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TheMedievalMan Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
3 months5 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
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Products Used:
Gravity fed, always needs shaking, and you will chop if your gun is too fast.
Marker Setup: Tippmann 98 Custom with Flatline Barrel, response trigger, Richochet Apache (the updated 2005 model), double trigger, Clear Dye Sticky Grips, Rocket Cock II, Dead On Rear Velocity Adjuster and Tippmann expansion chamber.
Strengths: Fast for all fairly fast guns, can be a gravity fed hopper in emergencies, light.
Weaknesses: In gravity mode you have to shake it because the paddles get in the way.
Review: This is an excellent electric hopper for paintball guns firing no faster than around 18 balls a second. You could use it for 20 bps guns but it wasnt designed to keep the balls flowing at a high rate of fire at that speed. You must remember that the number of feed that the manufacturers advertise is usually how many balls per second their products feed off the gun. But the stop and go nature of a hopper that is on a gun might feed one or two balls slower than advertised. Or it would feed that amount, but expect ball pinching, or even chops if you fire at a fast enough rate for a certain period of time. I use a 98 Custom with Response Trigger that fires at maximum 15 balls per second and that is right below the maximum rate of fire that this hopper feeds. So I NEVER have a ball chop. Its a very reliable set up. This electric hopper is very light and I love it. I wouldnt replace it with a revolution or even a halo or any other hopper (unless they gave the halo to me for free, and even then it would depend on which type) because this one has exactly what I am looking for in a hopper. For example, if I run out of batteries in the middle of a game (which has happened at least once to me so far) its not a problem, I can still shoot in burst, or semi auto with gravity feed. The only thing however is that you have to shake it more than you would a regular gravity feed hopper because the paddles slow down the drop of the balls in the feed tube. But its better than not having feed at all and having to call yourself out or change to gravity feed, or change batteries as you are getting shot at! The sharp angles of the hopper do deflect balls better than a more traditional design, but that is only at certain angles, distances and speeds, which is still a better chance than other hoppers. Its also very light, I am surprised even when fully loaded how light it feels on my gun. I like the LCD display, the very useful the game timer, but it is a four button set up and it can be very annoying to have to change the time you need on the timer. For example, you cant go back, only forward. If you had to go to 4:00 minute game timer and you are on 5:00 minutes, then get ready to go all the way around clicking on the button past 99:00 minutes until it restarts just to reach 4:00 minutes. Very annoying, dont make a mistake and go over other wise you have to go through all that all over again! The built in 20 minute automatic shut off is useful to save on batteries for the forgetful, like me. And it holds a decent amount of ammunition, around 180 before you have to squeeze in an extra 10, which I do not recommend you try to do. As of now, the Apache 2005 models are the best, before that the early ones did not feed very fast but Ricochete fixed that by updating the internals. You can get new internal upgrades like a 2005 model if you own the early models pretty cheap I hear for around $10, maybe a little more, I dont know, try looking at their website. Also the feed neck can have the o-rings changed for different sizes for customizability, a very nice feature for flexibility.
Conclusion: You can get a Ricochete Apache for between $50-$80 in most places. I got an LCD version for $55. Its a great electronic loader that is very reliable. I must have fired 6000 rounds from it by now and havent chopped a ball yet because its around 3-5 balls per second faster than what my gun shoots. Get this electric loader for your gun if it fires 18 bps or lower!
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, May 8th, 2005 at 5:24 pm PST
 

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