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OlUncleGearHead Monday, October 24th, 2005
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month21 of 21 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
None.
Marker Setup: Tippmann A5
PE Remote w/ Slide Check
PE 20 Bottle
Tac Cap
OpsGear G36C Grip, Rail and Stock
Bushnell 1x30mm Trophy red dot sight
Seals Action Gear single point sling
Knights Armament Company Vertical Fore Grip
Strengths: Quality of Manufacture
Looks
Vesatility
Barrel can be removed with grip still on
Weaknesses: Weight
Barrel Alignment (very minor, see body)
Only accepts Tac Cap style loaders
Review: CONSTRUCTION
The forward grip and toprail bodies are steel - - while it isn't the lightest material they could have used, it will easily withstand the punishment of crashing around your local field and through the bush. Both components have composite Weaver rails that will accept a number of standard paintball, airsoft and firearms accessories.

PRICE
Compared to the price of a Tippmann BT-16 barrel and a CAR Stock, the price of the OPSGEAR stuff comes out on top and with none of the headaches that I've heard about. I looked into it, upgrading to a railed forarm (to be clear, not a simple barrel shroud, but a military grade RIS-style forearm) was going to cost a pretty penny. When you take into account the Weaver rails, the G36C rail and grip offers a lot of bang for your buck.

INSTALLATION
Installation will take about 10 minutes of fiddling with it while you're watching TV. Went on like a dream with just a few set screws, an allen key and screwdriver.

FIT AND FINISH
Once it's on, the rail and grip will feel like they've always been part of the A5: no wobble, creaking or any other problems.

A WORD ON THE 'WEAKNESSES'
The weaknesses aren't really weaknesses, depending on your style of play. Most folks interested in the OPSGEAR kit will be of a mil-sim and scenario mindset, and want something that approximates the firearm that the A5 is acting as an allagory for, the Heckler and Koch G36C assault rifle, so it's with this point of view that you should take the kits perceived 'weaknesses'. If you're a speedballer looking for something to make your whippy little 45bps marker better hasn't read this far into my review anyways.

Weight - You're not playing with an Angel or Shocker. This is a mil-sim marker, right? The kit adds heft, really, not weight.

"Tac Cap Only" - - The top rail doesn't offer enough clearance from the Cyclone feeder to allow for continued use of the stock A5 hopper. My only complaint in this regard is that I wish I had known about that from the outset, so I could have ordered it at the same time as the rest of the kit.

My only real issue (and an easily solved one at that) is if you are a gear re-seller, you're going to want to wrap a layer or two of electrical tape to the ouside of you barrel just under where the barrel enters the grip, to prevent scratching and wear on the paint, powdercoat or anodization of your barrel. The hole where the barrel enters the grip is machined a little low, so a little prevention is needed. See? I told you it wans't a big thing...

Conclusion: This a a great product for any woodsballer or scenario baller who's appearance conscious and wants something different from an M4/M16 or HK5 clone.

This rates a 9 simply because nothing is perfect, but the OPSGEAR G36C grip and rail kit is a great product.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

Review Comments
YarenZero Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 | 4:55 pm PST
If you want to use a normal hopper, it is fairly easy to make a offset feedneck for an A-5. I'm pretty sure somebody sells them online too.
   

AUBeast Wednesday, December 21st, 2005 | 9:27 am PST
Eastgate designs sells them...also, I was able to use a heat gun to change the shape of my stock hopper and use it when neccessary as well.
   

Rags McKAy Thursday, September 14th, 2006 | 1:39 pm PST
Dispute:
The G36 DOES allow the use of the stock hopper. It can be a little tricky to get on, but the stock hopper will go on and not affect the weaver rail. How ever if you use a sight you would still need to offset it, or you could use the side mounted weaver rail.
   

yummyhamster Friday, June 22nd, 2007 | 8:39 am PST
hmm well i have to differ on the weight... i run a m82a1 barrel and trirail mount with bi-pod and that is allot heavy-er than the entire g36 kit.. to me it feels like i am hardly holding anything...
so sorry .. the weight really isn't an issue. it is allot lighter than you realize.. or you just need to work out a bit.. one of the two.. not being nasty.
   

psychoballer93 Thursday, June 28th, 2007 | 4:03 pm PST
you could use a low pro hopper like on the x-7...$15...and actionvillage sells the offset feeds
   

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