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Upgrade your stock barrel. Improve your accuracy and lower the firing sound.With the exception of some high-end paintball guns like the Planet Eclipse Ego or Geo, most paintball markers are not shipped with a good quality barrel this is your most affordable upgrade to improve your gun.
98 Threaded Barrels The thick 98 threading allows you to easily twist the barrel onto your paintball gun and also helps prevent potential issues with cross threading. There are a variety of brands that make 98 threaded paintball barrels such as the Headhunter barrel by Killhouse Weapon Systems. Get a 98 threaded freak back to properly size your paint and achieve the best consistency from your paintball gun. Compatible paintball guns: Tippmann 98, TPN Sierra One, Tippmann Bravo One Elite, Tippmann FT-12.
A5 Threaded Barrels A5 threaded barrels are common amongst the Tippmann A5, X7 Phenom, Gryphon, Cronus and BT paintball guns. A5 threaded barrels are offer a perfect middle ground for quick barrel installment and a good air seal. You also have the choice to go with a New A5 Flatline Barrel that is specifically designed to fit your Tippmann A5s barrel adapter.A5 threaded barrels are easily found from brands such as Killhouse Weapon Systems, Tippmann, Inception designs and many more. Compatible paintball guns: A5, X7, X7 Phenom, TCR Mag Fed, TiPX, Cronus series, Gryphon series, Crossover series, BT-4 Combat/Slice, Omega series, Delta series, Killhouse Weapon Systems Omega series.
A/C Autococker Threaded Barrels Autococker threading, also called A/C threading, is a very common barrel thread among speedball and woodsball paintball guns. It has become a standard for the majority of high end tournament paintball guns. The fine design of the A/C threading allows for a tight fit for a better seal between the barrel and the paintball gun. Be sure to get A/C Autococker threaded barrels for your Planet Eclipse, DYE, Tippman, BT and Empire paintball guns. Compatible Paintball Guns: Egos, Geos, Eteks, Dye Guns, Proto Guns, Mini/Mini GS, Axe, Vanquish, D*Fender, TM-15, TM-7, Shocker RSX, Fusion FX, DP G-series, JT Impulse.
Spyder Threaded Barrels Spyder threaded barrels are easy to install and include a built in o-ring to help hold a good seal. Get the specific MR-series barrels with slot design for Dual Loading System (DLS) so you can easily switch from the magazine feed to hopper feed. Compatible paintball guns: Victor series, MR1/MR2/MR3, MR100 Pro, Hammer 7, Fenix, MR5, MR6, E-MR5.
SP Threaded BarrelsThe SP barrel threading completely screws onto your paintball with no more than two and a half twists. This allows for lightning fast barrel changes if you need to quickly switch bore inserts in the Freak Barrel back. Despite the thicker thread design of the SP threaded barrels, a tight seal is still maintained. SP Threaded Barrels have a specific threading designed for your GOG, and Luxe paintball guns. Compatible paintball guns: GOG Enmy, Luxe Series.
Killhouse Weapon Systems barrels offer great performance for a great price, and are available in the four most popular thread types: A5/BT-4, Tippmann 98, Cocker, and Spyder.Choose from the one-piece Tactical barrel, or the versatile Headhunter with removable tip. Both barrel types feature micro-honed finishes, and are mirror-polished for improved accuracy. Any Killhouse Weapon Systems barrel will give you improved accuracy over your stock Tippmann, BT (Battle Tested), or Spyder barrel, so shop with confidence.The Headhunter is fully compatible with LAPCO and Petrol barrel mock suppressors and barrel tips.
Upgrading your barrel will improve your game by improving your shot accuracy, range, and consistency. Badlands carries a wide selection of barrels for your paintball marker.
For more than 20 years, customers have been asking us, "What is the best upgrade for my paintball gun?" In most cases, our answer is simple, Upgrade your barrel!
Take a look at the typical paintball barrel that comes stock with a new paintball marker - it is short, lacks porting (the holes drilled along the length or at the end of the barrel), and does not have a nice mirror finish on the inside of the barrel. Why is this the case? Well, the shorter the barrel, the less money it costs to produce. Less porting means less machine time, which in turn also means a lower cost of production. Likewise, with the polishing on the inside of the barrel it takes time to polish a barrel, and time is money.
The length your paintball marker barrel makes a difference to the range, accuracy, and efficiency of your paintball gun. Paintballs guns are not firearms, however, and it does not hold true that the longer the barrel is, the more accurate it will be.
Although there is no consensus on the optimal length of a paintball barrel, most would agree that anything beyond 14 inches will not significantly improve your accuracy, and anything beyond 18 inches will simply create so much friction on the paintball as it travels through the barrel, that overall performance will be greatly reduced (more friction means more resistance, which means more gas will be used to propel the paintball out of the barrel).
While accuracy is important, you might choose a shorter barrel to lower the weight of your paintball gun, or to make it more maneuverable. You might opt for a longer barrel to better penetrate the bush and to allow you to stay under cover while making your shot.
The overall look of your paintball marker is also important, especially for scenario players. In some cases, you might choose a longer or shorter barrel to achieve the look you want with your paintball marker, and this is perfectly fine.
When it comes to choosing the length of your paintball barrel, your personal preference will influence your choice. For the best combination of maneuverability and accuracy, Badlands recommends that you choose a 14 inch long paintball barrel.
The porting on a paintball barrel makes your paintball gun more accurate, because it vents the gas that is used to propel the paintball out of the barrel before it reaches the end of the barrel. If a barrel lacks porting, when the paintball leaves the end of the barrel, it will be caught up in a swirling mass of gas, which will buffet the paintball, and throw it off its trajectory. This is especially true for paintballs that are not very round, as any inconsistency will be exaggerated by the swirling gas, and the paintball will be more likely to curve and slice off its intended path.
Porting also serves to quiet your paintball marker. The more gas that the porting on your paintball barrel can vent before the paintball leaves the end of the barrel, the quieter your shot will be. Without porting the gas propelling the paintball explodes noisily from the barrel all at once.
Of course, not everyone want s to be quiet for those who want to announce to the world where they are, we recommend the LAPCO Bigshot Assault with the Dishka Thunder tip.
A good quality paintball barrel will have a very smooth, mirror-like finish, on the inside of the barrel. Simply put, the smoother the inside of the barrel, the less friction there will be on the paintball, and the less gas can be used to get that paintball out of the marker. The smoother the inside of the barrel, the more shots you will get from your tank.
Bore size refers to the inside diameter of your paintball barrel. Most paintball barrels are made with an internal diameter of 0.689 or 0.690 of an inch.
Even the best paintballs are not consistent in size, and the diameter of a paintball often varies substantially, especially between manufacturers. You should use a barrel that best matches the paintballs that you shoot. This will improve the accuracy and consistency of your paintball marker, and can also reduce ball breakage.
If your barrel is too tight for the paintballs that you are shooting, then you are more likely to break paint in your barrel. If your barrel is too large, then the paintball will not create a good seal as it travels down the barrel, and this will make your paintball marker less efficient and less accurate.
A paintball is considered to have a good fit in your paintball barrel when you can place it in the end of the barrel that screws into the marker without it rolling out of the other end of the barrel, and when you can blow it out of the barrel like a blow gun without trying so hard that your face turns blue.
It is always preferable to use a larger bore paintball barrel then it is to use one that is too tight. A barrel with a larger bore will accept a wider range of paintballs, and is less likely to break paint.
A paintball barrel kit, like the Eclipse Shaft Boost Kit, or the TechT iFit series, help the performance of your paintball marker by allowing you to better match the paintballs you are using to the bore size of your barrel.
Many kits also allow you to change the tip of your paintball barrel, increasing or decreasing the length of the barrel.
Some paintball barrel manufacturers offer specialty barrels that will greatly affect the performance of your paintball marker.
Both the Tippmann Flatline barrels and the Empire BT Apex2 put a back-spin on the paintball as it leaves the end of the barrel. This back-spin creates lift and vastly increases the range of your paintball marker. You will be able to shoot incredibly far with one of these barrels, far outdistancing any other barrel.
Do not believe any claims that the Flatline or the Apex2 will increase your accuracy they will not. It is very important that you use a high quality paintball with these barrels because if the paintballs are not very round, then your shots are likely to spin and slice off as the back-spin exaggerates the egg-shape of the paintball. You cannot use crappy paintballs with these barrels and expect good performance.
The Apex2 has an advantage over the Flatline, because with the Apex2 you can adjust the amount of back-spin applied to the paintball, allowing you to fine-tune your range, or you can turn off the back-spin altogether and use the Apex2 as a regular barrel.