Compatible with all GoPro Hero cameras, the APACHE barrel mount is the answer for any players looking for a no-hassle means of attaching their GoPro camera to their paintball marker. Milled from a solid extrusion of 6061 Aluminum, the APACHE barrel mount is lined with no-slip, silicon rubber to prevent marring of the barrel finish while preventing vibration and holding a firm grip on the barrel.
Inception Designs - Apache GoPro Camera Barrel Mount Reviews
Inception Designs Apache GoPro Camera Barrel MountNow that I spent almost a month with my Inception Designs Apache Go Pro mount, I would like to take the time and do a quick review. But before I go into details of the Apache mount, let me give you...
That camera lasted all of 3 – 4 games before my first Contour took a direct hit
and became a nice paper weight
I was told by Contour that I should have used a water proof case. So I bought a second Contour GPS at a “discounted” rate from Contour, a water proof case and a new Nummech waterproof case mount(Nummech - Camera barrel screw mount). This is actually a really nice mount. Only after 10 uses, the power button fell off completely and can't be soldered back on. If you have a Contour I highly recommend the Nummech barrel mounts and lens cover. I just have 0 faiths in Contour Camera. After those two cameras were destroyed I pretty much stopped video tapping paintball games.
Fast forward 1 year, I found out Simon was making a “slim line barrel mount” so I picked one up at Living Legends 6. My first thought was... “Wow this is simple no one else thought about this until now?????” I immediately threw it on my CCM S6.5 to capture some footage from LL6. The marker I used was a CCM S6.5 with T-handle, freak kit and a Winchester/Rotor hopper. As you can see from the picture below, the camera was mounted above the barrel and does not interfere with the T pump handle. I have heard other people saying that the barrel mount does interfere with other styles of CCM and Non CCM pump handles. But in my case, the T pump handle worked flawlessly https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-H...522_135331.jpg
Here is a quick snippet of footage from LL6 using this setup. Please keep in mind that I had no idea how to use this mount and how it would affect my playing style, so the video footage I captured was not ideal. I would recommend you use this mount 2-3 times before you take it out to a big game so you know exactly how to use the Go-Pro effectively.
First footage was taken 5 mins before the start of the game on Sat. at the New Empire’s insertion point. I was able to hold the camera above my head and aim the camera using the barrel tip. This made it pretty simple to capture the vast crowd gathered around me without the use of an LCD or Smart Phone.
The second footage is of me using my CCM for the Initial push to Bedlam by the New Empire. As you can see the mount did a great job holding the Go-Pro even as I sprinted from the wooded area into the Bedlam. Not once did I feel like the camera was wobbly or in danger of becoming lose. It isn't a very good video but you get the idea.
Next I would like to talk about the sight picture while using the Apache Go Pro Mount. This is the most important part of the barrel mount. It has a direct impact on how often you are willing to use you camera. Take a look at the following pictures. These are the image you should expect to see when looking down an Apache mount vs the normal Go Pro handlebar mount (with the camera is mounted on top). With the Go-Pro handlebar attached all you see is the mount and the barrel tip is not visible. I personally use the barrel tip to line up all my shots. I noticed when camera mounts blocks the barrel tip my accuracy greatly suffers. On the other hand the Apache mount leave much of the barrel tip in plain view. Thus it has almost no negative impact on my accuracy.
Go Pro mounted above the barrel with the Apache mount: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-z...522_135226.jpg
As you can see there is a huge difference between the two mounts with the camera mounted above the barrel. However, the difference between the two is even more drastic when you mount the camera on the bottom of the barrel with the Apache mount. With the Apache mount, you won’t even know the Go-Pro is there. This is the most ideal mounting solutions for a Go-Pro camera. As you can see by my video below I was perfectly accurate lobbing shots at people running over 120 feet away.
Go Pro mounted below the barrel with the Apache mount: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-d...606_105324.jpg
Video of the Apache Mount on a Gog Enmey
Other random videos I shot with the Apache Go-Pro mount.
WOW 14 Pods @ LL6:
Wed night paintball @ Dosser Works
Now that I’ve covered the Apache mount, the sight picture and the video it produces, let’s talk price…. Actually think of it this way, if you just spent $200-$400 on a new Go-Pro Hero 3 camera, $50 on SD card and card readers, why would you go cheap on the camera mount? If you use the included handlebar mount, your accuracy WILL suffer and you WILL NOT use the camera when you go out and play. In the end, you are left with basically a $250-$450 paper weight. Get yourself the Apache mount and put your Go Pro to good use.
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Inception Designs Apache GoPro Camera Barrel MountThe Apache GoPro mount works great. I tried it on my Vaxe with Freak barrel, I had no problems with it. It fit on the barrel well and while on the barrel it didn't move during play.
Its so small...
The Apache GoPro mount works great. I tried it on my Vaxe with Freak barrel, I had no problems with it. It fit on the barrel well and while on the barrel it didn't move during play.
Its so small and sleek that if you did not want to record video you could just take off the gopro, leave the mount on and it would be out of the way. The Gopro Handle mount is tall and it has those big thumbscrews that make it get in the way sometimes. It also is made out of plastic which depending on the barrel you use it feels like its going to break when you tighten it. With the Apache Gopro barrel mount, you wont have to worry about that.
Overall I would recommend The Apache Gopro barrel mount. Its a great mount and its small and sleek that you hardly notice it during play.
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Inception Designs Apache GoPro Camera Barrel MountRecently purchased a gopro over the replay r7 solely for the sweet apache barrel mount.
Needless to say, it fell flat of expectations.
Before purchasing I had concerns with barrel sizing as it...
Recently purchased a gopro over the replay r7 solely for the sweet apache barrel mount.
Needless to say, it fell flat of expectations.
Before purchasing I had concerns with barrel sizing as it appears to not have the ability to majorly adjust to the barrel. I purchased anyway, as I already committed by getting the gopro. My suspicions were correct, it isn't the easiest to adjust your barrel.
For barrel size adjustments, I was given 3 different sized 3M pads. The first one came on it, with the backside adhesive wrapper removed. This was very frustrating to remove, and I then placed a thicker pad along the inside with adhesive wrapper on. This allowed a snug fit that the other pads couldn't. Once mounted, it was difficult to remove. So difficult to remove that I contemplated using oil, however i felt this would affect its grip for future use. So I keep wiggling it off, slowly and safely, only to find that the metals were rubbing and left a highly noticeable scratch on the barrel. Mind you, this was the correct pad for the mount as it was the only one to allow it to fit snug. This takes entirely to much time when you are on the side of the field.
Once on the gun, it's the nicest mount!
However, I like to switch from luxe to geo so again, changing barrels or changing mounting positions is the biggest pain.
In order to do all this;
I have to safely remove the mount.
Remove pad on inside
Find right sized pad
Replace pad on inside
Safely mount to gun.
Also, as if my gopro gearbag couldn't get any bigger. I have to keep 3 pads and a Allen key just for my gopro.
It's actually quicker to just use the mount and the wrap it in grip tape. However I didn't just drop all this money just to do that.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO PURCHASE: please be informed on this, see it in person and make sure it's what you want.
IF YOU KNOW OF A EASIER WAY: please inform me. I love the appearance of this, and how lowprofile it is. I just wish I can be on and off the field without having to mess with my mounting.