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OlUncleGearHead Saturday, January 21st, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

1 year
Products Used:
Stock A5 Hopper
VL200 loader (back in the day)
Marker Setup: Tippman A5
Special Ops SD Shroud
Special Ops MP Mag to Remote
Special Ops Flattop Rail
Ricochet R5 / Proteam Tac Cap (depending on circumstance)
Bushnell Trophy Red Dot Sight
Opsgear G36C Stock (for now)
Pure Energy Remote
Strengths: Looks
Weaknesses: A bit noisy
Cap feels a bit brittle (although mine hasn't broken)
Review: We've all seen it. After a couple of games, you inevitably see some poor casualty walking off the field with the front of his stock A5 hopper dripping with paint.

In military parlance, it's called a 'shell trap'. A surface that gives a projectile a 'biting angle' and allows the object to penetrate (or in the case of a paintball, bursts). A paintball hitting a surface at a perpendicular angle will burst every time. The Ricochet R5 gives you an edge against hopper shots.

I spotted an R5 in a display case at my local paintball, and picked it up because I had had some extra cash bouncing around in my pocket. I play a mix of mil-sim and casual woodsball, so usually I use a Proteam Tac Cap, but decided it would be nice to be able to load up on paint when I'm just playing casually.

After a couple of games, I noticed that I'd get just about as many hits on my hopper with the R5 as I would with my low profile Tac Cap. Considering the R5 must have at least 3-4 times the surface area as a Tac Cap, the deflection angle works.
Conclusion: Even if you don't often get hopper hit, the possibility of the ball deflecting means more playing time, and if you spend more time playing, this hopper pays for itself.
9 out of 10

Review Comments
UnluckyDiablo Sunday, January 22nd, 2006 | 9:36 am PST
For the noise, get the "stealth" (also called the sniper) version, mentioned in the review below. One of the sites that advertises here on pbreview carrys them. It has a "dampening" coating inside that makes it less loud. Also, I believe these hoppers hold more paint than the stock ones. That is another plus. Good review, well thought out.

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