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Pretorian Monday, December 9th, 2002
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month113 of 116 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
As for similar products, I have never used a rifled paintball barrel before, but I have used the Tippmann Flatline, Armson Stealth, Tippmann Sniper, JJ Ceramic, and numerous other barrels over the years.
Marker Setup: Main: Tippmann 98C, Low Pressure System, Bob Long Torpedo regulator, Air Tipps Stainless Steel Screws, Toxic Performance double trigger, Dead On Paintball Pro Seal Front Bolt and Power Tube, Staight Line remote with Pro-Connect, 12v Revolution, numerous barrels and air tanks.
Recommended
Paintballs:
I used several for testing. The paintballs I used included:
Draxxus Midnight
32Degrees Team Colors
Brass Eagle Super Swirl
Tiger Eye (some paint a friend had, can't remember the manufacturer)
PMI Premium
Strengths: Well, the barrel was very accurate and quiet. In comparison to other barrels I have used I would give it a resounding 9. I tested the Twister over a couple of distances and a couple of conditions. For the sake of this review I will call the the first range "average range" of most barrels, say maybe a 35 to 45 yard distance. The second I will call "long range", like the distance of a Flatline barrel, say maybe 65 yards. The conditions were still and windy.

First lets look at accuracy. At average range it was was every bit as accurate as a JJ Ceramic or Armson Stealth, actually I think it had a little tighter spread. The wind appeared to have much less effect on the Twister than with the others tested. At long range, it couldn't compare to the Flatline of course because it couldn't make the distance, but was every bit as accurate as the Flatline at the average range. And when I say more accurate I mean it shot a tighter spread of paintballs.

As for paint breakage, I had some of the Brass Eagle and Tiger Eye break in all of the barrels tested. I did not however, have any other paint break in any of the barrels I tested. So, to that I can conclude that the Brass Eagle and Tiger Eye paint was either old or is just cheap.

As for velocity consistancy. Here is what I found most interesting. With all of the other barrels tested, when I would change paintballs I would also record a change in velocity (FPS) on my chrony. The largest was between the Brass eagle and the Team Colors on the average. However, with the Twister I had very little velocity change. I don't know if this is some unknown benefit of the rifling, but this is just what I found. Even going from the Brass Eagle paint to the Team colors I had less than a 10 FPS change in velocity. Therefore, I must conclude that the Twister takes a wider range of paintball sizes with more consistancy.
Weaknesses: Well, I don't really like tha spider on the top of the barrel, actually on my Tippmann the threads are such that when the barrel is screwed in tightly the spider is actually turned halfway to the right, not on top. Also, you have to run a squeegy through them a few times if you have a ball break. They don't clean as easily as a JJ Ceramic.
Conclusion: In conclusion I am buying another one of these for my son. It is a very good product. The rifling inside the barrel is subtle so I don't know if the balls actually spin when they come out of the barrel or not. I do know it is accurate, and very quiet.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

Review Comments
diablo0402 Sunday, November 30th, 2003 | 7:16 pm PST
armson stealth is also rifled
   

BigT42 Friday, February 20th, 2004 | 5:36 am PST
I shoot cheap Zap Rec paint...I have never had a break (In the barrel)
   

S77bubba Friday, May 28th, 2004 | 5:48 pm PST
Which barrel for the 98 custom do you recommend in the under $70 range?
   

ReAkHaVoK Wednesday, September 8th, 2004 | 8:12 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by S77bubba
Which barrel for the 98 custom do you recommend in the under $70 range?
as for this q i suggest this barrel. it is good but it wont put the balls in the tightest spreads in the world.
   

ReAkHaVoK Wednesday, September 8th, 2004 | 8:14 pm PST
yo pretorian. this barrel is good and i know you will back me up on it. and i have the same problem as you do. but i dont think that it is a problem. i think that the spider is supposed to go to the right because mine does too. but it is also at a right angle to the top of the marker. i think this is the way it is supposed to be but i am not 100 percent sure.
   

KD5UMY Thursday, September 30th, 2004 | 3:32 am PST
Thank you so very much for correctly spelling the word "quiet".
   

hoosamahogen Wednesday, December 15th, 2004 | 7:20 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by ReAkHaVoK
. i think that the spider is supposed to go to the right because mine does too. >


The "spider" is the Empire logo. It is an "E" backwards, and an "E" forewards.
Last edited on Wednesday, December 15th, 2004 at 7:21 pm PST
   

Lindi Sunday, January 9th, 2005 | 5:40 pm PST
I was wondering if the practice paint you get at Dick's Sporting Goods works good in this barrel?
   

Battleaxe3 Friday, April 29th, 2005 | 8:53 pm PST
Anything works in this barrel, except the smaller paint, shreds them.... but usually you wont have a problem.
   

Afromatic Thursday, July 28th, 2005 | 9:02 pm PST
What do you think is better for a Spyder? Freak "Jr" or this Empire Twister
   

autto-mattick Friday, December 30th, 2005 | 6:53 am PST
freak jr.....nothing beats the freak system
   

Sammo_Tha_manno Sunday, January 8th, 2006 | 3:17 pm PST
I don't know if the balls actually spin when they come out of the barrel or not.

they SLIGHTLY spin out of the barrell hoever at further distances the paintball actually turns into a square so there is some spin involved however its not much.
   

rebelbo Thursday, February 16th, 2006 | 1:01 pm PST
Tiger eye's made by brass eagle
   

triggapull Friday, May 26th, 2006 | 2:13 pm PST
Super Swirl is not made by Brass Eagle, it is made by RPS.
   

stealth shooter Saturday, July 15th, 2006 | 10:16 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by S77bubba
Which barrel for the 98 custom do you recommend in the under $70 range?

Go with the Lapco big shot
   

stealth shooter Saturday, July 15th, 2006 | 10:17 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by autto-mattick
freak jr.....nothing beats the freak system

the price does
   

Klim0009 Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 | 7:26 pm PST
What length of barrel were you using and would you suggest it for snipping.
   

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