stock barrels, tactical tippmann m-16 barrel, tippmann 16 inch barrel, bt ak 47 spyder barrel.
ACI Maverick with JJ Ceramic Barrel and 9 oz tank
MR1 with Tippmann hopper, trinity clamping feedneck, 16 inch Smart Parts progressive barrel, and 9 oz tank
rec sport works great. any paint that matches the barrel works well
Dirt cheap, really accurate, durable finish, good end-only porting, easy to clean.
It can be tough to play tight with( length),
I love this barrel. i originally got it for my MR1 so i could have a spare barrel. i use it all the time now. it is much more accurate than my stock barrel. the stock barrel could hit a 1 foot wide square all day long from 70 feet. the SP progressive barrel hits a 6 inch square all day long from 70 feet. i like this barrel because it has porting only in the end of the barrel. the accuracy is determined by how far the barrel goes without porting. the porting only helps reduce the pop at the end of the barrel. it also makes it easier to keep dirt out of the barrel, a regular barrel sock covers all of the porting while storing it. Anyways, this barrel works very well, i never barrel break with it and it shoots consistently. i reccommend it.
Smart Parts Ion
14" inch Smart Parts Progressive Barrel
Custom Product Regulator
Empire Reloader B Loader
Trinity Clamping Feed Neck
Smart Parts Ion Firebolt
68/4500 PSI Tank
Very Nice Looking
This barrel I've been using for quite awhile now. This barrel is extremely accurate (when you find the right paintballs). The price is reasonable. I got mine for $40 at my local paintball shop. Doesn't scratch and I'm usually sliding and diving on the paintball field. I got my moneys worth.
Get this barrel if your on a budget.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, December 15th, 2008 at 4:12 pm PST
I use diablo heat at fields and monster balls in the woods with my friends
Quiet compared to my previous barrels
Cheap (ebay stores sell for $20)
Nothing major, see review
The barrel is a great for not so much hurt on the wallet.
I got mine for $20 on a ebay store and i cant beat that.
It shoots darts and i have never seen a ball curve. ( exception this past weekend, but i shoved my barrel into a defective paint grenade when i slid behind a tree and i had to clean all the crusty paint out of the porting, so not really anyone's fault but mine.
The only minor details i can see are:
A slight (so small) difference in range
The thing about the smart parts logo not being straight, when the barrel is screwed in all the way the logos are almost above and below the barrel so smart parts kinda messed up there, but no biggie because the barrel still owns face.
For a mere $20 you triple your accuracy of the stock barrel and it is easily the best mid priced barrel out there without moving up to something like a Freak Kit. A 10 because of its great performance in its price and design catigory
98 Custom Pro stock barrel- ok, worse than this barrel
A-5 Stock barrel- also worse
Phantom Barrel - Obviously better (these are not mass produced)
Tippmann 98 Custom Pro
Cyclone feed system
Pure Energy 48/3000 HPA Tank
SC Black CCI Phantom
14" stock barrel
Rear Bucket changer
Stock class stick feed
Daisy electronic point sight
Drop Forward (Tippmann)
A-5 stock barrel
Almost any work well
Cheap, looks cool to some (not me), handles paint well
Lower quality, not as accurate as some
My friend has this barrel on his A-5 and it is not the best barrel I or he have used. His in particular has some defect that makes all balls curve a little left, but they are not that accurate anyway. However, my friend was able to shoot this terrible paint that was dimpled and not even round at a scenario, somehow he did not break balls in his barrel at the frequency of mine (his broke 3-5 in the day, he shot a case), and lucky him, his cyclone was not made into a blender while mine was.
There are better barrels out there for the same price, and still better barrels. It is an upgrade for most low end stock barrels.
-SP Gen1 Ion
-APE Rampage Board
-DW Fibur 12" barrel
-DW Finngerlock trigger
-DW Hollowpoint Bolt
-DW Pro ASA
-DW Negitive Ion body
-48CI/3000PSI steelie tank
-CP shortty reg
-Opsgear 18" Fluted SNIPER Barrel
-Rocket Cock 2
-Opsgear 12" Floating SR Hand Gaurd
-APP Stainless Steel Screw Kit
-M82A1 Gas Thru MAG
-GTA Car Stock
-TACAMO AK-47 style Weaver Rail
-Polished internals, Pen spring mod
Anything but RPS polar Ice! Shot Diablo Nighmares just fine.
Ok well i was up at wassaga for the day playing paintball and i brough along my ion, Im still waiting for my DW barrel from the USA so all i had with me was the stock barrel. Now ive used this stock barrel and its not to bad, but its nothing special. So i decided to pick up a cheap progressive for the day to improve my accuracy. Ive used one of these barrels on an old spyder agressor my friend used to have and it was fairly decent on that gun. Well anyways started the day with RPS polar ice (which i already know my gun hates, seems to like to break in the stock barrel) and i was having barrel break after barrel break, i squegeed several times (both pull throu and battle brush) and i was getting no where. After swiching to Diablo Nighmares i had much better luck. Now i could actuly shoot stright and hit people. With the nightmares i would say the accuracy improved over the stock barrel, although i dont thing the range did (which makes sence as they were both 12"). One other thing i found about this barrel is the porting really affects the paint, if its got paint cloged in it, your accuracy really drops. And when paint does break its a real pain to clean the porting.
Used the barrel again today with XO V1 paint, This is a very hard shell paint and i was playinf speedball. I have to now boost the rateing to an 8 because the small size and accuracy was very helpfull on the speedball feild. Not 1 barrel break and we were playing in the rain (expanding paint due to mosture). Almost all my shots hit there targets. I think its starting to redeem itself after was wassaga paint breaking episode.
I will give this barrel a 7, its more accurate then the stock ion barrel, but with the porting and barrel breaks it cant posibly get a 10.
8 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 at 8:19 pm PST
I have used many barrels in all of the years that I have played paintball and this is by far the best. It shoots straight and flat. This barrel ie extremely durable and has a durable finish that does not scratch easily. a a a a a a a a a
Dust Blue Proto PM5
Dye UL Frame
CP Feed Neck
Dye Throttle 91/45
Black to Red Dye DM4
Dye UL Barrel
Tadao M3 chip
Dye Throttle 91/45
This barrel is inexpensive and good. It may not look like it is very good because of the cheap price tag, but it is very comparable to the proto 1 piece. The proto 1 piece comes stock on the proto matrix and is a very good barrel. It shoots about the same as the 06 model but the look and maintenance of it is better and easier to clean out. It is also much lighter than its older model.
Comparing this to the Proto 1 piece i would say its just about personal preference, the colors on the progressive is glossy while the colors on the Proto is flat.
I've used all types. From just plain old white box to X Ball.
Good price --$25
Shiny finish not really practicle for woodsball use.
I got this barrel a couple of years ago. I have been very well pleased with it. You can use a wide range of paint with this barrel. Of course if you have crappy paint no barrel will really work. That is the only time I have had trouble with the accuracy. I have a scope on a raised mount on my 98. When another player is close I can look through the mount to sight down the barrel. If they are farther out, I use the scope. Either way is no problem. At 25 yards I can hold a group in about a 12 inch circle. The group does get larger the further out you go but hey your shooting a glob of paint.
I have not hade any barrel breaks that I can think of due to the barrel. I have chopped balls and had balls break in the barrel because I was shooting bad paint.
The distance is pretty good too. If given a clear lane of fire, the Progressive can almost match the Flatline-almost. Its never out shot my Flatline, but almost matched it. At that range though it's more of suppresive fire than being accurate.
I would deffinetly suggest this barrel. Its a little older now so you can get it real cheap. Overall this is one of my favorite barrels. I do like it better than both the Flatline and the Freak Kit.
Umm, not terribly accurate at longer ranges, but most barrels aren't.
Ok, the first time I saw a Progressive barrel, I just KNEW I had to get it and try it out. It was SOOOOO inexpensive that I figured that it would be just plain junk. I was VERY pleasantly surprised! I got mine on Ebay for $1.26 (I kid you not!!!!)!!!! It was one of the best deals I have ever gotten. I took it out back to test it, and it shot circles around most of my other barrels!! It had ball-on-ball accuracy at about 40ft in prime conditions (No wind, etc). I was SOOOOO surprised! Buy it, its great!
Smart Parts Freak Junior. slightly similar accuracy but progressive is lighter and quieter
e-grip w/ W.A.S board
shocktech relocator bar
14"Smart Parts Progressive
I used with an off brand paint it worked Awesome.
Very Accurate, quiet, Light.
I draw a blank :D
I just got this barrel after hearing so much about it. I screwed into my A5 today and shot it. The accuracy was very surprising. DEAD ON. nice and quiet. and very light. I played several games with it and owned like I never have before. The most accurate barrel I have ever shot.
I deffinatly think you should get this barrel..its very accurate. and much cheaper than most barrels