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#1 User is offline   A5Gunner 

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Posted 20 July 2006 - 01:48 PM

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Looks/Feel:
I have seen many Flatlines at my fields at the past, but I really like the looks on the A5, it makes the A5 get a lot of looks which can be a good thing. It was heavier then regular barrels especially compared to my super light Dye Ultralite, but it wasn't as heavy as some people say. The assembly adding it to your gun was pretty simple, just take 3 screws out by the front of the A5, take the barrel adapter out and twist the flatline clockwise in, it wasn't too hard at all.

After the barrel was installed, it felt all good and I was ready to take it to the chrono/testing area.

Chrono/Test Area:
I brought the A5/Flatline into the testing area, and right away compared from my Dye Ultralite I saw a magnificent amount of range and could tell it would go farther in game.ᅠ I was pretty impressed with just the first couple shots and I knew I would love this barrel. Before using the Flatline, I found reviews and many people say Flatlines barrels are not accurate. However, I experienced this differently in the test area almost all my shots were dead on accurate, not 100% all the time but it was close enough.

Velocity/Making it perform well:
While shooting the Flatline I found it best to shoot around the velocity of 270-280.ᅠ That is when the accuracy was the most consistent and range, etc.

On to the field...

Noise:
Before using the Flatline, I also heard that it is extremely loud, because of the fact that it really has no porting on it like regular barrels. I however once again have to go againist this statement. While I was shooting and in game it was not as loud as some people say. I don't like my barrels super loud, so it was a good surprise to see. It was still noisy compared to my Dye Ultralite but not extreme.

Range:
The range of the Flatline I would have to say was amazing while in game! We played in an indoor field. For this one game we were playing on a really big airball field which really gave the flatline advantage on. The game started, I am a back player so I was at our farthest bunker, my teammate who we were playing againist was at his team bunker. With his elbow sticking out in 2 shots I would say extremely far (150+ ft)? I got him and his Evil Pimp out right away.
I don't know the actual distance, but I know for one thing there was no way any regular barrel including my Dye Ultralite that could even come close to hitting that shot.

I was a big threat on the field all day because I had the flatline on, it gave me the power that I could outrange them and their shots.


This is a great barrel, and I deffintely reccomend it after how it performed for me if you are looking for the extra long range to reach out and touch someone! I only got to use it at the indoor tournament fields, I am now curious to see how it does outside in the woods and such. I would love to get the extra range outside for playing.
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Posted 21 July 2006 - 01:36 PM

i was wondering how you found the accuracy for the flatline? good or bad?
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Posted 22 July 2006 - 08:43 AM

THats good to know because i just ordered one with my A5 and ive heard there great barrels. Also i heard they were extremly loud, but its goo to know there not too loud. And A5 gunner, i heard they get alot of ball breaks. Is that true?

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 08:50 AM

View Postcky9337, on Jul 22 2006, 11:43 AM, said:

THats good to know because i just ordered one with my A5 and ive heard there great barrels. Also i heard they were extremly loud, but its goo to know there not too loud. And A5 gunner, i heard they get alot of ball breaks. Is that true?

they break balls if you use lower quality paint...they break because there's a dip in the barrel.....my friend that had his flatline stuck to marbalizers

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 08:57 AM

They break tons of balls if you dont use high quality paint. I had mine for about a month and got rid of it because i wasnt happy with it.

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 10:17 AM

I was able to shoot wild streak paint through my flatline barrel (albeit there was a noticealbe drop in performance).
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 03:41 PM

View PostNemesis39, on Jul 21 2006, 01:36 PM, said:

i was wondering how you found the accuracy for the flatline? good or bad?


I thought the accuracy was pretty good, but it did have a lot you needed to do to make the accuracy perform well. I maintained a 270-280 Velocity, if it got to low or high the balls would start to curve. In between that velocity it was great accuracy though. You should use high quality paint to get the best results.

I used PMI Stingers a so-so paint ($38) it cost, they shot decent out of it accuracy wise, so I would be curious to see how a high quality ball like Marbelizers would be in the flatline probably giving better accuracy. Marbelizers are also one of the best balls to shoot though a flatline because they are high quality, and have a pretty small bore size fitting well with the flatline.
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Posted 01 August 2006 - 01:10 PM

View PostA5Gunner, on Jul 20 2006, 04:48 PM, said:



The assembly adding it to your gun was pretty simple, just take 3 screws out by the front of the A5, take the barrel adapter out and twist the flatline clockwise in, it wasn't too hard at all.


What 3 screws are u talking about
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Posted 01 August 2006 - 08:31 PM

View PostSabre11, on Aug 1 2006, 01:10 PM, said:

What 3 screws are u talking about


The front 3 screws near the barrel adapter on the top of the A5.
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Posted 14 August 2006 - 05:56 AM

My flatline has been nothing but problems in the chrono range. i use the hpa and can not get the thing to chrono above the 250 range.

anyone have sugesstions on that by chance....
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Posted 04 September 2006 - 06:51 AM

View PostA5Gunner, on Aug 1 2006, 08:31 PM, said:

View PostSabre11, on Aug 1 2006, 01:10 PM, said:

What 3 screws are u talking about


The front 3 screws near the barrel adapter on the top of the A5.


The one underneath the front ring sight (also holds the sight in), and the one directly below it on the bottom part of the marker (you'll be able to tell-they're the only 2 small screws at the front of the marker). the third screw is the big one that holds the cyclone feed cup in. Don't loosen it all the way, cuz if you do and tip the marker on it's side, the feed cup will pop off. Which really isn't a big deal, it's just annoying.
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Posted 08 September 2006 - 10:09 PM

I've had my flatline since I got my a-5 and am happy with it I’ve shot wal-mart paint and broke only 1 ball in 5 games. I am really happy with it and my friends were amazed by the range it could put out there. The only thing I can tell wrong with it is when there is some wind it can affect the backspin and not shoot as accurate.

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 10:29 AM

I used a flatline for a while and did not like it at all. It just seemed like you had to have everything just right in order for it to shoot accurate. I loved the backspin and how it would fly far but at 20 yd I couldn't hit a 2' x 2' target. I guess it works for some it just didn't work for me.
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Posted 14 October 2006 - 02:33 PM

More than anything that review made me want an ultralite :dodgy:

Good review.
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Posted 29 October 2006 - 01:47 PM

We should do a review on the apex barrel, the flatlines arch enemy.
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