The porting of the barrel tip is unique in that it has 3 lines of porting that are scalloped which aids scooping out of air as it travels down the barrel. Only the last 4 holes are slightly larger and have a normal straight cut. The porting only starts 8 inches from the back to maximising air efficiency in keeping as much air in the barrel until the very last moment
The other unique thing about these barrels are that they are hand horned out of high grade aluminium. It rare that you get things hand made these days.
Whenever you change barrels – it will change the velocity of the paintballs coming out of the new barrel. So you would most probably have to go and get it chronoed.
When I re chronored with the Furious Barrel on it increased the spped slight from 280-290 to slightly above 290. I didn’t think much of it until later on when I chornoed for a game – it beeped it. My Cyborg and Ego have always been consistent that they hardly need readjustment but with the Furious Barrel on- it definitely increased the speed and needed to be tuned down. I am not sure if it quietened the notoriously loud Ego. I didn’t notice it that much but I noticed that after shooting 3-4 pods per game I still had a bit more left in the tank.
The first time I used the Furious Barrel it was trial by fire – I took a chance and tried it during our second round. My first impression of the Furious barrel that it was a solid performer. I didn’t know what to expect but it surprised me with its accuracy and more importantly consistency in roping the shots. I really liked the smooth delivery of the balls and even to this day after 3 tournaments shooting the Furious Barrel I haven’t had a single ball break.
In the world of carbon fibre barrels I still think the aluminium tubes are slightly better as they have a bit of weight which hold better balance on the overall set up. Carbon Fibre tubes are light but I think they off set the balance of some set ups especially if you have a heavy tank.
The other thing I like about the Lotus Barrel is that the back is shorter than most other barrel backs. It is more compact and thus lighter.
The other major factor is that Lotus Barrel is lighter than the 2 major stock barrels namely Eclipse’s barrels and Dye’s Boomstick barrels.
And surprisingly Proto barrels are lighter than Dye at 118 grams
To compare the difference in weight of Carbon Fibre barrels
SLY Dual Carbon 98 grams
Deathstix 95 grams
Which is why I think Carbon Fiber barrels are still a bit too light to hold the balance of your marker. I think a aluminium barrel like the Lotus still has a big part to play in paintball. It is much more affordable than a Carbon Fibre barrel- the performance is good if not better than most other ‘good’ barrels plus you save money and it maintains just the right amount of weight of your rig.
On a personal note this review is long overdue – my sincerely apologies for the long delay to Matthew. With Team Vicious now shooting Furious Barrels this is an exciting time for Furious Paintball and I wish Matthew all the best in signing more teams on and growing the brand further.
Review came from http://seburo.blogspot.com/