Finding The Barrel Sweet Spot 3/4

by Sky Friend on September 13, 2016 — Updated: November 28, 2019

What makes a good paintballer is someone who can accurately shoot under pressure and simultaneously take into account team strategy and tactics. Shooting accurately requires the right equipment. You need just the right paintball gun, gun barrel, and loader. Your barrel is what makes or breaks the accuracy of your shot. In the last blog, we discussed how the bored barrel gives the accuracy you need, but you also need range to make your dream kill shot. Range comes from the length of your barrel.

Barrel Length

The length of the barrel determines the range of your shot. The average length is 12 inches to 16 inches. On a range, you can use a shorter barrel but if you are out in the woods you will want to go with a longer barrel for longer range.

Air Usage

One consequence to consider when using a longer barrel is your increased air usage. If you are using a longer barrel, you’ll be using more air to get the ball down the barrel. It is generally agreed that anything past 16 inches does not help accuracy, so save your air and go with a shorter barrel. Shorter barrels mean decreased accuracy but less air usage. Finding your sweet spot of air usage and accuracy is part of the joy of paintball.

Mix and Match for Perfection

Buying your paintball gun components separately gives you the opportunity to pick and choose the pieces that will give your just what you are looking for with regards to accuracy and range. For instance, The Macdev Clone GTI Dust White / Fire Splash marker would go great with the Bob Long Barrel Back .685.

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Tags: Paintball Equipment, Paintball Gear, Used Markers, Used Paintball Guns

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