I picked up a Hammer 7 this week. Sadly, I wont be able to run paint through it until next weekend. Keep that in mind with what I will be mentioning in this post. The following are my initial impressions of the marker. THIS IS NOT A REVIEW!!!
First thing is first, this marker covers three bases for me: this is my first pump, my first mag fed, and my first experience with first strike rounds. When I opened the box I was rather happy to find a sleeve of first strike rounds. Along with this is a barrel plug (?), a nice full colour manual, and a parts kit that is far superior to any kingman/spyder parts kit I have ever seen. An extra cup seal, extra screws, ball detent, and orings, enough to keep the marker going for a long time.
Now for the marker itself. One the mag fed side of things, it is a great design. It takes a second or two to get used to putting them in, but they work great. They close when you remove them from the marker so you don't have to worry about the clip emptying on you if you pull it out before you've used all the paint (at least with the first strike rounds). The included mag works with both first strike and with regular paintballs. From what my local dealer has told me, mags will be a bit hard to get a hold of for a little while. They made enough for the markers they have made and will be making more in the near future. Also note, this marker does NOT fit the previous kingman magazines.
Moving to the top of the marker and it's included feedneck. To start, thank you for including the optional vert feed. It would have been easy for a company to put the feedneck as an optional "upgrade". Looking at the feedneck itself, it's plastic but it is not the thin POS plastic from kingmans of old. Anyone remember the feedneck off the e-99? Just me? Well, it was junk. This one will take some abuse and may not be a nice lever lock, but will clamp down hard enough to keep your hopper safe. That said, there are there is an issue with the feedneck that is currently driving me crazy. The feedneck is held on with two screws rather than being threaded in. This is a problem as most screw drivers wont reach the screws to tighten the feedneck enough to make it a tight fit. Your results may very, but it is a small negative.
Be aware that this marker requires tools to switch from mag fed to hopper fed, but it looks like this may be an option in the future. It uses a spyder threaded rotating breach that has an amazingly well designed idea in it. A common problem with pump markers is roll out, where the ball is loaded into the barrel before firing and if the bore is to large the ball rolls forward and messes up your shot. (Disclaimer: this is my first pump, let alone my fist hammer so this may be an old and well used idea), The way they get around this on the hammer 7 is having an extended breach with two ball detents in separate locations. There is one detent when the ball is dropper in front of the bolt. When the bolt moves forward and is ready to fire, there is another detent to keep the ball in place. Being a single detent in both locations, force fed loaders may pose a problem.
The pump arm. Now, this is where something interesting pops up. The pump arm is plastic. A heavy plastic that I do not see any issues of durability under normal use. The pump arm rests right against the barrels and makes any of the after market barrels I own unusable with the marker in its stock form. I was really looking forward to putting my spyder threaded freak on this thing but it simply didn't fit. The good news is that the barrel that comes with the marker has two things going for it. One is that it is honed to a glass finish on the inside (again, the e-99 barrel? Anyone?), the other is that the tip of the barrel can be swapped out if you're after a different look. There is no porting so it's not doing you any favors on the sound side of things (was loud as hell in the store). There are some barrels that will fit, but double check a barrel will fit before you put any money down. Being plastic, I am considering modding it to fit a freak as it would be easy enough to grind it down. This may be a negative for myself, but for a great deal of people it will make little to no difference. Remember, there is a difference between a design choice and a design flaw. (Side note for those who care, barrels that I can confirm don't fit: Dye UL, SP Freak (Not sure if the newer GOG is thinner), SP Progressive).
The aim will be to give this thing a run through within a week but we shall see. Again, this is NOT a review.
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