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Barrel Cover [Original A5 Flatline] Apex 2 Tip Adpater [CP Tactical Barrels] One Piece Barrel - 16 Inch [A5/X7/Cronus Threads] - One Piece Barrel - 16 Inches [Tippmann 98]
Allen Paintball Products Barrel Cover [Original A5 Flatline]
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Custom Products One Piece Barrel - 16 Inch [A5/X7/Cronus Threads] - - Dust Black - .689 Inch Inner Diameter
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Provides effective camouflage for the original A5 Flatline Barrel System Custom Products Apex 2 Tip Adpater [CP Tactical Barrels] This one piece barrel from Custom Products gives you tournament level accuracy at an excellent price.

Custom Products Barrels have been the benchmark of quality and performance for years.
Quality barrel at a great price.
Tactical Barrel - 16" [Spyder Threads - MR Style] Tactical Barrel - 18 Inches Long - Fluted [98 Threads] Tactical Barrel - 3 Inches Long  [A5 Threads] Tactical Barrel 16 Inches [A5/X7 Threads]
. Realistic military style barrel. Tactical Barrel uses all CP barrel tips for a unique look. Custom Products Tactical Barrel - Black - 16 Inches - .693 ID - [A5/X7 Threads]
Tactical Barrel 18 Inch Fluted [A5] Tactical Barrel 18 Inch Fluted [Model 98] Tactical Barrel Tip - Mock Silencer Tactical Barrel with CP-15 Tip - 14 Inch [98 Threads]
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Custom Products Tactical Barrel with CP-15 Tip - 14 Inch [98 Threads] - Dust Black - .689 Inch Inner Diameter
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The CP Tactical Line is here. You won't find a more realistic setup than this. The standard 1 piece barrel comes with a removable tip. The barrel has been precision honed and polished, giving you the best accuracy of any tactical barrel on the market. Realistic military style barrel. Fits on the Custom Products Tactical series barrels for the ultimate in reality scenario paintball. Tactical CP barrel, with removable tip.
Tactical Barrel with CP-15 Tip - 14 Inch [A5/X7 Threads] Tactical Barrel with CP-15 Tip - 16 Inch [98 Threads] Tactical Barrel with CP-15 Tip - 16 Inch [A5,X7 Threads] Tactical Hand Shroud - Slotted
Custom Products Tactical Hand Shroud - Slotted - Black Dust
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The CP Tactical Line is here. You won't find a more realistic setup than this. The standard 1 piece barrel comes with a removable tip. The barrel has been precision honed and polished to give you the best accuracy of any tactical barrel on the market. Tactical CP barrel, with removable tip. The CP Tactical Line is here. You won't find a more realistic setup than this. The standard 1 piece barrel comes with a removable tip. The barrel has been precision honed and polished to give you the best accuracy of any tactical barrel on the market. Works with the Custom Products Tactical Barrel and the Tactical Hand Shroud Adapter.  Fits the standard AR-15 1 7/8 - 20 thread so the Hand Shroud Adapter is required.
Tactical Hand Shroud Adapter Tactical Picatinny Rail Tactical Picatinny Rail Tactical Picatinny Rail
Custom Products Tactical Hand Shroud Adapter - Black Dust
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This is the adapter piece that you need to adapt the hand shrouds to the CP Tactical barrels.  This will then accept any AR-15 shroud. Custom Products Tactical Picatinny Rail  - Long Custom Products Tactical Picatinny Rail  - Medium Custom Products Tactical Picatinny Rail  - Short
Tactical Tippmann A5 Barrel - 14 Inches Long Universal Barrel Tip - 14 Inches 3 In 1 Apex 2 Long Range Sniper Barrel [Spyder, 98, and A5 Threads] Freak Barrel Insert
GoG Paintball Freak Aluminum Barrel Insert - .675
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. Fits Dye Ultralite and Boomstick barrel backs.  This is a tip only and wil not work without a back. Use with a Tippmann 98 or A5! Single aluminum barrel insert for Freak kits.
Freak Barrel Insert Freak Barrel Back [98 Threads] Freak Barrel Boremaster Kit Freak Barrel Front
GoG Paintball Freak Aluminum Barrel Insert - .679
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GoG Paintball Freak Barrel Back [98 Threads] - Black
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GoG Paintball Freak Barrel Front - Black
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Single aluminum barrel insert for Freak kits. . . .
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GoG Paintball Freak Barrel Insert - .682
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GoG Paintball Freak Barrel Insert - .684
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GoG Paintball Freak Barrel Insert - .687
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GoG Paintball Freak Barrel Insert Aluminum - .689
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Single aluminum barrel insert for Freak kits. Single aluminum barrel insert for Freak kits. Single aluminum barrel insert for Freak kits. Single aluminum barrel insert for Freak kits.
Freak Carbon Fiber One Piece [Autococker] Barrel Fin Bore Sizer [Tippmann 98] 1 Piece Ceramic Barrel - 12 Inches [Tippmann 98] 1 Piece Ceramic Barrel - 12 Inches [Tippmann A5,X7,Cronus]
HammerHead Barrel Fin Bore Sizer [Tippmann 98] - Black - .690 Inch Inner Diameter
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J & J Performance 1 Piece Ceramic Barrel - 12 Inches [Tippmann 98] - Blackish Gray
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J & J Performance 1 Piece Ceramic Barrel - 12 Inches [Tippmann A5,X7,Cronus] - Blackish Gray
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. When properly matched to the paint being used, a sizer will enhance air efficiency as ball enters the barrel. When performance counts, count on J&J Performance.  The J&J Performance Ceramic barrel is an excellent choice for upgrading the accuracy of your paintball marker.  

J&J crafts each barrel to the tightest specifications.
When performance counts, count on J&J Performance.  The J&J Performance Ceramic barrel is an excellent choice for upgrading the accuracy of your paintball marker.  

J&J crafts each barrel to the tightest specifications.
1 Piece Ceramic Barrel - 14 Inches [Tippmann 98] 1 Piece Ceramic Barrel - 14 Inches [Tippmann A5,X7,Cronus] 1 Piece Ceramic Barrel - 16 Inches [Tippmann 98] 1 Piece Ceramic Barrel - 16 Inches [Tippmann A5,X7,Cronus]
J & J Performance 1 Piece Ceramic Barrel - 14 Inches [Tippmann 98] - Blackish Gray
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J & J Performance 1 Piece Ceramic Barrel - 14 Inches [Tippmann A5,X7,Cronus] - Blackish Gray
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J & J Performance 1 Piece Ceramic Barrel - 16 Inches [Tippmann 98] - Blackish Gray
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J & J Performance 1 Piece Ceramic Barrel - 16 Inches [Tippmann A5,X7,Cronus] - Blackish Gray
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When performance counts, count on J&J Performance.  The J&J Performance Ceramic barrel is an excellent choice for upgrading the accuracy of your paintball marker.  

J&J crafts each barrel to the tightest specifications.
When performance counts, count on J&J Performance.  The J&J Performance Ceramic barrel is an excellent choice for upgrading the accuracy of your paintball marker.  

J&J crafts each barrel to the tightest specifications.
When performance counts, count on J&J Performance.  The J&J Performance Ceramic barrel is an excellent choice for upgrading the accuracy of your paintball marker.  

J&J crafts each barrel to the tightest specifications.
When performance counts, count on J&J Performance.  The J&J Performance Ceramic barrel is an excellent choice for upgrading the accuracy of your paintball marker.  

J&J crafts each barrel to the tightest specifications.
   
 

Article written by (General Manager). I've been playing in the woods and out for fun and competition since 1997.

A good barrel should be the very first upgrade you do on almost every paintball gun. There are a few guns that already come with upgraded barrels but for the most part, the stock barrel that comes with a gun is not very good. In short, paintball gun manufacturers make guns, not barrels. They put their time and expertise in to those guns. Their barrels get the ball down range but that's about it. A good barrel, more than any other upgrade, will make an immediate difference in the performance of your paintball gun and your game play. Sure, you could upgrade your rate of fire, but being able to shoot twice as fast means nothing if you still can't hit what you're aiming at.

This article should help 90% of players find what they want. If you browse our barrel pages you'll see there are many other options for cosmetic barrels, tactical barrels, multi piece barrels and kits, etc. These are all good choices too but as a first upgrade to my first paintball gun I'd go for performance because in paintball, shooting your opponent is much more fun than being shot, regardless of how you look.

Paintball Barrel Buying Guide By Barrel Type

Straight One-Piece Barrels

Most every barrel out there is some variation of a straight barrel. They are supposed to make your gun more accurate by being made to tighter tolerances and having better designs than a stock paintball barrel. There are, however, aftermarket barrels that are no good. Just like any other product there are good ones and bad ones. Some are gimmicky and some are true works of art. There are many variations of the straight on-piece barrel but we'll get in to that in another article. For now we'll just mention that the Lapco 14" Big Shot Barrel is one of our favorites. They're incredibly well made to exacting tolerances. They were scientifically designed and have out performed all others on various accuracy contests over the years. And bonus, they're not too expensive. A bit cheaper but still very nice would be the Custom Products One-Piece Barrels. You can get cheaper and more expensive barrels but you won't find anything more accurate than that Lapco and you can't beat the accuracy to price value of the Custom Products One-Piece.

Multi Piece Barrels

These are straight barrels, but with a two piece design. They CAN be the most accurate barrel. You can change the internal diameter size to match the paintball size. We are still talking about .68 caliber, but the .001 will make a difference on how efficiently the air is used to push the ball and how evenly the ball travels down the barrel. The front "tip" can come in varying lengths but length has no effect on accuracy. Shorter barrels are easier to maneuver and longer barrels are easier to manipulate bunkers with. (The more brush you can stick it through, or more of an angle you can push into inflatable bunker.) Choose what suits your preference. The rear or "back" of a multi piece system can come in multiple internal diameters. The sizes vary kit to kit, but the variety of sizes is what you use to match the diameter of the paintballs. To match a specific size you will test a few balls from the center of a bag of paintballs. If the ball rolls through the back then it's too big. If you can't blow it through it's to small. How tight is again a little bit of personal preference. Tighter is more efficient but one odd sized or out of round ball and you could get a barrel break. It's best to allow for a little variance. With a full kit you have to ability to match a greater selection of paintballs. You can also start a kit with a single back and tip and build as you need. This can be cheaper than buying multiple complete barrels of different sizes. Kit options are about the same as for one piece straight barrels. Lapco and J&J make good kits. The TechT iFit is a great system that can be used with any thread matching barrel as the tip.

Long Range Barrels

There are only 2. The Tippmann Flatline and the Empire BT Apex. Both change the trajectory of the ball by creating a backspin on the ball like a slider in baseball. This causes the ball to skim along a flatter trajectory for a longer shot. This backspin does cause some accuracy issues though. Because there is movement up and down during flight it's harder to be consistently accurate. Also, any tilting to the right or left of your gun will cause the ball to pull right or left because of the spin. So these range barrels are great for that extra range (extra 100ft or so) and you can hit people that can't even come close to you BUT you do sacrifice some accuracy. Additional article about Effective Range (ER).

Hybrid Barrels

So what if you could get both the range and the accuracy? Well you can't combine both of these at the exact same time but you can almost get the best of both worlds. Many barrels are now available in an Apex Ready version or with an interchangeable tip/adapter that lets you add an Apex barrel tip to a straight barrel. The Apex tips are unique in that the manner in which they induce the back spin on the ball can be turned on and off with a switch on the tip. So by putting an Apex tip on one of the highly accurate barrels mentioned above you end up with almost the perfect barrel. At long range you can have the Apex engaged giving you the ability to reach out and touch someone. When the fire fight gets a little closer you can turn the back spin off and you're left with the excellent accuracy of a good straight barrel. Both the Lapco Big Shots and the Custom Product barrels can be configured this way.

Paintball Barrel Buying Guide By Barrel Length

12" to 16" is what you're looking for. Much longer and you start to get too much resistance from the barrel making them inefficient. Too short and the barrels are loud, they don't stabilize the ball before it exits, and they're less efficient because the ball doesn't have time to accelerate to full speed.

Paintball Barrel Buying Guide By Brand

LAPCO Paintball Barrels

LAPCO barrels are 100% made and assembled in Valencia, California, USA since 1987. LAPCO took barrel manufacturing to a scientific level and found the keys to paintball barrel accuracy were a precision interior finish, the size of the bore, cylindricity, and concentricity.


Paintball Barrel Buying Guide Staff Pics

Accuracy on a budget:

Custom Products One-Piece Barrels: 12-16 Inches

Best Accuracy:

Lapco Big Shot: 12-14 Inches
Lapco Big Shot: with Apex Ready Tip - You can upgrade this with an Apex tip later.

Best Range at the cost of some accuracy:

Tippmann Flatline Barrel
Empire BT Apex Barrel

Best Range and Best Accuracy as needed:

Lapco Big Shot with Apex Tip


Tippmann Barrel Thread Types

Different guns take different threaded barrels. Here's a quick reference for all of the Tippmann guns. Find your gun on our barrel chart to check which threads you need.

  • A5 / X7 : Tippmann 68-Carbine, A5, Pro-Carbine, Gryphon, Pro-Lite, X7, X7 Phenom, Crossover, and TiPx (see note below)
  • 98 : 98's, Custom Pro, Alpha Black, Project Salvo, Carver One, FT-12
  • TiPX : The TiPX does use A5 threaded barrels, but the barrel must have a minimum length of 7 inches to clear the body and in that 7 inches it must have a maximum outside diameter of 0.88 inches to fit within the body.