I present my customized Spyder Hammer 7 build.
Although I am a speedballer I started by playing pump in the bush and always dreamed of having a sick paintball sniper rifle so I finally got around to building one.
I aimed to make a fully integrated sniper with no hopper or remote lines to get in the way and to fire exclusively first strike rounds.
The Hammer 7 fit the bill perfectly with the mag feed and 15 degree bottle asa with a frankly unbeatable price point; I was extremely surprised and happy with the quality of the stock Hammer 7 so a shout out to Kingman there.
The stock is the 2nd design I came up with (on paper) with the first being a standard rifle style stock but this would cause problems with the stock grip and the tank location; My second design was more based on a bench target shooting style stock with the grip angle and location of the hammer copied.
I was originally hoping to make it out of walnut for classic look but had trouble finding a piece in New Zealand which had the right dimensions to include the grip so I found a very nice bit of heart macrocarpa which I started work on. This was going well until I had almost finished carving it out to fit the Hammer where it split catastrophically down the length forcing me to find another solution. This was a big blow and delayed the project for many months as I was so disheartened and frustrated. I eventually got my motivation back and aimed to complete it by Armageddon (New Zealand's biggest paintball event) in March 2014 and went back to the drawing board.
I started the stock with the same pattern I designed but this time laminated 5 layers of ply wood together, allowing me to cut the profile of the hammer out of the inner-sections then just glue 'veneer' sections on the outside to hold it together. This worked perfectly and despite a couple of small mistakes in my measurements the hammer fit great; From then on it was shaping purely by hand and eye to get the curves and angles needed, then a ton of sanding and my special grain filling techniques to get it smooth and uniform (very hard with ply) then prime and paint.
You will have to ignore the scrapes and bumps on it in the images as I gave it quite a beating in the bush/forest at Armageddon, my team-mate/friend even knocked off the bipod and rail as I previously had wood screws that were far too wimpy holding them in. The paint is also missing in a few spots but when I get around to it I will completely resurface it to get it back to new condition.
Anyway, massive un-checked, convoluted spiel over here are the details of parts/modifications:
Kingman Spyder Hammer 7 - Fully micro polished internals
- Slightly reworked trigger for cleaner break
- Slot cut in the upper to allow the bolt to pivot
for the more realistic feel (right-side only)
- Window added to display when the magazine
is empty (The stock covers this but meh)
Ninja 3k 12cui Hpa tank
Front mini weaver rail (bipod currently attached)
3-9x zoom, 40mm rifle scope with rubberized outer
Elevated scope rings
Custom bolt handle
Hammerhead barrel (back) which is rifled to give the First strike rounds pre-spin and more accuracy
Lapco hushshot extension (front) to extend the barrel and add porting
Stock Hammer 7 barrel tip ( I have two others but they don't look nearly as good)
And finally the fully custom, fully hand built stock I made.
Also to Paintball shop and Armageddon for the prizes you gave me for it, they are awesome!
*ps sorry the picture resolution sucks, had the camera on the settings for pics for ebay.