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Posted 01 June 2009 - 07:05 AM

I promise I'm not bringing up a dead topic. :P I've noticed lately that the flatline barrels I've come across while looking at marker kits for my 98c have a screw on barrel instead of that long..... *vague gesture* Does anyone know anything about this?
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 07:13 AM

Are you thinking of the apex barrel?

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 07:28 AM

Nah, apparently a new flatline barrel "Platinum Flatline" was released not too long ago. I found this post on another website:


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The "new" Flatline does all the same stuff, it's just been redesigned a bit. They took some ideas and some barrel geometry from the A-5/X-7 Flatlines and applied it to the original 98 series Flatline. This means it's supposed to be easier to install, easier on paint, and it's got a Picatinny rail up there for attaching crap. Basically it's supposed to be easier to live with.

The only real downside I see on the "Platinum" version versus the original is that the new one won't have as much punch. Old 98 Flatlines were capable of throwing paint a little further than an A-5 Flatty. The reason it can do this is be cause it's a little more violent, which causes the host of annoyances associated with the Flatline in the first place. While the A-5 Flatline hasn't fixed the problem outright, it is still much more hospitable than the old 98 version.

Since the new Platinum Flatline has the A-5's geometry, it can be assumed that performance will be similar.

While we're on the subject, you should seriously look into the BT
Apex barrel. It does the same thing a Flatline does, but it does it better. It can fling paint farther than even the old 98 version, is generally more accurate, is much easier on paint, and has a massive amount of adjustability in comparison to the Flatty.

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 12:21 PM

The platinum series flatline barrel has been around for a while now. It is simply a different shroud with a rail on the top and a long metal shroud the goes over the top of your 98.

It was designed to be used with the new Platinum series 98 customs hence the name resemblance.
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 05:35 PM

People still use Flatlines?
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 05:46 PM

View PostF-3, on Jun 1 2009, 08:35 PM, said:

People still use Flatlines?


I know right go Apex or go home
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Posted 02 June 2009 - 03:43 PM

Why flatline? Because if you DO consider cosmetics when designing the marker it is a bit more versatile. See how Bob Endo did his here:
http://forum.specialopspaintball.com/index...atline&st=0

EDIT: Modified link to not point to 2nd page of discussion

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 05:11 PM

View Postsipbgod94, on Jun 1 2009, 07:46 PM, said:

View PostF-3, on Jun 1 2009, 08:35 PM, said:

People still use Flatlines?


I know right go Apex or go home


I have an apex and a flatline, and I prefer the flatline. The apex is just a big pain to dial in, but I'm over the distance thing and use a barrel kit now.
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Posted 05 June 2009 - 05:25 PM

View PostCapnStank, on Jun 2 2009, 06:43 PM, said:

Why flatline? Because if you DO consider cosmetics when designing the marker it is a bit more versatile. See how Bob Endo did his here:
http://forum.specialopspaintball.com/index...atline&st=0

EDIT: Modified link to not point to 2nd page of discussion

In that specific situation it was, and it was a PITA to boot.
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