A) Wanna make it stock class?
B) Keep it regular?
Well my boy...I'm just gonna do the regular way...most likely if Silencer.1 responds to this he'll tell the stock class mods
The stock barrel is pretty nice on the Hammer...it's brass lined and shoots accurately with good paint (I.e..PMI Premium...a lot of Marbs break in my stock barrel tho) if you wanna keep it then thats cool...if you dont...pretty much get any spyder barrel...any spyder barrel would be good...me...I'd reccomend either a...
A) SP Barrel (Mainly All-American, Teardrop, or Progressive)
B) CP One piece
C) J&J Ceramic
D) Armson Stealth or Pro-Series
Ok, I put these barrels in the way I think they work best with the gun...if you want accuracy and quietness...then shell out $60+ for the All-American...thats the way to go for you snipers out there...CP One piece is just as accurate but not as quiet...J&J has good accuracy and ok for loudness...The Armson Stealth is really accurate with the right type of paint and sorta quiet...same accuracy with the Pro Series except that it's just as loud as the stock barrel! As with any barrel and gun...you need good paint to barrel match to get maximum performance...
Get any barrel thats black...it looks awesome with the gun...and try not to go higher than 14" on the length...if you do the gun is pretty long and you wont be able to tuck behind the bunkers as well as you could with a smaller barrel
Now you have your main upgrade...a good barrel...
The internals are also made of brass...if you got your Hammer second hand then definetly take a look at your insides and polish the striker, power tube, and bolt using different types of sandpaper and mothers mag polish...and if possible and if you want to...Drill the V/A, and the power tube to 3/16" of an inch...you'll get a higher air flow this way...
This upgrade (Thanks to Silencer.1) is prolly one of the better upgrades you can do (other than the barrel). First take the striker...and simply take the 1/4" drill bit and put it all the way though the side of the striker (theres a picture in the link i give at the bottom of the page) This reduces the wieght of the striker by at least 10g and reduces the bounce back and lets less unusable (not high enough pressure) Co2 to leak though...therefore getting you more shots off of your tank...and if you use 12 grams...youll get about 12-15 more shots per cartridge.
After you polish the internals and drill the striker...definetly check your velocity...it'll bounce around after these mods...
Ok...this one has a lot of different configurations....you could run a tank off of the back of the gun...the highest size tank I'd go when you're running it direct is a 9oz...any higher and it's really awkward and clumsy running a huge tank direct...or...run Co2 off of a remote...some people may not like that because of the remote line getting tangled...or (see a pattern here?)...buy an M16 bottomline kit at www.skanline.com
and run the Hammer on a bottomline...that'd prolly be the easiest way if you want the tank pretty much on the gun but giving you a lot more maneueverability...or...this is the way I have my Hammer...Vertical Air (or VSC)...simply buy a foot of macro or microline(if youre gonna use 12 grams only then use micro) a V/A plug with NPT threadings, two macro or microline connector elbows, and an automag V/A adapter (Or any bottomline adapter with two holes) at www.pbgear.com
(Under gun parts > automags)...put the V/A plug in the back, connect the line elbow...put line in...other elbow...connect to V/A...and then somehow put the V/A on the trigger frame...(ask me later)...also...if you run the Hammer by Vertical Air...then I'd use either 12 grams or a 4oz. tank at www.pbgear.com
Whew! Told ya that'd be long...
A grip frame is also a good mod for the Hammer and a lot more comfortable than the M16 frame...you can easily put a bottomline kit on your gun now and put some STICKIES!!!! YAY!!!...you can buy the .45 frame plus stickies at www.allenpaintball.com
for a cheap price and you could also buy a nice .45 frame (minus the stickies
) from ICD at www.skanline.com
Don't go overboard on a sight...you dont really need them unless you wanna be a sniper person...I have the Daisy E-dot sight...I like it...but I'd definetly reccomend a Brass Eagle Fiber Optic Sight....you can get them at Wally World (Wal-Mart...dunno which one you use) or at www.pbgear.com
for $8.99...they are really easy to use and cheap...by the way...the sight rail on the Hammer is a 3/8" dovetail...
Getting a spring kit also wouldnt be a bad idea...that way if you run your gun off 12 grams you can change the valve spring to a lighter one and the same with the main spring...or vice versa when you're running a tank direct, VSC, remotely, etc...you can get a Nelson based Spring Kit for $12.99 at www.pbgear.com
(Look in Gun Parts > Autocockers > Spring Kits)
Now its pretty hard to botch a piece of plastic...dont go out and buy a 12v revy w/ X-board...you ARENT gonna shoot that fast...believe me on this one...you are NOT gonna shoot 12 bps unless you have a pneumatic arm (I was quoted saying this once)...either use the 60 rnd hopper that comes with the Hammer, 10 round tubes, Virus 100 round hopper or any small hopper...you can use the VL200...its just kinda big and puts your target profile up there...and for elbows any 7/8" elbow can be used...I reccomend the 32 degrees adjustable elbow...and for the Hopper...just use the one that comes with the Hammer...it provides plenty of paint for the game (and its small enough)...just bring along a couple of tubes on the field with you and you'll be ok...
Now you ask...Where can I get all of these goodies?!?! Well...Really probably the best websites out there for getting Hammers and getting parts are probably the following...
- Great for the Barrels and Parts. Has a HUGE Selection! (Barrels, Spring Kits, Tanks, Remotes...)
- Has a big selection on Spyder barrels and good prices...Free shipping too!
- Has a lot of grips and parts for the Hammer...ok selection on Barrels...
- The only site out there that I have seen that has the Hammer...not sure about this though...some people say that they have gotten Mavericks instead of the Hammer...this site also has an ok barrel selection...
- Has the motherload of parts for the Hammer...including the elusive metal trigger frame...too bad that they're all out of stock
I'd give them a call to see what they have for parts...
- Buy the .45 frame plus stickies here...really cheap...and APP is really good with their customer services...they also have some cool looking barrels (Widowmaker I & II)
- Of course...good ol' eBay...thats where I see a lot of Hammers up for auction...good place to pick up a cheap Hammer (Get a barrel here too!
- Has parts kits and some stock barrels up for grabs...definetly give Kingman a call if something breaks (If something ever breaks) on your gun...they'll defenitley have SOME extra Hammer parts lying in a warehouse somewhere...and maybe even have some Hammers for sale too!
Hmmm...Well...my work here is done...please...no applause
...if this could get this stickyed it would be a big help so we could direct all of the future Hammer owners to here for their informational needs...Thanks!!!
The pic of the drilled striker and other upgrades are right here...Other Hammer upgrades (Includes STRIKER PIC!!!)