What’s the difference between the Classic, Mamba, and Stif-Stik barrels?
Basically these are all the same, the only difference is cosmetic. The Classic finish is a smooth
satin finish, the Mamba series have a shine and come in jet black as well as colors. The Stif-Stik
line is a patent-pending process that Stiffi invented where colors and designs and permanently
impregnated directly into the carbon fiber.
How much do Stiffi barrels weigh?
STIFFI barrels are the lightest weight barrels on the market. The 14” Stiffi barrel (our most popular)
weighs only 1.7 ounces. Our longest 23” barrel weighs only 3 ounces. The MF (Metal-Free) barrel
weighs 2.6 oz.
What lengths can I get?
Since we make our barrels in house, we have the ability to customize. We make Stiffi barrels
ranging from 4” all the way to 23”.
Where does the porting start?
Stiffi barrels have been extensively tested and proven to be the most accurate barrel made. The
placement of the porting on every Stiffi barrel is scientifically designed for ideal performance. The
14” Stiffi barrel porting begins at approx. 6 inches, while the 16” barrel porting begins at approx. 9”.
Stiffi barrels have a ‘zero co-efficient of thermal expansion’. What does that mean and should I
Everyone knows that metal expands and contracts with temperature changes. Consistency is
always your number one factor for accuracy. Carbon has a Zero Co-Efficient of Thermal Expansion
which means Stiffi will not expand or contract with temperature changes. So if you start playing in
the morning when the temperature is cool, your Stiffi barrel is the EXACT same size later in the day
when it warms up. So your shots are consistent throughout the day.
Why are Stiffi barrels so quiet?
Stiffi barrels were designed and created by engineers who understand carbon fiber properties, as
well as paintball barrel technology. The layered carbon-fiber construction dampens sound and
makes it incredibly quiet. Most customers say that the first time they shoot Stiffi barrels, they notice
the muffled ‘cough’ it makes. Greg Hastings, the famous paintball player and game inventor, calls
it ‘the shot silencing phenomenon’.
Can I use a swab?
Yes! Just be sure that your swab and your barrel are free from any sand or grit, as this could
scratch the inside of any carbon fiber barrel. Most players report that because of Stiff's super slick
MicroJeweled bore, they shoot through ball breaks. At the end of the game, they just blast it with a
sharp stream of water to clean.
What is the MicroJeweled bore I keep reading about?
Because of our experience in aerospace composites, we understand the nuances of carbon fiber
better than anyone. We created a proprietary process called MicroJeweling for every Stiffi barrel.
This gives the bore an ultra slick finish that makes your ball faster and almost self-cleaning after
ball breaks. Players report that they have to turn down their air, because Stiffi is so fast. Your air
will last longer. After a while, your air savings will virtually pay for your Stiffi barrel.
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Stiffi barrels are accurate
and extremely light. There's
no need for a squeegee
because they clean through
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The importance of properly matching barrels and paintballs
The concept of matching the paintballs you’re planning to shoot to the barrel you plan to
shoot them through is a pretty important concept! Just because all paintballs are supposed
to be .68 caliber doesn’t mean they’re all .680 caliber. It’s that next number after the .68- that
makes all the difference! It may not sound like much, but a paintball that is .681 will shoot
differently through a .685 caliber barrel than a paintball that is .689.
The concept of making a paintball fly straight isn’t an easy one. After all, we paintball players
are asking a cross between a water balloon and a musket-ball to fly as straight as possible.
The best way to do that is to shoot a high quality, fresh paintball made by a reputable
manufacturer and purchased from a local paintball store or playing park, and to match those
fresh, quality paintballs to a barrel that is a good fit to them. The way to make sure those
paintballs are a good fit to your barrel is to simply take your barrel off your paintball gun and
drop a paintball into the breech at the rear of the barrel. If the paintball rolls straight through
the barrel when it’s tipped downwards, it’s too big and this means those paintballs will
wobble, spin or otherwise not fly straight as they move down the barrel, leading to poor
accuracy. If the paintball gets stuck in the barrel and you have to cram it out with a squeegee,
it’s obviously not a good fit either, as this will lead to increased air usage to get your gun up to
the velocity you want, and increase the chances of broken paint in the barrel.
A paintball fits just right in your barrel when it is pressed into the barrel’s breech and it doesn’
t roll out, but can be blown through the barrel (when used like a blow gun) with minimal effort.
If the paintball rolls out, it doesn’t fit and if you try to blow the paintball through the barrel and
your eyes pop out of your head or your ears pop, it’s probably a bit too tight. Make sense?
Another good idea for obtaining the very best accuracy and velocity consistency is to use a
top-quality barrel from Stiffi. Why? Our barrels are manufactured from carbon fiber, to
aerospace and military standards, by expert engineers. Why carbon fiber? A carbon fiber
barrel is the lightest, strongest material available, much stronger than steel and even lighter
than aluminum, creating a barrel that you’ll barely notice on the front of your marker, except
when you try to shoot an opponent. You’ll notice it then, because you’ll hit what you aim at.
The hand-made carbon fiber used in Stiffi barrels is immune to thermal expansion, meaning
that whether it’s hot or cold, our barrels always remain the same bore size while other, metal
barrels, will change size, leading to changes in how the barrel shoots.
When you select your Stiffi barrel, match your barrel to your paintballs as best you can for the
best accuracy you can get! But just remember: when metal barrels are expanding and
contracting due to hot or cold weather, changing how they perform, the light, quiet and
accurate Stiffi barrel will always be the same size, shooting the same, and do it at a lighter
weight. Plus all Stiffi barrels are made in America , by American engineers and craftsmen!