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Xannatharr Saturday, June 7th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
I have used stock barrels in my previous experience.
Marker Setup: Kingman Spyder Agressor XT (Forest green)
Xtreme Enterprises 12" Barrel (Black)
Java 200 Round Loader (Black)
32 Degrees Spring Set
12oz CO2
Recommended
Paintballs:
PMI Bigball works great - I fired almost 1,000 rounds of it through this barrel today, without a single chop or bust.
Strengths: VALUE. Got it for about $25, and it's far better than my stock barrel.
Weaknesses: Finish seems to scratch easily.
Review: I have been back in paintball since March 2003, after being out of the game for over seven years. To get my feet wet, I bought a Spyder Agressor XT online as part of a kit. With 12oz tank, hopper, basic mask and shipping, the whole deal was around $110. The stock barrel that came with my Agressor was mediocre - but I knew that a barrel upgrade would really increase my effectiveness in the game.

I read reviews, shopped around, looked at my budget (very slim!), and selected the Xtreme Enterprises 12" one-piece barrel. At $25 including shipping, the barrel was very inexpensive. I went to the field today, apprehensive about my new barrel - was the price too good to be true? Would I be chopping balls left and right?

My fears were allayed. I shot about 900 rounds of PMI Bigball today, and did not have a single chop or bust! My accuracy is incrementally better than it was with the stock barrel, and the black actually looks kinda nice with the anodized forest-green finish of my Spyder. In tune-ups, shooting at a 6-inch target at sixty feet, I went from putting 5-6 shots out of 10 onto the target, to putting 8-9 out of 10 onto the target. All in all, I am very pleased with the purchase.

A full day of play left a single small scratch on the barrel, which concerns me a bit - but the interior of the barrel is still pristine, and that's what counts.
Conclusion: Let's face it - Nobody is going to put this barrel on an high-dollar marker. Why would they? If you can afford to sink $500+ into a paintball gun, you can afford to get a better barrel than the Xtreme Enterprises 12" one-piece.

But for those of you who have an entry-level marker, or one just a step or two up from entry-level, this barrel will be a nice improvement over your stock gear, at a VERY low price.

I would reccomend this barrel for price-conscious players, expecially Front Players. Front Players don't need to snipe from a great distance, but they need accuracy at short and intermediate ranges.

This barrel does the job, and your wife won't kill you for buying it!
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, June 7th, 2003 at 5:50 pm PST
 

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