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So if it is discontinued does that mean if i got a marker packadge that has this barrel then it wont be there or would you replace it with a different barrel. Or stock barrel of the marker (reffering to the tippmann a5 deluxe pack)
I love this barrel Iam using it with the Tippman crossover it works great.
Unlike the other reviewers, this barrel was actually recommended to me (along with a couple of others) but I went with it because it was on sale. Normally, this is a tactic that doesn't necessarily pan out, but I got very lucky this time. The barrel is great - two days, two cases of paint on a very, very humid weekend, and not a single round chopped.
As for actual performance, it was noticeable. Granted, I'm used to using a stock A5 barrel, so a roll of cardboard that's longer than 8 inches would have been an upgrade...but this barrel provided a pronounced upgrade. There are definitely limitations (it's an air-powered .69 caliber musket, after all), but it shoots remarkably straight considering.
The spiral porting looks a lot more pronounced in the picture, which originally made me a little leery, but once it's on the marker, you don't notice it. There is, however, an annoying logo printed on the base, which is in white, and breaks up the otherwise great lines. Personal preference, I know, but I'm debating whether I want to try to find a solvent that gets it off. The barrel also will occasionally unscrew itself maybe a quarter-turn over a period of a couple of hours, but I never actually had it fall off.
I'm very happy with the money I spent on this barrel. It performs like barrels six inches longer.
Like other reviewers, I also was offered this in place of a JJ Ceramic and I admit to being sceptical as the JJ generally has gleaming reviews whilst the Pathogen has mixed. But Hustle assured me it was comparable and their word is golden imo.
I play in the UK hybrid scene, where Tippmann 98 and BT4 site guns are predominant. Accuracy-wise, the Pathogen 2 holds its own against even Hammerhead rifled barrels (which my team has an extensive collection of). This isn't so surprising, since if you dial in your A5 for each barrel, it'll be roughly as accurate regardless, when shooting budget paint at least.
The Pathogen 2 hasn't had any problems shooting budget paint so far, though it isn't "self-cleaning". I doubt any barrel truly is. You can shoot through a breakage, but it's not like the next ball whips out a mop and bucket and cleans the inside of the barrel. Accuracy is still affected.
Where the Pathogen 2 really succeeds is its quietness. Compared to all the other barrels I've heard on the field, this is by far the quietest. It's almost eerie. Is that the full-length spiral porting at work? Or maybe I'm just over-exposed to noisy barrels.
If you can convince Hustle to do you a deal on one of these barrels, and want a barrel that's accurate but also a talking point, try the Pathogen 2.