Greatly improves sightline. No tool installation / snap fit. 30+ extra paintball capacity. Improved modification ability for top of marker. Lightweight construction / one piece design. Functional and aesthetically pleasing. Fits A-5, R-5 and Allen paintball hoppers.
The EastGate Design Offset Hopper Adapter is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
Clear sight line
New version is stronger
Holds more balls
Plastic still feels cheap.
Increases profile slightly
First off, this thing makes your gun look ugly. However, if you use a raised sight or scope, it's a thing of beauty. Now, I don't use a sight or scope, but I never liked how the A5's hopper sat right in front of my dominant(right) eye.
This product solves that by moving the hopper about 2.5 inches higher and an inch to the right. While this makes the gun's profile larger, from straight ahead it does not really make you a bigger target. I aimed the gun at my reflection in a mirror, with my mask (V-Force Shield) on, and found that the hopper does not sit above my mask nor does it stick out past the mask to the side when I aim normally. Though if I tuck in tight, the hopper sticks out above my mask a bit. To remedy this, I cut 3/4 of an inch off the top of the adapter and 1/2 an inch off the bottom of my R5 hopper and glued both parts together. This lowered the total height 3/4 of an inch and since the two parts are super glued together, I won't have to worry about the plastic cracking like in previous models. Unlike the previous models, the latest version of the East Gate hopper offset has additional plastic around the slot where the hoppers tab fits in. The plastic feels almost exactly like the polycarbonate used in the R5 hopper. It feels kind of cheap, but should prove durable enough for woodsball. Before cutting the adapter down, it held about 40 additional balls. Since I've cut it down, it only holds 25 more.
The only other product I've seen that does something similar is made by SpecOps and angles the hopper 45 degrees to the right and is made of aluminum. While effective in giving a clear sight line, the angle slows reloading.
I wish they made a low profile version that only moved the hopper up and to the right an inch for people who don't use sights. Oh well.
Good product. The new version is stronger than the original and this is a cheaper alternative to an offset sight rail if you use optics. A lower profile would be nice though.
Smart Parts 14" teardrop
Tapco riser mount
Swat Force Red-Green dot site
M247 SAW stock
Male Palmer's stabilizer
Bob long micro gauge
Micro coil remote
Offset hopper adapter
Ricochet R5 hopper
Gets the job done
Adds about 20 more paintballs to your hopper capacity
Enlarges your marker's profile
Plastic is weak in the area of hopper attachment
As advertised, this nifty peice of plastic tube will solve your woes on mounting a sight on your tippman. If you want a raised sight, but do not desire a optical sight offset, this product might solve your dilemma. The offset roughly raises your hopper 2.8 inches and shifting it .5 inches to the right, so you get that desirable clearance needed without a bulky hopper obstructing the visual field of your sight.
However, the plastic notch where the hopper connects and locks into the tube is quite fragile, I snagged mine due to my own error. However, I remedied the problem by using a zip-tie and secured it along the circumference of the hopper offset, thus reinforcing the weakened area. I also have some Camo duct tape and wrapped it around to mask the zip-tie reinforcement.
This product will, however, make your profile of your marker more enlarged. This should not be a problem if you are an adamant woodsballer and play back field. Since my marker has a large profile, my set-up isnt that proficient in front line entrenchments, where small profiles can reduce your exposure and leave you less of a target.
The offset adapter is a definite no-no for speedballers where sights are not utilized, If you are like me and play woodsball, play a backfield position, and have a marker set up that is intended to bombard long range targets, either with precision shots or covering fire, this product is adequate in providing the optical clearance needed to mount a decent sight.
Good product, gets the job done. Would like to see a more sturdier plastic notch design.
Enlarges your markers profile, but adds more ammo capacity.
The design isnt revolutionary, but ingenious in solving that "hopper in the way of my sight" problem.
No for speedballers
Yes for hardcore woodballers who desire the asthetically pleasing looks and the functionality of a sight or scope.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 at 7:01 pm PST
Tippmann A5 with a 12" Palmer's Brass, JCS trigger/Egrip,JCS Folding stock, BSA Red dot mounted on Lapco Offset sight rail, Scepter grenade launcher, Opsgear SIG magazine, Allen paintball remote, Flurry Vest. Female Palmers Stab, JCS Jet Click, X7 and APP T-4 hoppers.
SPyder Imagine - 14" J&J Ceramic, Evo2, 20oz CO2
Spyder Agressor - Stock
It moves the hopper from the line of sight.
Well, if it were made of better plastic I would give it a better review, but it isn't and I can't. The offset does a fine job of raising and moving the hopper to the right so no problem there. It's not the sexiest thing on the marker, but if looks aren;t important it does what it was intended to do. The problem is with the quality of the plastic. After only a few uses the entire top portion of the offset where the hopper fit into cracked. After examining the broken pieces further it seems the plastic is rather brittle and is easily shattered by applying minimal force to it. I therefore cannot recommend this product.
Since it does move to hopper out of the line of sight I will not give it a 1. However, since the plastic is substandard and very fragile I must rate it poorly.