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zeroeswing Friday, June 25th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
6 months17 of 20 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
GTA 14" Sniper (so quiet!)
32 Degrees Carbon Fiber
GTA Flatline
32 Degrees Terminator
(read every single review for barrels of 9.0 and higher(if that means anything))
Marker Setup: 98 Custom
14" Hammerhead Battle Stikxx
Pro Team f/x Sniper Stock
DOP Rocket Cock
Pro Team Hyperstar Bolt (it does work!)
Dark Horizon Lite Titanium Hammer
ACI HPA Coiled Remote Deluxe Pro (I got this when I paid for a $20 cheaper one)
BSA 3-9x 50mm Scope (longer than my marker!)
Recommended
Paintballs:
Whatever size fits best. Get a ball gauge to test. Mine is .688.
Matching paint to barrel is the best way to get more accuracy.
Strengths: Accurate
Quiet
Not the lightest but very light
(continued below)
Weaknesses: (see below)
Review: By the way, I am not part of Hammerhead. I feel sorry for those who think I am.d

First of all, let me say that this barrel is not, I repeat, NOT an average rifled barrel made to trick you into thinking it works. It DOES work. The whole concept behind it and the point of making it is that it is shooting paintballs, not bullets. Paintballs have liquid inside. It is NOTHING like an ice cube in water and the cup is the shell. The paint in a paintball is much more viscous, you will notice (If you get hit by one). It is more like yogurt or somewhat watery yogurt. The makers of this barrel, if you read more about them, had this liquid in mind when they wanted to make a barrel that spins the paintball. The barrel gives only a slight turn to the paintball, which DOES work. People say it only works with bullets. Pffff. Rubbish. It does work on paintballs. You can spin any type of ball like that, so why not a paintball. As seen in the Hammerhead, it does make a much more accurate marker.

This barrel is so accurate it's crazy. It goes exactly where I want it to go ball on top of ball hopper on top of hopper at any distance a marker can shoot. I can't begin to explain my amazement at its accuracy. Another very useful thing is that the ball will always break on target. The company promises 99% percent of the time. That is definitely true provided you keep it clean.

There is a bad point. After a while of playing and the minuscule amounts of ball breaks you will get, you have to clean it. A squeegee will not do. Crud gets stuck in the little grooves in between the rifling that is hard to get out. I use toilet paper or a clothe scrub head thingy that I have.

A very convenient thing is about ball breaks. If and when you get them (I've never heard of a barrel that didn't break once), you simply keep firing and it will start to fire like new again. Of course, over time, if you do not clean the crud that builds up in those grooves over a dozen games or so, the barrel wil suck. You will notice how much more ball bounces you will get and a sharp decrease in accuracy. Once again, keep those grooves clean, and the barrel will be the best.

This barrel is pretty dang quiet if you ask me. It directs the noise back towards the shooter. The effect of this is downrange people hear you a lot less than you hear yourself. It might not compare in quietness to a good amount of others, but it is still up there in the ranks of the quiet barrels.

This barrel adds barely any weight to your marker, so don't worry about that. It is very light. There may be a lighter barrel, but it is definitely not nearly as accurate.

When I first got this barrel, it was 12". I ordered 14". I didn't notice until just recently. Guess what. I called Paul Judson (President of Hammerhead), told him about the problem and he replaced it no questions asked (except "what size did you want", etc.). Now I have a brand new, better than before Battle Stikxx. I think it looks so much cooler.

I say better because Mr. Judson noted that the manufacturer for his company had changed and that no defects are possible because of the quality. I can vouch for that because the quality of the barrel he sent was so much better than the first.

When I first decided this barrel, its rating here was 10. After I purchased it, the rating declined rapidly to 9.0 or something that scared me. There was nothing I could do because I had already bought it. However, when it arrived, I was definitely satisfied and content with my purchase. It far exceeded my expectations.

For anyone who bought this and was not happy, I strongly believe you got a defect. Simply call Mr. Judson, and tell him. He will be so happy so send you a replacement.
You will definitely be happy with the new one he will send.
Conclusion: I highly recommend this barrel to anyone who holds accuracy to be the most important trait of a barrel. Along with that is it's always break on target ability. Remember to clean it, though. I gave it a 10 because it's such an awesome barrel. The good far outweighs the bad. The customer service is so frigging awesome. After 6 months, they replaced it for a much better quality one. I am so very content with this barrel and anyone who buys it now, I know you will be content, also.

The price may be high, but I think it is completely worth it.

Sorry I couldn't be more specific. I am just too happy with this thing.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Friday, June 25th, 2004 at 9:50 am PST
 

Review Comments
Tom37 Monday, February 28th, 2005 | 10:26 am PST
10 out of 10?! obviously a company rep! where's that silent shot guy?! Supprised he didnt beat me to it.
Just kiddin- good review
Last edited on Saturday, April 2nd, 2005 at 3:59 am PST
   

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