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Old 01-24-2013, 10:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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After Tom Kaye spent millions on barrel R&D results were thus: the barrel must be 6 inches minimum length to accelerate a paintball to 290 fps efficiently. Bore does not matter so much either, unless it's in the extreme.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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From the studies I've read (wow, I'm that lame), barrel length (8-14) has no affect on efficiency, accuracy or any of the above mentioned paint slinging qualities with a controlled bore across the board. - As a university graduate I will find said studies and post them but only if they are peer reviewed (again, that lame).

So as MAr said:
Try before you buy and see what YOU like.

The best thing about a/c threads is someone always has a barrel with that threading kicking around.

Try the long ones (compensation for a short barrel elsewhere?) and the short ones(cause you know it's not the size that matters but how you use it) and see what works for you.

In paintball there seems to be this trend towards having the lightest, smallest, tightest set up possible for performance. Smaller profile making you harder to get shot, lightest gun to make you run like a ninja etc...

but none of that matters unless you can put paint on somebody.

Personally I like slightly heavier markers with shorter (10-12") barrels because I find them easy to aim and play with. But that's me. 10" is enough for me to work with

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