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May 29, 2010

Saturday Paintball Reruns...

From April 1, 2008

Yet another...

Just what the paintball world needs. Another "rifled barrel". Will we ever learn? There is nothing, NOTHING, a barrel can do to make a paintball go further (except the Flatline) or make it more accurate (especially the Flatline). Barrel manufacturers - STOP, STOP, STOP messing with the noobies' heads!


Crotchety Old Fan May 29, 2010, 12:43:00 PM  


I'd say you were 100% absolutely correct - if you were referring to gyroscopic stabilization induced by spinning the ball; the lands in rifled paintball barrels do not "grab" the ball the way they do a lead bullet.

On the other hand, if you are saying that they have absolutely no utility, I'll have to disagree: both the Armson rifled barrels and the J&J straight rifled barrels were/are tremendously accurate (based on actual lab testing);

the theory behind the armson is - better seal around the ball. Complicated to explain but: think about the spiral rifling's cross section - essentially two slanted lines. we think that the rifling gives a better seal by partially sealing in front of and behind the ball, rather than the "all the way around" of a straight walled barrel.

J&J straight rifling - can't say - but I do know that for more than 5 years I was using one with juswt about every brand of paint and I was not the only one to notice how well it shot. What the straight lands (relieved) are doing, I have no idea, but they do appear to be doing "something".

Richelle Shattell May 30, 2010, 6:23:00 AM  

Well y'know the old jokes about the sterotype with men being obsessed with length...

That's my only guess as to why they still continue to make longer barrels. That and maybe that it's just another thing to sell to those who like to accessorize, lol. Ka-ching!

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