Still trying to dial that one in. Looks like it'll be Marbs or Diablo Dusk though.
Can the trajectory get any flatter?
Didn't know you could slice or hook a paintball....
I feel like I'm using AT&T. Reach out and touch someone! And I do believe I could train a chimp to put it on correctly and center it. It really is easy. The long distance ability to hit targets is amazing. Being able to make a paintball hang a louie is pretty interesting, and will, no doubt, come in handy at sometime....
Kill people from far away. Shock your friends, amaze your neighbors. If you like to hang back and snipe, get it.
stock barrel, 14 inch smart part barrel, 20 inch lamco barrel...none compare to the distance that this barrel has. The accuracy does not vary that much from barrel to barrel though. The big advantage to the flatline barrel is that you can tilt the gun to hit people around bunkers.
tippmann custom 98...e-bolt (fully automatic), car stock, laser sight, remote coil, 2 figer trigger, electronic trigger, sniper stand(instead of left handle)
any paint is fine really...marbalizers are my choice when entering larger tournaments
Distance!!!, accuracy, and consistency
hard to clean and maintain...horrible if you break a ball while being fired at!
The barrel is the best i have ever tried...although i have many different markers, some that or $1,000 more expensive than this it still gets the most distance. Accuracy is also improved although not as dramaticaly as distance. Great for shooting the intended curve balls. There is only two real disadvanates 1. hard to set up and maintain
2. bad if you break a ball
I would strongly suggest purchasing this great barrel is one the best add-ons for the tippmann 98...also if looking to further update the marker think about getting the e-bolt system(although it costs almost twice as much as the gun!)
Custom Built Shocktech Autococker
Custom Rainmaker (work in progress, best gun ever!)
Shoots FAR, looks cool
Hard to put on/center, breaks balls
I bought this barrel back when I was just gettin into paintball and my first gun was a m98 so i was a little naive. This barrel is great when it works, but mine has a tendency to not work and just break balls a lot. You can't shoot it fast or it busts even worse. It's hard to get centered and if you can't do that it doesnt' shoot straight. You have to take it off to clean it (or get a straight shot squeegee). This barrel is only a woodsball barrel, at least in my opinion.
Nice barrel when you want to sit and aim your shots, but after a year i replaced mine with a new barrel. I think Tippmann should redesign this barrel to make it like the A5 one (which i hear is awesome and putting it on and keeping it centered is no problem). It sure does look cool though.
7 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 at 3:07 pm PST
Smart Parts Big Daddy 12"
Smart Parts All American 14"
J&J Ceramic 14"
tight grouping on shots
same length as my 14" AA
It cost $100.
But that is no more than the other "hyped" barrels out there.
This barrel rocks! I installed it in under 10 minutes and it was shooting straight as an arrow. If you can use a screwdriver and read, then the installation will be no problem for you.
As for the balls going slower. Wrong! I am painting players using Boomsticks whose balls are bouncing 20 yards in front of me. Because the ball has a flat trajectory it is hard for the human eye to judge the speed of it. Whereas the average barrel shoots balls in an arching pattern, making it easier for the human eye to see the ball "moving."
After buying this I have yet to use any of my other barrels.
1. its looks are that of a true marker (looks cool)
2. no other barrel has this gun's range, you can mark anybody with this
3. No matter what anybody says, the accuracy is great, right on.
4. Even though the shroud is plastic it is very hard and durable.
5. Nothing knocks off its aim, even if the barrel itself is hit
6. Finally, it never breaks any balls, you just have to make sure the barrel is all the way in the adaptor. They never even broke when I was shooting as fast as possible.
There shouldn't even be a bad column
Overall, I have come to the conclusion that this is the best thing to ever happen to paintball. If you have questions go to the forum tippmann then the thread called flatline on this site. Definitly get this barrel, even if you dont like it now, you will when you get it.
m98 w/ 14" Smart Parts Teardrop, Core 22 Stage Expansion, ACI Coil Remote, CAR FX Stock, Harris Bipod
Anything but Brass Eagle, particularly WORR paint
It has distance
Makes your gun look cool
looks better with metal shroud
Less expensive that most barrels that range around $120-300 in kits and such
The fact that the backspin causes the ball to float like a UFO makes other players laugh at you as they SLOWLY dodge the ball, or even catch it with their hands. and the fact if you dont have it turned right, you could have a major accuracy problem, its better for medium distance if anything, long distance wont catch you a break at all, and for people who put scope on your gun, dont use one with this, its about as helpful as salt in a slug farm
Trust me guys, the gun has distance, but, i notice it comes with a price of not breaking upon impact upon 50%% of the time, if you dont keep it turned right you'll miss your target by a long shot, its not very weather tolerant, any condensation that gets into it cause the ball to either break or have less distance.and you have to crank your velocity up a few notches, which may disqualify you from the field, but, as any pballer knows, you have to find the right barrel for your gun, and for me, it doesnt work, do like i did, get a Smart Parts Teardrop they come in 12-14" and offer tight accuracy, and they are very weather tolerant and they dont scratch up because of the Smart Parts Tuff Coating
FlatLine barrel system
Tippmann x-spansion chamber
20 ounce tank
I use Zap Pro series and Diablo Midnights. They both work very well with this barrel
What isn't good about this barrel.
It is great if you install it right. Which isn't hard if your not a total idiot.
Doesn't break many balls.
Can put a curve on by tilting when firing
If not put on right breaks balls.
It's a little big but the performance makes up for that.
I found that the tip scratches easily.
When it is shot the paintball kind of floats there it goes slower than most barrels when shot bevause of the back spin. But you do get a lot a distance.
Very nice barrel. Would reccomend for mid to back players. Front men don't really need distance and it's a little big to be running with. Very accurate. Doesn't really shoot cheap balls to well. Why do they make you write so much now to review a barrel. This review body wasn't here before atleast I think it wasn't. Anyways this barrel will put the ball where you want it. Diablo paint works fairly well with it. So doesn't zaps pro series.
This is a great product if installed right i give it a nine. You will be elimanating players that can't even reach you. I give it a 9 because nothing is perfect.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, March 10th, 2003 at 4:31 pm PST
I have used the stone cold barrel 20" its a lil better inthat it goes at far and doesn't flow down..but it is a little long
i have a drop kit, barrel, many other...
Pro ball or Venom
it shoots over 250 feet it accurate..and its only 14 "
I have seen this..the bent barrel put backspine on a ball, and u know anything u put backspin on is gonna shoot slow..it seems as if the ball floats toward the target. It is what i have heard and experienced once.
If you need to clean this gun just stick ur squeegee through the hopper input...simple as that easier than taking it all apart..