The barrel is one of the most important parts of a paintball gun. It determines the overall performance just like other accessories. A paintball barrel is just a tube through which the ball moves while shooting. Its inherent features determine the quality of the shots taken. These include the threading, barrel length, bore and vent distance.
One of the ways of customizing your gun for better performance is by fitting it with a good barrel. A quality model offers shooting accuracy, is light enough and keeps the gun light. This discussion provides a guide in selecting the best model by highlighting considerations and some of the best models in the market.
Consider choosing barrels made using a material with less friction. This promotes velocity of the paintball. Materials include aluminum, carbon fiber, stainless steel, brass, ceramic and titanium. There are models with a patterned fiber lining which allows the ball to move smoothly.
One-piece barrels are more convenient in fixing the barrel to the gun. Two-piece models have threads oriented in the opposite direction. The material construction should find a middle ground between durability and limited weight. Multi-back paintball kits contain comes with a two-piece barrel with several options for the rear piece.
Consider obtaining different bore sizes. Models which come with a barrel insert kit offer more options for bore size. The inserts should also be easy to slide in and out.
The barrel design should offer quality porting accuracy and the right length. The velocity of the paintball increases with the barrel length. However, very long barrels interfere with the players dodging and sprinting in the field. Barrel length should not be more than 19 inches. The right porting allows air to escape. Regarding accuracy, the barrel should offer consistency.
Finally, the price of the model should match the quality of the barrel. Below are some of the quality models available in the market today.
Barrel System: The Apex 2 system provides a unique functionality and gives the whole unit a stealth look. It offers unmatched distance and accuracy which allows you to hit new targets.
Adjustable Ramp: This ramp is provided with nine levels of control for curve and spin customization.
Multiple Spin Positions: Empire Apex 2 offers nine adjustment spin positions which allow you to hit the target more often.
Tool-less Disassembly: The barrel can be disassembled without using tools which make the maintenance easier.
Unique Shots: Apex 2 barrel is capable of producing long distance shots which drop from higher levels. It can produce both left and right curve balls. The internal section is re-designed to provide longer and flatter trajectory shots by simply twisting the barrel.
Construction: This unit is made of a durable aluminum construction.
It improves accuracy, especially when using old paint. Adjustments allow you to curve the ball in different directions. It allows the player to keep the paint level higher while playing. This barrel shoots further with great accuracy. It also improves the velocity of your shots allowing you to hit opponents in a quick succession.
The curve adjuster is a bit harder to use but it’s a useful feature. This barrel is a bit heavy and suffers in areas with great humidity and rain where it throws balls randomly.
Design: It is a one-piece paintball gun barrel. A straight-bore design incorporates a 0.688-inch internal bore. The barrel is very narrow which helps in driving your balls straight. The overall design is very stylish.
Construction: It is made of carbon fiber. This model is lightweight and produces no noise. The latter allows you to remain undetected on the battle field while shooting. It weighs 50 grams on average and its strong enough to be run over by a car. The construction is also done in three layers.
Fibers: 2 by 2 Twill external, unidirectional fibers are laid in a strong multi-vector pattern. The fiber on the inside is very sleek and can be swabbed.
This model is ready to use straight from the box. No inserts are needed. It is accurate and looks great. The construction is durable and lightweight. It reduces the noise level of the paintball marker. Deadlywind Null makes shots more straight and offers great reliability. It is a great barrel for pump guns since it eliminates the tendency of the pump apparatus rubbing against each other.
The placement of the threads on the shaft is a bit inconvenient. But they make enough contact which secures the barrel to the gun. It curves balls once in a while, but most of them are straight especially during calm weather.
Construction: Deadlywind Fibur-X is also made of carbon fiber. It is lightweight, accurate and quiet. This model weighs at an average of 64 grams which makes it lighter compared to most replaceable insert barrels. It is also capable of withstanding great crushing weights.
Replaceable Inserts: The Freak inserts are replaceable thus allowing the utilization of few inserts on multiple barrels. Different threads can also be swapped thus making this barrel more reliable.
Triple System: The system which makes up the Fibur-X barrel is divided into three parts. The first one is the thread adapter which is used to match the gun type. The main barrel provides the length at which the balls travel before it leaves the barrel. The third part is the Freak insert which sets the length of the barrel.
Three Layer Lining: This model is also built using a unique three layer construction. 2 by 2 Twill posterior uni-direction fibers are laid in a vector pattern. On the inner side is a swabbeable super slick silk-fiber.
It is a light barrel, and the inserts slide in and out more easily. This barrel looks great and allows you to take quiet shots. It has Autococker speed threads which allow you to mount and remove the barrel much faster. This is another model which provides straight shots.
This barrel is made of two pieces with different threading which cause alternate threads to loosen as you fix the barrel to the gun. The provided adapter is hard to remove the first time but becomes easier as you use the barrel.