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Widow Maker Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
Empire Reloader 2, cyclone feed, Turbo loader, Revy, Eggy, Halo.
Marker Setup: BT-4 Combat with a Palmer Stab, Apex tip, Empire Reloader 2, and remote line running on CO2.
Strengths: NO BATTERIES !!! Made out of thick heavy plastic. Lid snaps shut tight. Good capacity.
Weaknesses: Well, I haven't found any weaknesses yet.
Review: I've been playing paintball for 20 years. I've always liked very basic marker set-ups. That's why I use a BT-4 Combat with a stock mech trigger. Even with a low end blow back you need a positive feeding loader. Nobody likes a misfire when you finally get that sweet shot you been waiting for all day. I'm always looking for a better loader option.

Even though I was VERY sceptical about the Archon hopper I went a head and bought one just because they are so affordable. I just went out back and tested this hopper out. I shot 6 hopper fulls of paint as fast as I could pull the trigger. To my amazement this thing actually works. I can't believe it. At my fastest I can probably shoot 6 BPS and it never misfired, not once.

I think most people that say it doesn't work aren't using it as it was designed to be used. I'm not sure it would actually feed the 11 BPS as advertised but it can be a great laoder if you follow these criteria.

1. Use it on a blow back marker.
2. The marker should have blow back pressure going up the feed neck with each shot.
3. The marker should have good recoil which will shake the hopper a bit.
4. Do not over fill the hopper.
5. Use quality paint that's nice and round with no paint residue on the balls.
6. The lid will shut VERY tight but you have to make sure it snaps down completely.
7. I recommend using it with a stock mechanical trigger at 8 BPS or less.

Don't expect miracles and I think you'll be VERY pleased with this hopper.
Conclusion: If you use a low end blow back marker with a stock mech trigger I recommend giving this hopper a try. It's very low cost and works fine for me. For a simple gravity feed hopper with no electronics it works great.
9 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 at 1:39 pm PST

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