The APEX2 Barrel System has again redefined how paintball is played. The new stealth look of the APEX2 Barrel will provide you with unmatched distance and accuracy enabling you to hit targets that you thought were unhittable before. The adjustable ramp switch now comes with 9 levels of control to customize your level of curve and spin, from no spin to unbelievable. The APEX2 also allows you to disassemble the barrel without tools for easy maintenance.
The APEX2 like the original APEX barrel can still produce long ball distance shots, shots that “drop down from the heavens”, left and right curve balls, and with its re-designed internal section allow for longer- flatter trajectory shots with the twist of the barrel. Opponents can run but can’t hide with the new APEX2 from Empire Battle Tested.
Adjustable ramp switch for desired level of curve
Nine adjustment spin positions to hit your target, including spin
Durable aluminum construction
Toolless disassembly for easy maintenance
Left and right hook, drop shot, and long flat trajectory shots with the twist of the barrel
Available in 14″ and 18″ Lengths in Barrel Threads-BT-4/A-5, Autococker, and Model 98
The Empire Apex 2 is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
Medium to High quality paintballs. DO NOT USE CHEAP PAINT, ITS OBVIOUS IT WILL BREAK WITH ANY BARREL; EVEN THE BEST.
Easy to Clean
Limited Ball Breakage
Rubber in barrel tip easily damaged
Only comes in 14" and 18"
First I would like to add that my experience with the first Empire Apex Barrel system was not a positive one. I actually only used it once and I completely destroyed the rubber insert because, quite frankly, I am an idiot. I took and gamble and purchased the Apex 2 Barrel System and here is how I feel about it:
#1 - The new sleek, low-profile look is great if your looking to add that authentic, real look to your paintball marker.
#2 - I know now that the rubber insert located in the barrel tip is very sensative to rubber squeegies. So, from my past experience with the first Apex Barrel, I know now to use a cloth or micro-fiber squeegie in place of the rubber one.
#3 - The barrel's accuracy is well above average. I easily shoot 100 feet with no problems hitting my target. The barrel does have the accuracy to hit objects up to 200 feet, but the chances of being it breaking are slim to none. I would give it a max accurate range of about 125 feet; which for me is perfect (I'm a run and gun kind of player).
#4 - I like to have a 12" barrel. So I was a bit disappointed when I found out the barrel only came in 14" and 18". After using it a couple times, I have got use to the length.
#5 - JUST BE CAREFUL OF THE RUBBER INSERT. Again, from my experience, I have easily damaged the rubber insert in the barrel tip using a rubber squeegee. So, again, I urge all owners of this barrel to use only CLOTH or MICRO-FIBER Sqeegies.
***Overall, a great barrel to own - 9/10***
I recommend this barrel for anyone looking to improve their paintball guns accuracy. Also if you like to shoot around, down and under things, this is a must have paintball barrel. The only real issue I have with this barrel is the rubber insert in the tip of the barrel; it is easily damaged if you do not use the right squeegie (NO RUBBER squeegie, use cloth or micro-fiber). Also, I a bit disappointed there isn't a shorter barrel available (say 12"). Overall, this is a great barrel and again I recommend this to anyone looking to improve there marker.
Balls fly straight
Long range shots
Cheaper than the Flatline
None so far
I have tried the original Apex barrel and it was good. I just bought the Apex 2 this weekend and tried it.. Man it is great for my X7 Phenom. I set my gun at full auto and the balls were always on point. I still have to try the curve shots, but as long as my shots are straight and I can hit people from afar, that what matters to me.
I had the flatline, but it was super picky with paint. And it took forever to try and hone the shots right. I was frustrated and I sold the flatline. With the money I got from the sale, I bought the Apex 2. If I would have known it, I would have just bought the Apex 2 in the first place and saved $30.
Look... if you want to save some money and still have the same, if not, better capabilities than the Flatline barrel, get the Apex 2. If you don't mind paying extra and get frustrated trying to set your gun... get a Flatline. Overall, the Apex 2 is a great buy and a great add on for my X7. I believe many of you will agree with me.
Apex 2 barrel
20 oz co2 tank
14 oz co2 tank
20 oz co2 tank
14 oz co2 tank
Oh yea, and half a dozen ghetto mods :)
anything that you don't buy from walmart
Easy to dissassemble
Rubber pad (see discription)
I just got this barrel today and I think it's great! I shot a hopper through it and it's abilities are amazing! If you are thinking about getting this barrel, go ahead and get it, this is no gimmic, it really can curve those paintballs; and to think I almost got a J&J! I did have about 5 breaks on the rubber pad, but I'm using old paint stored in my gun, so that's probably why. I also noticed that there are scratches and a small dent on the rubber pad but they don't mess up performance so I'm not worrying about it. I am going to monitor that and edit this if it becomes a problem though.
I was expecting the curve to help a little, but on level 9 I saw the paintball spin around the corner of my house from the front yard and hit a target in the middle of my backyard. The flatline feature (level 4-6) seems extremely helpful too. the line of fire really is extremely flat, no more worrying about aiming higher or lower. I was hitting the tergets I set up over and over again from different ranges. Although it is tough to aim (I'm getting used to it), I did land a bunch on the top of the bunker by turning the Apex tip upside down.
If your barrel keeps unscrewing from your marker (like my a5), you can stretch an oring (I used a black tank oring) over the end of your barrel where the threads are. That way when you screw it in the oring squezes in between the barrel and your gun, it completely solved that problem for me!
for $45 it's worth it, it;s more accurate than the tippmann A5 stock barrel. It really works and looks cool, and is much more durable than the original Apex barrel. I'd choose it over a J&J any day! (My brother has a J&J Ceramic barrel so I do know what I'm comparing this to)
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 12:08 pm PST