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Hami Saturday, April 19th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
3 months35 of 54 people found this review helpful.

4 years
Products Used:
PMI Stock 11" barrell that came on my 2002 STS G3 VF(Titanium)
14" Teardrop
Marker Setup: Piranha G3 STS VF(Titanium), Turbo valve, Palmer stabilizer (female) w/ block, PD high flow pin, Trigger mod, 14" Progressive, PMI rubber grip, 20 & 16oz Co2 (anti-syphoned), Dark Vengence custom delrin bolt.
I'll use pretty much anything, I havn't used brass eagle though. Zap, PMI RPS, and winter balls from local shop(don't know brand).
Strengths: Good quality finish
Variety of lengths unlike what the description says above
Price is excellent!
Weaknesses: First barrel had a flaw
Review: When first got the barrel I put 200 balls thru it and when I took it off later that evening I noticed 3 very tiny chips in the finish inside the barrel about halfway down. These where definitely chips in the finish not dirt, nor was the the inside of the barrel scratched at all leading up to the chips or after. I chalked it up to the coating didn't adhere to the metal in those spots(contamination on the metal) and when I shot balls thru it, it broke the finish lose. I exchanged it for a new one at the shop, no problems.
I definitely like the barrel alot and the price is right $64 Can. Fairly easy to clean, squeegee then turn marker upside down and cover the end of the barrel with your hand & fire once or twice to clean out the porting. Anything left clinging to the holes can wait until you finish the round and you can rinse it off with water. Not saying this barrel breaks balls, my marker chops them from time to time. Been playin in cold weather alot.
This barrel shoots the same as the teardrop, my cousin has it and we play together all the time there's no difference. The honing and coating on these barrels is exactly the same. Also this barrel does a good job with sound, my marker(650psi) is half as loud as most on the field and my cousin is runnin at 350psi with the teardrop and his is half as load as mine! Low pressure makes it whisper quiet, my next objective!
Conclusion: Well worth the money, I think the trouble with the first barrel I had was just a fluke as I've never heard of complaints about that before. The replacement is perfect.
If your lookin at the Teardrop or the AA this barrel has the same finish & honing but for alot cheaper. I do like the porting on the teardrop but more paint stays in the grooves around the porting than the progressive. To me it doesn't affect anything it just looks bad. Why pay extra for an AA just because it's a 2 piece, unless of coarse your planning on getting different bore backs for it.
9 out of 10Last edited on Monday, May 2nd, 2005 at 9:45 pm PST

Review Comments
ohchiz84 Wednesday, December 1st, 2004 | 10:47 am PST
does anyone know the bore size on the progressive?

AirSin2000 Sunday, December 26th, 2004 | 10:23 pm PST
All I know it is a medium to large bore

Shifty01 Friday, February 18th, 2005 | 9:36 pm PST
I think the Progressive is .69.

hudson633 Thursday, May 12th, 2005 | 3:03 am PST
You kinda didn't type if it was accurate or not...

bighead-ed Saturday, November 12th, 2005 | 5:12 pm PST
what the difference between progressive barrels and tear drop barrels?

Zach B. Monday, November 28th, 2005 | 10:38 am PST
I tried to use Zap, and it was too big, and it was pretty fresh paint. It was the Sports Series. I also tried JT Premiere Series Paint, and neither worked on the barrel (they were too big).

PAINTBALL ZILLA Monday, January 16th, 2006 | 9:21 am PST
why did you pay $65 for it? you got cheated. i got mine for 30

Paintballprvate Wednesday, August 16th, 2006 | 8:21 pm PST
May I ask what the flaw in your first barrel was?

Big C Unit Saturday, September 9th, 2006 | 12:18 am PST
I use Zap rec series balls in my 2006 progressive and they work beautifully zap rec series balls are a smaller bore size than most others I have tried

Hami Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 | 2:02 pm PST
Originally posted by PAINTBALL ZILLA
why did you pay $65 for it? you got cheated. i got mine for 30

That's $65 Canadian and it was bought in 2003, that was the best price I saw at the time.

Klim0009 Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 | 7:37 pm PST
Ok so I am trying to set my Tippmann 98 Custom up for snipping and i dont know what barrel to get. I want one that is 16 inches and around 60 or so bucks. Can anyone help me on which one to get. I would prefer Smart Parts or 32 Degrees brand.
Last edited on Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 at 7:41 pm PST

Sgt._Schultz Monday, December 17th, 2007 | 12:47 pm PST
Hey Klim, I suggest that you get a Smart Parts All American barrel, I have one and I LOVE it! I can't tell you how many people I have got out with my AA equiped Custom Pro. Look on Ebay, they generally have them.

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