On the airsoft market, especially in the area of AEG parts, we find little innovation I believe that it is generally due to the fact that the AEG construction enforces working inside a kind of a box. We are struggling with the ability to work outside of that box.
With the development of the airsoft industry, the customer base enforces new solutions so that their replicas can become better and better. Along with the fact that we are facing more FPS limits imposed by the players themselves or by law regulations, people still want to have an advantage over their opponents. With a set FPS limit, it is difficult to outflank the relation between FPS and range. Therefore more modifications that aim at providing the advantage within limits are being developed. For some time those modifications came in the form of flat hops. R hops, wide bore and others.
There is a new player on the market in Poland and Europe. Poseidon – this company offers a very interesting and innovative product. AEG & GBB barrels.
The barrel comes in a rather standard packing, nothing especially interesting here. The content of the package, however, is way more interesting. The set contains the barrel, special dedicated HU bucking and distancer along with a tasteful badge. What’s so special about the contents?
Let’s start with the barrel itself. It has two distinct notches one on the inlet and one on the outlet. You are probably wondering what are they for? According to the manufacturer, they create an air cushion that stabilizes the flight of the BB and increases its rotation. This, in turn, leads to better range and accuracy. The size of the barrel is 6,05 mm.
The manufacturer states that the bucking has a hardness of 60, with a distinctive pump up furrow. It is recommended to use it together with the barrel. The furrow is made like “tru-hop” trying to embrace evenly the HU bucking giving the best possible hop up.
I do not believe in measurements made on a sheet of paper. (…) For me, the range at which I can reach my opponent is a decisive factor.
I’ve attached the barrel to my Katana WE. It was working on a red cylinder and around 440 FPS. After attaching the barrel and bucking the FPS decreased slightly, due to the bigger diameter of the barrel to around 430 FPS. The bucking maintained robustness at all times.
There is one thing that you should know about the Katana. This system, which is sort of copied from PTW Systema offers many advantages although there is also one large disadvantage present. It is extremely fussy when it comes to bucking. Attaching a bucking with too narrow or too hard collar can result in damaging the BBs in the chamber and blowing them to smithereens. This can also happen when using low-quality BBs. I was worried that while installing this set that I will have to search for another system to perform it. Luckily everything turned out just fine.
The base set is rather low-end. Stock WE Chamber, PPS 300 mm barrel with Systema flat hop. It resulted in 65-70 meters of effective range at email@example.com. By effective range, I mean the ability to effortlessly hit a human silhouette. The effect was reached at 0.30.
After attaching the 6,05 336mm Poseidon barrel with bucking I received 75-80 meters of effective range. With 430 FPS I consider it too good. Only by replacing the mentioned elements I was able to gain a few meters without any further tweaks.
More importantly, the barrel was tested with different BBs.
I did not experience any jamming inside the barrel. The set performed the best with 0.30 and 0.36 Specna Arms BBs. where at 0.36 I was able to effortlessly reach 70+ with high accuracy.
Personally, I do not believe in measurements made on a sheet of paper I believe that they are not reliable for anybody. Every replica is different and the barrel is not the decisive element when it comes to accuracy and range. For me, the range at which I can reach my opponent is a decisive factor.
Before the installation of Poseidon barrel, my Katana was sort of an unwanted child. I mean I love her, I think that it is a beautiful replica but I constantly found it lacking something in terms of performance. After the installation, it compensated for this.
Is it worth it? It depends. The system definitely makes some things easier. Even a manatee can experience the power of a mini orbital-canon without additional mounting with different systems and hop ups. We receive a quite nice, almost “plug and play” system. I believe that this upgrade is really worth the money. But remember there are better barrels available on the market. They will provide a better focus than this model, although they will cost more and they will provide a problem with fitting the bucking. I am waiting impatiently for the bucking since they will be my to go to along Modify FlatHop and green G&G.