Tippmann 98 Custom
Bob Long Intimidator (not mine)
Flatline Barrel for back play
32 Degrees Whisper Barrel for forward play
Sniper FX Stock
All that are on mine
Reliability, ROF, Easy Maintenance, Accuracy, Comfortable, Great looks
A bit on the husky side
Stock barrel is real small
My first gun was a Tippmann Pro-Lite which I loved so much. That gun was the most reliable gun I had ever owned, but after a while I wanted to step it up. So I bought a 98 Custom. I switched the barrel on my 98 Custom to an Excel Sniper barrel and that only increased it's accuracy. But the 98 is a little boring b/c you're not supposed to keep it stock, ur supposed hook it up with more Tippmann products. Once I got my gf into paintballing, I gave her my 98 Custom and I bought the A5.
Let me just say something about the A5. The first thing I noticed when I was done admiring it's beauty and feeling like I was holding an MP5K PDW instead of a paintball gun, I noticed how loud it was. Oh my god, u pull the trigger and it's like a cannon! To me, that is not a good thing, but it didn't ever chop a ball thanks to the Cyclone feeder. I immediately started hooking up the A5 and getting it ready for the 2004 paintball season. The gun is great stock, but you may want something a little more special since some fields are renting out A5s.
My first mod was the 32 Degrees Whisper Barrel. It does improve accuracy and seems to have better range then the stock barrel, but the manufacturer's claim it acts like a silencer/suppressor and you can barely hear the rounds firing over the noise of the bolt. Now those claims are completely inaccurate. I found the Whisper barrel to quiet the A5 down to about the noise of an average marker and maybe a little quieter. But that is pretty good considering the A5 is so loud.
My second mod was the Response Trigger. This is an amazing mod. Tippmann claims about 12-15 balls per second and they are right. It is a bit difficult to install, but anyone can do it. It just takes a little time. It's also hard to find the sweet spot setting so that it fires the maximum amount of balls per second. But that's just trial and error. The E-Grip is another way to go, but I chose the response trigger so I didn't have to be bothered with batteries and I've heard of bolts breaking with the E-Grip. The only downside is that
Flatline barrel was my next mod. Talk about improved accuracy! And the range is ridiculous now! If you're a back player, the Flatline is a must have! Plus it makes the A5 twice as sexy! Everything they say about how great this barrel is, is true. Some stores sell the Flatline for $215! That is ridiculous! I ordered mine brand new online for just over $100. Now I switch between the Flatline and the Whisper depending on what kind of position I'm going to play in the game. The Flatline makes the A5 look like the MP5K PDW with a suppressor on it.
I also added the Sniper FX stock and a remote (so that the stock fit properly). The sniper stock is solid and high quality. It also makes the A5 very comfy to shoot. No more Uzi style shooting. You can really put the A5 up to your should and fire controlled rounds on target in comfort. It also adds to the MP5 look.
This part of my review is my comparison between the Bob Long Intimidator and the A5 with the previous mods. I was lucky enough to play a round at Skirmish USA with a friend's Intimidator. The Intimidator is a sexy looking gun...like a phazer out of some sci-fi movie. But you know what? I didnt really feel that my A5 was being out performed. The Bob Long is an awesome gun, don't get me wrong, and if both guns were free, I'd take the Intimidator just because of all of its features and b/c it is such a smooth gun. But in my opinion, the A5 performs very similar to the Bob Long when it comes to putting the paint on target. Plus you get great reliability with the A5.
If you don't want to spend money on an expensive PRO GUN, then get the A5, there's no better choice out there