Smart Parts Freak-Kit 10in. Tested (Spyder) - A step up from this barrel... A $150 step up... Preforms around the same, but the kit works with any paint, with all those inserts! Progressive is more durable, since the freak inserts are stainless-steel.
Smart Parts All-American 14in. (Automag68) - Pretty much the two-piece version of the Progressive. A tad bit better, but hardly noticable, wheras the price difference of 35$+ is..
J&J Ceramic 12 in. (Autococker) - Self-Cleans, which is nice, but it is less accurate and louder. It also scratches easily, but its still a great barrel, and my autococker's quick-switch barrel I use in recball, incase I get a ball-break
Progressive will shoot around any medium-sized paint well. Follow the same paint "Bounce-Test" on automags.org. Anything around 5-7 bounces is good for this barrel.
No Major Weaknesses
Well, I had just bought like 8 cases of paint and two 400$ markers in the same week, so you could tell I was broke. When I got my cocker, I decided to shoot it in my back-yard a bit, to see how it preforms. Other than a few tiny problems that are fixed now, I only really needed to replace the barrel. It came lightly used with a 12in. J&J Ceramic barrel, which is great, don't get me wrong, but it was too loud for my taste. It also would tend to miss a bit, and it didn't accept the same paint-size as my Automag, and I would like to be able to use the same case... I went to the pro-shop and I had to choose from an All-American 8in., a Progressive 12in., a Dye Xcel 12in., and a freak-kit. While I like the All-American better, because of the fact that my 14in. weighs way less than my 12in. progressive, I didn't have $85 to spend, especially since I needed a new bolt. I settled with the progressive, not expecting much of an improvement, but I am surpised. I shot in my backyard with near perfect accuracy, and it quieted my loud 'cocker by quite a bit. It also weighed enough to balance my marker out perfectly, which is great! It was way better than I expected, and I will definately stick with it; Its just as good as any $100 barrel.
If you want a great one-piece barrel that preforms as well as any barrel for $100, and looks sharp, this is your barrel. If you have any extra money, go with an All-American, though.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, June 17th, 2004 at 10:20 pm PST
My stock barrel, and it was a horrible it choped like crazy
spyder esprit with an expansion chamber, botom line, 20 oz tank(soon to have a 45/4500 pure energy) , smart parts progressive barrel, and a red 12 volt revi
Any draxxus, and the jt elite ( thats about all the ones ive tried on them)
Quite, accurate, and it has pretty good distance
nothing other than cleaning the holes
Great barrel for a begginer or a more experienced player, it was kind of annoying to clean the holes, the only good squeege if u ever have to use one which i dont is the battle swabs . It has great accuracy , great distance , but mine is hard to manuver cause its 14 inches , i would recomend a 12 inch and get it cause its only 40 bucks
i would recomend it because its a great barrel for a great price
Psycho Ballistics Sliver Bullet with Empire Reloader Hopper and Progressive Barrel.
Marbalized paint is always better because there are less breaks.
Accurate ( up their with the rifled barrels) Cheap, Good Distance, Few Ball Breaks,
hard to clean i guess but still shoots good nonetheless.
When I was fairly new to paintball my friend had an impulse, still does and i had a spyder Xtra. He had a freak on his and couldn't believe how good my progressive compared to it. It was just as accurate and has ma minor lack of distance than his but for $70 cheaper it was well worth it.
If you want a consistent barrel and are unsure about a lot of them, make the right choice and choose either a progressive or teardrop depending on what style you like more. They shoot exactly the same.
PMI Piranha STS 2k3
CP Flame Drop Forward
12" Smart Parts Progressive Barrel
New Braided Hose
Black Empire Reloader
Smaller Paint, the barrel gets very small in the middle.
Very Small Bore
I don't care what a barrel sizer says the Progressive is not medium bore. I love this barrel don't get me wrong but its picky. I was paintballing one day and i was chopping left and right. I figured something was wrong with the gun til i took off the barrel and shot it. It turns out i was using a large bore sized ball and the barrel as you will see is very narrow in the middle and wide at the ends. The balls were too big for the barrel and were chopping. Its a great barrel, its quiet, cheap, and quite accurate. But beware, buy a medium to small sized paint. (Just stay away from Zaps, DBX, or any other low priced pratice grade paint.)
I rate it an 8 because of the paint incidents. The designers made a bad choice in my mind by making it a different bore in the middle than on the ends. But buy it if you're willing to get the right paint.
32 Degrees Whisper barrel, and a J&J performance barrel.
Tippmann 68 Carbine. 14 inch J&J Ceramic barrel, and Smart Parts progressive barrel. JT Drop Forward. Tippmann Expansion Chamber. Scope.
pretty much anything. Any ball will work great in this barrel. But the better you get, the better accuracy you will get.
looks cool, performs awesomely, and quiets down your gun.
none. Just needs to be broken in.
This barrel will out perform even some of the best barrels out there. It looks awesome, and not only that, it is affordable and reliable. The accuracy rate will go way up on your gun, and also quiet it down. i also get better CO2 efficiency from this barrel. All in all, this barrel is the best I have ever used, and I will use it for the rest of my paintball playing times.
If you are looking for a cheap upgrade barrel that really does upgrade your gun. This is the barrel for you. It will improve your accuracy, consistency, efficiency, and quietness on any type of gun. Get this barrel, you will not be disappointed.
red 2k3 vert feed autococker
ACI Bulldog III Preset - 45ci 4500 High N2 tank
12' SP Progressive barrel
10' CP 2 piece barrel
Shocktech Super Fly Bolt Delrin
Dead On Pro Blade Drop Forward
Dye Invison goggles
Very Quit more than 7 cases through it few breaks
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This is one of the most reiable barrels ive ever owned its perfect for those woods-ball playing and it looks really cool it's very quite so when u fire it would be hard to be spotted. The price is very cheap I got this barrel for 35 dollars at my local store and it was the best 35 dollars ive spent on my gun.
go get this barrel if you have a barrel that is loud or is un accurate and ur looking to spend no more than 40 dollars on a barrel look no further than this one.
green spyder imagine
shocktech superfly shortie bolt
smart parts 14 inchprogressive barrel
thunder pig 16 inch barrel
viewloader 9 volt hopper
pure energy 3000psi tank
formula 13, pmi rps, blue streak
accuracy distance sound
not really any
i love this barrel is shoots very accurate and quiet. its made by a reliable company
its pattern stays pretty tight and its accuracy is consistant its distance is really good.
the first time i played with it i was very satisfied even if my friends gun was only sticking out i layed down a few shots hit is gun to show him that when he popped out hes done
14" Smart Parts Progressive Barrel
Field Strip Screws
32* 200 round hopper
20 oz anti-siphoned Pure Energy
Price, accurate, relatively quiet, shoots through breaks rather well
Nothing really, needs to be broken in a little bit maybe
Great Barrel, it's not as quiet as the whisper barrel, but theres a REASON it's called the whisper barrel hehe. It's the most accurate out of all the barrels I've used, and for the $35 I paid for it at the local proshop, it's steal =)
Maybe not for the pro, but for the intermediate, or n00b. It's a DEFINATE
WGP 04 autococker,boomstick barrel,shockteck bolt,pure energy 48cu 3000psi,halo tsa
for this barrel MIDnight or evil
good for a cheap barrel,Very Accurate
some times will shot a ball really low
my friend has this barrel NOT ME, on his old brass eagle and know he has a shock but back to the barrel. I really like how it looks and the price off it If you are lokking for a cheap barrel this is what to get it is not a two peace barrel but it is still very good I would recremend this barrel for any one who has a brass eagle or any other chap gun. It is a good barrel to start out with before you get in to the 160$ barrels
this is a nice barrel to get if you are just starting the game
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, May 24th, 2004 at 2:01 pm PST