>fires after every shot
>feed neck o rings
>sometimes skips balls
Deflection technology is mostly hype. After a year of use, my AK has deflected about 5 balls. It doesn't really deflect them, but rather the balls break, and the splatter is deflected. It doesn't leave any paint on the hopper, though. Some people say this is pointless, but i think it gives the hopper a unique design. Mostly all the other hoppers out there look the same. I also say thats 5 more deflections that a revvy wouldn't have given me.
The Rico AK will provide the same rates of fire as the other hoppers in its class; about 12bps. The only thing i have noticed though is that in drop tests, and when the hopper is on my gun, it will skip a few balls every after every 10-15 it feeds. I don't know why it does this, but I have heard of other people having the same problems also.
This hopper is pretty much indestructible. I have never heard of one breaking, and if it does, their customer service will replace it. I have seen photographs of a kid standing on his hopper, with no damage to it at all.
Ricochet's customer service is superb. If anything on the hopper breaks at all, they will be more than happy to replace it. The feed neck o rings on my hopper were wearing down, and they sent me a whole new package. You can either call them, or e mail them from their site.
>Feed neck O Rings
This is a very clever thing that ricochet has done. The o rings on the feed neck allow for this hopper to be used in any feed neck, regardless of size. This was helpful on my piranha, because with previous hoppers, i had to use electrical tape to keep the hopper in. That was quite annoying, and the o ring shave taken care of that problem.
This hopper only uses one 9vt. battery instead of all the others which use two 9vts. This will help reduce weight, though it won't make much of a difference.
The rico uses flexible weedwacker paddles to move the balls. This is a good feature, because if there is a blockage, the paddles can bend with the balls and wont break them.
The ricochet uses a sensor tab, which has its ups and downs. The sensor tab means that after every shot, a the hopper will agitate. This means the hopper won't wait for a jam to occur, then fix it, like a revvy, but rather it will prevent jams from happening. If your gun has lots of blow back, this can be a bad thing. Sometimes balls would be forced up the feed neck with my piranha, and would cause ball breaks inside the hopper. The balls would break, because they would be forced against a ball that would be stationary because it was being blocked by the sensor tab. This happened to me only 2 or three times, but it was very annoying to clean the hopper.
This is a very good hoper. I would reccomend it to anyone wanting to purchase an agitating hopper. Ricochets customer service is exellent, though you will probably never have to call them becasue their hopper is so reliable.