A-5 with egrip, double trigger, lapco 8in bead blasted barrel
Medium bore size balls work fine!
Makes gun Compact
What more could you want?
Loud-does it really matter?
This is a really good barrel, I have mine Bead blasted which takes away the shinny look which matches the A-5 pretty good, but costs about $5 extra. Great for the Price, especially if you are just looking for a decent upgrade for playing around with friends in woodsball/speedball. I really don't understand why people give it a lower rating just because of the loudness, once you shoot no matter how quiet people are gonna spot you out. I prefer the 7.5in (same as 8in) over the 12in because I like to stay more compact, some people like the 12in though because they say it helps them aim better, so its up to you, but it doesn't really matter.
Great barrel, something every player should have! Come on just buy it!
SIZE! I have no idea why everyone like long barrels nowadays. The 98c is a long marker so this is perfect for it. It's actually a tad shorter than the stock barrel. If you shoot a mag or something it would be really really short feeling-I think I'd run a 10 or 12 on a mag. This barrel is very accurate. VERY. I love it. It is quite loud though.
The end is drilled out oversize so the paintballs don't touch the bore after the porting. So you can't use a regular barrel plug with it. Not a big deal since most places require covers anyway.
Can't reccomend it more, best 98c barrel, unless you like long barrels. The only other short barrels I could find was the blackpoint barrels.
12" Lapco Big Shot, Stock Tippmann 98 custom barrel
Tippmann 98 Custom, Reactive Trigger, Lapco Big Shot 8" Barrel, NW 8" Drop Forward with on/off, Revolution 12 v Electronic Hopper w / x-board, 12 oz CO2 tank
Anything - Lapco Big Shot Barrels are not too picky
Short, Accurate, Quality Built
Kind of Loud
After reading the other reviews on this barrel, I decided to get one for myself. I was skeptical at first because of its short length but when I actually got the barrel on my gun, I was very impressed. The 8" barrel is shockingly accurate. I tested it against my 12" Big Shot and it is as accurate from close to medium distance. I don't play on a very large field so I don't need the extra distance that a longer barrel would provide. This barrel looks great on my marker, the finish matches pretty well. If you want a barrel that is not too long, get this barrel. You won't be dissapointed.
Excellent product. Get this barrel if you don't want a barrel that is really long. It is very accurate and looks great. What more can you ask for?
GTA expansion chamber
Toxic performance 2x trigger
Full Boar Shadow
And some slight trigger tweaking(its pretty light)
its not too picky.....medium bore i use super swirl and dusk usually
extremely compact and short
not as accurate as other longer barrels.
For the 98c a barrel is an absolute must so i decided to go with this very compact little bueaty. It improved my game a crapload. The tippmann stock barrel shoots about as straight as i can piss which isnt very straight. I really recomend to a person who doesnt like having a really damn long barrel. Im not very tall so i didnt want a long ass barrel hanging to the ground.
Buy this u wont be dissapointed i like it alot. It is much better on the A5 than it is on the custom in my opinion but it didnt deter me from getting it. Really good price too.
Aesthatical match for A-5
quality of finish
My version of the barrel is glossy, I would prefer bead blasted
Fantastic choice if you are looking for a good balance of accuracy, and maneuverability.
I've heard some people claiming that it is very loud. I compared it with stock for A-5, custom and Dye Excel for 98 cust. - It is somehow louder, but not at the point where it would get you in trouble (unmask your position,...) Paintball is a close proximity game, so loudness of the source of fire is not as much of an issue as it is in a real combat (trust me).
On the other hand - it is very accurate. I was zeroing my BSA red dot with this barrel and let me tell you what could I do with it coupled with BSA:
I used Draxxus Inferno and Dusk (yes, Dusk. I can not practice wtih $70 pballs).
At 50 ft I can hit the 12 ounce plastic bottle from the first shot.
At ~80 ft. I can hit the same bottle 80-90% of the time. I can definitely hit the helmet.
At ~105 ft. I can hit the helmet 50% of the time. Using red dot with some manual elevation compensation I could hit the water pipe (6") at some 110-120" once out of two or three trials. This is as far I went during my target practice.
I also practiced with mechanical sights and results were very encouraging. I did not measure exact distances, but at some 80-100 ft I could hit the 10-20" tree trunk 70%+ of the time.
If you like Tippmann A-5 or 98 custom. if you like to play fast, move, crawl and attack and still be accurate at 30-90 ft distances then you need this product. I can not think of anything better.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, September 17th, 2003 at 6:30 pm PST
8 inch lapco bigshot
20 oz. CO2
medium bore paintballs
loud (if you like loud)
none.unless you don't like loud barrels
longer isn't always better and this barrel proves that statement. this barrel is just as accurate the 14 inch at close to medium ranges. at longer ranges the 14 inch is a little bit more accurate. the price is great also. in my opinion this is the best looking barrel for the A5. with the A5, stock, fake suppressor, and fake mag it looks almost like an MP5.
buy this barrel. you won't regret it. don't let the size keep you fom buying it. i hope my review helps you in your decision.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, August 11th, 2004 at 12:14 am PST
people say it's loud, I honestly don't think it's that bad
It's short and sweet. Slap this on your A5 and you have a tasty looking marker with awesome accuracy.
Since it's so short, your turning radius is much better then the average 12 incher. In fact, it's shorter then the stock barrel.
Don't let the size fool you though, it's accuracy is as good as it's longer bretheren. So get this with a big smile.
If you must get a medium bore barrel, get this. You won't be disappointed.
BSA red dot
Anything not crappy
-Looks great (with fake lapco suppressor, looks awesome)
-nice report (loud, if you like a nice mean sound)
-loud (if you don't like loud)
I wanted a nice short barrel that was still VERY accurate. If you take slow shots, you can put one on top of the other. Rapid fire with the RT gives you a nice little spread. This is definately my favorite barrel, but I tend to use the J&J in my backyard since its 10X quieter than the bigshot. (Dont want to PO the neighbors.)
Sentinel TS Red/Black Fade
Stock at the moment (just got it)
- Length. This barrel looks/feels good on an A5, which is what I used it on.
- Pretty much anything that an aftermarket barrel has to offer, it beats the crap out of the stock barrel of the A5, but it's not better than the stock on some guns.
It's not as accurate as other barrels
This barrel is nice if you want something to make your gun compact, but there are much better barrels out there. I guess the novelty of this barrel is that its so short, and it has quality construction, but as I said before - not the best for the money.
Lapco Bigshot 12", 32 Degrees Carbon Fiber, Tippmann Flatline. Lapco barrels have been my favorite by far. Best price and most accurate.
Stock A-5 with 8" Lapco Bigshot for indoor duty.
Marbelizer, All-Star, Diablo Blaze,
*Short length looks cool on the gun.
*Good in-door barrel for tight spaces.
*Only bad thing I can think of is that as with any short barrel, it is loud.
Excellent price, excellent accuracy. If you can only afford one barrel, I would recommend the 12" Lapco Bigshot. I bought this barrel for playing in a warehouse we have permission to play in in my hometown. The short barrel is great for the tight corners, hallways, stairwell, offices, etc. I highly recommend it.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, January 28th, 2005 at 5:03 am PST