A-5 stock hopper, other stock hoppers, some electric hoppers.
A-5, car stock,
12inch all american freak,
A-5 to spyder barrel adaptor,
ricochet R-5 hopper (smoke),
32 Degrees remote,
Redz Flex-Tek 4+1 harness,
Bt fixed sight rail,
dye izon red dot sight,
16 oz Co2 tank.
Holds more balls
Deflects 8 out of 10
quiet (after homemade mods.)
Cap fits tight
Extremely loud before mods.
Blocks raised sights.
When I first saw this hopper I jumped all over it. Finally there was another more convenient hopper than the stock A-5 hopper, (which deserved a bullseye sticker right on the front.) The first thing I notice with this hopper was that it was louder than and elefant stampede during a church service. I quickly acted on this and made my own mods to quiet down the stampede. I'll tell you what I did so maybe you can do it too.
1. Grab an old piece of clothing that is dark, soft, and about a milimeter or two thick. (The more thick, the quieter)
2. Now grab scotch tape or duct tape and a marker that will be visible on the fabric.
3. Lay the fabric accross one side of the hopper and use the marker to draw an outline of the side of the hopper.
4. Cut out the piece of fabric and tape it in the inside of the hopper. Make sure you use enough tape to keep the fabric secure.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the whole inside of the hopper is covered with the fabric.
NOTE: This is easier to do with a smoke colored hopper because you can see the tape on the inside of the hopper. (You can take the hopper apart if you'd like, but be careful because the screws are very weak and easy to strip.)
NOTE2: If you want you can leave the cap uncovered so you can see how many paintballs are in your hopper without taking off the cap.
With this homemade modification I was able to make a hopper that is, by far, quieter than any other hopper I have ever seen in my 4 years of paintballing.
Now onto the bounce factor. The first day I used this was at a local paintball field that was having it's big game day. I was shot in the hopper, no joke, about 14 times. It sounds like a lot, but if your playing from 8 to 5 and there are medics to tag you back in during a 20 to 30 minute game with about 100 people on each team 14 isn't too much. Anyways, out of these fourteen only two or three broke and those were the ones that hit right on the side, everyball that came from in front of me didn't break. If that isn't a good ratio then I don't know what is.
One weakness this could have it that it restricts the view of raised sights just a little more than the stock hopper. It doesn't really make TOO much more of a difference, especially for me because I use the dye izon sight.
When I first bought this hopper it was really loud, but with my homemade mods it is the quietest thing ever! I recommend this hopper to anyone who is looking for good quality or even if you don't really care, buy one anyway, I got mine for only TEN bucks. I'm giving this a 9 because I had to make the mods myself, but other than that its a 10. Please leave a comment, I want to know if my reviews are of good quality or need work.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, July 7th, 2005 at 10:12 pm PST
Hey, nice review. I like the home mod, but i was wondering if you could buy a foam coating made specifically for this hopper that you could put on the inside of the hopper, because i thought i read that there was, but couldn't find any.
P.S.- Is the R5 that much louder than the stock?
Ricochete now sells the Sniper version of their product line. Which has padding on the inside much the same idea that you have that reduces the noise factor. Players who are interested in getting a noiseless Ricochete now has this option.