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FlamingoChavez Friday, February 9th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
2 years1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Empire Agitated Loader
Marker Setup: Tippmann A5 (Primary Setup)
=Vortex mod
=E-Grip
=Off Set Rail Adapter
=Dove tail to picanny rail adapter
=Flatline Barrel w/ custom SMG shroad and Spec-ops foregrip or J&J barrel w/ sepc-ops =MP-5 shroad
=Palmer Stabilizer
=NCStar 42mm Red dot site
=32 degrees remote
=Car Adjustable Stock

Tippmann 98 Custom (Alternate Setup)
=Lapco Bigshot or Flatline
=Dark Horizon Titanium Hammer
=BSA Red dot site
=AK Sniper Loader
=Car Stock
=Remote Air
=Psycho Ballistics Rocket Cock
Strengths: Read below
Weaknesses: Read below
Review: I used this hopper on my custom 98 when it was my primary marker.

The Good:
-This hopper is really quiet. It doesn't silence its motor, but only agitates for a short time after you fire. Unless you've got a revolutionary suppressed paintball marker, this hopper isn't going to give you away.

-It has a removable rubber insert that drastically decreases the sound of balls bumping into each other.

-The removable insert can be removed (duh) for easy cleaning, in the unlikely event you break a ball in the hopper, or get some splatter from a ball break in the receiver

-The rubber insert deadens some of the sound that would come from the receiver, when you take a shot. I usually run either a Bigshot or a Flatline, and thats like using a couple tissues to muffle a cannon... not happening, but thanks for trying.

-Its hard to hit. I've gotten a couple ball deflections, not as many as I would like, but it has saved me a couple times.

-It gets a good rate of fire, I haven't ever outshot it.

-If you run out of batteries, it gravity feeds real well... which is a pain in the butt when you are taking it off your marker with paint still in it, (it all promptly falls out) but its a nice feature when you are actually playing with it (thats what its made for right?).

-After the rubber insert shifting problem was corrected, it made this hopper perfect for people on the run, but don't what to be heard while moving.

The Bad:
-THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM! While I was shooting, the agitator would occasionally get tangled in the rubber insert. The result was a hopper that had to be untangled before it would even gravity feed. This happened to me about 8 times in the span of 2 days. I would have taken the insert out and thrown it away if I hadn't come up with a solution.

THE SOLUTION:
-If you haven't read my bad comment, then do so. I took a couple paper clips, and bent them to the right shape that the insert needed to hold right near the ball drainage point and the agitator. I then taped the paper clips around the hole along the outside of the rubber insert. It took me a little work to get it right, but the problem went away.

-Later on, I bought velcro, and was going to velcro the insert into the shell (which might be an ideal solution, I was worried about the velcro being too thick though), but my paper clip fix worked so well I decided to keep it. If it ain't broke, why fix it? I've ran numerous cases through it, and haven't had the problem ever again.
Conclusion: If I hadn't gotten a hold on that agitator problem with a relatively simple fix, then I would score this thing a 3. However, considering that it works really well now, and its all I can ask for in an agitated hopper I'm scoring it a 9.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Friday, February 9th, 2007 at 5:55 am PST
 

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