Pure Energy, Dragun stock, Smart Parts stock, ACI,
A5, Lapco dual trigger (mech), trigger job (mirror polished sear, ot mod, slack mod)
12" Lapco Bigshot, Lapco drop foward and adapter, 20oz CO2
Palmer Stabilizer (male)
Pro Team Hyperstar bolt, JCS Power Tube
ICD BKO 2004
14" Lapco SnapShot
Palmer Mini Rock
VL Evolution II hopper
PE 68ci 4500psi
Extremely fast recharge rate
Durable as hell
CO2 or HPA
One of my main problems with my A5 was the inconsistency it gave. Afterall, it was runninig on CO2 and no, I was not planning on wasting $120 for a LP kit so I could run HPA. It's just not worth it on an A5. Don't get me wrong, I love my Tippmann and it is a great marker with the best feeding system on the market but I am not a big fan of the GTA line.
Anyways, the Stablizer did really well on a few older markers that ran on CO2, I pulled it out from an older Dragun and installed it on the A5. What a difference. The velocity spikes pretty much dissappeared. I used to have problems at the chrono with the A5, with velo jumping from 260 to 310. Hot gun issues, and I had to fire it a few times fast to get the velo down right before chrono and then it would drastically drop during a game. It was a nightmare and I sure many can understand what I mean.
With the Stab, consistency was perfect. I just can't beleive it was running on CO2. Velocity was consistent at give or take 4. It is definetely worth buying.
Other regs claim to be CO2 compatable but the truth is the most seals just won't last long. Its like running a volatile fuel in your car's stock piston rings. The Stab's seals for some reason, are ultra durable and takes the abuse very well.
It also acts as an x-chamber and a good one at it. Haven't seen any liquid out the bbl yet. My A5 is a mech trigger but I used a friends hellfire trigger and fired off about half the hopper just to get it to freeze and spit ice chips but it didn't. I don't recommend doing this however, because the bottle and reg got really friggin cold. Really cold.
Core regs claims to be CO2 compatible but it doesn't come close. The seals on them went out after a year on a few of my friends 98s.
If you are running CO2 and think that there is no hope, you are wrong. Just get the Stabilizer. No other upgrades (other than HPA), can make your marker run any better than what the Stab can do. Enough said.
"Afterall, it was runninig on CO2 and no, I was not planning on wasting $120 for a LP kit so I could run HPA."
You dont need a lpk to run nitro on an a-5, as long as its a high pressure tank you can just screw it into your a-5 and your good to go......you would only need a lpk if you would want to lower the opperating pressure of your a-5, since they normally run around 800psi
I still highly recommend putting an anti-siphon tube in your co2 tanks. it's easy and only takes a couple of bucks worth of fittings. also you will not have frostbitten hands and reg seals and you will get a lot more shots out of your tank, and you won't be as weather sensitive. It really is one of the best things you can do bang/buck on a CO2 setup.