Product: Critical Paintball 100G Barrel
Price: $159.99 for set available at Critical Paintball's website
This past weekend I was able to test out the new unreleased Criticalpainball.com 100G barrel. I was pretty excited to see just how this barrel would perform because I know that Critical Paintball has made tons of quality products over the years and this shouldn’t be any different. Jon Paul, the owner of Critical, pulled a glass back barrel out of the back of his trunk and said “Allan let me know what you think about this.” I eagerly unscrewed my Dye Ultralite barrel from my DM9 and slapped this on. A Dye Ultralite is a great barrel that is very lightweight, but compared to the Critical 100G barrel, I felt like I was using a carbon fiber barrel of some kind. An Ultralite weights 128g on average while the 100G barrel received its name because of the fact that it weighs exactly 100g on the scale. Actually the Critical 100G Barrel may be the lightest aluminum barrel made as it weights 9g less than a Lucky Unitech barrel!
So a light barrel is fine and dandy but I’d rather shoot a heavy Lapco two piece then not have any accuracy whatsoever. Well after this weekend it would appear that my Lapco and my Ultralite may be taking some well deserved breaks in the near future.
The 100G barrel shot phenomenal through gameplay shooting three different kinds of paint ,Severe Tempest, Some purple balls from a white box, and WPN Toxic. I had no breaks inside the barrel, and my groupings were extremely tight across field. The sound signature of my gun, while already low, became noticeably quieter. Another performance gain that I do not think Critical was expecting was air efficiency. I had chronographed with my Ultralite before I knew I’d get to play with the 100G barrel and was sitting at 289 +/- 4. After screwing on the 100G I went back to the chrono to see a difference and was pleasantly surprised to see 314 +/- 4. I told Jon Paul my findings and he explained to me how the 7inch control bore not only increases accuracy but efficiency as well.
Aesthetically the Critical 100G barrel does not have any crazy milling or aggressive cuts but is rather smooth and simple, a style that I personally enjoy and believe compliments most guns on the market. While I simply used one gloss black Critical 100G barrel with a .691 back I was happy to hear that Critical would be releasing these as a barrel kit available in seven colors, silver dust, black dust, red dust, blue dust, black polished, red polished, and blue polished. The kit will include a .691, .693, and .695 back with a 14” front for $159.99.
At the end of the day I was quite reluctant to actually give back the barrel because it was definitely one of the best barrels I had used in recent memory and the price of $159.99 for an entire barrel kit you better believe that I’ll be ordering one these VERY soon. Extremely lightweight high grade aluminum, great style, more efficiency, super accurate: Critical 100G barrel.