anodizing is durable, I've used mine for over a year with minimal wear.
Light weight.
Good length - doesn't interfere when getting into a bunker as a front player.
Handles paint break well - if you break, shooting a few more balls thro' usually restores most of its accuracy. It's smooth bore except for a tight cluster of vents near the muzzle, which helps.
But still long enough for superb accuracy (see next line).
Accurate, when matched with smaller paint - the Autospirit is for small bore paint, period. When you pick the right paint, the Lapco is more accurate than any other barrel I've used (DYE, SP, J&J, Palmer, Longshot).


Asking an Autospirit to shoot big paint is like trying to fit a size 5 shoe on a person with size 10 feet. Use your common sense - use the Autospirit with small paint, and the Lapco Bigshot with big paint. At the price they're selling for, it's totally within reason to own both barrels.

As an aside, I've used an elliptical Palmer barrel (on a Typhoon and recently on a Palmer Cocker) for years, so I have nothing against "one barrel fits all" approach. I can honestly say that the Palmer barrel was able to handle most situations. However, I find lower pressure guns seem to be more sensitive to barrel/paint match. I use the Lapcos with a Palmer Cocker that shoots at 340psi input pressure, and the two different Lapcos seem to work better for that marker.

Weaknesses: If you like flashy gear, the Lapco is very boring looking - plain black. I don't care what it looks like, I'm into performance, so this doesn't bug me.

No choice in length. If you want a shorter or longer barrel, you're out of luck.

As I mentioned above, this is a barrel for small paint. To really take advantage of the Lapco barrel design, you really should pair the Autospirit with its large bore counterpart, the Lapco Bigshot. I haven't found either Lapco or their retailers emphasize this point, so it's something I had to figure out thro' using the barrel and reading others use of the Lapco.

It's louder than a barrel with more vents, but not so much that it's a deal breaker.
Conclusion: At 11.5 inches, the barrel length should work for most people. This falls within the range of functional length (most would say between 10 to 14"). Black goes with everything. The barrel is easy to clean due to the minimal porting. Sturdy and light weight. Most importantly, it is very, very accurate.

It really should be used with a big bore barrel if you expect to shoot a wide variety of paints. So you'll have to have two barrels. But because the Lapco is so accurate and so inexpensive, I don't view this as a problem.

The low price is NOT indicative of low quality - while not fancy, it is extremely well made. I would still buy this barrel even if it was closer to the price of other brand name barrel makers.

10 for the accuracy, quality and low price. 1 point off for the lack of choice in colour & length, which may bother some players.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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