Black spyder shutter
12 in smart parts progressive barrel
9v ricochet ak
-easy to operate
-you have to sand down the OLD ones
-a little loud
-if it breaks(probably won't) they will sned you a new one no questions ask
-feeds great....12 BPS
-side view window comes in handy
-agitates with each ball fired...so you dont have to turn it off when your being sneaky
-runs off a single 9v battery---life expectancy is 5000-6000 shots
-extremely easy to operate...only 1 button
--tis a bit loud (not a problem because it agitates with each ball fired so when your not shooting-its not agitating)
--you have to sand down the old ones to fit your hopper...new ones have o-rings
--the led battery indicator could give you away in a night game...electrical tape is easy fixer
the easy operationg and simplicity of this loader is great. it feeds fast looks great and only agitates with each ball fired I LOVE IT
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, October 4th, 2004 at 6:40 pm PST
*Does not fit perfectly on some markers
*Only holds 170 paintballs
This hopper is overall a good buy for your money. I've had the ricochet for about 3 months and have had no problems or broken paint whats so ever. It has also kept up with my rate of fire. I've had a few deflect off and a few break on it, but regardless of what hopper you have you will have paint break on it. The ricochet also is more compact looking sitting on top of your marker vs. the view loaders. I'd also like to mention, me and 3 friends purchased hoppers at the same time. They both purchased evolution II's and I purchased the ricochet. Let me tell you, both of the evolutions have had problems already. One of the evo's was malfunctioning during a game and had to be sent to the manufacturer for replacement. The other evo took a hit on the lid and cracked. My ricochet has taken hits but never cracked and has never malfunctioned on me. I've played 3 whole days worth of paintball on 1 battery and I'm sure it still has alot of juice left in it. The only bad thing I should mention is that it is a little loud when shooting, but the sound of yoru marker firing can still be overheard. Also it doesnt fit perfectly into my feed adapter, so I had to wrap a little tape to make it fit perfectly which wasnt a problem.
Overall the ricochet is a great buy and I would highly recommend it over any of the viewloaders. I got it for $55 vs the Evo at $70+. This has never given me any problems and if it did, the company is always great in customer service, which I've heard from other people.
'05 prostock autococker
'06 freak back, 16" all american front, .691 and .687 stainless inserts.
DYE rhino cover
DYE sticky 3 grips.
ricochet AK hopper
Feeds nice, window in the side
Loud on my quiet gun.
Well, I originally had bought this hopper for my tippmann and planned on selling it, however I made a last minute decision to buy a mech 'cocker so the hopper stayed and the tippmann went.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
I picked up this hopper for about $50 at APD which is btw, pretty much the best proshop in my state. I first played with it, I got a hopper hit, which broke, and left a mark. So unfortunatly this "deflection engineering" doesn't work quite the way it's intended, but it does help, and I'll explain that later.
This is basically an agitator hopper, which will feed you about 10-12 BPS. Now that was fine for my tippmann as I couldn't get more than 6 BPS on that sucker anyways, it was light, so it helped by not adding a huge amount of weight to a heavy gun. Plus it looked hot, and made my large profile (thanks to the offset feed) a little smaller.
Now, for my 'cocker. I took my 'cocker out of the box, and tried to put the hopper on, the feedneck was a little tall on the hopper, and I needed some smaller O-rings. Once I had sanded my hopper's feedneck shorter, and slapped some new O-rings on, I was ready to rock and roll. Fed great on my 'cocker unless I really worked the trigger, but I don't do that in a game, partly because the potential for short-stroking is high, and partly because accuracy goes down the tubes, so it works fine. Again, 'cockers are relatively heavy guns, so a light hopper and tank are a plus.
Now for a few little details, they advertise almost two cases off of one battery, and while it lasts that long, once you get over two cases worth of paint, the hopper starts to jam when there are too many balls inside. No biggie, slap a new battery and you are good to go.
Next is the "deflection engineering" aside from making the hopper have that cool stealth bomber look what does it really do? Well, let me explain that hopper hits are less frequent, but I actually compared my grav hopper to this one, and they are equally wide, only the AK has the angles, so that when your oppenents shot is even the slightest bit angled, it will miss the hopper, where with a revvy or grav hopper it would have caught the front cornere and you would be sitiing in the dead box. My last complaint is that it is a little loud, mostly because my gun is really quiet, but still. Again, no biggie and there are mods you can do to quiet things down.
When you get bored you can get some hot glue or whatever and some shelf liner. Cut it up and glue it around the inside of the hopper and the battery door and you will have a much quieter loader. Which reminds me, I still need to do this mod. *oops*
UPDATE!!!!: Well, my hopper drive unit seems to have given out as the motor spins but not the impeller. After 6 months I am kind of dissapointed. However fortunately for me ricochet is located not too far from where I live, so I will take it down there and see how their customer service is.
For right now I am lowering the rating because I don't think hoppers should fail like this, and it is very annoying when the hopper jams while you are trying to throw down some lanes. It's already difficult enough with a mech autococker without hopper jams.
Very good customer service. I called and they told me to bring it in for a fix. I even got an Email back, which is almomst unheard of. I tried contacting two other companies (TIppmann pneumatics and WGP) via Email and never got a response.
Knocked up the rating a little bit, will raise even more after I get it fixed.
Well, I am very happy to say that ricochet has some of the best customer service I have ever seen. I took it in and the lady working there fixed it for free on the spot. 5 minutes I was on my way home. I strongly reccoment this over a revvy, you will be in excellent hands with ricochet.
I am satisfied with this for my gun, if I ever need a little more speed I can pay $20 and get an upgrade kit that bumps up the speed to supposedly 14-15 BPS.
Ten! Their customer service is godly, my hopper broke and I took it in. They replaced the drive unit for free on the spot. Took me 5 minutes there, I highly reccomend this. Great product great customer service.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, June 1st, 2006 at 9:52 am PST
VL Quantum (not good)
VL 12v Revvy (not bad, only tested a friends, heavy)
01 wgp cocker
3ds 3rd gen bolt
3a 10 piece barrel kit
3a 47/3000 tank
ricochet ak hopper
Feed rate, not fastest but good
Door on top
Balls past microswitch cannot go back by turning upside down
Ball capacity kinda low
I was extremely disappointed with my Quantum after 5 minutes of use, so I went back to the simple VL 200, but with a cocker you really need an agitated hopper, so after reading some reviews I decided to give this a shot. Because my marker is not vert feed :( I unfortunately take a lot of hopper hits without even knowing its visible...very annoying. When I got this I did some tests by pouring a pod and feeding into another pod, I noticed it was pretty quick, although it did skip a few and slow down with few balls in the hopper, but other than that it fed great. I was further impressed with my first field use. It fed great and I never outshot it (tho I only shoot about 10 bps) and I didn't chop any balls. I can recall about 4-5 bounces of the hopper, I was extremely pleased because I could stay in the game a bit longer. I've learned to defend my hopper better now, but it still looks great.
I am very pleased with this hopper and for it's price it really does its job. It's not too expensive so give it a try, I doubt you'll be disappointed.
Spyder Electra, 14 in. Teardrop barrel, Ricochet AK, 20 oz. Anti Siphoned Co2
Cheap, Fairly Fast, Good color selection
Kinda Loud, none other than that...
This is a very good starters electronic hopper. I started out on this and I still use it. It has a very good battery life. It has that window so you can see how much paint you have left. But the one minor flaw is that it is LOUD... If you don't mind having a clear loader get the HALO TSA. My brother has it and it is pretty much the same price and very silient...
I give this a 9 ONLY because it is fairly loud. Everything else is great and It's a very nice loader...
Plain old vl200 - not good for electros, and you have to shake it to get it to feed
Eforce (stock, but it has a good reg on it)
20 oz. Co2
Red Ricochet AK
The goal of the Ricochet company was to take everything wrong with present loaders, and fix it. They did this, and its the best loader out there!
This is the coolest looking loader there is. Its really eye catching (especially in red). Its unique stealth bomberesque shape really serves the purpose of deflecting balls that come head on to the loader. Awesome! It has a little window on the side to check how much paint is left. The lid is on the TOP of the loader, so you dont spill even if it pops open.
Ricochet claims 12 balls per second, but I cant count that fast! Its just as fast as a 12v revvie though. The paddles inside are very flexible, unlike the hard plastic of other loaders. The best part is it doesnt use an infared sensor like revvies so it only uses one 9v and does not have to be kept perfectly clean. The sensor on the ricochet is a little plastic thing that sticks out called a flex sensor.
The Ricochet is far more dependable than the revvie. Its sensor feeds after every ball passes through it. The revvie only feeds when it senses no balls!
Also, ricochet replaces the shell if it breaks for free!
The plastic is kinda brittle, but thats all!
I love this loader, Ricochet is a great company that makes top of the line equipment.
-Holds 170 paintballs
-The agitater wont squish paintballs, instead it just bends
-the design helps deflect balls
-Battery length is great
-Nowadays its about 35-40 dollars
-Oring feed neck to fit feed necks
-Not force fed
-Annoying to clean(but most loaders are)
I would buy it if u need a Hopper for a low end gun, or just get a revy, there both good
8 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 at 2:53 pm PST
I just bought this hopper and I haven't even played a game with it but I love it I've shoot about 200 rounds through it and I have no idea how I've lived with out it it's amazing. I had one of my friends shoot it and it really does deflect paintballs. The agitator is made of rubber not plastic like a Revvy so it doesn't break balls. Also it dosen't have eyes so I can shoot black balls and it agitates with every shot unlike a Revvy where it waits for a misfeed to happen with this a misfeed never happens. The only negative thing I could find was the the price point it was 62 dollars with tax but I bought in town cuz I like the service better.
In conclusion if you are thinking about getting a Revvy don't cuz they suck get this it rocks.
Spyder Imagine Select, Ricochet Ak, CP barrel 12 in., Shocktech Supa fly bolt, and 20 oz Co2
This is a great agitated hopper. It is my first agitated hopper so give me a break if I don't explain it well. I bought my Ak on ebay.com for $50. (thats kind of cheap) Well this hopper is fast, fast, and fast.(to me it is) It has kept up with my Spyder and I have yet to out shoot it. I like the sensor on the neck. As a ball passes the sensor, the nylon wire spins or agitates. I bought a aluminum feed because the plastic one I had was broken, and the hopper didn't fit well on the plastic feed. The aluminum feed helped alot. My Ak fits snugly on my aluminum feed. I also heard that Ricochet will send you a new shell if yours crack. Mine has yet to crack, but I have been using mine for less than a month. I haven't had a ricochet on my ak yet but a hit. I was in the woods with my brother. We were playing one on one. We were both shooting and ducking as paintballs hit the bark of the tree I was hiding. He moved up and at the same time I moved and he hit my hopper.(I know stupid move but I thought it was a great idea, but not) The hit was were the "Ricochet AK" is written. I've read some reviews that a paintball has ricocheted off the hopper but onto the the mask.(thats funny) But someday I will get a ricochet on my Ak. SOON!!!!!
This is a great hopper for your marker. Its cheap on ebay.com. Probably will one day in your life get a ricochet on your hopper. I give it a 9 because nothing is perfect.
Rico 2k-Only differance is that this has the fancy LCD screen
Evo 2-Really cant be compared with this as its force fed
Halo A-Same as with the egg 2
Revy 12v w/ xboard- terrible no one should buy this
32* 2003 Expansion Chamber
32* Flame Drop
Madmann Spring Kit
Custom Trigger Job
Clear Dye Stickies
16oz Stubby wanti siphon
Low battery consumption
Can deflect Hits
Is a bit expensive
I think this along with the reloader and TSA are by far the best agitators out there. Which one you get out of those is just personal preferance. But this is a great hopper.
First it uses a flex sensor which takes about no power at all to work so only one battery is needed and for that reason its very light. It has a VERY stong shell and neck, ones which wont easily break, unless you hit them repeatedly with a hammer, even than it would take awhile. Also do to the sensor it agiates with each shot and therefore it is proactive as it prevents jams, it doesnt react to them.
Also because of the ricos shell design on occasion it will deflect a ball or two. This is one reason why I thnk its ideal for front, that and along with the smaller profile which therefore gives a smaller target to hit.
This just really is a great hopper what is there to complain about, it is a bit pricey compared to the reloader but it comes down to preferance really.
Last the Ricos are backed up by the best customer service out there. If you break a shell they send you a new one, no questions asked. What better service can you ask for than that with your hopper?
If you want a great hopper, probably the best agiator for front than get this. It light, small, consistant and just as fast as any agitator than go for this.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, October 5th, 2003 at 8:23 am PST