Hello Troopers! Let me introduce to you the Hellhounds Props E-11 ANH version. I'd like to share my thoughts on the blaster as well as my experience dealing with Daniel Hellhounds. And let me preface by saying, just wow, I wish I could give this a 10/10 review! I'll get into that..
This thing has really blown me away how good it looks there's no doubt about that. Hellhounds boasts a full rubber blaster which is cast from real Sterling machine gun parts and M38 tank scope. Being cast from original parts, the texture on this blaster is truly next level. This would be impossible with a 3d printed blaster! The folded stock is where the metal texture is most apparent and I really hope pictures do this thing justice. Likewise, the scope is also very nicely textured from the original part. Inside the eyepiece it even still looks like machine metal as you can still see the rings left from the mill. On the scope and on several parts of the blaster there are even the original patent numbers, part names, and dates which, to be honest, he's just showing off at this point!
Like I said, this blaster is cast in rubber. Mine is also from his newest molds (as of about a month ago, June). Daniel is continuously improving his molds and his casts from what I've seen on his Instagram/what he told me directly. This newer mold came with an even higher level of fidelity especially when it comes to the seam lines. Basically, there are none! The most obvious seam lines are along the handle, but who's going to see that when you're holding it? Nobody that's who. Even when the seams are visible, they are literally paper thin. The rest are strategically hidden under the T-tracks and stock. The only spot where the seam is "bad" (for lack of a better word) is on the front iron sights. The middle here looks more like just extra flash rather than part of the sight. But honestly, this is hardly a problem because it is still mostly hidden by the two sides of the sight. The front end of the barrel was also cast as a separate part which eliminated any seam from previous versions of Daniel's blaster. For seam comparisons here's a link to @Toothdoc's review of the same blaster but with a mold from only a few months before the one I received. https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/50935-hellhounds-props-e-11-anh-and-esb-variants-a-sort-of-review-and-photo-comparison/?tab=comments#comment-717435
The M38 scope on top literally could fool you into thinking it was real, tarnished brass(?) scope. Daniel gave the scope a very subtle coppery paint. So subtle that from some angles it still looks black like the rest of the blaster. As for the rest of the blaster, I believe there is a very subtle amount of silver dry brush. But this is so subtly and perfectly applied that I'm honestly having trouble deciding if there's paint or if it's just the light playing tricks on me. Absolutely the perfect amount of dry brush to fill in around all the beautiful texture. And of course no weathering was done to the T-tracks. He also painted silver details around the selector switch and painted the ejection cover silver (idk if that's what it's called idk much about gun anatomy but you get it right?).
There are a couple metal pieces on this blaster as well. These being the aluminum rail that the scope is mounted to and the D-ring. And, I might be wrong, but I believe Daniel also put a rod through the whole blaster for stability. I'm not certain but it just feels like there's something besides rubber in there. Not metal but cast in rubber is the selector switch, which actually moves! Totally unnecessary but I am here for it. This blaster also perfectly fits in my Darman's Props ANH holster.
Suggestions for Improvement
Honest answer, there is not a lot that I would want changed on this blaster, I'm just being nit-picky. My suggestions here for Daniel are simply that, suggestions. First off, the trigger guard right now is rubber but I feel like it could benefit from being aluminum as well. I'm a little worried that with a finger off the trigger and trying to hold the blaster then the trigger guard might deform or maybe tear off. Likewise, the activation handle is rubber and can wiggle. If it were metal I'd be less concerned about it ripping off if it bent too far. The scope rail did become unglued while it was in transit. Daniel packaged this blaster very well and it didn't require me anymore work than a couple dabs of super glue but maybe something to think about for the next one. On the handle the rubber feels a little bit soft right along the seam. I'm sure this is absolutely nothing to worry about but might just be what happens when things get cast. As stated earlier, the front iron sight didn't come out all the way but this is such a minor spot literally no one is going to notice or care. The silver paint on the ejection cover in particular could have been applied with more care. And lastly, the Hengstler counter might be mounted too low. Someone else probably knows better but I also don't think this takes away from the rest of the blaster.
This is truly an incredible looking E-11 and I am extremely happy to have received it. The level of craftsmanship and attention to detail vastly out weigh any of the suggestions for improvement that I have. If anything, my suggestions could make this blaster even better than it already is.
Now as to why I will not give my Hellhounds experience a 10/10
I will be as unbiased about this experience as possible and do my best to show both sides because I believe it is important for the community to know what to potentially expect. This blaster took 10 months to reach me. I ordered in September 2020 and it did not arrive until the end of July 2021. I found Hellhounds on Instagram and ordered from him through the Instagram messenger. I had heard lots of good things, had seen his blasters for sale before at Trooperbay, and wanted to get a rubber E-11 instead of a 3d printed one. So in September I messaged Daniel and we got the order set up and I payed in full including the shipping. He quoted me at about 4 weeks which seemed reasonable to me but I was fully aware that it would probably be a few more weeks longer. That's just how this sort of business works right? After 2 months and no communication I sent a message asking for an update. He replied quickly saying it would be shipping the next week. Sounds great. Another couple weeks go by and nothing. It's December and I ask again for an update to which he tells me there's been some Covid in the family. So okay I am more than fine with waiting longer then. I know he's a father and has a few little kids, it's also the holiday season and I'm in no rush so it's totally ok to wait longer. Also just straight up it's Covid, that's going to mess a lot of things up and I completely understand. January rolls around and I send a message to check in but no response comes back. At this point I was still willing to give Daniel the benefit of the doubt that he was still working on my order and just had other things come up, as they do. Come end of May and he posts a Instagram video saying all the E-11s are done and will be shipped in the next two weeks. Of course this gives me a rush of relief because it means I'll finally get my order after all this time. I was wrong. After several unanswered messages sent in June, I come onto here, the FISD, and find @Toothdoc's review of the Hellhounds E-11. And If you read his review you'll notice he ordered two blasters in 2021 and received both by April. And his was not the only customer review that I found. There were more customers that I found here and on Instagram all of whom said they had ordered months after me and only waited 3-4 months to receive their same orders. Previously, I had been more than ok with waiting longer for my order given the state of the world we were/still are in. But hopefully you can understand how my wait time was not making sense. At the end of June I sent an official email to Hellhounds Props explaining my frustration and that he needs to be fair to all his customers. He responds with his phone number to text him directly. He was very apologetic and explains his messaging became unorganized which made his orders unorganized. We sorted out the situation and he assured me that my order would be shipping the next week. It still took longer than a week to ship and ultimately took most of July for the blaster to arrive. I still do not quite understand how my order could have been misplaced like this and taken the amount of time that it did. The reasons are a bit unclear to me but I have the blaster now, it looks great, and can move on from this situation. Maybe my situation was unique in that it took 10 months but from speaking to other customers it sounds like it is a common theme. Not 10 months of waiting but usually 3-4 is what I gathered. And on my end I could have sent follow up messages more often, but still even with the messages I did send it seems like my order shouldn't have been lost in limbo.
So the question is now, would I do business with Daniel Hellhounds again? If you had asked me that 7 months ago and I had already gotten my order, I would have said absolutely yes. Now I'm not sure I would. I'm still deciding if the price and quality for this blaster was worth such a long wait when it could have been less than half that amount of time. I was very interested in also getting his mando death watch kits which are also full rubber. I'm also very interested to see how his new DLT-19 turns out. But without better communication and following through with when he says he will ship the order, I don't know if I will do business again. I would have rather had bad news than no news. Maybe my experience was unique but maybe it wasn't. If it weren't for this frustrating experience I sincerely would recommend a Hellhounds blaster to anyone who wants a rubber blaster. It's a hard question for me to answer and something for future customers to be aware of before they buy.