Smart Parts Proggressive 16" barrel
PMI coiled remote w/slide check
20 oz CO2
NXE 4+1 harness
No barrel breaks
Hard to clean end porting
When i went to my local shop to pick up a new barrel for my A5, i was hoping to walk out with a JJ ceramic barrel. They said they weren't getting any for a month, and showed me this one. They had it in 16 inches, and it cost about the same, plus i had a game tomorow and didn't want to use the stock barrel so i bought it. I can tell you now im not dissapointed.
First off, i have the old one (2005) and it looks pretty darn cool as far as barrels go. It is also very noticably quiet. Me and my friends had a competition to see whos was the quietest. We all had A5's and 98cs. This came in 2nd to a stiffi on an A5 (its not [i]that[/] quiet), and was quieter than a JJ ceramic on a 98c, which is a quieter gun. As well as being quiet, i have put a whole case of paint through this barrel, and not a single ball has broken. As long as you have a good paint match, this thing will shoot all of the balls in the same direction, and that direction will be right where you are aiming at, not 20 ft to the right like with some crappy barrels.
The one negative is that i have heard that it is hard to clean the portings if you break a ball, but as long as you keep your barrel clean, theres nothing that is going to break it.
I give this a 10 because it is all pros and no cons as long as you maintain it properly and buy good, quality paint for it. I strongly recomend Xball, it is a great bore match
Tippmann 98 custom with:
Smart Parts Progresive 16"
Tapco T6 butt stock
Cyclone feed system
Low profile Butler Creek cap(realy a scope cap)
JT woods ball paintballs
It is quiet,cheap,strong,and just nice.
Colors it comes in and how hard it is to clean the muzzle break.
Ok this barrel I have had for a while and here is what the good things are.
1.it is very cheap
2.it is very accurate with the right paint
3.it is very quiet
4.it is very sturdy
Now here are the bad things.
1.The colors it comes in. I went through about 5 pb sites just to find the dust black one.
2.It takes FOREVER to clean the muzzle brake. I stuck the barrel in my bathtub and sprayed it down and after a minute or two the paint finally came off.
This is a good barrel if you don't have enough money for a more expensive barrel.
Black Six Position Stock
Opsgear M82A1 Shroud
Opsgear M82A1 Mag KIt
20" Smart Parts Progressive Barrel
PMI Big Ball
Doesnt shoot well when cold
I got this barrel in January and i went to play and it was breaking everyball. So i stopped and played a couple days later and it was about 45 and it was shooting like a Dream. I was shooting at about 140 feet and hitting within a three inch radius every time. Seems like ROF decreases because of length but it doesn't really.
So over all it is a great barrel that is extremely accurate but doesn't like the cold. It is a great affordable upgrade.
I think that this is a pretty good barrel I just used it for the first time last weekend and it worked perfectly I got 2 people out the first game right away. So if you need a new barrel and need something that is pretty good then I suggest that you get this barrel.
I think that this is a all together good barrel I think you should go right now and go get it.
stock tippmann barrel, teardrop, j and j ceramic, flatline
tippmann custom pro w response trigger
smartparts 14 inch progressive barrel
vl revolution loader with xboard
shocktech superfly bolt
rocket cock 2
i use marballizers but pmi superswirls also work great
Acccurate, price, fairly light, rifling, shoots it self clean well
Sometimes hard to clean the porting.
I got this barrel for 35 dollars and didnt really expect much. my first impression was that the barrel was rifled. so i screwed it in and took it out to the field. fires very consistantly. extremely accurate for the price, shots itself clean pretty well, and was quieter than i expected. after playing with it for many games i realized the only problems with it is when a ball breaks some paint gets stuck in the porting, not a big deal or anything but never the less it was kind of hard to get out, and the second problem is the length but that is my fault, i bought a 14 inch and i drag it on the ground all the time.
Overall an awesome barrel. great for any player who wants cheap performance that is remarkably better then their stcok barrel.
Cheap(I got it new for $8), accurate, helps make the gun more compact
Doesn't self clean very well
I got this barrel after playing one day with the stock barrel and not being able to anything. I found this barrel new on eBay for $8 so I jumped on it. I noticed a huge difference in accuracy after installing this new barrel, now my balls didn't curve tp the left all the time. I used a bucket as a target and was able to get a spread of only a few inches at about 120ft.
I think this is a great barrel for anybody who wants an accurate marker without spending a lot of money.
This is the only barrel I've used other than stock
-BP Folding Stock
-Tip Exp. Chamber
-SP 14" Progressive Barrel
-Home-made mods out the wazoo
Quiet, Cheap, Reasonable accuracy
Finish has chipped, But chalk that up to human error.
This is a great barrel for the price (I paid $35). A big jump in performance from the stock barrel, and my quiet gun is the envy of the rest of the guys.
Could be maybe a tad more accurate; but as far as running around the woods is concerned, ths barrel does the trick. I've made some great shots with it; shots that I know would have been comprimised by the Tip stock barrel. And again, its very quiet.
I've managed to put a few dings in it, like the time I fell and dropped it on the train tracks. The damage has always been superficial, though.
And to boot, I can't even remember the last time I had a barrel break with this piece.
Great barrel. I'm sure there are better ones out there, but you won't see me saving up for them.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, April 28th, 2006 at 9:54 pm PST
A-5 Stock Barrel (S*** Compared)
M98 Stock Barrel (Way Worse)
All American (To the untrained eye, me, seemed only a bit better)
12 Inch Smart Parts Progressive Barrel
Palmer's Male Regulator
Pure Energy 20oz A/S CO2 Tank With On/Off Valve
Pure Energy 12oz CO2 Tank With On/Off Valve (Only Use With Stock To Lower Weight)
BT Solid Combat Stock (Throws Up Thinking Of The Money I Wasted)
Ghetto Gold 90 Deegree Elbow
Any as-long as it is not bigger bore then the barrel's bore. I have never broken a ball in the barrel. Only time I have ever had paint in my barrel is when my cyclone feed snaps really low quality paint from my home field (I mean paintballs that are like two connected or odd shaped)
Not Self Cleaning
Hard To Clean Porting
Well, I got this barrel for 29$. At that price not much can beat it. Very economical. It does circles around the A-5 stock barrel. It is a different world with this over a stock barrel. I got a 12" because I play mostly speedball and close combat type games. I would never go beyond a 14" on ANY barrel. Also Its finish matched that of the bead blasted A-5 nearly. Looks very good on it. You can remove the Smart Parts logo if you wish. I did. Its not to noisy but a lot of the noise made has to do with the operating pressure of an gun. The barrel does reduce the noise by a lot. The All American seems to be less noisy though. Those are the positive aspects of this barrel. But it does have a few flaws. For starters it is not self cleaning. I have only ever gotten paint in my barrel because it was chopped by my cyclone. But it really messed up my accuracy. If you get paint in the porting it is hard to get out. I use q-tips to clean them out. Other then that I have no problems with this barrel at all.
Good buy if your on a tight budget. There are better barrels but this does get the job done for a cheap price. I recomend it to any rec player.
Shocktech Super Fly Delrin Bolt - New Designz Feed Neck - AKA Tornado Valve - Check-It Assault Block - Sun Dragon Snap Dragon Trigger Dark Horizons Titanium Hammer - 32 Degrees Spring Kit - CP Razor Drop Forward - Checkit Uni-Mount
32 Degrees 0-600 Gauge - Palmer Stabilizer Regulator - Smart Parts 14" Progressive Barrel
Crossfire 47/3000 HPA Tank - View Loader Revolution 12v Hopper - Dye Stickies
Evil Omen 2.0
Dye Boomstick .688 with Black 12" and 16" Fronts - Nitroduck 68/4500 HPA Tank - 32 Degrees Coiled Remote Line - View Loader VLocity Hopper
Easy To Clean
Balls Sometimes Break Near Porting
I've been using this a 14" Progressive on my Spyder for a year now. I've had plenty of time to use it in almost every type of game play. This is a great barrel for the price. I've found its fairly easy to clean and the finish and durability are good. I'm not a major fan of its looks, but thats a personal thing. I've found it breaks balls near the porting form time to time, although this could be due to ball to barrel fit. I believe the bore is .689 and most paint I shoot is about .687-.688 in diameter. Overall performance is good. Heres how I'd rate it.
Smart Parts Ion
viewloader revy with x-board
Jt Slammer pack
Let me start off by saying that this is not the barrel i thought it was, i went out, shot about half a hopper, fine nice accuracy, no problems. but when i loaded another 15 rounds into it, i shot to see how acurate it actually was, well, my barel looked like green pea soup. i had about 9 barrel breaks in a row, so i was dissapointed.