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#1 User is offline   Ommar 

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 11:39 PM

I have a stock a5 with C02. I am thinking of getting a new barrel. I almost came to my decision to get a 12" Labco Bigshot barrel. That is until I heard of the Apex thing. I was wondering if you could give me the lowdown on this barrel and if its worth getting. THX
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 12:06 AM

View PostOmmar, on Dec 30 2007, 01:39 AM, said:

I have a stock a5 with C02. I am thinking of getting a new barrel. I almost came to my decision to get a 12" Labco Bigshot barrel. That is until I heard of the Apex thing. I was wondering if you could give me the lowdown on this barrel and if its worth getting. THX

Apex is the way to go if you want more range. You can also put the apex tip on other barrels.
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 12:09 AM

The Apex is kind of interesting it puts a backspin on the ball and it causes it the ball to go farther. It does take some time to get used to. Because the ball comes out...drops and goes on its way. Unlike the flatline barrel which is more expensive you can turn it off and theoretically you can shoot around corners and do drop shots. I am not that proficient with it. Once you take it apart you'll see its a rubber piece that gives the ball the backspin...you'll have to check it once in awhile because it can get messed up if a ball explodes in your barrel...on the plus side when I called up BT they gave me no problem when I asked for a replacement.

As for use...I dunno. The ball does go farther, but it also seemed easier for people to dodge them. My buddy was using a Apex tip and trying to hit someone down range who was standing in the middle of a field, but everytime he would fire the guy would just side step the balls. The ball looks like it sorta just floats...but I'm not sure if its real or just an optical illusion. My buddy is thinking of just going back to his accurate J&J barrel. Myself, I am kind of undecided until I get some good trigger time with it...last time I went out with it...I was having all sort of problem with my paint and every 5th ball or so would break.

One final point, generally most people just take the tip of the Apex and mod another barrel to get the Apex range with the accuracy of their original barrel. I am unfamiliar with the Lapco barrel that you are thinking of, but you might be able to join the two.
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 12:39 AM

If you want, you can get an Apex-ready Lapco Bigshot. That way, if you decide to buy the Apex later on - you can just slip it onto your bigshot.

They put backspin on a paintball allowing a flatter trajectory. The trade off is that it tends to reduce your accuracy. Don't get the idea of being able to shoot people at 300+ feet. The Apex or Flatline don't really increase your effective range. Paintballs, no matter the barrel are just too inaccurate and are shot at too low of a velocity to be dependable at long ranges. What they do is take out the human factor of arcing up your shots.
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 07:22 AM

I agree. I've had the Apex for about a year and a half. The rubber ramp in mine still looks like new. I use the Apex for a little extra range but mainly for the flat trajectory which in my opinion is more useful than extra range. The woods we play in have a thick low canopy so the flat trajectory comes in real handy. I also use the dive bomb shots occasionally which are nothing short of amazing. I recommend getting the Apex ready 12" Lapco Bigshot and mounting the Apex on it.
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 10:22 AM

Before too long Lapco will be selling the Apex-ready Big Shot W/ the Apex already attached. If you wait and buy it this way you might save a little money by just buying one barrel instead of two.
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Posted 31 December 2007 - 01:16 PM

Anybody chrono an apex in the on mode? Does it slow down the ball?
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Posted 31 December 2007 - 01:40 PM

View Postag09, on Dec 31 2007, 02:16 PM, said:

Anybody chrono an apex in the on mode? Does it slow down the ball?


Yes, it does.

Be sure when you chrono to have the apex in off mode.
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Posted 31 December 2007 - 11:29 PM

Like how much does it down the ball?
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Posted 31 December 2007 - 11:43 PM

View Postag09, on Jan 1 2008, 12:29 AM, said:

Like how much does it down the ball?


It'll depend on how high a setting you use on the Apex. Try it out over a chrono sometime when you have spare paint to see what I mean.

I've seen as much as 25-30 FPS variation between Apex on max and Apex off.
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Posted 01 January 2008 - 12:24 AM

Ok, thats reasonable. I was thinking it could approach 50 FPS. Thats not too bad then. I wanted to know that before I "Buy it now." Thanks Thalion
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Posted 01 January 2008 - 03:38 PM

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 03:42 PM

What do you mean by "when its on" i have an apex but havent got a chance to play a game with it b/c of rain here but when you say "on" do u just mean sliding the little tab on the top of the tip to the front/middle of the barrel?

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 03:44 PM

apex is not worth the money period why do you need to shoot farther most of the time you are moving up to get closer not farther away to utilize the extra few yards an apex gives you
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 08:28 PM

I have had fun with my Apex. It does take a little time to learn how use the curveball mode effectively. Other then that it's a great barrel
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