Hard to change settings. Near impossible to change settings during play. Weatherproof?
I got this baby slightly used on ebay for $98 with a double trigger included, which I later sold for $12. I just don't believe in double triggers...anyway, I was very careful installing it to make sure everything was right, and it only took about 10 minutes. The key to getting the push pins back in is starting them at an angle to get the metal pin part in first. Whew! That was easy.
BTW, I have heard people mention the weight of the e grip. It is only slightly heavier than the normal grip, and actually serves to balance the marker.
I had tried to imagine what my a-5 would sound like on full auto, so I took it down in the basement with my wife and started shooting at a box. WHOOOOOP! There goes about 20 rounds!! My wife and I just looked at each other...it was kind of scary...seriously, I would not want to be on the delivery end of this marker. Seeing and hearing it in action was shocking.3 round burst may be even faster than full auto, you can't really hear 3 distinct noises, it is just one slightly longer noise.
A week or so later, I tried it outside. With my flatline, at 40-50 yards I was putting 2 or 3 out of 3 shots on a tree every time with 3 round burst. Turbo mode is darn cool, I am not sure if it is faster than full auto, but it is more controllable. The faster you pull, the faster it shoots; if you want one or two shots to keep someone's head down, no problem. If you want more, just pull faster and it starts shooting VERY fast real quick. Full auto is full-insanity all the time, it is very hard to fire just one or two shots. Also, at 2 cents or more a shot, a quarter or two flies out of your barrel every second or so...
I haven't tested it extensively yet, but the feeder seems to have no problem keeping up with full auto. I haven't tried to time the BPS yet on any mode. I have heard anywhere from 13-25 per second. From what I have seen, I would say it is 15-20. I will test that later and update this review. Also I will report on the performance of this wonderful item in combat. I don't know if it is weather durable yet, I doubt it. They could have built in a small gasket.
What I did NOT like:
The dials with which you adjust the mode and speed are TINY! I mean the number are smaller than a 16th of an inch, and they are recessed so far into the grip that you may never notice them!! The dials can only be adjusted with a scredriver, which is metal and the dials are plastic....bad combination!! Also I don't want to carry the needle thin screwdriver around when I am playing or else it may puncture something on my body!!
If that wasn't bad enough, the dials are under your middle and ring fingers, so you have to hold the gun up to get at them, they should have been on the back of the grip on your palm.......NO for $100 there should have been a selector switch like a real MP-5 has!!!!!!! This is the only drawback to the grip, but Tippman really dropped the ball on this one. The adjustment dials are a JOKE. Near impossible to change during a game. No doubt you could modify them, but you shouldn't have to.
FAST!! This upgrade combined with a Flatline make the A-5 able to run with ANY marker out there. Not cheap, but worth it...about the same price as any other electronic grip. Performance is superb!! But the design is flawed. The adjustment dials are just plain ignorant. I expect more from a 100 dollar product. Be prepared to buy more paint!! Get ready to TOTALLY PILLAGE your friends!!
9 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, December 27th, 2004 at 10:56 pm PST
As far as not having the fire adjustment modes changable without a screwdriver, I think Tippmann really did a good job.
If your marker is adjustable on the field with no tools, it is not legal on most fields.
Who's to say you can't show the refs in semi-auto mode, then, in the middle of a game, drop her into full auto? That's not good game play nor legal on any tournament type or scenario game level.
Tippmann requires a screwdriver with tiny electronic pots so you CAN BE LEGAL with an electronic grip!
Thanks Deth, don't wanna sound like a jerk, but I rarely read replies, but as soon as I saw his weakness section I was like oh boy I have to see the replies on this one. Anyway yes the adjustments are supposed to be hard to change during gameplay.