Tossed around the idea of trying some pump play recently,althought I've been playing since '95 Ive never played with a pump.My 11 yr old nephew has started playing with me and I've found myself playing at public fields more so Ive decided to challenge myself by changing my game up abit not to mention I'm his "paint sponser" and thought I could cut cost abit also.I've also been curious about a FS platform,Ive seen them in action and was very impressed
Enter the Hammer 7.FS,pump,mag or hopper fed and affordable.All in one package.Think I was sold on it at 1st glance.Now I have one and so far its lived up to my expectations in my backyard tests.This is the 1st marker i've bought new since '07 when i bought a PMR and Ions(s)and really the only marker thats caught my eye in that time
Since I'm a pump newb heres my impression
Great size and build quality,I was expecting it to be alot bigger from pics I've seen,I shot a photo to compare it with my nephews mech Ion for comparison.Im not bothered by the composite material its made of,the pump action is solid with very little play even with the barrel removed
Ball detent,easily accessed by rotating the barrel.A big +,seems rollouts on old pumps were common
Mags have a nice feel,didnt find it to be loose or tight fitting.I tried to dislodge paint out of the mag when off the gun by hitting it againts my hand,balls stayed firmly in their place dispite my efforts.I also test fit an on/off ASA,solid there also(see pic),feedneck is low profile,solid and clamping,something we often pay extra for even on high end guns
Shot a hopperload consistant out of the box @275+/-10 fps with rec grade Valken paint that was a little underbored with air,blame the paint more than the gun,I also wonder if there isnt a break in period
It came with FS rounds.Wow,thanks Kingman
A new gun with all that for the price!?!You could spend more on a hopper or barrel,etc!!
Updates and question answered before release here by Imartin,awesome customer service before release,you really sold me there !
Really only on gripe and I feel its very minor
Switching from mag to hopper is easy to do but i found even with a jewelers screwdriver it was a little difficult to access the philips screws(see pic)
A few minutes with a rattail file and fixed.Think it might help to use allen screws instead with a ball head wrench,but I was inpatient so..
Heat shrink tube on adjusting allen wrech.I did this to prevent scratching the inside of the barrel(see pic)Also added mircoline on the T end.probably could use some fuel hoses etc for this
instead but i had some around
Thumbscrew\pullpin for mag to hopper barrel switch switch.See someone has already done this with theirs
Air thru stock.Wish I hadnt traded away my old one I used on my 'Mag now
Raised site rail.Althought it seems fine when I tested it with my Flex 8 gogs on using the back bottle adapter a sight rail might be an improvement
Airthru grip\ASA.I know someone will do this eventually.At this pricepoint it can't be cost effective
Extended pump arms to cover exposed bolt(see pic)Dont know if they'd get in the way,could help keep paint and dirt out of the bolt section
Overall I'm overly impressed without any field time,really looking forward to "Hammer" out some rounds at my local public field and start a new pump paintball experience.If you'd have told me in '95 you could get so much for so little $ I think i would've laughed.Thanks Kingman for putting quality and variety in one package.