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You can’t cheat the laws of physics, but you can attempt to optimise within them. I’ve seen this with a couple of PTW enhancements, which have now become essential requirements for many of my friends.

Look at the Orga Magnus HD barrel. I made my opinion about these barrels very clear and talked about the mantra of marginal gains in this blog.

The other example is the Tackleberried hop. It remains the gold standard Systema OEM hop mod and it hasn’t changed since 2010. I’ve flirted with other hops, but I’ve always come back to Tac’s solution. This is because I prefer the performance it delivers and because it is a massive upgrade over the Systema unit OOTB.

So, this is why I was initially sceptical about the Orga Flat Hop Adjuster (FHA), which is pictured above. And, when I’m sceptical about something, I tend to get into a bit of banter with friends of the opposite opinion…so I really should apologise to John, who provided this fantastic, robust review of the FHA. I should also apologise to Stu of Project PTW, who championed the FHA from the very start. You know I love you guys 🙂

Anyway, because I was such a PITA cynic about the whole thing, Stu sent an Orga barrel/FHA assembly for me to try out. So that’s what I did at Spartan Airsoft, yesterday.

Admittedly, conditions weren’t great. Visibility was low and early on I was thinking there was nothing between the two hops on test. However, my gut reaction by the end of the day was that the FHA had indeed nosed ahead by a margin. And margins are what many people are looking for, in order to accumulate them into substantive gains.

The first thing I noted about the FHA in use was that the trajectory it imbued was extremely flat. The BB only rising slightly before the drop off. This is a good thing, in my book. Secondly, the groupings appeared to be that little bit tighter.

I wasn’t set up to record BB strikes scientifically on paper targets, but I did use a small metal target which was positioned towards the limits of my usual effective range. So, I was able to get a good idea of the hop’s grouping intensity through the number of ‘dings’ on the target. At times in the day when the light was better, I could also see the BB flight path and distribution on course to the target. As for range, I noted no discernible difference.

Now, unlike John’s test I did record a few fliers. Also, I was benchmarking against a Tac’d OEM hop with a 2012 barrel. So, before I decide which hop I prefer going forward, I would ideally need to test the Orga/FHA against my Tac’d hop/Orga barrel. That’s my current optimum setup.

Another thing to bear in mind is that I was testing in damp air. Even Tac’d OEM hops don’t fare well in the damp. So the performance of both hops could be different on a warm, dry day. These are things which will only become clear with time and use. So too is the hop’s longevity. A Tac’d hop gets better over time, as the roller is worn by the BB. I currently don’t have any data on how well the Orga hop performs over time, how quickly the nub needs to be replaced, or whether the benefits I observed during the test are sustainable.

But, the FHA impressed me enough to think that there is something in it – even if it proves to provide an equal, alternative gold standard hop solution.

So, to conclude, it wasn’t like night and day, but the experience was enough to recommend the FHA to me as worthy of further testing.

Just to note, I was running an FPS between 340 and 350 (measured with 2s). I was using Green Devil 28s.