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fallout11 Tuesday, January 20th, 2004
Period of
Product Use:
1 year28 of 29 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
12 Volt Revolution with X-board
Marker Setup: Who reads these anyway?
Strengths: Very Light
Fast
Easy on paint
Well made
1 Battery
Microswitch triggered (no eye)
Weaknesses: Smaller ammo capacity (170 balls)
Review: I've been using the Ricochet AK for over a year now. In fact, I liked the first one I bought so much that I purchased a second one for my other gun.
They are far superior to 12-volt Revvies (I've owned several), and I'll explain why.

First, the Ricochet AK is a stripped down version of the Ricochet 2000, minus the unnecessary electronics and timer that I don't personally see any reason for. It also has a small, clear window in the left side, to see how full your hopper remains, which is of limited usefulness.
The shell halves are ABS plastic, of medium thickness. It is surprisingly strong, thought.
The newer versions, like mine, come with the new o-ringed necks, which allow you to adjust the neck to better fit your gun's feed neck or elbow. I actually ended up having to buy smaller o-rings than the smallest provided with the gun to get it in either of my gun's elbows. The neck is also corrugated.

The loader only holds about 170 balls, which at first I thought might be a problem, compared to my previous 200 round ones, but in actual use I did not find this to be the case. Less balls = lighter weight. The loader has a slightly larger diameter feed port than pre-BE Revolutions, and it locks open and snaps shut with ease.

The Ricochet only takes a single 9-volt battery, which contributes much to its much lighter empty weight over the Revvy. The battery lasts about 5000 shots, which is excellent. I've also had no problem with the craftsmanship or construction of either of mine, despite some comments on here to the contrary.
Ball feed rates are consistantly around 12-13 bps (I timed mine).
The loader automatically agitates after each shot.
Because the loader uses soft "weedwhacker" cord instead of rigid plastic blades to agitage, it is very easy on your paint.

Feed rates remain high even when the loader is almost empty, but begin to slow slightly as the battery drains (4000 rounds or so). An indicator light tells you your battery is getting low, also.
Another nice feature is the recessed push-button on-off switch, which makes it difficult to accidentally turn it on or off.

A novel concept with this loader is that it has a microswitch, rather than an eye, to detect ball flow. This means you are not using electricity when not agitating (no eye), and that the loader cannot be "fooled" by odd colored paint. Balls flow past, trigger the loader, which loads more balls.

Finally, the sharply-angled front of the loader tends to deflect shots from medium to long range striking the front of the loader. Combined with a fabric hopper cover, you might get 1-2 unbroken deflections during a full day.
Not much, really, but that isn't why I bought this loader. Still, not bad.
The angular shape does helps prevent hits to the hopper from harming the paint inside, a problem I had with my old Revolutions and non-agitating hoppers in the past.
Conclusion: I love mine!
It's faster, lighter, and better made than any revvy I've ever used, goes through batteries more slowly, plus might deflect a hopper hit or two.
And if I accidentally backed the truck over them today, I'd buy another one tomorrow without hesitation.
Highly recommended.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, January 20th, 2004 at 10:44 am PST
 

Review Comments
cmorris326 Tuesday, May 31st, 2005 | 5:37 pm PST
Is this a sound activated loader or is it one of the annoying continuous agitating loaders?
   

TJK12345 Saturday, July 9th, 2005 | 12:05 pm PST
170 ball capacity really isn't that small. a lot of electro hoppers can only do 150.
   

Pattons3rd Saturday, August 20th, 2005 | 10:34 am PST
it uses a sensor strip in the feedneck to agitate when a ball moves past. its neither sound or constant agitation. READ THE REVIEW AND YOU WILL SEE!!!
   

splatomatc Saturday, July 28th, 2007 | 8:55 am PST
how much was it
   

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