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Gypsy06 Friday, March 7th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
1 year5 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Empire Barrel Kit
Freak
Marker Setup: #1 ANS GX-3 w/ Mac Dev Conquest 88/4500
#2 Defiant w/ Mac Dev Regs and Pure energy 68/3000
#3 Phantom VSC Bone Stock and Lovin it!
#4 Pro Team Micro mag RT w/ level 10 bolt
#5 PGP - nuff said
#6 Spyder SE (loaner gun)
Recommended
Paintballs:
RPS Evil
Strengths: First of all I like the locking sleeves, unlike the Freak they have a locking collar at the chamber end that keeps them in place when the barrel is screwed in to the gun. That means that the sleeves don't rotate or slide inside the barrel. Second it's a real light barrel even with the stainless back and I like the stainless back for the durability it provides in the insert section of the gun which will get the most wear. The freak over time wears out and the inserts no longer fit snugly. Third the over all barrel profile is real low so it doesn't have the large cross section of a boomstick especially at the muzzle. Fourth the porting is real small so when a ball does break the ports don't load up with paint which runs back into the barrel after you squeegee it.
Weaknesses: The inserts should be longer, I haven't measured but if I remember right they are only 4" while the freak and Scepter are at least 5". With longer inserts it provides more of a control bore and better gas efficiency. Also the lower profile means a thinner barrel so what ever you do don't take a digger with this one or your liable to bend it. Also the inserts do not at first fit snugly into the barrel which means they fall out when you unscrew it. Of course because of the locking ring they fit nice and tight when the barrel is screwed in but once you take the pressure off the compresson ring they fall right out (annoying but not crucial). Lastly the inserts that came with my kit seem to have more of a satin finish than a high polish (kind of like the RP advantage vs the Diablo ball)
So far it really seems to be no problem but I just like a nice high polish on my parts (dust finish is for lazy people)
Conclusion: At around $150 the Phat is a pretty good deal. It's priced cheaper than just about every other multiple bore barrel kit out there and it includes more inserts than the JT or Titanium barrel kits at less money. I definitely like it better than the Freak and think that the locking sleeves make a big difference. Also the light weight and low profile make for a naturally pointing barrel with clean lines (no big muzzle break to work around).
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

Review Comments
Twisted Image Saturday, March 13th, 2004 | 3:36 pm PST
where can i get one of these barrels??
   

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