by David McBryan
Why we chose the Empire Apex 2 Barrel System
The Tippmann A5 is one of the most popular paintball guns of all-time.
Most people who purchase a Tippmann A5 do so because of the wide world of aftermarket upgrades available, including sights, hoppers, E-grips, response triggers, and more.
But in this guide, I'll answer one simple question for A5 owners like you:
What's the best barrel for the Tippmann A5?
I'm glad you asked.
And the winner is...
Best Barrel Upgrade for the Tippmann A5
Perfection, thy name is Apex.
The Empire Apex 2 Barrel System is the best aftermarket barrel upgrade for the Tippmann A5, and it isn't that close (maybe with one exception — our first runner-up below). What makes the Apex so great?
The best criticism I've ever seen for the Apex 2? The adjustable ramp switch is too good and you might get carried away with fancy trick shots.
Case closed. This Tippmann A5 Apex barrel is one of the best A5 aftermarket parts, period.
The Empire Apex 2 isn't the only option out there. Let's look at three A5 barrel upgrades that just missed the cut.
Runner-Up 1, All-Around Play
If you're looking to upgrade the A5's stock barrel while sticking with Tippmann, you want their A5 Flatline Barrel. Note that the Flatline upgrade for the Tippmann A5 is different than the Flatline upgrade for the 98, though it's also one of the best barrels for the Tippmann 98 Custom.
The A5 Flatline Barrel can't shoot as consistently far and straight as the Apex 2, but it's good enough to take out marauding geese according to one Amazon reviewer.
Runner-Up 2, All-Around Play
Bang-for-your buck, it doesn't get much better than the J&J Ceramic 14" Barrel for the Tippmann A5, which also comes in a 16" length. What do I love so much about it?
In a vacuum, the J&J A5 barrel isn't as good as the Apex 2 or Tippmann A5 Flatline, but it performs reliably at a lower price point.
Runner-Up 3, Sniping
Let's throw one more A5 barrel into the mix: the Tippmann Sniper Barrel. You may be surprised to see the Tippmann A5 was our pick for the best paintball sniper rifle. It's upgrades like this 16" sniper barrel which make that possible. What makes this barrel stand out?
If sniping's your game, the Tippmann A5 with this 16" Sniper Barrel is your marker of choice though they also make a 14" model that performs nearly as well.
Yes, longer barrels give the paintball more time to straighten and result in more consistent shots. The drawback is that it takes more air to make this happen.
It depends on how into paintball you are. If you love it, then hell yes, it's hard not to go crazy with gear. If you're a casual or infrequent player then you likely won't miss out on much.
We strongly recommend the Empire Apex 2 Barrel System.
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