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Risk Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
6 months36 of 48 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
J&J 14" Ceramic (not really similar)
Marker Setup: A-5, Flatline, nitro duck x-stream 88/4500 w/remote, DOP Power tube, AIM68 Reg, JSC folding combat stock, red dot sight , E-Grip
Draxxus Blaze or better, most RPS
Strengths: Long range and flat trajectory for rec/woods play.
Weaknesses: Heavy, cost. You will need a SWAB squeegee to do a quick field clean!
Review: Are you tired of using the "indirect fire" method of dropping a paintball on your opponent at long range? Or how about watching you shot break on leaves and branches as you try to angle a shot to go far enough to hit a target that you can see clearly underneath all that foliage? Then I recommend the Flatline barrel.

This barrel will extend the range on your A-5. I was using a J&J Ceramic (Which is a great barrel in its own right!) on my A-5 for some time. Then I went and bought a Flatline for a scenario game I knew would have some large open areas with little to hide behind. I thought, "With some added range, I can engage opponents that can't quite get to me." I was right. Only other "Flatliners" could get me with out shooting into the air to have their shots rain down all around me.

The Flatline also proved be be extremely effective in the woods. With the flat trajectory, one can shoot at targets that used to be "out of range" because angled shots would get lost to trees.

There is something I want to mention about the whole "increased range" thing. This is going to be a little lesson in physics.

We all know that the Flatline achieves its increased range by putting backspin on the paintball. This backspin creates an airfoil effect similar to the wing of an airplane. OK, so now the ball is going further. However, all paint guns are shooting at the same velocity, i.e.: 280-300 fps. By the time a shot is out to the maximum range from a standard barrel and air friction and gravity have finally forced the paintball to the ground, the flatline's shot is still in the air. However, the flatline paintball will still be traveling at the save velocity as the standard shot when it hit the ground. What does this mean? Well, first, you need to remember that the paintball starts to slow down as soon as the shot comes off the bolt. So the Flatlines extended range allows more time in the air for the paintball to slow down. We're only talking about a few feet per second over all that distance, but it can translate into whether or not the paint will break on the target or not. That's what is important.

Now how about paint. I've had the opportunity to shoot a few types of paint through the Flatline with a range of results. The best results I've had were from shooting Draxxus Blaze so I'm sure most paint on par with this in terms of brittleness and size will work just fine. I have also shot RPS/PMI Premium and had some good results with this as well. The Premiums however did break 2 or 3 time out of a case, but the conditions were not the best. I was rather cold and I think that was a big factor in the breaks. This happened at a FPO scenario game, and several other players who had flatlines were having terrible luck with the paint where other like myself had very minor problems. The worst results came from shooting Sever paint. This is usually a decent paint but for some reason my flatline turned those rounds into a paint-water gun!

Hey, what about speedball? I don't think I'd recommend the flatline for speedball for two reasons. First- Its heavy! This barrel, even though its short, will slow you down. Second- Flat trajectory. The same thing that makes this barrel great in the woods will kill it in speedball. With tall bunkers in close quarters you want some shots to come DOWN on your opponents and the flatline just won't do that. But- If you're a back player trying to hit the opposing back players...hmmm...

Well, these are just my observations. This barrel will suit some players style and not others. I like it.

EDIT 9/10/2004 -
I haven't followed up on this review in a while so this is a delayed response to LIKPhantom for pointing out an error I made in my original post. DO NOT USE A STRAIGHT SHOT ON THIS BARREL! It will ruin the coarse coating on the inside of the barrel. This coating helps impart the backspin on the paintball that make this barrel work the way it does. I reccommend a battle swab. Thanks again LIKPhantom!
LIKPhantom for pointing out a mistake!)
Conclusion: The Flatline barrel for the A-5 is an excellent choice for serious recreational and scenario players.
9 out of 10Last edited on Friday, September 10th, 2004 at 8:10 pm PST

Review Comments
Tippmann ace Tuesday, June 14th, 2005 | 2:51 pm PST
if this barrel ever gave you trouble with accuracy that is because ur volicity was above 300fps, wrong sized paint, or installed worng which is easy to do, if you have this barrel you will want your shots to be consistant because if its to high or to low then the shots will be inaccurate. I recomend a reguator or expansion chamber.

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