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af895 Sunday, November 19th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month8 of 10 people found this review helpful.

1 year
Products Used:
Palmer Pursuit Shop 14" unported Brass
OpsGear Interceptor 18" fluted
stock 14" ported SP-8 barrel
SP-8 Stealth Barrel kit (19" ported)
Marker Setup: Jungle Green SP-8
Extendable Stock
Tactical Rail Kit
TechT L6 Lightening Bolt
Clippard QEV
CP Regulator, Long
PMI Pure Energy 68/4500 HPA
PMI remote
Palmer Pursuit Shop unported, 14" brass barrel
Tasco BKRD30 RedDot Sight
Q-loader System
Tippmann Triumph SSL-200 hopper
X-ball Bronze, Silver
Draxxus Hellfire (see caution below)
Strengths: Lightweight, quality of machining, well thought out case.
Weaknesses: "Fins" (aka "backs") are only about an inch long. Does NOT self-clean, period.
Review: I bought this barrel not because of the rifling which I'm skeptical does anything but because of the stated quality of construction. I have to give Hammerhead kudos on that - this is a well machined barrel kit and extremely lightweight.

I ran over 2000 paintballs through it ranging from X-ball bronze (500), X-ball Silver (500), and Draxxus Hellfire (1000).

First off, I also several other barrels to compare - primarily a 14" unported PPS Brass barrel - the OpsGear Interceptor 18" and the stock SP-8 14" ported barrel.

With more consistent paint like Hellfire, there are less "zingers" - paint going off at an angle. This is regardless of barrel.

No question, the Hammerhead is more accurate than the stock barrel - significantly so. What I was surprised to find was that it is NOT more accurate than the very well made PPS Brass, unported one-piece barrel. I saw *slightly* more consistency with the PPS brass, at all ranges out to about 150', the length of my indoor field.

Paint Breakage
A barrel break in the Hammerhead is where things go way downhill. It seems like one barrel break will lead to another and the barrel just doesn't self-clean. No matter how much you try to shoot through the break (I probably took 20-30 shots after the break) accuracy and consistency suffers greatly.

Breaking low-end paint had a lessor effect - it seemed to clean easier probably on account of a thinner fill.

CAUTION: If you break Hellfire which has a THICK, waxy fill, it seemed like you had to take the barrel off to clean it as it really stuck to the inside of the barrel. (likely the rifling grooves)

There's a lot of talk about how rifling affects a paintball.
I won't make arguements for or against it but I will make a statement for consideration:

The APEX and flatline barrels cause a paintball to spin which has a clear effect on the flight path. It's a different spin in those cases (back, side or top-spin) versus rifling.

I don't know if longitudinal spin (rifling) does anything to stabilize a paintball but I would suggest the Hammerhead barrel is at least a well machined barrel which results in very-good to excellent accuracy.

"Fins" (Backs)
One thing about the Hammerhead system is the "fins" (aka: "backs) are extremely small. There's perhaps 1-2 inches of effective "back" with the rest being "front". In comparison, a Freak kit insert is about 6 inches long. I don't know how relevant this is but there are a lot of good barrel kits (two piece or inserts) that make use of a much larger "sizing" section (eg: the part you match bore with your paint). I don't know if this affects anything but it's a visible difference I felt worth mentioning. More research would be needed to determine if this has any bearing on performance.
Conclusion: I wish I could recommend this barrel but my results just don't justify it. Usual disclaimer: there are a vast number of factors that affect how paintball equipment performs - air pressure, dwell settings, rate of fire, paint type and freshness, atmospheric conditions (temperature, humidity) and user error.

My results are from informal testing with a freshly cleaned and greased and otherwise well-shooting marker, indoors, with fresh, high-quality paint of different types.

Even if the cost was lower, the lack of effective self-cleaning makes this a challenging barrel to use on field. If you break with a tourney grade paint like Hellfire which has a snot-like fill, God help you. Sorry guys - I know a lot of people love this barrel but, taking into account breaks, I just didn't have great results with it. :(

For accuracy with a clean barrel, I'd give the Hammerhead a 9/10.

Shooting through breaks it gets a 1/10 - it just won't.

Price: very high. I don't think you can buy a more expensive kit. 1/10.

Palmer Pursuit Shop brass is more consistent, less expensive and less hassle, having no inserts or backs to change.

I have to give the HammerHead "slightly above average" (6/10) on account of very good accuracy, way too high price, inability to self-clean and availability of other options.
6 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, January 4th, 2007 at 5:49 pm PST

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