Paintball and barrel test of 2001 results
Rumors have been flying. Stories have been told. Secrets
have been kept. Myths have propagated. Results were leaked. People are
Well, the results are in! It may have taken a little longer
than was anticipated, but we had to make sure everything was accurate.
Of course, accuracy is the name of the game. All of these
barrels and paints aim to improve accuracy.
Please read the entire report as well as the intricate
product details carefully to get a better understanding of how each product
We were very amazed with the unbelievable results
that we found. We have been able to shatter many myths and clear up many
The first myth we wish to shed light on is the myth that the barrel matters
more than the paintballs. Unfortunately, it just isn't true. With a 90%
degree of confidence we can now state unreservedly that the paintballs
matter more than the barrels. Our recommendation is to buy a good barrel
and then spend all the rest of your life earnings on buying good paint.
Paint will improve your performance more than any single barrel.
A paintball is paintball is a paintball. Au contraire, not all paintballs
are the same. They are made differently and hence, perform very, very
differently. Shells differ, roundness differ, ball to ball size differs,
and weight differs. All of these factors affect breakability, flight,
distance, distendability, trajectory, and visibility before and after
Weather conditions do not matter. This is by far the second most important
factor (after paintball type) that affects your accuracy. Different weather
conditions affect paintballs in different ways.
The longer the better. This was not the case. Different length barrels
performed differently with different paints.
Variable bore barrels are the best. Not in all circumstances. Variability
adds variability and gives less overall consistency. Why? Parts move,
shift, and will wear over time. Further, you can never guarantee the exact
same fit every time. But they did perform very well.
A barrel is a barrel. Not true. No two barrels are the same and they don't
all do the same thing. We found many differences in performance. No generalization
can be made about ported vs. non-ported, or longer vs. shorter, or aluminum
vs. steel, or two-piece vs. one piece.
The barrel to paint match is important. Wrong! The barrel
to paint match is more than important, it is dire. You have to have an
adequate match. The match doesn't have to be perfect or close, but it
has to be adequate. With some barrels, we found that the tighter the better,
with others it did not have to be as tight to work well.
On the test date we used a Minicocker (mini autococker) running on compressed
air from a Max Flow (made by Smart Parts). The Minicocker was a Danny
Love special with an input pressure of 375 psi. We also used a Black Magic
Autococker with an input pressure of 220 psi. Both markers were bench
clamped to a non-movable bench at the target range of Toledo Adventure
Games. The barrels and paintballs were shot through each marker and an
average rating taken. The scores you see are an average of both markers.
The temperature and humidity varied. We conducted our testing
on three separate days and took exact measurements. We used a digital
scale to take temperature and humidity measurements, and later verified
the readings with the local weather service.
For the bore measurements and paintball size measurements
we used a digital caliper with accuracy up to 0.0005 inch.
We chose a target 55 feet away and controlled the velocity
to be between 260 and 295 fps using a handheld Radar Chronograph manufactured
by Glove Radar Inc. with a tolerance of 2%. We shot 200 paintballs of
each type through each barrel.
Our markers use lower pressure than most rentals and other types of markers.
Further, weather conditions in your area will be different than our testing
conditions. Hence, we do not claim that your equipment will produce the
Click on each product below for a statistics sheet and
an in-depth report.
Freak All American 14"
Freak Teardrop 12"
J&J Two Piece 12"
J&J Two Piece 14"
J&J Ceramic 14"
J&J Pro 1 12"
PMI Razzor 14"
Bob Long 14"
Lapco Bigshot 12"
Lapco Autospirit 12"
Lapco Autospirit 10"
Danny Love Two Piece Special 10"
Zap Performance Plus
Zap Tequila Sunrise
32 Degrees Team Colors
Purchase a good all around barrel if you are a recreational player and
take good care of it. Also spend extra cash on better paintballs. That
will definitely improve your game.
If you are an amateur or professional grade player, invest
in a few different types of barrels and then spend everything else on
If you don't care to get a better barrel, just buy better