Hi everyone, first time poster, excited to be here, so I guess a picture is in order:
As you can see, I'm pretty firmly in the "I should really be playing airsoft" camp. Due to that, though, and kinda strangely enough, it causes some problems with deciding what barrel I should run.
The picture above is my "2011" A5. I run it with Deadlywind Fibur with A5 thread + Freak Boremaster. Love the setup.
A couple of years ago, I picked up an X7 Phenom hoping to "upgrade." It is fairly common knowledge that the Fibur with A5 thread HATES the Phenom, though. So, picked up a Fibur-X at the same time. No problems, right?
WRONG! As you can well imagine, trying to work with 2-piece barrels + inserts all the while with handguard / shroud limiting access, was utter nightmare:
- Inserts falling into the shroud while I was trying to install them, because the "front" (understandably) doesn't hold the insert in place...
- ...take advantage of the "lefty-righty" threads that the Fibur-X uses, and take the "back" off every time I want to change inserts?
- Unfortunately, the "back" should be TIGHT into the barrel adapter... and DUE to the "lefty-righty" threads it is impossible to tighten neither "front" nor "back" properly with the shroud in place...
- ...so, take off the shroud every time I want to change inserts? Ugh, that's terrible.
Thus, despite having a Phenom, I end up using the A5 every time I want to... you know, play paintball. This year I want to do something about it.
The Fibur, being 1-piece and thus swallows the insert, works perfectly with floating shrouds. As above, though, the Fibur is no-go with Phenoms. So, I'm thinking of doing either of the following:
Buy the Lapco AC barrel adapter for A5 (which replaces the Tippmann barrel adapter), then pair it with a AC-thread Fibur.
- Pro: Works with no chopping, apparently? Also better efficiency, somehow?
- Con: The only write-up I remember about this combination was that barrel test by Lord Odin, but I saw it on A5OG which is now dead. Does it solve the chopping problem? I'm not sure.
Buy the actual Freak "back" for A5, and then change the marker shroud to a shorter one like the Tippmann Assault Foregrip.
- Pro: I BELIEVE that the Freak back is longer than the Foregrip, so the "front" thread will actually be exposed. I will likely pair the Freak "back" with the DW Whip Tip, so I can keep using the Apex2.
- Con: IS the Freak "back," being 6in I think? actually longer than the Tippmann foregrip? So I can screw / unscrew the Whip Tip outside the shroud? Also, does it solves the chopping problem as well?
I guess I'm mostly looking for Phenom owners who either use the Lapco AC barrel adapter with the DW Fibur, or the Freak "back." Your feedbacks on their performance and reliability will be invaluable. Other thoughts are welcome, too!