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Empire Battle Tested - APEX Barrel Information
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Empire Battle Tested
570 Mantua Boulevard
Sewell, NJ 08080

Phone: (260) 424-9100
Email: info@keeactionsports.com
Website: http://www.btpaintball.com
The Apex barrel allows the player to add adjustable backspin or sidespin to the paintball. This spin imparts a variety of curves to the ball making previously impossible shots possible. The APEX installs easily as a standard barrel.
 Manual: Submit a manual
 Release Date: 2005
 MSRP: $51.99
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 stars.
 Reviews: 17
 Rating Summary:
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Empire Battle Tested - APEX Barrel Reviews
Empire Battle Tested APEX Barrel I have had this barrel for about 2 weeks and played with it during a 2 day scenario game. It performed tremendously. The price is descent, and i only chopped 1 round when adjusting the curve. The...
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XNatedog1251X
 
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Join Date: Jun 2008
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $49.99
Pros: sexy look, shoot around bunkers, good range
Cons: maintenence= ball breaks in apex
I have had this barrel for about 2 weeks and played with it during a 2 day scenario game. It performed tremendously. The price is descent, and i only chopped 1 round when adjusting the curve. The dang thing took almost 5 minutes to unscrew and clean out the apex and clean the break, but then again it was a field strip. I highly recommend this barrel to any person wanting to upgrade their performance.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 4.7/5 stars.
Empire Battle Tested APEX Barrel First off, I didn't pay anything for this. I bought an A-5 off of someone used on the Special Ops forum, and it came with an Apex barrel. In the "price paid" part, I wrote what I sold it for, because...
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shadow_772
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Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Florida
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Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 2/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 2/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 2/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $60.00
Pros: Can be shut off (unlike flatline), see review
Cons: not as great as it seems
First off, I didn't pay anything for this. I bought an A-5 off of someone used on the Special Ops forum, and it came with an Apex barrel. In the "price paid" part, I wrote what I sold it for, because PBN will not let me put 0.00 in there.

Pro's:
-"Flatline" or "backspin" effect can be shut off
- tip can be removed and put on a better barrel with an adapter
- allows you to shoot farther

Con's:
- The "curving around a bunker" effect is not as great as it seems, and is almost pointless, although, when set for distance, it works fine.
- Not really (IMO) worth buying
- Not tourny legal


EDIT: I have written a much fuller review, feel free to follow the link and read:
http://shadow772.blogspot.com/2011/02/bt-apex-barrel-review.html

Recommendation:
I really wouldn't recommend it, I owned one for over a year, and I RARELY used the apex. I recommend it over a flatline if you are considering getting it for the range, but I really don't think it is worth it. Just my opinion.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Empire Battle Tested APEX Barrel The apex is a great scenario/rec barrel. It easily out distances the flatline and doesn't have as many ball break issues and you can switch the backspin effect on or off. If you expect to shoot...
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Twisted_Mister
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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: 765
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $35.00
Pros: Out shoots the flatline
Cons: people expect too much
The apex is a great scenario/rec barrel. It easily out distances the flatline and doesn't have as many ball break issues and you can switch the backspin effect on or off.

If you expect to shoot around corners, this isn't the answer. If you expect to long ball and out distance every gun on the field, buy the apex.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Empire Battle Tested APEX Barrel This thing is a lot more accurate with mid - high quality paint. If shooting monster ballz, etc....Well, just leave the cheap stuff at home. Mid level paint is great for even rec users... I...
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Bergman
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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Gates of Hell, Texas
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $35.00
Pros: Distance... Distance... Distance....
Cons: Time to adjust and get used to adjustments...
This thing is a lot more accurate with mid - high quality paint. If shooting monster ballz, etc....Well, just leave the cheap stuff at home. Mid level paint is great for even rec users... I purchased two cases of JT Hydro, and they performed great with my A-5/Apex setup... Death by paint...
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 3.7/5 stars.
Empire Battle Tested APEX Barrel I played with one of these and had to buy it; but I sold it shortly after. They're really fun, and they actually work (obviously don't do 90 degree turns, but they curve enough for it to be fun and...
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MVPaintballer
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 2.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Price paid: $49.99
Pros: Shoot around corners
Cons: More of a novelty
I played with one of these and had to buy it; but I sold it shortly after.

They're really fun, and they actually work (obviously don't do 90 degree turns, but they curve enough for it to be fun and to confuse people). They're outlawed in tournaments, and take too much effort to aim... so probably only good for scenario play.

Amazing design though.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 2.8/5 stars.
Empire Battle Tested APEX Barrel I got it after a scenario. I always have the problems where if you could only shoot 20 ft farther on a line. I got it for my cocker originally but since the bores so big like .689 the balls roll...
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bustizle_a_capizle
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Join Date: Jan 2008
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $55.00
Pros: cool looking, extra range
Cons: curves dont work jus a wase of paint
I got it after a scenario. I always have the problems where if you could only shoot 20 ft farther on a line. I got it for my cocker originally but since the bores so big like .689 the balls roll out. So i returned it for an ion version which rocks.
Contrary to what other people say it does not break paint when yo shoot fast.
The only problem that i had is when its cold it chops like crazy because its basically running into a piece of rubber to hopefully change tis direction so the paint ball breaks. When this happens (very seldom) you have to wash it in order to get good accuracy and distance again.
Basically a all around god product interchangeable between barrels if you want. I think theres also a freak front for it but IDK.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Empire Battle Tested APEX Barrel The Apex Barrel shoot well and is very accurate. The different ways you can adjust this barrel makes it a very valuable asset on the field.
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Join Date: Jun 2008
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $50.00
Pros: adjustable flight pattern
Cons: takes time to adjust
The Apex Barrel shoot well and is very accurate. The different ways you can adjust this barrel makes it a very valuable asset on the field.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Empire Battle Tested APEX Barrel I have 2 of these 1 on a bt4 ironhorse and its great in that it way outdistanced a flatline but at that kind of range breaks are unlikely. Which makes it ideal for cover fire while your front...
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Join Date: Dec 2006
Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 stars.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Price paid: $60.00
Pros: long shots
Cons: breaking paint at its max range unlikely
I have 2 of these 1 on a bt4 ironhorse and its great in that it way outdistanced a flatline but at that kind of range breaks are unlikely. Which makes it ideal for cover fire while your front players move up. I also have one in cocker threads for my invert mini with an Tadao board it also works well for long cover fire shots BUT!!!! at high rates of fire it will just shred paint. For example the bt e trigger i have is caped at 13bps the mini can fire as fast as my halo can feed which the chrno tell me is a avg of 28bps
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Empire Battle Tested APEX Barrel this came stock on my bt delta elite looks really cool seems like it performs better with high grade paint think these sale for 50.00 ...to me not worth it...havent had much luck with the whole...
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 stars.
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  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 2/5 stars.
Price paid: $1.00
Pros: looks cool
Cons: not what its cracked up to be
this came stock on my bt delta elite

looks really cool

seems like it performs better with high grade paint

think these sale for 50.00 ...to me not worth it...havent had much luck with the whole curb shot

do you really want to take the time to turn the barrel and adjust ????

not for me
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Empire Battle Tested APEX Barrel I've found this product to be quite useful and very fun to use for woodsball, especially when law tree branches prevent long shots. It is simple to adjust and use, even for new players: I lent it to...
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molybdenum
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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: MN
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $20.00
Pros: Effective, simple
Cons: The associated barrel is mediocre.
I've found this product to be quite useful and very fun to use for woodsball, especially when law tree branches prevent long shots. It is simple to adjust and use, even for new players: I lent it to a friend had never played before, and he was able to use it effectively after little explanation.

My only issue is that the barrel it comes on is a bit short for my tastes, and the porting pattern sits rather far back. This is more of a preference issue, however, and has no effect on performance.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
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