I was one who did not believe in rifled barrels but had to try it,and i was not disappointed. I first used this barrel with old paint and Hollywood sports paint at that;big mistake,after breaking a ball it will not shoot strait until you completely clean it out,which can not be done on the field.After that i upgraded to better paint and the hammerhead shot like a dream.I've heard both sides of the story on this barrel and cant explain how it works but as long as your marker does not have a habit of breaking paint you will probably like this barrel
Like i said before if you don't break paint ,you should try this barrel
8 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, May 1st, 2005 at 5:57 pm PST
I have a new Hammerhead with which I have participated in two 3 hour speedball sessions.The only paint with which I have had problems was Rec-Sport, which broke about once every 20 shots. I have run over a case of Diablo Heat through this barrel without a single broken ball. (Tippmann 98C with Shocktech Delrin bolt and aluminum power chamber)
I am told that later manufactured barrels have a better polish, so maybe that is the difference in my experience and yours. I found that in an initially clean barrel, after a broken ball, three to six shots were all over the place (caused me to hit one of my own team in the back of the head). Each shot got progressively better until about the tenth shot , at which point accuracy was excellent again. A second break would blow the accuracy away and it would not come clean enough to get accurate again.
My on-field solution was to run a cable squeegee (the one that came with my Flatline) from the breech to the muzzle to remove the majority of the paint. Then I would follow up with my swab...and I was back to full accuracy again. Certainly I find it no more of a problem to field clean than I found with the Flatline.
During breaks in the action while they re-inflated the bunkers, I tried pouring a little rubbing alcohol through the barrel and following up with a cleaned swab bringing the barrel back to a shiny mirror-like finish
Last edited on Wednesday, May 4th, 2005 at 11:55 am PST