Custom made Autococker
Tippmann 98c w/ upgrades, though i have fired others and at times borrow my friends' for a few games to try theirs out
flatline barrel if you have the money
can compete and hold its ground with the mid range markers (~$500 markers)
a bit noisy
heavy, but not as heavy as some other markers out there
accuracy - in my last game, i tried this out for a game and i find it more accurate than the autococker, though im comparing it to the ~$500 and below autocockers since i never tried the highend ones personally as of yet. i was able to shoot through brush without the paint popping on twigs, which is something i havent been able to do SO EASILY AND CONSISTANTLY on any gun (minus the overpriced $1,000+ guns though those guns are on a league of their own).
theres a myth about it being a gas hog... it can go through 2 bags of paint w/o refill, thus the gas thing is a myth, unless the people who used this didnt have an expansion chamber.
it's good for back and mid play, not so sure about front play. the setup i tried had a flatline on it so it would have been pointless for me to play front since i can snipe people off without having to go far to begin with.
you cant break this thing. seriously. i know someone who never maintains his gun and owns one. it lives up to tippmann's trademark indeed.
i felt no difference between nitro and c02 on this gun. it seems to be consistant with both.
the sight is a big improvement over the 98c
has VERY LITTLE PARTS TO LOSE when field stripping!!! BIG IMPROVEMENT ON TIPPMANN'S PART! their website is right when they claim you can take it apart and put it back together in a minute!
a bit on the heavy side but i've found electro guns and RT Mags to be heavier than this
with the flatline on, it seems a tad loud, though it's hard to figure out where the sound is coming from for some odd reason. i mean, i can tell who has a 98 custom by the sound of the bolt and i can pinpoint where they are, for example, but i cant do so with the A5 w/ flatline. however, having any other barrel changes the sound issue.
the front handle i quite small. i can only grip it with half of my hand.
unless you have a lot of money to spend on a gun that costs more than $500, i'd say this gun is ideal. i've read many people saying how this gun chops balls, but i never had that experience with Diablo paint. the stock barrel isn't all that inaccurate but changing it is a must. The thing i love most about this gun over electroguns is that it performs just as well without the hassle of batteries, which, speaking from experience, IS A PAIN!!! nothing is worse than being in the field and having your revy shut down on you or having the gun misfire because the battery went dead. it performs consistantly no matter how much you torture the gun, which, once again speaking from experience, cant be said for many other guns. i've watched this one guy bang his gun into a tree when he slipped and fell and there wasnt a single defect in his gun afterwards. i must say that it is louder than an autococker, cant deny that one, though i've outshot a few people with autocockers over the weekend with this gun since the flatline made it all that much better, so i guess noise is a worth sacrifice in this case. im more of a woods baller than a speed baller so im not sure how well this would do in speed ball. the gun that i can compare this to the most is the RT Mag. That gun costs a lot more than this yet i still cant find any significant difference between the two except for the fact that the RT Mag shoots twice as fast.
i find people who spend more than ~$500 for a gun is wasting their money on useless electronics. i mean, come on, sure an angel and other high end guns have these features such as an LCD screen, full auto, different shot bursts, etc. but nowadays, most fields ban those features, so it'd be like saying "i own a ferrari and can do 200+mph easy"... it's cool to have the feature but you know you cant ever use it, so what's the point other than to show off!!?!?
all in all, and after polling the opinions of the 40+ people in my group (we play at Pinelands Paintball (Cousins Paintball) @ manchester, NJ most of the time), this gun is more favored ever since it came out. well i guess it's obvious now how i've tried other guns, i play with a large group constantly. and for all those people who plan on saying "he's bias; he's a tippy lover; ____ ARE THE BEST!" or any of that sort, you're missing the point of this review.
once again, all in all, i find this to be a good buy. it competes with autocockers definitely and if you dont want to go through the pain of losing parts when field stripping or high maintenance, then this is the way to go. tippmann was smart in that they designed it to have very little parts to lose when field stripping, which was a pain in the arse with the 98custom. as of rate of fire, aint blazing fast but i dont know why people complain about it because honestly, why would you want to use 20+ bps in the first place unless you're missing a lot and your finger cant even pull a trigger that fast to begin with. i was planning on buying an RT mag or an autococker, but when it comes down to it, this would be a better buy. mind you, i'm a mag fanatic but that RT mag kills a hopper way too fast if you're not watching your paint.
oh, and i give this a 9 instead of 10 ONLY BECAUSE it is a tad noisy, which sorta gives away your position but from experience, people usually know where you are to begin with if you're shooting at them. heh