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pbN00B Saturday, August 23rd, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
3 months8 of 15 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Pipe, freak, all american, progressive.
Marker Setup: Vision Impulse, lpr, new hammer, pin, bolt etc...
Recommended
Paintballs:
Depends on what bore size you get with your barrel.
Strengths: Pretty Quiet, Light as can be, accurate, looks good.
Weaknesses: Price, cleaning.
Review: Well, i got the pipe barrel set for my impulse, i play mostly rec, the occasional tourny, and the thing made my impulse sound exactly like a hammer smashing a wood plank. It was very accurate but so loud i couldnt stand it. I personally prefer woods and so i needed a barrel that would be quieter. The Stiffi company advertise that their barrel while being one of the lightest is also one of the quietest so i figured i would try it. Not many people know about the Stiffi barrel yet. Not widly anyway. I have used it about 6-10 times and i can say, it makes my marker alot quieter, very accurate, same as my pipe which is just fine for me, and its as light as can be. it feels like a freak insert only its suppose to be stronger than steel. I didnt try to break it though after the $130 dollar price tag which is very expensive for a single 1 peice barrel. Its $140 for anything above a 14 inch incase your wondering. You may think the 1 peice is bad, but its really not, if you have ever used a 2 peice for awhile and kept unscrewing the front and back after awhile you can wear the threads and cause a gap creating another place for stuff to go into your barrel causing breaks or curves. The back of the barrel, the threads, are glued onto the barrel itself which i dont personally like, im afraid when i screw it on one day its going to just pop off. nothing some friendly epoxy can fix if it ever happens. Feels sturdy enough. Cleaning, you CANNOT use any type of cloth squeegie you must use the rubber ones. Slider squeegie is what i use. I dont know why but it says not to in the directions. Problably can scratch the porting. You can select from a number of different bore sizes which people will like, but you are stuck with what ever you chose. Very good barrel.
Conclusion: Ok, its the most expensive 1 peice barrel you can fined. However, its lighter than titanium but stronger than steel, you can shoot through breaks easly, it quiets any marker down considerably, and its just as accurate as any barrel kit. You pay for what you get, and you get very good quality. I get alot of questions about it at fields from people asking what it is since it does have a unique look. Again they are still rare. Im pretty sure tournment players, both pro and those just coming onto the scene will start to take notice of this barrel in the next year. Its picky about what squeegie you can use and expensive but its the single best barrel you can get.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

Review Comments
PBChamp Sunday, August 24th, 2003 | 12:18 pm PST
The interior is like glass. That is why you shouldnt use a cloth squeegie. You can use one, but it is not recommended, as using one can scratch the interior. Dirt and other things get into the cloth, and that can scratch the inside of the barrel, thus putting stress on the ball as it comes out of the barrel. The reason that the inside is so fine is so that the ball just glides out of the barrel instead of being forced out.

I am kind of lost as to why you gave this barrel a 9? Is it due to the squeegie thing?
   

pbN00B Sunday, August 24th, 2003 | 7:06 pm PST
squeegie and price, i dont think a 9 is that bad of a rating, i dont tend to just dish out 10's so a 9 is about as high as i would give to any product.
   

TXtippmann Sunday, October 3rd, 2004 | 3:01 am PST
It had weaknesses. Why should he give it a ten?
   

Snowman282 Wednesday, December 15th, 2004 | 5:59 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by PBChamp
The interior is like glass. That is why you shouldnt use a cloth squeegie. You can use one, but it is not recommended, as using one can scratch the interior. Dirt and other things get into the cloth, and that can scratch the inside of the barrel, thus putting stress on the ball as it comes out of the barrel. The reason that the inside is so fine is so that the ball just glides out of the barrel instead of being forced out.

I am kind of lost as to why you gave this barrel a 9? Is it due to the squeegie thing?

no its because a fiber cloth can "flake" the carbon fiber and leeve carbon splinters to pop balls.
   

kissarmy112 Friday, April 22nd, 2005 | 2:19 pm PST
is this a good barrel for me to buy? or should i buy a snapshot? i have a 98 custom
   

Wilytiger Thursday, October 13th, 2005 | 10:49 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by kissarmy112
is this a good barrel for me to buy? or should i buy a snapshot? i have a 98 custom

yeah id like to know as well because i really want this barrel but im still looking into it and i have a tippman 98c as well
   

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