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Kingfisher_X4 Friday, January 24th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
3 months15 of 17 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann Stock Barrel, Stock barrel from many a gun, Aradus Adjustable Bore Barrel (on an Autococker), DYE Ultralite 12"
Marker Setup: Tippmann 98 Custom w/14" J&J Ceramic Barrel, 12" DYE Ultralite Barrel, ADCO Sure Shot Sight, Dead On X-Core Expansion Chamber, Psycho Ballistics Drop Forward, Lapco Rear Velocity Adjuster, GTA Double Trigger Kit, Response Trigger System, Ricochet 2000 Electronic Hopper

2 ArmoTech Zeus Pistols (Sidearms)

Tippmann Pro/Carbine Stock

Pure Energy 20 oz. CO2 tank w/butt plate, Pure Energy 12 Oz. CO2 tank w/butt plate, Pure Energy 9 Oz. CO2 Tank w/butt plate

*Coming Soon: ArmoTech Mars EVO*
Recommended
Paintballs:
Personally, I use only Diablo. All the time. They work pretty well in this barrel. I got some cheap Afterburner paintballs for Christmas from a friend and they were crap, so no judging by them. I've also used some WGP Tournament Paintballs, didn't like them, and they didn't run to smooth through the barrel. Lots of chops with those things.
Strengths: -Very Cheap
-Quite Accurate
-Pretty Quite
-Good looking
-Very Light - lighter than my Tippmann GTA 8" barrel
-Stronger than people give it credit for - it's not COMPLETELY made of ceramics, you know...
Weaknesses: -It just feels like it will break in your hands... but it won't really
-Coating will get scratched if you hit it on something
Conclusion: Great buy for anyone from newbie to tournament and semi-proffesional. Awesome price, and an all-around great barrel. Don't go too long though, if you get it... of course that's my rule of thumb for all barrels - 14" is my maximum.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

Review Comments
Silent-Version Saturday, December 27th, 2003 | 5:18 pm PST
Yea! fourteen inches is the way to go!
   

Menohl Saturday, January 10th, 2004 | 5:56 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by Silent-Version
Yea! fourteen inches is the way to go!

I agree, I have this same barrel and it rocks. I also have a friend who has a 98Custom who has only played 2 times and is convinced that he needs a long barrel and that the longer the better, he has just announced to all of us that play together that he's wants to get a 21" boomstick... Needless to say we are desperatly trying to talk him out of wasting his money, considering he doesn't even snipe, he likes to be middle to front man when he plays!!!
   

allen Sellner Thursday, March 25th, 2004 | 5:41 pm PST
Tell him no and 16 INCH Will Kick YOUR A$$
   

Phyexial Saturday, May 29th, 2004 | 7:23 pm PST
Allen, no offense man, but once you get past 10-12 inches, more barrel will decrease accuracy. 14 is the best compromise if you like a long barrel, because it is long enough to poke through brush, it is still easy to aim from the barrel, and it is debatable whether the extra 2 inches affects it at all. A sixteen inch barrel is, in my opinion, unwieldy. Also, because it is so long, since the ball stops accelerating after 10-12 inches, the barrel will add drag, which will slow the ball down and could make the gun less efficient, and could add unnecessary spin, which will hinder the accuracy.

In conclusion, a 21 inch is a way worse choice than a 16, and a 16 is a worse choice than a 14, which is a slightly worse or the same as (because of the reasons already discussed) an 11-12.
   

±Í†çhý± Saturday, July 17th, 2004 | 11:40 pm PST
Bravo Phyexial, agreed, for myself, 12 is the limit as well. Longer dosen't equal better, else modern rifles would be ungodly long.
   

TXtippmann Friday, August 13th, 2004 | 7:29 pm PST
Yes, a barrel that is too long will only slow down the paintball with friction. 14" is plenty long enough to be accurate.
   

kdflip182 Thursday, January 6th, 2005 | 4:20 pm PST
-Stronger than people give it credit for - it's not COMPLETELY made of ceramics, you know...

Its actually made of Aluminum... with only a Ceramic coating.
Last edited on Thursday, January 6th, 2005 at 4:20 pm PST
   

PyroNinja316 Monday, May 15th, 2006 | 12:44 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by ±Í?çhý±
Bravo Phyexial, agreed, for myself, 12 is the limit as well. Longer dosen't equal better, else modern rifles would be ungodly long.

A common mistake is to compare paintball guns with real guns. In real guns length does increase the accuracy of the rifle and can increase the speed of the rifle. One would also note that barrels on such rifles aren't ported along half their length, like in paintball guns.

While you may think modern rifles would be "ungodly long" and that's proof that longer isn't better, remember that 18 inches on a modern rifle is VERY small, and they're using expanding gas with more pressure per inch than all along your entire HPA tank per shot.
   

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