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Ness Monday, May 2nd, 2005
Period of
Product Use:
1 year1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
Paradox Electro - Cheaper model and not as great. Only had Semi, 3 round burst and full auto at 10 BPS, but E-Grip costs the same as the entire marker setup!
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5 w/ E-Grip Custom Stock and Flatline barrel
Soon to come sidearm: Ariakon Overlord stock with Ariakon Holster
Strengths: Ajustable rate of fire
5 different modes
Turbo mode
9-Volt life
Weaknesses: Price (Got mine for 150 USD)
Swiching modes is harsh
Low quality balls can chop
Review: First off, when I receved this product, it came in a neat, yet very small box. The packaging was lacking a little bit, but suffecient for the job. I opened the box, read the instructions and found that it should only take the average user around 15 to 30 minutes to install. The only thing you have to do is pull the two quick strip pins on the old grip, slide it off, slide the E-grip on, and re-insert the pins. Within minutes, I was ready for action.

I put on my CO2 and ran out side. At first, I didn't bother to see if the thing was on. I loaded up and pressed the trigger several times to find my E-Grip didnt work. However, after reviewing the instructions again, I found that to chage the mode of firing, you must stick a little screwdriver into a small hole in the grip facing toward the barrel (The worse side of the two for quick changing). The same goes for changing rate of fire. The worst part of this is I screw a 20 ounce CO2 into the recever directly, not under the grip. However, with this modification, you cannot fit the screwdriver into the holes. Immediently, I knew this was going to be troublesome. At first, the E-grip shot as promsed, 14-15 balls per second, and all modes worked. Next week, I took the thing to a game. I played for hours, and later found myself reading to bunker some guy behind a small plywood board. I reached into my pocket, and began sticking in the screw driver to change my mode of firing into full auto, when I got bunkered myself, all because I panicked and couldnt get the driver into the hole fast enough. To re-instate my thinking, the placement and choice of changing modes of fire sucks, and should not have used a screwdriver rather than a LED and push buttons. However, some fields will let you play in semi with the E-grip becuase you cant change it without a screwdriver. But if you're going to use semi, just take a few minutes to swich out to the old trigger.

Next, is the modes of fire. There are 5.
Semi: Plain and simple. Pull the trigger, and it fires one ball.
Response: Fires a ball when the trigger is pulled, and fires when the trigger is released.
Turbo: Same as Response, however, only if your trigger pulls are under .25 of a second. Otherwise, its only one ball.
Full auto: Also plain and simple. Pull the trigger, and hold for longer effect. I got mine to fire between 7-15 balls per second.
3 Round Burst: Shoots 3 balls at the selected speed. For example, 3 shots at 7-15 balls per second.

This is a great little puchase if you are looking to get a fully auto gun for your team, or just for fun and you have the money. But if you are not looking to make your A-5 full auto, consider purchasing a different marker. One 9 volt has really lasted me 6 months. However, be warned about changing it. Once your battery starts showing signs of heavy use, change it. First off, your gun wont be able to reach 15 balls per second, but more rather 12 when the battery is low. Next, is when my was low enough, it would fire, then the voltage would get low enough, and reset the trigger, then fire again, then reset the trigger again without the user pressing the trigger. In otherwords, your gun would be stuck on full auto and firing until you remover the battery. Also, another note to take, is do not use lower quality balls. At around 12 or 13 balls per second on some wal mart quality balls will cause the gun to jam and chop.
Conclusion: For the serious paintballer looking to make their A-5 Full auto, go for it. This is probably the best buy for your A-5 next to the flatline barrel. However, shop around and see if you can't get one for cheaper than 150 USD. If not for the placement of the mode of fire and rate of fire screws, and the whole screwdriver idea, it would have scored a 10. However, for the price I paid, and the screws, an 8 out of 10. If you can get one under 150 USD, a 9 then.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

Review Comments
the bigg Ben Tuesday, May 24th, 2005 | 6:59 pm PST
moron the whole reason you need a screw driver is so you CANT change thr mode to full auto in a game
   

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