Smart Parts Dynasty Frame (comes stock on the Dynasty Shocker)
Smart Parts TonTon Frame (stock on the TonTon Shocker)
Logic 90 Degree Frame
Shocktech Shocker Frame (stock on the Shocktech Shocker)
Dark Frame (stock on the Warped Sportz Dark Shocker)
Must use the CCM trigger (but see review body). Grip angle isn't for everybody.
The CCM Ripframe (also available as the Dynasty frame from Dynasty's online store) improves on other 03 Shocker frames in what I see as three key areas:
*Finger space and ergonomics - A common complaint from Shocker owners is that the stock frame's trigger guard leaves very little room for more "energetic" trigger walking styles. Just about every aftermarket Shocker frame seems to have started with the idea of enlarging the trigger guard, and this one is no exception. The CCM frame doesn't have quite as much room as some other frames (notably the SP Dynasty frame and the Dark frame from Warped Sportz), but it improves noticeably over stock. The squared off design is particularly roomy for your middle finger. In addition CCM has left enough space between the front of the trigger guard and the regulator ASA to allow for 360 degree freedom for side-output regs such as the stock Max-Flow. No need for a 15 degree ASA to allow enough clearance.
The Ripframe also changes the grip's angle in relation to the marker body, giving it a feel somewhere in between an Angel-style 90 degree frame and stock. (I believe CCM calls it an 80 degree frame, but I did not actually measure the angle). I found the feel quite pleasant and the combination of the larger trigger guard and changed grip angle felt noticeably more ergonomic and "natural" than the stock frame.
In addition, the Ripframe has an integrated snatch grip that runs the full length of the marker body. I'm not a snatch grip user, but this one at least looks much cleaner than any of the aftermarket ones I've seen, and it stays completely out of the way during play.
*Trigger adjustability - Unlike any other Shocker frame I've seen, the trigger assembly is an integral part of the Ripframe's design. The trigger is adjustable for pre- and post-travel, activation point, magnetic strength, and switch contact angle. In addition, all adjustments can be made with the frame installed, removing the "pull it off, adjust a screw, and reinstall it" routine required with other designs. The trigger itself is a roller bearing design using an allen screw retainer instead of the usual press-fit retaining pin. The trigger has a removable shoe (retained by two small allen screws on the side) that will allow users to change their trigger "style" (grooved, wave, stick, scythe, etc) to suit. (Note that at the present time there are no replacement trigger shoes available beyond the stock two-finger design.) Anything from a .5mm, fast-returning mouse-click style pull to a longer, bouncier trigger is possible with the Ripframe, all without unnecessary drag, slop, or side-to-side play.
*User-friendly design - Everything just seems to be designed "right." There are channels milled into the trigger guard to allow easy access to the adjustment screws. The board retention pins are threaded and unscrew from the left side of the frame, meaning that board removal is a matter of four screws (two on the left side grips, then the two retention pins, no more grip removal and pounding pins with a hammer). The entire frame can be disassembled (board, magnet, and trigger removed) without removing the frame from the marker, and all trigger adjustments can be made with the frame installed as well. In addition the front trigger stop is part of the frame (most other triggers stop on the marker body), so a trigger job done on a loose frame will feel exactly the same when the frame is attached to the marker. With the trigger shoe and forward stop removed the trigger is free to swing all the way up and forward, enabling quick swabbing of paint and debris from within the frame, again without having to remove the frame itself.
Nothing is perfect, but the Ripframe is pretty darn good. CCM has created a great product that addresses the common problems associated with Shocker gripframes, and their take on the concept of a trigger assembly is a major step forward in terms of adjustability and user-friendliness. The Ripframe is also one of the best-engineered paintball items I've ever seen. Everything about it seems to be done "right," from the threaded board pins to the oversized access grooves for the adjustment screws. The entire thing feels seemless and very solid. The lack of available trigger shoes to cater to individual style tastes is the only major negative point at the moment, one that will presuably be addressed in the near future.
This product can be purchased at chipleymachine.com (you may visit the manufacturer's site by clicking the link in the description). In my opinion the grip frame is the second or third most important and functional upgrade that a shocker owner can acquire, the first being a high efficiency bolt (Smart Parts HE/Turbocharger for maximum shot count or NDZ Stinger V3 for smoothness and certainly better than stock air efficiency). The second upgrade is a toss up between this trigger frame and that of a vertical regulator. I don't care for the stock feel of the shocker trigger and personally would recommend the fully integrated system (grip frame/board retention/dual roller bearing trigger/snatch grip) that this frame offers. A CP regulator or similar will not drastically improve the feel and performance (easier to adjust and therefore easier to shoot faster) of your marker as this product will. Great review. One of the best that I have read thus far. Kudos.
Last edited on Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 at 4:47 pm PST