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Bernin Monday, August 9th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
6 months6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

6 months
Products Used:
APP 240 rnd Hopper
Standard Hoppers
Marker Setup: Spyder E-99 Avant
14" Smart Parts Teardrop
Empire REloader
Bob Long Torpedo Regulator
Shocktech SuperFly Bolt
20oz CO2
Strengths: Read Review
Weaknesses: Read Review
Review: Basically, it comes down to this...

Speed: This hopper is definitely very fast at about 13-15 BPS which is about the speed of my gun so I was quite happy, this thing is definitely better than a revvy and other agitating hoppers but it will never be as good as force fed hoppers or the hopper system on the Tippman A-5. I have never outshot this hopper which doesn't say much about my skills but i doubt many people getting into the game can shoot faster than 15 BPS.

Noise: This hopper does make a whirring sound when it spins but it was never quite loud enough for me to notice during a game. If i ever did become anal about the noise, i could always just buy a cover for my hopper to reduce it.

Convenience: The only feature i didn't quite like was the auto-shutoff feature which means that the hopper can shut off without you knowing it. I'd much prefer an on-off switch that was either always on or off but its not a big issue. Since i usually get out before the game is over (cuz i play front), i just turn off my hopper and start it back up when the next game starts.

Sound-Activated: Basically the sound activaction is flawless, this hopper will agitate no matter what since it spins up every time you fire and keeps on spinning a little longer to make sure. It will spin up if you give it a nice flick where the microphone is and for certain times your hopper is hit but that isn't really an issue since all it is doing is spinning up. Someone shooting next to you will not make the hopper spin-up.

Construction: Rugged and capable of taking a lot direct fire without breaking

Upgradability: If you're not happy then you can always just buy an upgrade board from a different company and stick it in but i have yet to find a reason to do so. I think you'll be happy once you get this hopper but you can always go to a shop and see if they'll let you try it out to get a good idea of how it works.

!!Warning!! Be careful about reviews where people are getting a lot of chopped balls. ALL hoppers suffer from a problem where the gas escaping the barrel will also push paintballs back into the feed neck of the hopper and most guns with an eye will fire the bolt before those paintballs fall back down, resulting in a chop. This isn't really an issue when the hopper is full since you have 160+ paintballs pressing down, but it happens when you're running low. Going low pressure will help with this but it is a inherent problem with ALL hoppers. Also wonder if these people are holding their guns vertically or whether it happened when they held the gun diagonally to shoot around a bunker since that alleviates the pressure the paintballs would naturally exert each other and decrease the effectiveness of gravity.
Conclusion: I thought it was a good product and i would definitely recommend this hopper in this price range for sure. If you can't afford a force-fed hopper like a Halo B and such then get this hopper. It gets a ten for this price range.
10 out of 10

Review Comments
Zedthephish Monday, August 9th, 2004 | 1:53 pm PST
Good review. What you're describing in the !!Warning!! section is called blowback. FYI.

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