This is a review of a 12.5 Hammer Head Battle Stikxx with 5 Fin Kit.
I actually own and play with this barrel, and I do not work for, or am affiliated in any way, with Hammer Head; I bought this barrel used so I have not even bought anything from them either, but to be honest I do live in the same state.
As someone who likes to shoot real guns, one of the biggest complaints I have about paintball is accuracy. Granted I am using a Tippmann A5, but I still would have thought Paintball markers would be more accurate than what I experienced when I first got into the sport. So I have been on the lookout for anything I can do to improve the accuracy.
After reading some reviews here, I shied away from the Hammer Head because of price and uncertainty, but when I found a used one with 5 fin kit for cheap I decided it was worth the risk.
Right out of the shipping box I could see the HH was the finest machined paintball barrel I have ever seen. Even critics who don’t like this barrel have commented on the superb quality and machining of this barrel, it has a real solid look and feel. The riffling is really beautiful, and not nearly as extreme as I had been lead to believe. It’s basically a gentle twist of smooth ridges along the length of the barrel, does not look like something that would cut a paintball.
The barrel comes with a choke system. They are little adapters sized .693, .690, .688, .686, and .683 and HH calls them “fins”. With this system also comes a gauge to measure your paintballs so you can choose a “fin” that matches. After playing with this for about a month now the only fins I have used are the .693 and .690 Granted I have only got 2 cases of paint through it, maybe once I get a chance to try different paint I will get to use the other “fin” sizes.
Test Fire: I have an area on the side of my house for test firing paintball markers that has been measured at 85’.
The day I got it the barrel on my marker, I put hopper full of Marbs on it and was able to shoot 6” groupings at 85’. Out of groups of 10 shots, I was able to place 4-5 paint balls on top of one another in some instances (not every group) but this was not consistent…but it was still sweet, and the groups were still very tight as compared to my other barrels.
The first day I played a game with it there was a 2 or 3 game learning curve. The increased accuracy means you don’t really need to shoot as much, and that aiming and actually hitting what you aim at can really happen. With my old barrel I would sometimes wait until my target was really exposed before I would spam them, otherwise I would just be wasting paint. Now if I see even so much as a hopper sticking out, I make a quick triple tap and have had some fantastic results. My game play is very different now.
In fact my last game at about 70’ the other guys hopper was sticking out just to the side of the bunker, I did the triple tap thing and hit the exposed hopper all three times. The ball on ball shots are not consistent but they do happen, and I feel the tight groupings give me an edge.
Suppression fire is a whole different game with the tight groupings, now when I lay suppression fire for teammates the other guys stay down, were as before they would sometimes stay put and return fire; it’s a subtle thing but it’s noticeable too.
Breaks and Cleaning:
After 2 cases of paint I have not broken a ball during play with this barrel. However a couple of times in between games I accidentally fired my marker while tuning the trigger with the barrel plug in… yeah yeah I know I am a dork…. Anyway, my squeegee was less then adequate for clearing the paint from the riffling and the next game I had paint flying ever which way and even changing course in mid air. I ducked down behind a bunker, took the barrel off and swabbed it, and then it was back to accurate and intimidating. Moral of the story, if you do break paint, a squeegee won’t do, you will have to swab it really well.
This is still my favorite barrel but your velocity needs to be constant and set around 285-FPS otherwise accuracy drops.
Combine this with a high-end marker and you shoot ropes of paint.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, February 27th, 2006 at 7:58 am PST