Armson Stealth - Shot using different markers, but the Dominator is more accurate on my SP-1
Smart Parts SP-1
14" Hammerhead Dominator
32 Degrees Occluded Sight
Green laser sight
The best you can find.
Evil paint is the best for this barrel.
Cheap (-er than other HH barrels)
I was lucky enough to find one of these online, and I bought it for about sixty bucks. This thing looks sharp in the plastic box container, and it looks even better on my SP-1. I feel that in order to get the most accurate results for testing a barrel, both a controlled test and in game experience should be used for determining the quality.
I set up a Work Horse table clamp about 75 feet away from a target nailed to a tree with which I practice snap shots in my backyard. I used two different kinds of paint: Evil and Weapons Grade. To get more consistent results, I used an HPA tank. Shooting with semi-auto, I marked the center of the target within a five inch diameter circle. With three shot burst, I got groupings within a seven inch diameter circle of the bullseye, and with full auto, I got groupings all within a one foot diameter circle. Overall I feel that it performed very well. Then I tried shooting through a broken ball within the barrel. I swear I had twenty foot spirals and dive-bombs when trying to shoot through a broken ball. The accuracy was terrible, and I ended up having to unthread and squeegee the barrel to get it clean again. I was amazed at the difference in accuracy between a clean and a mucked up barrel. Terrible self-cleaning aside, it performed very well in the controlled test.
I just played in an all-weekend woodsball paintball party with eleven other people. My friends and I were very impressed with the accuracy and sound profile of the Dominator. I found that it was not as quiet as a few other barrels, but it was quiet enough so that when I shot at another player from five feet away, his teammates about twenty feet behind him couldn't figure out exactly where I was. It's quiet enough so that if you shoot once or twice, you won't give your position away. (As a side note I was wearing a ghillie suit, so that made it much harder for them to see me anyways) Once before a game started, I slipped and fell while walking down a muddy slope, and needless to say I got about an inch of mud packed into the front of the barrel. I dry-fired a few times and found that the accuracy was not affected at all. The difference between this occurrence and the test shots with the broken ball was that the final inch of the barrel has no rifling and is a bit wider, so I imagine that the dirt did not touch the ball whatsoever. I was very happy with the in-game performance of the Dominator.
As a final remark, I'm not sure whether or not the rifling actually makes the ball spin, I have reason to believe that it does, but the point is, rifling or not, it is quite accurate. All in all, the Dominator is a top-notch barrel for a very reasonable price. While they are very uncommon nowadays, I would certainly recommend it to a friend. Given a nine instead of a perfect ten because of the problem with self-cleaning.
Only Which fits barrel well
(I use RPS, X-ball bronze for .690)
Very bad accuracy while bad paintballs
Cannot self clean at all
The barrel is the most accurate Iīve ever had. Well, havenīt tried AA (and I have no reason to try now), just stocks and low cost barrels. I will not present any "from distance this and this I got this and this result for such small target". I can only say, with other extra bought barrels the accuracy improved only slightly. With Hh the improvement was really significant. If in the past I saw f.e. only part of opponentīs hopper for 20m distance and to hit was a waste of paintballs and my position compromising, today i have no problem, will send there 2-3 shots and score.
However, there is a drawback. I dunno if it is because of barrel is rifled but here is what happens if you run off good and well-fitting paintballs. At the eng of a game we tried to compare my friend Rodeo with stock vs my A5 with Hh. We shot to a distance couple of paintballs first - mine flew some 10-15m longer while very small curve from direction at the end. Then we shot at a tree some 20cm in diameter some 30m distant. First couple of shots - I missed once while friend hit every 2nd or third shot. BUT - then I run out of ammo and so friend gave me about 20 of his paintballs. After that his accurcy stayed the same while I hit only once! All other paintballs scattered up to 3(!) m diameter around the target. Later I tried several different types of crappy paintballs and noted:
- on short distances (up to 10m) paintballs fly straight
- after 8-10m paintballs start to take VERY significant curve
- or: paintballs fly towards the target in spiral, I saw one fyling in spiral some 1m in diameter! (which might be good if you are Robocop, to hit a guy behing and obstacle probably :) )
Also - if paintball chops in barrel, it would not self clean after several shots, no matter if you shoot painballs or only gas. If you got chop, then itīs the game over for you. However, I had very few chops (and it was I think because of it was very cold outside).
Cleaning - I find all barrels almost the same easy to clean, no issues here.
Great accuracy, if you use good and well-fitting paintballs (should not fall through the barrel and stuck insidebut fly out if you blow inside gently). If you will have to use othe painballs, try them first or use different barrel.
Invert Mini, stock barrel, 3A 68/3k, Odysee HALO w/ V35; Tippmann A5 12" J&J Ceramic, Q-Loader, Longbow Stock, Rufus Dawg drop forward, CP ASA, same air tank; WDP Angel LCD (retired), Evil Detonator, same air tank.
used Dominator on the Angel, but will be getting fins for the other guns
I had pretty decent luck with medium grade field paint
Light, matte finish, strong, cleans easily, sexy
Only comes in 14"
I've tested out a few of Hammerhead's products and I love them! This barrel was no different. It shoots straight, looks awesome and intimidating, and shoots clean like my trusty J&J's. I actually had an interesting experience that proves the durability and well thought out design of the dominator. Right off the break I ran full tilt towards a bunker and I tripped, sending my Dominator equipped Angel into the ground A la Javelin. I pulled it out and shot maybe 3 rounds sending a nice chunk of earth into the back of my bunker, then resumed the game as though nothing had happened! Even after shooting a chunk of dirt out, that barrel was just as accurate as before!
the Dominator is an excellent barrel. It looks good and has the performance to back it up!
Tippmann A5: WAS board, double trigger, Special Ops Paintball A5A2 Kit, Hammerhead Dominator barrel, 71ci 4500 psi Empire Fuel tank, Pure Energy remote line.
Basically the more expensive the better. I have ran thru RPS marbs and premium and they work like a dream. One thing though, stay away from ZAP paint, especially TACAMO, they suck. Anything cheap sucks.
Rifeling, Looks, Black matte, Performance, Weight
Cant use cheap paint (minor)
Like I said in my weaknesses, you can't run cheap paint thru it and expect results. But it shouldn't matter for you buyers because if you have the cash to buy this barrel, chances are you can afford good paint.
This barrel looks sweet. It looks great down your sight and while holding it. The matte black finish is perfect for the woods because it doesn't glare and give away your position.
Now for the part you've all been waiting for. The accuracy on this sucker has changed my game. Instead of the shoot and pray, I can finally decide what I want to hit. Be aware, if you do end up missing the target with good paint, its because of you! It has a stepped end and reverse porting to rederect the sound behind you so your target wont find your position as quickly. My friends had no idea where I was shooting from.
This barrel looks great, it's super light, amazing accuracy, reverse porting, stepped end, matte black finish and overall great barrel for any type of play.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, December 16th, 2007 at 4:35 pm PST