A-5 w/ stock barrel, then flatline, then J&J ceramic 14inch Barrel, 20oz w/ remote and a double trigger,
Comparing Gun: 98c w/ stock barrel,flatline and a Nyte stick 18 inch with 20oz w/ remote and a double trigger,
During the Air testing i used the CO2 scale
Better Barrel,double trigger, also if you want the full affect of the field strip get thumb screws.
accurate with a right barrel
DOESN'T CHOP BALLS!!!
Frontgrip rather small
Grip is plastic, not comfortable
You can bend Cocking spring
Before i got the A-5, I read many reviews from Pbreview.com. After reading happy reviews, i wanted to see the worst rating reviews. I did this because I wanted to see what was the common problem. Mostly the cyclone chopping paintballs, if you have a A stamped on the bottom of the cyclone then your fine. And you can read the forum post on the tippmann forum page the title of post is " Does the a-5 chop balls? "
Out Of the Box: When you first take it out of the box it looks pretty cool, actually it looks better without a barrel on it. Looks like a mp5 or SMG. The stock barrel is ok but the inside of the barrel doesn't look smooth, and sometimes your barrel can have a piece of metal stuck to where they drilled the holes. And when you start looking at the cyclone feed you might do what probly most people do, push the reset button on the cyclone feeder and watch the cyclone spin, lol. When u hold the grip, it feels kinda weak. with the 98c is rubber and metal. And the grip gets uncomfortable after a while. And then you look at the hopper, some people say it looks bulky, it kinda does but not by that much comparing to a regular hopper.
Field Test: I brought two guns with me the a-5 with the accesories and a 98 custom so i can compare the two. First i tried the a-5 with the stock barrel, aimed at a Human wood target from about 30-40 feet. The stock barrel was 50/50. I shot 24 shots aiming 12 at the head and 12 at the torso. 1/3 paintballs hit the head and 9/12 hit the torso. Then I took out the 98c with stock barrel, pretty much the same result. Then i took the a-5 with 14 JJ barrel. I aimed from same distance and shot 12 at each part of the target. 5/6 of the shots hit the head and 11/12 hit the torso. Then i took out the 98c with the Nyte 18 barrel 3/4 of the shots hit the head and 12/12 hit the torso. After that I installed the Flatline on both guns. I went twice as far from the target, 60-80 feet from target. Used the A-5 first and fired 12 shots all together. 6 at the head and 6 at the torso. 5/6 paintballs hit the head and 6/6 hit the torso. Then I got the 98c. Shot same amout 4/6 hit the head and 6/6 hit torso. A-5 is a bit louder than the 98c
Speed test: For this i this i just pretty much fired it as fast as i can until a paintball broke. And conclusion is that the a-5 goes faster then the 98 custom.
Field strip and cleaning: I honestly didn't see much help with the field strips because u still have to unscrew about 6 screws and the grip strip bolts and a pain to get out. Just like always Tippmann makes it real easy to assemble. Also don't be that afraid to take apart the cyclone. Takes about 5 minutes in the beginning to put it back all together.One thing i don't like about the a-5 is the spring for the MP5 cocking handle. Because when you put the frame back on sometimes the spring gets out from the edge( dont know how to exactly say it so i said edge) and u can bend the spring without noticing.
Air Test: Yes i know, how did you do an air test and why? I did this for a simple reason that many people complain of it being an air hog. For this test i used a CO2 scale to make the tanks as even as possible while filling up the tank properly and fully. And i set the fps to 280. I took a remote so that the co2 can expand and so that the guns dont shoot out snow. It took me about 14 minutes to empty out a tank with the a-5. Me and my friend counted each ball in a pod to equal a 100 so that we can know exactly how many shots fired. An a-5 with a 20oz properly filled tank shoots about 825-900 +-2% And the 98c shoots 1050-1150. The reason i used about on the a-5 is that the ball sometimes can move in the cyclone. So yes the a-5 is an air hog but not by much. plus who wants to waste 2000 pb's in a game o and if your wondering i used a cheap brand of paintballs, DBZ i believe it was costs 30 for 2000
Overall- The gun is great, all you people who waste like a 1,000 dollars for a gun are simply, stupid( no offence) because i think its not the gun or the barrel that makes a paintball gun shoot good its the player and their strategies and you have to know your gun. The field strip is o.k but i dont see much of a difference unless u change your grip with the e-grip or to upgrade your trigger.And the A-5 is fast
Im giving the A-5 a 9 because it is a good marker for the price( 205-230). There are many upgrades and very easy to care. And they still have some work to do on the gun, such as making a spring holder for the cocking handle so it doesn't pop out and to make it less of an air hog. Also don't worry about the people saying that the a-5 chops balls. Just make sure that the screws arent sticking out inside of the cyclone cause that can break paintballs. Any ?'s write to me in comments or send me a message.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, June 20th, 2004 at 9:09 am PST
Okay I'm looking for my first paintball gun and I've played for like 6 months or so but I've only rented guns like Pro Carbines and Piranahs (which I despise) and tested my friends 98 custom pro with 14'' dye barrel, RT double trigger, and electric hopper (so expensive...). I play rec ball and woodsball and w/e else comes my way and I'm thinking the A-5 is probably a better buy then the Custom Pro...and your review was great but u never said which you liked using more, the A-5 or the Custom Pro? And is the A-5 worth the extra money?
Last edited on Monday, July 24th, 2006 at 12:27 pm PST