Echo-9, on Jan 3 2006, 02:03 PM, said:
Thank you for the clarification SWATORNOT. Unfortuantly when i read your attatched thread it raised a whole new set of questions.
1: Now that the barrel is .691 and the gun is .68, do i have to use .691 cal paintballs, or will standard .68 balls work? I ask becuase i can't find calibers other than .68 ANYWHERE in town, not even at all the local fields.
2: Are the barrels as fragile or sensitive to scratches as that guy in the other thread claims? I know it sounds like an "Are you really sure" question but again, i gotta make sure or i'll loose sleep tonight. lol
3: If i order a 14in barrel for an A-5, do i need to buy an adapter for the A-5, will it come with one, or is it attached to the barrel for A-5's?
4: And again, do paper towels fall under things that will unravel the carbonfiber barrel?
Expect more questions as i come up with them. :me too:
#1- All paint is standardized as .68 caliber. The truth is the fine details are not found on the boxes of paint (Which I feel they should start doing), You can find the full size on a paintball size chart such as this one
. You want to find a paint that matches your barrel's bore size the closest, take into consideration what you have readily available and make a choice. You can get by using the .689-.690 sized paint, even though it is smaller I have had good results even with that. I understand you not being able to find the high-quality stuff and have dealt with that many times myself, just improvise.
#2 & #4- The barrels are not really that fragile, it is just that SiteMFG/Stiffi recommends not using a Swab to clean the barrel because it can damage the inside of the barrel, specifically catch on the porting and potentially unravel an uncoating portion of the barrel. Simply get a rubber squegee and you are fine. As for paper towels, I have used them on my own along with hot water, just rinse it out then send a paper towel through it.
#3- No, you should not need to order a barrel adapter, they do make them in the Tippmann A-5 and 98 Threads, some stores may not carry them or have on on stock, but I suggest instead of adding an extra expense to just get one with the proper threads. If all else fails and you can't locate an A5 threaded barrel then go directly to SiteMFG
and order one made with the right threads (Though you may pay more, it is direct from the manufacturer).
You can ask if "Am I really Sure" all you want, take it from me as a "Rep" of SiteMFG/Stiffi (Sponsored by them) that you will be happy with this barrel if maintained well and you use good paint. In your situation it will be hard, but don't give up on a fabulous product so easily.
P.S. In my sig is a link to another Stiffi Review with some comparisons to the DYE Boomstick as well....just for some reference.
This post has been edited by SWATORNOT: 04 January 2006 - 12:57 AM