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Devs Tuesday, May 6th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
1 year3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Evil Pipe, Empire barrel set, CP Pro set
Marker Setup: WGP Green 2k2 Vert Cocker
WGP Hinge
WGP CT 3Way
Shocktech FGP LPR
WGP STO Ram
Palmer Stab inline reg
kapp beavertail, cocking rod, on/off
cp flame drop
shocktech rat and supafly
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Green with black splash BM2k
Vapored
Soon to be chaos chip
soon to be PDS'd by ICD
Recommended
Paintballs:
Anything, duh! Thats why you get a freak!
Strengths: 8 barrels in a single kit, minimize bore sizing problems.
Weaknesses: Price... ick
Review: Function:
The Freak works wonders. Honestly it does. It eliminates the necessity of owning multiple barrels for different size paint. Being able to use one barrel to accomodate all forms of paint is the best idea out there as far as i'm concerned. I mainly shoot a cocker, which everyone knows is closed bolt. So if the barrel is too big, i skip shots cause the previous rolled right out the barrel! Ack! Bad stuff... So i need a perfect fit. And the freak gives me that. I wouldn't trade it for anything! Well... Except maybe an Angel Speed! :-D

Style:
The stainless back looks the best, hands down. The aluminum is kinda bland... I like the fact that you can use AA fronts or Freak fronts, so you can get the totally customized look! The freak barrel porting looks cool... kind of a pain to clean, but still cool looking. And I like all the colors of the inserts! WOOHOO!!!

Durability:
Dont' kid yourself, the sleeves are made of aluminum. You have to take good care of them, or you'll be fronting more money to get new ones. This can be a problem for you people who don't baby your equipment. My gear is so insanely important to me, it gets cleaned after every day of play, and is stored in the proper places... So its not a big deal for me. I got the back stuck in my cocker, and because of the front pneus, i couldn't get a grip on it. someone suggested taking an allen key or screwdriver and putting it through the big holes to get some leverage... BAD IDEA!!! It bent the side wall of the back.. The stainless steel bent!! What the hell! Thats about it... Just take care of the stuff and it'll treat you very well.

Bad!?!?:
To tell you the truth, the only real drawback to the freak is the fact that its a single barrel with some small aluminum sleeves... But its still 200 bucks! Just the barrel and a single insert is 109... What in the heck is that all about??? I absolutely love the product, but I'm glad i bought mine used. I only paid 130 for the entire kit from a guy getting out of paintball. But I feel sorry for all the guys paying retail for this puppy. But it is worth it if you play as much as I do. So... Its bad and its not... Just depends on how much use you plan on getting out of it.
Conclusion: Overall this is an amazing product.
Smartparts does it again. I'm not a big fan of the company itself, but they make good products. Tech support is lacking. They never got back to me.... After like 3 months... Anyway, the barrel is a step above the rest. It gives you the edge needed to win the game. Accuracy is greatly helped because you can get a proper ball/barrel fit! So there you have it. I say buy this if you have the money! Other wise try to find it used! Price is the only thing bringing this puppy down a notch.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

Review Comments
Lawman Monday, February 13th, 2006 | 10:40 pm PST
Try commenting on accuracy, and how loud the barrel is. Comparing it to other barrels you have used, and give reasons why one is better than the other.

BTW, only a fool would have tried a screwdriver to pry it out.... Next time try a strap wrench from your local home improvement store.

   

-=[BJC]=- Saturday, May 13th, 2006 | 3:17 pm PST
The price varies. I got my freak (14" Freak Front) with 3 inserts for $89 brand new from my local field, Paintball Command. Yeah, this barrel kicks all!
   

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