Scorch and Zap worked well in it
Wild Streak were okay, had a few too many breaks
Very, Very accurate.(need to use paint that fits)
Few chopped balls
None that i can think of
I read several reviews on this barrel. They were relatively good reviews, with the exceptions to the few that want to rip on Smart Parts for some reason. I don't usually listen to most of those. I bought it for $30 (main reason) and it looked great. I put it on my gun, and already there was a visual bonus added. It look great on my Rodeo. I tested it with some crappy paint that didn't really fit the barrel, and it performed poorly. Then later when I was with some of my friends playing woods ball, I used Wild Streak and it preformed "close" to perfect. Then in a few weeks I tested it with some Scortch, and it was amazing. Dead-on accurate. Very few curves, and no barrel breaks. Then I used some cheaper Zap paintballs, and it still performed excellent. This shows you don't need expensive paint, and all you need is some cheap walmart paint.
All in all, it is a "great" product for the money. I'd suggest it to newer to intermediate plays that have a budget to work from.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, March 14th, 2006 at 1:26 pm PST
Shocktech Super Fly Delrin Bolt - New Designz Feed Neck - AKA Tornado Valve - Check-It Assault Block - Sun Dragon Snap Dragon Trigger Dark Horizons Titanium Hammer - 32 Degrees Spring Kit - CP Razor Drop Forward - Checkit Uni-Mount
32 Degrees 0-600 Gauge - Palmer Stabilizer Regulator - Smart Parts 14" Progressive Barrel
Crossfire 47/3000 HPA Tank - View Loader Revolution 12v Hopper - Dye Stickies
Evil Omen 2.0
Dye Boomstick .688 with Black 12" and 16" Fronts - Nitroduck 68/4500 HPA Tank - 32 Degrees Coiled Remote Line - View Loader VLocity Hopper
Easy To Clean
Balls Sometimes Break Near Porting
I've been using this a 14" Progressive on my Spyder for a year now. I've had plenty of time to use it in almost every type of game play. This is a great barrel for the price. I've found its fairly easy to clean and the finish and durability are good. I'm not a major fan of its looks, but thats a personal thing. I've found it breaks balls near the porting form time to time, although this could be due to ball to barrel fit. I believe the bore is .689 and most paint I shoot is about .687-.688 in diameter. Overall performance is good. Heres how I'd rate it.
victor 2, 4 stage regulator, on/off asa with mini drop, progressive 14" 06, empire reloader, and electric trigger with 3, 6 ball burst full and semi.
Looks beautiful, very accurate, and cheap.
Cant shoot threw breaks.
I was looking at barrels to upgrade my gun from its dinky stock 9 1/2" and i was looking around and found the progressive. I was originally going to buy a tear drop till i found this. I bought it for $25 online and when it came in i thought there was a mistake. This barrel looked way different from the progressive i was looking at. Turns out they sent me the new 06. i took it out side and stood 20 yards away from a thin tree, shot 5 paintballs and they landed right on top of each other. My jaw dropped at that point after that i went mental on my trigger and landed almost every shot within a grouping the size of a cd. Except for the end a ball chopped and then i got some scattering not to bad but i had to stop because i couldn't shoot threw it. I took out a battle swab and cleaned it out and it work fine. I'm really happy with this barrel and im amazed with the price i got it for.
For $25 this is the best barrel you can get, I'd get this barrel if ur low on cash and want great performance. It also look great.
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Period of Product Use:
Less than a month
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Ugly, limited colors, mine came with a flaw, can you guess, no? Cheap, no different between stock, and smart parts. Yes the progressive. Its brutal, i bought it thinking it was going to improve accuracy, and i think it made it worst, it is brutal don't buy. Spend your money on something else. Driver, something on that lines
Very Durable, Porting helps keep it quieter than most, Extremely Accurate, Nice Finish
None at all
Well when I first purchased this barrel I didn't know what to think, so when I got home from the shop I decided to test it out. I set up a makeshift target in my back yard which is fairly large. Every time I fired, it would always seem to hit neer the bullseye which was a great thing. Then I tested it out in woodsball and I nailed my target everytime.
In conclusion I would definetly recommend this gun for anyone looking for an accurate product. And for the price you sure can't beat it. So if I were you and I wanted a good barrel, I would Purchase this one.
Proball and Diablo do well, but basically, you get what you pay for
Porting... break = hell
Tends to work itself loose
Honestly, a barrel being the first upgrade of the majority player, you're looking for something you know works. After borrowing this one from a friend, I decided I had to have it. I believe I payed around $25.00, not bad at all.
This barrel was a major upgrade from the stock. I truly believe the porting really does help. A 16" barrel was offered for the same price, but I did refuse. I've played with longer barrels, and they just don't seem to perform as well. 12", in my opinion, is plenty enough to pull off the job.
The porting though, as with any ported barrel, is just hell if you get a break. Holding your hand over the end and dry-firing a few times got a good bit of it, but it still took a couple shots to clear it out.
One major disadvantage is it's tendency to work itself loose on my gun. Fixable enough, I grabbed some water-sealing tape, ran it around the threading 3 or so times, and it's snug as a bug in a rug doing... well, another story.
Definate buy for a newbie, I've yet to move away from it.
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viewloader revy with x-board
Jt Slammer pack
Let me start off by saying that this is not the barrel i thought it was, i went out, shot about half a hopper, fine nice accuracy, no problems. but when i loaded another 15 rounds into it, i shot to see how acurate it actually was, well, my barel looked like green pea soup. i had about 9 barrel breaks in a row, so i was dissapointed.
blaze was ok
xball bronze was good
marbs shot the best
Improvement over some stock barrels
Can occassionaly cause erratic shots that go way off
For the price this barrel is difficult to beat it is real nice on tippmanns and other guns that come with no name barrels but is quickly outmatched by other more expensive barrels but in general it is a solid barrel from a good manufacurer for 30-40 Dollars which is awsome
I would recommend this product for new players or anyone who needs a good budget barrel
Spyder Pilot ACS stock barrel- pretty crappy
Stiffi- better than teardrop by a little and lighter, but about 2-3 times as much
boomstick- better than teardrop by a little, but about 3 times as much
Spyder Pilot ACS '05
Shocktech superfly rear cocking bolt
CCS clamping feedneck
32* spring kit
bob long vaccuum chamber and lpc
pshycobalistics 7" on/off drop forward
FBM delrin drigger
50 g switch
20 oz. anti siphoned and 88cu 3000psi nitrogen tank
don't really know, but i'm not really picky in this area, i just pick up the cheapest paint i can find
Very very cheap considered the pretty good performance
Not too much porting
None really, except that it doesn't take chops too well.
Well, after having that stupid stock spyder barrel, this thing was a dream. It's not perfect, but for only $40 shipped, it's pretty good. Compared to the boomstick or stiffi, it IS a little worse, but those barrels are expensive. I'd just go with this one because it's plenty good enough.
Very good barrel for price, looks like smart parts came through for us again. compared to the boomstick or stiff, it'd be a 8 or 9, but considering the price, about an 11, which, obviously, has to be a 10.