Improved accuracy, good grouping, noise reduction.
Time to match your balls not being able to shoot thru a break.
I play alot of woodsball. being in alaska provides great terrain. I have used tippman products for 10 years or so and found them reliable as a stock marker. i recently acquired the barrels through a guy selling his a-5. the price was right. i knew nothing about them and am impressed with the improvement. i look forward to trying other types but for my buck i am pleased. i upgraded 2 more barrel tips to try in an arena and sniping. i never knew what differences aftermarket upgrades bring. These barrels and markers have performed admirably in the field. my regular buddys are impressed and looking to try Empire barrels on their markers. Also a slightr noise reduction helps in woods ball so the enemies dont lock on your position too fast
The kits are older and cheap in price compared to some barrels which are a hundred bucks or more. the kit can be upgraded and being able to match paint decreases breaks and loss of co2 This is worth trying. you get a good bang for your buck. try it if you dont like it sell it on ebay or something.
Tippmann 98 Custom
Empire 7 Piece Barrel Kit
WGP Ergo Regulator
Shocktech Front Bolt
Hit Mann Stainless Hardware
Match paint size
Cheaper than most kits
The two smallest backs don't work with Tippmann 98 Customs.
THE PROBLEM I DISCUSS IS A MARKER-SPECIFIC ISSUE. IT DOES NOT REFLECT THE PERFORMANCE OF ANYTHING EXCEPT TIPPMANNS.
When I first got the barrel kit I obviously wanted to try it out. I had small paint so I used the smallest insert which had the best fit. I noticed a major decrease in velocity and noise and that my response trigger wouldn't work. When I used my other barrel (Smartparts Teardrop), it worked fine. So after some confusion I figured out that the front bolt (the piece of plastic that pushes the paintball into the barrel) was too big for the small bore of the barrel. The two smallest barrel backs actually. I remidied this by filing down an extra front bolt that I now use for the two smallest backs, while I will use the Shocktech Delrin aftermarket front bolt for the other backs.
Empire could have at least tested their product with all the markers it was intended for. That is poor.
But other than that is is definately well made and accurate. The case is awesome.
Other than that problem the barrel kit is great. Made well. I would recommend it for anyone who wants an excellent kit for the money. If you have a Tippmann just be prepared to file down your front bolt if you want to use the two smallest backs. But that shouldn't be a problem for other guns since they're all made differently.
5 - average
So I'm giving it a 6 for the sweet case.
SP ION with QEV
REDZ BOLT, ASA, and Camlock
Any that are good and round
Multiple backs easy for matching paint. Especially with numbers engraved in. Quiet and accurate.
Easily scratched, but other than that nothing
I like this kit I picked it up from a buddie with all the backs and all the fronts for a little less than the new price so I'm happy with it. It's quiet and accurate and a good kit for someoen that dosn't want to spend an outrages amount on a kit. I like it better than the freak b/c of simple ease of use.
If you've got a low budget and high expectations this is the kit for you.
smart parts non-vision impulse
-shocktech supafly bolt
-ndz blade trigger
-smart parts lpr
PROS->ACCURACY-this is easily the most accurate barrel i have ever used
2 PIECE- no third peice to dent
6 BORES- there are six different bore sizes
CONS->BREAKS- it doesn't shoot through breaks very well
O-RINGS- i went to take the two pieces apart and they wouldn't budge. I had too use 2 wretches to get them apart(put belts between them and barrel so it didn't get scratched) you have to be really careful not to put them together too tight. Not a big deal though. Then there is no o-ring on any of the backs so they come loose every once in a while. Not a big deal though I just took the one from my progressive.
This is a great barrel. I would recomend this barrel to anyone.
jt protium(this is what i oput the kit on) empire 7 piece, egg2
it doesnt really matter anything that has a round shape and wont break
Looks, accuracy, light, 6 backs 1 tip.
I first played with this about a week ago and i was pretty impressed. I shot a guy out on the left 50 on the first shot, so I was pretty impressed right away. There are 6 backs and 1 tip as I said in the strengths, which is nice if you like precision(come on who doesn't?)
I think it's a great kit overall, the only thing is you must have the bore cloesly matched to the paint or it's not perfect accuracy. I give it a nine because nothing is perfect
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, November 26th, 2006 at 8:32 am PST
Accurate, quite, and you can get it for a cheap price if u shop around
If you get a new gun you would need an adapter or something
First of all i bought a Spyder shutter for cheap from my friend. then he wanted me to buy his freak hit for $150. So i tried it out for a couple of games and it was really sweet but i didn't have that much cash to buy it so i went online and found the empire 7 piece for $60 at Actionvillage.com. so i ordered it and 3 days later it got here and i have got to say that the case for it is sweet along with all of the backs. so i tried it out and it was fricken quiet and super accurate so i don't know what all the other people are sayin that it sucks. Overall for the price it was a great deal. You have to buy it!
The barrel is quiet, accurate, good looking, durable, and for the price it was a sweet deal.
14" Teardrop - Teardrop doesn't have changable backs, but its still a good barrel. The kit is still much better.
Flatline - Flatline has better range, but the kit has better accuracy.
Tippmann 98 Custom
Flatine,14in. Teardrop, Empire 7-piece kit, Vertical Adapter, AIM Shock Regulator, BT Double Trigger Kit, Viewloader 12V Revolution, Penspring Mod, Polished Internals, Rocket Cock II, AIM Skyforce Drop and On/Off, Daisy Red-Dot Sight, 47ci 3000psi Crossfire N2 Tank
Its a kit, so it doesn't matter too much. Just make sure your paint isn't severly dimpled, and you're good.
Cost ($60 at ActionVillage.com)
Mirror finish interior backs and front
(After about a case of paint)
Accuracy: I went through about a case of marbalizers with the kit, and wow... I was amazed. I must have kept a shot pattern of about a 3 inch diameter at 100 feet. My reg was a little jumpy because I had to radically change the pressure that day to get under 300 fps, but the barrel still kept good accuracy.
Look: The polished black goes really good with my gun. The Empire emblem, along with the bore size, is milled into the side of the backs. Once you screw in the barrel, the bore size ends up on the bottom, so all you see is a wicked cool looking barrel.
Front: The 14" tip that comes in the kit is really more like 15", but that doesn't matter to me. Just thought I'd let you all know. If you have a problem with the length, you can just buy another tip. I checked the threads on all of my backs, and they fit really good. I screwed the front into all of the backs to check it too, and it fit like a glove into all of them.
Price: The price alone deserves its own paragraph. I spent $75 on the kit including tax and upgraded shipping. The Pipe and Freak both cost about $150, so right there you have a 50% savings. This barrel is worth every single penny.
This is an incredible kit. If you want to milk all of the accuracy out of your gun with every size paint you can find (and do it without taking out a loan) buy this today.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, June 14th, 2006 at 12:36 pm PST
-Smart Parts Progressive Barell
-Ion Stock Barell
-Dye Ultralite Barell
-Smart Parts Ion
-Pure Energy 47/3000 psi
-Empire 11 Piece Barell Kit Set
-CP Micro Drop
-Check It Uni-Mount
-Soon to be Virtue Board
ANY... there are 6 backs
Please read my review....... thanks....
Please read my review....... thanks....
-6 different bore size backs
-5 different fronts (10", 12", 14", 16", 18")
-Paintballs fit so nice
aright... so this sick barell kit is nice looking .... alings perfectly... and with all the reviews i have read.... i love it. Although i havent tried shooting balls out of the barell ( i shot a few of them by using my breathe... lol) ,..... the fit in the barell is nice... your balls will never roll out.... plus its empire... and... plus... i got my kit with already 5 different fronts so all the space in the bag are accomodated... ehhehe.... and got it for a cheap price....$100 bux for an 11 piece set :D:D
none.... ill edit this review as soon as im able to shoot balls out of my barells.... SWEET!!!
Not really a weakness but i would like it if it where colors
Very good il give it a 9.5/10, Accurate, sleek design, easy to maintain. cool case and ver customizable :) I shot it in my backyard and it was great, i shot it wit only a back and it shot as far as the 16 inch. Very quiet- very! and i like the empire design on all the back boor sizes and ps..
in the last review i saw someone write "Only one front" - i have 4 fronts.. maybe it can be a mishap in yours,...
pilot, evo2 y-board, ccm clamping feedneck, 20oz co2 antisiphoned,
any paintballs will work because you can change bore sizes, i use monster balls
-Not a million holes for porting
-Good smooth finish inside
I got this barrel kit as a Christmas gift, at first it didn't seem like anything special but then again i was new too paintball (and still am a noob) so i didn't understand the different bore sizes. with this you can use practically any paintball, get a perfect or very close too it paint/barrel match. it shoots great, looks great, the case is very fancy, never had a ball break, and most importantly it doesn't have porting all the way down the barrel just at the top.
i would recommend this product to anyone who is in the market for a new barrel the price is great, 7 different bore sizes so you can get almost a dead on paint/barrel match. It looks good and most importantly shoots very accurately.