This product is actually extremely good. It's durable, very well made. It looks great and can be very intimidating. The finish is nice and matches most marker paintjobs and it just slips onto pretty much any barrel without modification. Easy to install. All around, it's a very good product, but it could be better.
The front ring (the solid plastic ring with the center line ridge) tends to fall out. I know, because mine has several times. I wound up having to wrap black hockey tape around it a couple of times to keep it in place. The rear ring isn't universal. If the barrel has any kind of a flange, like a Proto barrel for example, the ring won't pass over it. I solved this by cutting hte ring in one spot so it can open up. They might want to think about that as a standard piece.
Where the problem comes in is customer service. It's EXTREMELY poor. They don't return e-mails, act like you're disturbing them with petty issues if ytou call. It's VERY poor customer service.
This review would've gotten a much higher rating if the customer service was better. I consider the product, the comany and it's way of dealing with it's customers when reviewing a product. Mainly because at some point you may have to call customer service and a product is only as good as it's support.
-Specops, Dogleg air through stock
-TechT, Vortex mod, Q.E.P.H., Squishy paddles
-Madd Dog spring kit
-JCS, Red Hot Power Tube
-Specops Flattop rail w/ Marker Sight Red Dot
-Specops A2 Foregrip
-J&J Ceramic Barrel 12''
-LAPCO, Fake Suppressor Shroud
Makes look gun look AMAZING!
None. Maybe the fact that it doesn't really suppress?! (MINOR)
Anyone who wants to improve the asthetics of their gun, could very easliy do so with this mod! With my set up, everything flows and just looks right. I've never purchased anything from LAPCO, but if this fake suppressor were to be the foundation of my opinion of all their products; I must say at the end of the day I'm extremely IMPRESSED! Solid design, I love the fact that the product screws in and isn't some cheap as cover or slide on! Installation was a little tricky, but after thinking a bit harder and actually reading the instructions, it was on and where I wanted it in about 15 mins! Does add a little weight to the front of the barrel, but that's minor too. The few people who've seen it love it! I'd give LAPCO a 10 out of 10 on this one! Must get!!!
I would go with this product, especially if you're trying to obtain a mil-slim look! Solid in design and construction. Nothing sketchy about it at all!
Not a bad accessory at all, if you're looking for a full milsim look, then this is what you want.
The suppressor is strictly for looks, it doesn't make the marker silent. I've been asked by both my friends and other players if it's real and where do they get one, so if anything, you gain some respect on the field from other players.
The strengths of the part are that the set screws are actually plastic, so it doesn't scratch the barrel at all, and that it's very durable. Also, it looks wicked if you have an assault rifle or sniper setup.
There are a little more weaknesses on it than I would have though. One is that it doesn't silence the marker, if anything, it makes it louder because it will usually cover the portholes on the barrel, which was the case with my BT-4. On longer barrels, it throws the balance off a little. And finally, other than looks, there's no real function.
I'll give this an 8, it's a great accessory to have if you love milsim, but it's not really that functional.
98 custom,20"J&J Ceramic,Maddman springs,Ben Tippmann Sealed Bolt System,Psycho ballistics star fire bolt,Dye Stickies 3,DOP aluminum power tube,Cyclone feed,darkHorizon Titanium lite Hammer,Palmer Pursuit Regulator,Special Ops Fixed stock,Bob Long mini gauge,Pro-Team Tac Cap,Lapco Mock suppresor
Very well built,all aluminum constuction.
Trial and error on installation,does not silence(silencer = jail)
I got this a while back (sorry for the delay) this is a good product as it does give your marker a mil sim look(its not a necessity).If you are looking to mil sim your marker its great(like my Custom 98 I went for the SR-25 look and so far I believe I have achieved it).
Now for the strengths,its rugged makes it a good piece(all aluminum) which means it will take some abuse,its priced fairly well for having so many competitors,Looks freaking awsome.
Now the Cons,Trial and error to install,you have to make many adjustments(got mine on the third try),Does NOT reduce report(no fault of LAPCO).
Great piece if you a going milsim but not a neccesity,great looking piece well built.
None. Not much for cosmetic upgrades, but what the heck...$35 isn't that bad.
Tippman A5/A2 32* 14" Carbon Fiber Barrel, BT raised rail, BSA red dot and stovepipe offset.
Its very durable as is my impression with my other Lapco purchases.
None really as long as you know what you are buying.
So, numerous folks in the groups I play with have spent $$$ in cosmetic upgrades, but I don't have the disposable cash to play that game. My A5 has the A2 spec ops kit (which, believe it or not, was a functional upgrade) that kind of gives the marker a bit of a sniper/commando look. Except that bare barrel at the end. The suppressor really makes the look for this kit/marker. With the item installed, it covers the porting on my barrel, however, there is an inch or so clearance from the barrel to the supressor.
I first thought that any sound eminating from the porting would echo within the hollowed chamber of the supressor, thus causing an increase in volume. However, I'm pleasantly surprised that just the opposite has taken place...or at least from the perspective of those playing with me. Its not day and night, but noticeable. Of course, this could be placebo from the look/effect of the installed component. I do have a dB meter that I should at least experiment with to confirm or deny any volume differences before stating such info as fact.
But again...I didn't buy the item with the intention of actually silencing my marker's report. It was mearly a cosmetic upgrade and succeeds well at that.
Installation was pretty basic. Remember to use a few wraps of electrical/vinyl tape when attaching any items to the barrel. It not only helps to keep any blemishes down, it helps secure your rings as well.
I think it looks great with my A5/A2 kit. Not too costly and it may or may not affect the sound of your marker. I guess it really depends on the barrel. But you shouldn't be buying it for any other reason then a cosmetic upgrade...in which case, it does an excellent job
10 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 at 4:50 pm PST
PE Remote w/ Slide Check
PE 14 CO2
OpsGear G36C Grip, Rail and Stock
Bushnell 1x30mm Trophy red dot sight
Seals Action Gear single point sling
Knights Armament Company Vertical Fore Grip
Smart Parts All American 18" 2-piece
Lapco Fake Suppressor
Won't scratch your barrel, thanks to plastic contact points.
It's just for looks.
Weight/balance may be a factor on long barrels.
Lapco has a solid reputation for well constructed aftermarket parts, so I figured I'd give the Fake Suppressor a try.
The Suppressor came to me in a long ziplock bag, containing the shroud, mounting threads, sizing adapters, and allen wrench. The bag was torn, but everything was in there. Notable is a lack of instructions. While the whole setup is fairly straightfoward, it would be nice to know what the other two adapters were for.
The set up took two tries, but that was an oversight on my part for failing to take into account the depth of the threads once the shroud was screwed on. Total time: 10 minutes.
Construction is top notch. The barrel is machined aluminum. Lapco put some thought into the design. For ported barrels, like my All American, the mounting threads on the rear of the suppressor are vented, allowing airflow and therefore you'll still have functional porting once your suppressor is mounted.
All in all a solid product, even if it is just mil-sim window dressing.
Opsgear's plastic 1911 suppressor (which is now discontinued)
Tippmann A-5, E-grip, stock 200 round hopper, East Gate Design offset hopper adapter, Opsgear's collapsible M-4 stock, Operater 16" barrel, M-4 handguard, a modified Rap4 integrated front-sight, M-4/M-16 clip as fore grip, Tasco raiser mount, Tasco A3 carry handle/sight-rail, Tasco carry handle scope mount, Tasco red-dot scope, Ariakon tac-light, E-Z sling (od), desert camoflaged the handguard, grip, and stock, Opsgear's Raider remote kit, and of course Lapco's fake suppressor
Is very high quality. Has a true design and is made very smooth.
It's not as easy to srew on as I would like it to.
Lapco suggests that you cover the same length of your barrel as its own length. If you turn up your A-5's volocity it will shoot even without having to put the suppressor's entire length over your barrel (it works for me). I like to buy suppressors not only for looks, but also because hallow silencers (that aren't fully covered over a barrel as its length) actual emit a small echo and makes your gun louder; this is good for scenerio play. Also, if you do cover the barrel as you're supposed to, you'll notice some noise reduction. So, you can use it to make you gun louder and quieter. I suggest Opsgear's sleeve kit, as to not scratch your barrel.
If you are a scenerio paintballer like me, this is a product you might want to consider (depending on what look you are going for) because of it's ability to screw on and off like a real silencer would. As for those who only play paintball for strict performance, this is just extra weight for you to run around with.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, October 30th, 2005 at 2:10 am PST
Raider hand guard + Raised Weaver Rail
Opsgear Mag kit, vertical front handle.
Screws on (authentic design)
Makes non-milsimers wet themselves.
It is not actually designed to silence the report (But it does help - see below)
I purchased this shroud through OPSGEAR and I have gotten nothing but pure joy from it.
The Supressor attaches to the barrel by screwing onto the barrel over a small, threaded ring. that is clamped to your barrel by three small set screws. It takes about seven or eight full turn to go from having the silencer completely off to completely on.
While it is not designed to quiet the report of the marker, it fits perfectly over the porting on my Evil Pipe kit, effectively directing any sound from the porting back at the user. (In other words, it made it quieter)
The fact that it looks amazing goes without saying, if you have any doubt, you can look at this: <http://shopping.netsuite.com/s.nl/c.322764/sc.22/categor y.837/.f>
Now I noticed people here complaining about the set screws scratching your barrel.
NO DUH. Any time there are set screws used in anything, you have the potential to scratch the contact point, ask anyone who has a ASA cradle setup. The manufacturer and the retailer that I purchased this product through both recomend using electrical tape before clamping on the threaded ring. I have about three different sets of set screws on my barrel (for the Raider shroud, supressor, etc...), so I have been in the practice of doing this for quite some time. I suppose they could have included a big neon sign with the supressor saying "USE ELECTRICAL TAPE", but beyond that they've done everything they could.
Ignorance is no exuse. If you don't know enough to put someting between the set screws and the contact point, you'll get whats coming to you. Nuff said.
If you're into milsim, get this.
If you like scaring the crap out of newbs and speedballers alike, get this.
If you've ever wanted to be 007, get this.
Easy to install, definitely has a "wow" effect on those who see it. Adds to the mil sim appearance of your marker if thats what you're going for. If you have a spec ops mil-sim grip you have to do some trimming to make it fit. My only gripe was they didnt include an allen wrench that fit the tiny screws that are in the adapter for it. I had to hunt through all my tools to find one. It also will add to the number of steps needed for you to remove your barrel in case you pop a ball.
Lapco makes really nice stuff and thus far I have been very impressed with everything I have purchased from them. Even though the suppressor doesnt officially work, I still would recommend it as something cheap and fun to do if you already have the Lapco 8'' bigshot barrell.
As I only bought the part to serve as a fingerguard, it is fantastic for that purpose. I mostly play woodsball, so for me it is a big help. Then I decided to go to a SmartParts Progressive barrel, and moved the suppressor to the tip of the barrel. Bad decision. At first I thought I got a defective barrel. No velocity adjustments helped. No grouping, no accuracy, and the faster you would shoot, the more scattered your pattern would be. I removed the barrel, and went back to the original Tippmann barrel. Improvement. Swapped it for the Big Shot - still good. Then I thought about it and put the Progressive back on without the suppressor. Every shot landed as predicted. Great pattern, seemed really happy around 275fps. Put the suppressor back towards the gun -- still good.
If you get this piece, it is a very nice-looking accessory. But, as you may have assumed already, it will not quiet anything down, aside from your buddies. People will ask you how quiet is your gun, or if it's legal, or if they can try your gun with it on. DON'T PUT IT OVER THE FLUTING OF YOUR BARREL - YOU WILL REGRET DOING SO, but by the time you realize it it will be too late. You will have scuffed the barrel.
I will give it a 9, since I feel that Lapco should have warned buyers about this issue.