Paintball barrels are essential for those who want to improve the accuracy of their game. And they differ greatly depending on brand and price range.
They differ in the material from which they’re made, in their diameter and length. So if you are planning to upgrade your paintball barrel (which you should if you want to see an improvement in accuracy), you should really know how to pick a good one.
Do Paintball Barrels Make A Difference?
The right paintball barrel definitely makes a difference. The longer it is, the more range and accuracy you’ll have. The shorter it is, the more mobility. Holes give you better airflow, and thus better range and quieter shots. And better polish means smoother shots.
So, yes, paintball barrels make a difference.
How To Choose The Best Paintball Barrel For Accuracy & Range?
I think the most important thing for you to start from is the size of the barrel. You can go anywhere from 12” to 16” and even 18”; this improves accuracy but makes your paintball gun significantly longer, thus harder to run and hide with. You should also consider buying barrels that have holes.
These holes help to improve accuracy to a great extent, as they allow better airflow. I have tested the accuracy of multiple paintball barrels across the years and found the below list to be the best among them. The below list is created based on their accuracy and price.
TRINITY Tippmann Cronus Barrel
This great barrel by Tippmann Sports (from which I also bought my paintball gun) helps improve both range and accuracy. It comes in a durable anodized aluminum finish and goes through a micro polish to improve its accuracy further. The VORTEX style porting (holes) also helps you with quieter shots and enhances the performance.
DeadlyWind Null Carbon Fiber One Piece Barrel
This is a straight-bore carbon fiber barrel weighing only 45 grams for the 12” version and 50 grams for the 14” version. It is one of the lightest and strongest barrels currently available on the market. It is ready-to-use with no additional inserts required.
The null barrel is built with a unique three-layer construction, unidirectional fibers laid up in a strong multi-vector pattern, 2×2 satin Twill external, and then a super-slick “Silk fiber” inside that can be safely swabbed.
Empire Paintball Driver XX 2PC Barrel
This product comes with a standard bore size of .688 and an overall length of 14”. It is compatible with pipe barrel backs of mixed sizes. The spiral porting improves the ball accuracy, which is a huge advantage of this product. Lightweight and pipe backs are available in different sizes, such as 693, 683, and 678.
Tippmann Sniper Barrel
This is yet another great product from Tippmann Sports. It is a 14” barrel polished inside and out and then micro-honed (abrasive polishing using stones and abrasive paper to remove small amounts of material) for extra accuracy. It comes with a 90 days money-back warranty which is a great plus.
If you have a sniper playstyle, such as finding a strong position and shooting from a long distance, this is a great choice for you. The spring-loaded design also helps remove the debris from the back end of your barrel and increases its efficiency.
The above list of products is purely made based on my testing and price concerns. If it helped you find a suitable barrel, let me know, and if you have other ones you think I should consider, please, let me know as well!