shoots very straight, always hit at least a human size target. with a res you can hit the same spot multiple times. broke very few balls, even with cheep paint.
nothing so far
this barrel works very well on my spyder 2-in-1 compact, i have the 14" version, originally i thought it might be to long, but it proved to be just fine. i play alot of woods ball, and i can shoot with extreme accuracy through thick brush.
Price. this is a good upgrade if you just want to get away from your stock barrel. it has the range of an all american.
range and accuracy are, however, two enirely different things. it does not have enough ball controll to get a tight cluster.
when i got this barrel, i had a stock spyder compact. it was a huge improvement over my stock barrel, which caused the balls to hit the ground afrer 30'. it shoots decently with good paint, but havent shot it a whole lot with brass eagle so im not sure how well it does with crap. i would recommend this barrel for the price, and i am very partial to smart parts. however if you want to go all the way, just get the all american. dont make the same mistake i did and buy one, get very little use out of it (due to winter), and then decide to buy the all american.
-mine looks much better than the one in the pic. Mine has two logo's on the side, it says smart parts and the other one says progressive.
-it scratches easily.
-the porting isn't that hard to clean, just dry fire to clean out the porting.
Its great. and i got it for free from my friend. It looks great. Its really quiet and accurate. It didn't add much range even though im using the 14' but just raise your velocity.I use PMI/RPS paint cause it matches the medium bore of the barrel. Its only broken one ball, which wasn't RPS paint, it was team colors or somthin. Does smart parts have a new look for there barrels? cause i've never a smart parts barrel that looks like mine.
good price for this kind of performance
shots don't drop off until after 75 or so feet
lost approximately 8 ft. of total range ( with gun being held parallel to the ground)
which made me give this a 9, but just aim the gun a litter gigher and you're set
that's 'bout it...
I used a 14'' on a PMI Piranha STS G3 VF(vertical feed)
at 85 ft. (or so) I can shoot a 8'' group (or so)
I use team colors in it and I haven't broken a ball yet
very accurate w/ team colors
very in accurate w/ pmi/rp scherer pmi premium(very)
it is more than well worth the price (mine was $60, but you can find them for $45)
i would recommend this to someone, but if u like the tear drop better, then pay the extra $15 or so and get the tear drop (they just look a tiny bit different)
note: I got the brand new version, which is more curvy it looks great on piranhas, spyders, and model 98s
overall a great upgrade for the price, so if u want to upgrade, then get this barrel!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have an Impulse and it comes stock. If any of you know anything about impulses or shockers they NEVER break paint so therfore I don't even own a squeegee, i swear to god!!! I've shot 3 cases through it and only 2 paint breaks. It shoots straighter than a lot of other stock barrels and it is a great upgrade i you don't have $200 to spend on a freak system or 110 for a Boomstick
Nothing, but I hear its a pain to clean, but if you had a shocker or impulse then don't worry about paint breaks.
I use a stock 12" on my impy w/vision eye
Any paint works well for an Impy :-)
I dunno I paid 650 for the IMpy w/vision eye so I dunno if it's worth the price
It's better than a lot of barrels that have a lot of hype, and I've used a boomy, and a freak system and a lot of others and this barrel is great. Only the boomy and Freak are better.
I would recomend it to someone, hell, just get an impulse with vision eye and NEVER worry about paint breaks again!!!
First of all, this is way better than my stock as with all other aftermarket barrels. I'm using the 12" on my spyder compact java and it works great. Honestly, I've have only had one break out of about 2500 rounds using Brass Eagle ( yes, the crap balls ). I have a hit diameter of 6' @ 90 ft. which, I think, is pretty good. I also have a red dot scope on my marker that helps out a lot when trying to center out the shots. I also found a sweet spot at 60' where it would hit the same spot over and over again. Using better paint helps out a lot too.
Nothing bad about it. Cleaning the porting isn't hard at all as "most" of the other reviews have mentioned. Just turn that marker upside down shove it up someones candy @ss! no no no.... just turn the gun upside down, making sure no balls are in the barrel and cover the end with your hand and fire... the paint should shoot out the portings.
Barrel is worth the cost. I could get it for about 45 dollars at iisports which is comparable to the prices on the internet. Overall, i would reccommend it to everyone. In fact my friend wants to buy it from me after seeing what it could do.
I bought this barrel for my Model 98 and it really helps. If you own a 98 you should buy a new barrel a.s.a.p!!!!! This barrel is very quiet and very accurrate. The rifiling works really well too. It also makes your gun look really cool.
DOES NOT WORK WITH CHEAP BALLS!!!!! Every time I have tried cheap ones they break, so I have to oil my barrel. If you get a progressive barrel, be sure to buy decient balls, and it doesn't hurt to oil your barrel every once and awhile.
I bought the 14" barrel for my Model 98 and it really helps (Model 98 stock barrels suck). I used seconds my first day with the progressive, and i spent more time cleaning my barrel than shooting out of it. If you use seconds, you should oil the barrel before you play. Now i use Diablo Inferno's, and it is quiet and accurate, and doesn't break. I would reccommend this barrel for beginners to intermediate players.