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#1 andrewthewookie

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:59 PM

So we found this little gem in the bottom of a bin in the back of the shop, and none of us have any idea what the hell it is. The only threading on the whole piece is for the screw that holds that little black knob at the top. The knob itself has the hole offset so it's not perfectly centered on the piece.

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:35 PM

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:40 PM

I dunno, should be working now.

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:51 PM

its a cammed barrel plug actually safer and better then barrel condoms but came out way to late and was to expensive
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:46 PM

its a cammed barrel plug actually safer and better then barrel condoms but came out way to late and was to expensive

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:41 PM

Awesome, thanks guys. :tup:

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 02:34 PM

its a cammed barrel plug actually safer and better then barrel condoms but came out way to late and was to expensive


Thing is, they're more expensive to make, less visually obvious and harder to store.


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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:09 PM

its a cammed barrel plug actually safer and better then barrel condoms but came out way to late and was to expensive


Hey look at that. my guess was right. I'm so smart. :lol: Of course, I only see the thread three days after it's answered. :P

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:04 AM

Yep I remember when they came out...Over priced barrel plug.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 03:31 AM

 

its a cammed barrel plug actually safer and better then barrel condoms but came out way to late and was to expensive


Thing is, they're more expensive to make, less visually obvious and harder to store.

 

Dunno about that, this one could fit in your foregrip and not flap around all goofy-like. Other than that you're spot on.

 

I don't think they were overpriced, personally, seeing as they were that much more effective than the other barrel plugs on the market at the time.

 

 

*edit*Apologies for the zombie thread... This subforum must not get used much if this is at the middle of page one.


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 03:34 AM

Actual name for it?I can't find it online.


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 03:40 AM

Actual name for it?I can't find it online.

Its called the "Benchmark Twist-Lock Barrel Plug."

 

People have complained of shooting while it was plugged and chipping the actual plug. It might look cool but I dont even think you can purchase a new one or replacement parts for it.

 

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http://www.youtube.c...h?v=gdv5mZH_eEw

 

And retailers who sell similar products but not ascetically. It locks in the same way as this benchmark does.

 

http://www.paintball...g-BABPG-0X.aspx

 

As for my second edit -

 

Benchmark is long out of business. You wont be seeing any locking barrel plugs pop up because a barrel plug is just... obsolete now. All fields force a sleeve/condom vs a plug. Although the locking plugs were much cooler and way safer they were more expensive and eventually they stopped making them. Benchmark was a manufacturer of Auto mag grip frames and things of that nature.


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 04:40 AM

thank you my good sir


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 05:20 AM

thank you my good sir

Basically - Look up twist lock barrel plugs.



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 05:38 PM

Benchmark is long out of business. You wont be seeing any locking barrel plugs pop up because a barrel plug is just... obsolete now. All fields force a sleeve/condom vs a plug. Although the locking plugs were much cooler and way safer they were more expensive and eventually they stopped making them. Benchmark was a manufacturer of Auto mag grip frames and things of that nature.

 

 

Benchmark is not out of business. They are currently located in Westbrook Maine, and are a subsidiary of Pro-Team Products (along with Armson USA, ProTeam Paintball and GunFX Tactical). I know they owners and they are very nice folks. They still make new parts and accesories for Autocockers and Automags as well as providing some of their older products, you can buy these at paintball retailers and directly through their website.

 

These  Benchmark Twistlock plugs were $14.99 compared to <$5 for a "standard" barrel plug. The difference in cost was mostly due to the difference in construction. The Benchmark was made of aluminum, available in 10+ different anodized colors, and had moving parts. The "standard" barrel plugs were a simple one-piece plastic tag, most made in orange, green or yellow, though sometimes black, with a plug on one end and a few o-rings (or not) to lodge it in the barrel.

 

In the early 2000s most major insurance companies determined that "barrel plugs" were a greater risk than "barrel condoms" or "barrel bags" - many of them could be "shot out" of the marker during sustained shooting (with increased ROFs this became a greater issue). This determination was made based on the performance of common cheap plastic barrel plugs, not high-end models which locked in place (like the Benchmark) or mounted to the barrel (like ProStars and Aces). I've heard the argument that barrel bags are "more visible", and while that might in some cases be true, in my experience the size and color aren't mandated by insurance companies - besides, many if not most of the barrel bags I see on the field are black, camoflauge or matching the color of the marker.



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 11:52 PM

Wouldn't that scratch the inside of the barrel?


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Posted 24 December 2013 - 03:58 AM

No, only the body was aluminum.



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 02:40 PM

Wasn't there one similar to this that could store in a foregrip?

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 03:58 AM

This one could store in certain foregrips, there was a packaged set sold. It didn't fit the older style which was more narrow around the mounting bolt.

 

PTP/Benchmark were making "Gadget-Grips" long before Smart Parts / Eclipse started marketing them.






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