About a year ago I had another account (can't access it any more), I got really busy and my return to PB got put on hold. Just getting back. Anyway there seem to be quite a bit of discussion about barrels and accuracy back then. Some pretty intense studies were linked or posted. I read through most of this and was following these discussions. The general conclusions of the studies and most here were that barrels really did not have much of an effect on accuracy. At least thats how I remembered it. I tended to think that was not true as my roots go back to 1989 to 1999. I came back a played a little in 2003-06. I have seen some crappy equipment in the past (and some good stuff also). The data (general conclusions by the testers), and considering the quality of the new equipment, and the very vocal opinions around here. Led me to consider that barrels really did not effect accuracy.
One of the studies was by a poster named Mann, I think many of you will remember the study. It is probally posted on here somewhere. Anyways since my return about a month ago I saw a thread on PBnation. With this study. There is a long thread in the Barrels discussion area pinned near the end of page 36, post number 754. A poster by the name of vihkr has quantified a chart usings Mann's 70' range accuracy test. It does appear that he can show that barrels might effect accuracy. I would say his table shows that paintballs have an effect also.
Take a look at it, and please post your thoughts.My link
Shooter, gun, paint, conditions, ect.... many things effect accuracy.... maybe even barrels???????????? what do you think?
Edited by Bugman, 05 February 2013 - 11:16 PM.