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Bellerophon Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
1 year
Products Used:
Stock barrel, JJ 14"
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5 with a drop forward
HPA 3000 and 4500
I have used WPN Weapons Grade, Marblizer and house paint from Giant Paintball in Bellflower
Strengths: Reach
Weaknesses: Cost
Review: The cost is hefty. $100 for the barrel and .688 fin. $200 for the barrel and 5 fin package.

I bought the barrel without any additional fins and used it like that for some practice, chrono and a day of paintballing in SC Village (around 100 degress out, and I am sure that affected my paint a little) and I wasn't all that impressed. It was my first day with my own gun (I had rented up until that point) and I was still trying to get used to everything. Looking back, I didn't take the time to really test the gun out like I should have. I was anxious to get in a match and put some paint on players. Who isn't right?

The next time I went, I spent some time watching tragectory instead of where the paint was landing. Don't get me wrong, both are important, but after reading a little more and having some patience, getting the right fps is crucial to accuracy. I had been shooting at 285 fps (the upper limit of the accuracy spectrum), but after dialing it down to about 270, my accuracy went way up. When I was first reading the ravings of ball on ball double and triple taps I didn't believe any of it. At 30 ft, my grouping was about the size of a softball. At 50 ft, around basketball size. Not too bad. I am still a novice when it comes to aiming properly, so I was pretty proud of myself.

Recently, I went to Hollywood Paintball in Bellflower. This time, after purchasing the 5 fin set, I was ready to dial in again. House paint only, so it was a great opportunity to compare accuracy with everyone else without the paint variable. I tested the fins and decided on the .683. Some of the paint was still falling through it without catching, but most of it was snug and pushed through without a problem. The chrono guy was surprised when he watched me tune down to 260-265, right past the max of 275. And I was the happiest I have ever been. I was now the guy picking off hoppers, barrels and in a couple instances, trigger hands. So impressed. Even though I was chrono'd lower than the limit, I still had the range of the other guns on my team. Moving through the buildings, I could pick guys off 50 feet away showing a barrel around a corner. At no less than 40 ft, I tagged a cheater on the barrel, above the trigger and finally twice in the hand to make sure he knew he was out. I think I spent 6 or 7 rounds doing that.
Conclusion: I recommend buying the 5 fin kit with the barrel. If you can afford it, you will not be disappointed. If $200 is too pricey ( and it is pretty pricey) then you may want to look elsewhere. I might add that their customer support is awesome. I spent a few hours emailing back and forth with one of their sales reps trying to figure out the best way for me to get the 5 fin set since no paintball shop in my area sold it. Gave me a tshirt with the set too.
8 out of 10

Review Comments
Vertigo_07 Friday, August 7th, 2009 | 8:43 am PST
Great review man- I've been debating on a hammer head for a while now.

Completely unrelated to your review, but kudos on your dealing with the wiper. That's the way to be man!

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