Chronic, Marbs, Spank or Big Ball (now Menus) anything that is .686-.688
Here is my review of the AutoSpirit (for Spyder).
Location: New Kent Paintball in New Kent, VA on July 3, 2004.
Starting Temp: 80 F
Ending Temp: 88 F
Gun setup: Piranha EXT Pro G3 (Red/Black Fade)
(pure mechanical blow back marker)
Palmer Stabilizer (direct) (set at 450 psi)
In Yo Face Ė T-Stock w/drop forward
20 oz CO2 through a PMI remote
Range: Firing range is setup with man size waist high silhouette targets.
Targets are set at 10 ft, 25 ft, 35 ft, 50 ft, 75 ft, 100 ft
For review purposes I used 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 ft.
(On field shot out to 130 ft., will be part of my opinion portion of review)
Paint: All paint was not fresh, could tell is it had been on the shelf for quite sometime.
Zap Sports Series .686 -.688 (had dimples and paint was settling)
(Looked like old Spank w/black shell)
Zap Primer .687-.690 (misshapen)
Zap Chronic .686-.687 (paint was settling)
Viewloader Heavy Metal .686-.688 (no defects noted)
Review: All shots where well aimed center mass shots. Gun chronographed in at 275-277 fps. No ball breaks occurred.
At 10 feet: All paint hit 10 for 10 in a 4-inch square pattern
At 25 feet: All paint hit 10 for 10 in a 6-inch square pattern
At 50 feet:
Primer: 8 for 10 in a 12x6 inch pattern, with the 2 missed just left of the edge of the target.
Sports Series: 10 for 10 in a 12x10 inch pattern.
Heavy Metal: 10 for 10, 8 in a 8x6 inch pattern and 2 hit low on target making the pattern 8x10 inches.
Chronic: 10 for 10 in a 6x6 inch pattern.
At 75 feet:
Primer: 5 for 10 in a 12x12 inch pattern, with the misses just right, left and high.
Sports Series: 6 for 10 in a 12x12 inch pattern, with the misses just right and left.
Heavy Metal: 6 for 10, 12x14 inch pattern with misses just left and high.
Chronic: 8 for 10 in a 12 x 8 inch pattern with miss just left.
At 100 feet:
Primer: 3 for 10 in a 14x14 inch pattern.
Sports Series: 3 for 10 in a 14x14 inch pattern.
Heavy Metal: 4 for 10, 14x14 inch pattern.
Chronic: 6 for 10 in a 14 x 10 inch pattern with miss just left and low.
Over all from the data, update 75 feet the barrel is very accurate with all paintballs. As you extend your range the better the quality of the paintball the more accurate the shoots were. As you can note Chronic shot the best, most likely since it is a better quality paintball.
Opinion: The AutoSpirit is a good upgrade form most stock barrels on inexpensive guns. With a the porting at the end of the barrel it can be considered loud, but I have heard louder stock barrels and if can lower your gun operating pressure this will also reduce the report. When the paintball match perfectly with the bore the accuracy was outrageous. Players watching me during the testing at the range noted the impacts on target sound like the gun was firing ďHOTĒ. When gun was chronoed it was shooting a 276 fps. I can only assume I was getting the full potential out of the air.
During game play, on the denser wood course any player that got with in 75 feet of me was eliminated using 1 and 3 shot bursts. Total kills 10. On the Fire Base course, shooting in a fire suppression mode, I was pining down targets at 130 feet. I was shooting through 20 feet of woods, to an up hill to position shooting at a shoulders and head target. I was using Chronic paintballs only and after the game the pattern at that position was 14x8 and 2 very splatter covered players.
If you paint match near perfectly, this barrel is one of the best barrels I have used. You can go a little small and not loose too much, but I donít recommend going above .688. This will be the barrel I use if Iím shooting a medium-small ball.
If your looking for a good barrel for around $50.00, then I'd get this barrel. If you properly paint match you'll never go wrong.
I have used many barrels. Dyes, 32deg, old bob long barrels, etc. Lapco's are the best.
AM Illusion Pro
Also used Lapco's on Cockers and Mags
Since this is a small bore barrel, I would use small bore paint.
The Best Quality
The only one is Loudness. Alittle bit on the loud side.
I have had many lapcos for many different guns. They have all been well finished, excellent bore finish, etc. I have never recieved a flawed one. They are on the loud side, but for me and a pump gun, that doesn't seem to matter. Even on my cocker or mag, it wasn't a problem.
Okay. Here it is. If you read and take to heart only one review for this or any lapco barrel, hopefully this is it. First off, this is a tight bore barrel. So anyone on here complaining that the barrel is too small, their paint is too big. Second, too the person who complained about the logo being upside down when the barrel was screwed in all the way. Boo Hoo. It doesn't matter unless your tottally image conscious. Third. Yes, it is loud. Atleast louder than most barrels. Forth. Too the person complaining about you need a long barrel plug to fit these barrels. Most people use the condoms nowadays anyway, but yea you need a long plug. Spend a whole 3 bucks. Too the people who complain about anything above 200fps and they broke paint, look at your paint and playing conditions.
It seems like most of the complaints were fairly shallow. I'm sure some were legitamate, because out of all the barrels lapco makes, there are bound to be 1 or 2 here or there. I have never had a genuine problem with any of the lapco's I have owned. All have been top notch. Plus, you can get 2 of them for less than the price of 1 dye. I love my lapcos. Any questions about them, email me.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, July 19th, 2004 at 2:37 pm PST
12" Stainless Steel Lapco Bigshot
14" Dye Stainless Steel
16" Smart Parts All American
'99 Autococker body
Palmers Micro Rock Front Regulator With Knob
ANS Chrome Quick Switch 3 way (use to have a shocktech bomb but it wasn't nearly as short of a trigger pull and leaked when u tapped the timing rod)
AKALMP Lightning Bolt
AKALMP Evolution Style Pull Pin
AKALMP Tornado Valve
AKALMP Sidewinder Inline Regulator
AKALMP Back Block
Dye Chrome Trigger Frame
Dye Chrome Polished Trigger Plate
Dye Black Sticky Grips
Kapp Black Trigger Shoe
Kapp Chrome Beaver Tail
Generic Cradle (I have no idea what brand it is but it works very well)
Generic Stainless Steel Ball Detent
Stock Springs, Hammer, Pump Rod, Springs, Timing Rod, And Front Block
Lapco 12" Stainless Steel Big Shot (bore size .689)
Lapco 12: Aluminum Autospirit (bore size .687)
Viewloader 12 Volt Revolution Hopper
48 CU 3000 PSI PMI Nitro Tank
ACI 42" Coiled Remote
Marballizer, Hellfire, All Star, Slam, Team Colors (yes even these but only when they're very fresh)
Price - who can't afford a $50 barrel?
Weight - this thing is one light barrel, any lighter and my gun would be unbalanced
Accuracy - we did a shooting test between my tricked cocker and my friend's who had a 14" dye boomstick. we both ran marballizers from the same box and i was more accurate 5 outa 7 times.
Efficency - This is one gas saving barrel. it isn't heavily ported like the Dye or Smart Parts are. This allows you to run a lower pressure while maintaining the same volume of gas spent thus you can drain your tank more, equaling more shots.
Self Cleaning - This barrel handles breaks MUCH better than the heavily ported ones. It can even blow out almost all of the left over paint still in the barrel. I rarely get breaks but when i do i'm glad i have this barrel handy, i dont' even carry a squeegie anymore in tournaments.
Not much choice in color or length. I personally wanted a 12 inch but others may want a slightly longer barrel. Its tight bore limits its use to only small to smaller medium paints. I have had some great experiences with 32 degree's team colors paint as long as its not more than 4 months old. Not too strong, mine has a ding on it which actually left a very small imprint on the inside of the barrel but it hasn't affected my shooting accuracy at all yet.
Its great for the money, its self cleaning, its light, efficient and accurate what more could u want out of a 50 dollar barrel?
tippmann pro/cabrine with lapco autospirit 12" and remote line.
small bore (high quality paint)
accurate, you can land ball on top of ball if your steady
pretty good distance
no ball breaks
if a ball breaks in ur hopper and gets paint all over inside your barrel wont be accurate at all because it will only go straight about 20 feet and than curve like crazy its kinda cool if ur just goofing around. aluminium (which isnt always bad), and thats all I can think of.
The best barrel for the price, deadly accurate when combined with the tippmann pro/carbine. This barrel just doesnt make you good or great. You do need skills like with any paintball gun or barrel. The products help but you need to think when your out there.
Smart Parts All American (16"), DYE Stainless (12") Smarts Parts Big Daddy (12")
Mostly stock '01 'cocker, ANS front reg, 9v revy, Crossfire 47ci HPA on a bottom line...
ANS front reg.
AKALMP Tornado Valve
heavy hammer (forget the brand)
Madman spring kit
AKALMP Sidewinder inline reg.
(by the time you read this..AKALMP Lightning Bolt and a MacDev front end kit)
Either Marballizer or their kin. I also have had good performance from the PMI Premium stuff (I just dig the blue and orange shells better ; ) The new Diablo works well also.
*no update to that*
Mirror like hone job
Isn't as well known
Needs more selection in regard to finishes (polished metal or chrome for example)
With my setup dialed in and humidity low. I can nail the 175' plate at my field's range with ease on a consistant basis (about 7 out of 10 shots). I can hit the 200' plate about 4 out of 10 times but mostly the poor accuracy is due to my tendancy to let the marker drift when I squeeze the trigger or that I'm getting shakey or something : )
When you read the other reviews saying how this barrel isn't any good. You must bear in mind their experience in years and the products they've used. My bet would be on the fact that they didn't have a good paint to barrel match which is vital to ANY barrel's performance.
The damn thing just rocks. Period. Buy it, throw some marbs or all-stars in it and your golden.
BUY this baby! I've been in the sport sense '85 and it's the best barrel I've used thus far. Mind you, I also can't afford the big end stuff so I haven't used EVERY one out there, but enough to know what I'm talking about : ) I gave it a 9 because it didn't come with any beer or naked chicks *grin*
PBREVIEW - The 15 word limit on the key points isn't cool guys.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, March 24th, 2003 at 2:12 pm PST
Lapco Bigshot. Same barrel just different bore size.
Lapco Autospirit and 14" CCI Nickel Barrel
Clear stock parts
Rear gauge installation
Marballizers, All-Stars, El Tigres. Anything with a .687 bore size.
Very Accurate. Just like the Bigshot.
A little loud. Gets dirty fairly easily.
People complain that this barrel does not shoot large paint well. Well duh, the bore size is only .687. Get the Bigshot for large paint. They are the same barrell!!! The Barrel is extremely accurate with the right size paint. Why the autospirit has a lower rating than the bigshot is beyond me.
With playing stock class. I can't afford to miss shots. Thats why I use the lapco autospirit.
It's more accurate than the CCI barrels. They now make them for the phantom!
Go spend 100 dollars on a autospirit and a bigshot and have all your paint sizes taken care of. The barrel will not miss without with your help and the right size paint. Any barrel is accurate with the CORRECT PAINT MATCH. Will not shoot any other barrels than lapco.
ss lapco bigshot on my 98c bigshot on my friends cocker.
2k2 red cocker 12 volt revy x board (pre brass eagle), red psycho ballistics pro drop forward, shocktech bomb 3-way, kapp fat ram, palmers stabilizer, jackal 15* asa, lapco autospirit, eclipse blade trigger frame and a dye izon sight.
marbs and allstars shoot less than 3 inch groupings at 50 ft as tested 10 minutes using bench mount. bigball is to big for autospirit shoots the same grouping as above in bigshot.
light, extremely accurate, i think it looks pimp, super smooth bore, inexpensive.
works best with small paint, will not shoot clean must squeegee, not super quiet.
I love this barrel i always use marbs and allstars so im set for 3 inch groupings at 50 ft and i dont know if its the barrel fit but i shoot 270 fps at 240 psi with no low pressure upgrades using stock valve and spring and i think it might be the paint/bore match. i bought one for my 98 custom and I bout one for my cocker which is awesome cause ill be able to use it on my akalmp viking soon to come. for the money i think there isnt a better barrel if you dont chop. i never really get barrel breaks only breech so it isnt the barrel causing the breaks. buy this barrel for all your guns use marbs or allstars no crappy paint or large bore paint.
buy because its a sniper barrel, 1 shot kill, my friends know it because they are on the receiving end. oh and its not too long.
2k2 Blue A/c
Aluminum slider frame, Lapco autospirit, Blue kapp fat ram, Blue kapp rhino reg, Black STO 3-way (best found for sealling at lp), Front expansion chamber, Clear kapp hose, AA Vigulanti in-line, Kapp gauge, Slide check, Quick disconnect, Drop Zone 3 cradle, AA 68ci 4500psi Raptor REX, Dye black stickys, Smoke loc socs, and Halo B
PMI evil or other small bore
Accurate and i think it looks awsome with the autococker in the middle rasied hump. Its acurrate and has great distance and it never breaks paint unless you use to big of a ball and in compresses it but i have both a autospirit and a bigshot its the perfect combination. And you can pick on up for 50 bucks.
nothing just a little loud and has minial porting but is fine.
Great products again buy lapco. they make the best barrels period yeah a freak may be adjustable buy you can get a autospirit and a bigshot for 100 bucks nd shoot almost any paint .
Shoots well through breaks
As you can see from the list above, I've tried a lot of barrels. What I noticed different in this barrel was the inner finish. This barrel was completely mirror smooth. No concentric circles down the barrel, no lines going down, no variations in anodizaion. It was completely and perfectly mirror smooth.
When I switched to pump play, I started out with a 2000 Series Powerlyte barrel kit because of a paintball test done by Mann on PBNation. It was a decent kit, but it did not play very well through breaks. I was also getting tired of sizing paint.
Looking for a better barrel, I purchased a Palmers Pursuit Shop brass barrel. It was .685, no wedgits, no porting, and 12" long. Over the chrono, it was very consistent. However, it did not do too well with breaks.
Next, I tried a .693 Stiffi barrel, using electrical tape to prevent roll outs. It did better than the previous two when breaks occured, but breaks happened often.
After more research, I found the Lapco barrels. I read how they were made differently than most other barrels, and decided to get one myself after reading a review on PPS brass barrels vs Lapco.
I purchased the Lapco Autospirit, which is .687. I chose the Autospirit in anticipation of shooting Dynasty Paint. I had emailed GAP, and asked about the boresize. They recomended a .687 barrel to avoid roll-out.
For my test, I used 3 month old WPN Elixir. At the chrono, speeds were almost as consistent as the PPS brass. Accuracy was very straight up and down. During a day of play, I went through about 400 rounds. It performed very consistently just like at the chrono. I had one break, but only knew about it when I went to put on my barrel cover. So, I took a few shots to check it out, and I was impressed when most of the shots went straight with only slight curve balls every few shots. None of the barrels I have ever tried (see the list above) performed this well.
Cleaning was easy. Just one pull through with a pull-through squeege-swab tool and it was mirror finish clean again. Porting was easily wiped clean with a soft cloth.
If you own a cocker, or closed bolt marker, I highly recommended this barrel.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, April 6th, 2008 at 4:10 pm PST