Ricochet 2K Ricochet R5 - I found this to be vastly preferable to the A-6. I've used it for about a year now with zero problems and no substantial complaints.
Tippmann A-5 with the following modifications/upgrades: 32 Degrees Macroline Kit With Elbow & Straight Fitting, Bushnell Banner 1-4 x 32mm Riflescope, EastGate Design Hopper Adapter, Opsgear Barrett Style GAS THRU Tippmann A5 Sniper MAG, Palmer's Pursuit Shop Stabilizer, Proteam Products Solid F/X Sniper Stock, Ricochet R5 Hopper, Tippmann A5 EGrip, Underground Mod Shop 98C Flatline for A5, Underground Mod Shop Striker Rail, Unknown Brand Coiled Remote, G&P Jungle Series for RAS QD M203 Grenade Launcher Short, Pure Enegry 12oz CO2 Tank, RAP4 M203 Thunder Grenade.
Large, Fitting to cyclone was too loose, hopper lid was flimsy.
I used this hopper for one full day of play before deciding that this product was not for me. I had to use electrical tape on the neck of the hopper in order for it to fit snugly. Without the tape, the hopper would not stay in place and fell off when fully loaded with paint. Construction of the hopper was inferior to that of the stock A-5 hopper and the Ricochet R5, but it was struck several times in-game and it did not break, deform or come off (when tape was on).
By far the most severe and annoying problem was the hopper's lid being shot open. Paintballs coming from the front and travelling along the top of the hopper can strike the underside of the lid, causing the lid to fly open. This happened to me several times during the course of the day.
It should also be noted that the R5 does present a rather large target. I do not count this as a significant disadvantage, since not everyone plays with gun hits counting, and it should be obvious that a larger size is needed to hold more paint. Still, it is something to consider.
This product should not have been put on the market in its present state. The hopper lid is too flimsy, and the need for me to modify the hopper just so it would fit properly is inexcusable.
If you absolutely need the larger amount of firepower that this provides, there aren't many alternatives. But the difference in quality between the A-6 and the Ricochet R5 (or even the stock hopper, for that matter) made the increase in ammo capacity negligible.
Tippmann A5 w/ E-trigger
APP 350rd Hopper for Cyclone
32 degrees remote
DGE hopper offset
68ci 4500psi tank
LOTS of paint
No stay open spring on the lid
I have used this with my A-5 in both speedball and woodsball and I have only been shot on the hopper ONCE. So I dismiss the easier to be shoot rule. Keep in mind that if you play front with this you may be a fool. I play back in speedball and heavy rifleman in woodsball. I only once got hit in the hopper in speedball and I still killed my opponent.
In speedball I have rarely needed to reload the gun; not needing to reload while still laying a wallop on the opponents is good.
In woodsball I do need to reload a bit; however, it is wonderful to reload two or three 140 rd pods and still laying a lot of paint to keep enemy heads down. Therefore; allowing my light riflemen or snipers to gain an angle on the opponent to kill them or to storm the base and gain entry.
The Ogre says, "This is my big cheese wheel of death. It is mighty cheesy that I kill you while you're reloading. . HA ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!"
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, April 20th, 2006 at 2:51 pm PST
A-5... 330+ Hopper (Woodsball Heavy Gunner)... CMI Micro Remote...
Pure Energy 88/4500... OpsGear AK folding stock... CP ASA & Bottomline Adapter... Bush rag for rifle, tank & hopper... SpecOps Sabre Digi Vest 6+2 pods +1 (for tank)...
EOTech 552F... UPDATE LATER...
Holds a Lot of ammo...
Great for keeping their heads down
Prone to Hopper Hits because of it's size
This hopper is great for holding almost 1/3 more the ammo than your standard hopper.
As for tactics, it's great for sledging paintballs down range with an e-grip or response trigger... keeping your opposition's heads down while your team moves into position and eliminates them. That's the good side...
The bad side is that your hopper is bigger than your standard. Because of it's size, it will be prone to more chances of hopper hits.
Overall, it's great if you are designated as a "Machine/Heavy Gunner."
Good for lots of ammo, terrible on maneuverability and speed, but great for keeping their heads down.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, January 22nd, 2006 at 9:19 am PST
-Massive Paint Storage
-Balance/Weight When Filled
This hopper is just as they describe it to be; a monster. It holds up to three-hundred-thirty rounds of paint, and combined with an E-Grip or Firestorm Crank, someones going to be waking up to about a hundred welts up and down their body. This hopper has got what it takes in durability too, with a practically unbreakable lid and tight fit to keep it secure on your marker it will not fail you. The only complaint I have is it size and rise, I guess it's not really fair to comment on it's size because it's whole purpose is to hold more paint and to do that you need more room, so I guess I'm just trying to blame the law of physics, damn you! But one thing they could do to easy the pain of having that big of a target on your marker is to lower the main housing closer to the marker, it seems as though it's an overweight skyscraper on your gun. And the weight can sometimes be a burden if you on fill it half or so full, because sometimes paint can jump about causing unexpected balance shifting, but like I said before, just another problem of physics...
If you like to shoot, shoot some more, and then shoot anything else that moves, then ask questions later, this is the hopper for you. Especially if your a heaver gunner on a team, this will be like that fat-kid friend of yours next door, except on a gun, and filled with paintballs instead of Twinkies...
8 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, May 27th, 2005 at 11:06 am PST
Tight lid locks down great hopper was tight on gun no wobble locked on great
Size but its worth it for the ammount of paint.
This hopper holds more than 330 easy. It took almost a bag of paint and the lid locked down tight. I could still see my sights from either side(left or right ) First thoughts was its solid, well made, no flat spots on it. I like the hopper as it is well made
I wil tell others who play woodball about this hopper. If you play a guner role like I do then its up your alley . Well made fits good, Big improvement over the old and smaller ones-A+