Guess I need to re-name this to "3 of Bill Hays..."
Just got my perk in the mail and wanted to share my feelings. If you remember from my first post, in return for my participation, I requested the Top Shot. I've wanted the Top Shot for a while but for personal reasons(being a cheapskate) one never came into my possession. Obviously, that's changed. Like getting the SPS, I have to fight my excitement of obtaining something I've wanted since my interest in slingshots began in 2013. These are obviously first thoughts since I've only shot 75 or so shots with it. Holding it feels good maybe a little on the small side for me but I have been shooting the RangerOTT and Scorpion a lot so my hands are used to those at the moment. I tell myself I like smaller frames but I shoot more consistently with bigger ones. However, like my recent post on this topic, (when not competing) being too accurate takes the fun out of it for me.
I tested this frame with a couple different band options. I like a frame's ability to use flats or tubes equally effectively but it makes me want to try all options right away. So, when you're just getting used to a new frame, that may not be a good feature. Have more will power than me and stick with one type/size of band set until you're used to a new frame that has options like that. The reason I say that is because of fork hits. I had one with all four sets I tried and one set guilty of 3 total. My form just couldn't adjust fast enough to the changes in pull weight, length and snappiness causing the fork hits. This may not happen to everyone, it was just my experience. I picked the set I liked and will stick with that for a bit. Thankfully this material holds up. No marks what so ever. Over all a good frame. The orange color I picked looks good and I don't feel the shine is too much. The shine is more than the other two I have but it doesn't bother me.
I only have a couple negatives for the frame. Really there's only one real "issue" the other is just something people may not like. That issue is some surface cracks on the grip area. I think these are formed because of shrinkage during the cooling process. They look to be only ascetic and I feel fine about using the frame. Neither the Scorpion or RangerOTT have these marks.
When shooting tubes with a thumb support grip I got some slap on my thumb. I didn't notice it with a pinch grip but it's definitely there with thumb support. I get this same thing with Simple Shot's Torque. I believe my thumb is positioned too close to the holes. Not a big deal just something to note.
That's it for concerns. Like all frames, it was designed to fit in the hand well and throw a projectile with rubber. It does that well. I can't deny that this will probably become one of, if not the, go to shooter for me. I don't have a definitive factual reason for that other than personal preference. It just hits most all of my preferred check list for a frame and I shoot well with it.
I tried Theraband Black, Latex Tourniquet bands, Single 1842 and pseudo 2040
I liked the pseudo 2040 most and for now I'll stick with that
Compared to the RangerOTT since they are molded together