If using a sight, I highly recommend an offset sight rail. It becomes difficult to mount a sight with the stock hopper any ways other than a tiny brass eagle red dot.
A remote is required as this is the only way that one can get air to the gun. Make sure you get one that has adapter for the stock. Look at the pictures and you can see it on the 2 camo'd markers.
The stock barrel is horrid. I would recommend a barrel kit so you have the best paint to bore match possible. If you don't/ can't afford a kit, a single barrel by J&J, Lapco, or Smart Parts are great alternatives.
Lastly, I would go HPA. You will need a high preasure tank reg as the a-5 is a high pressure marker. You will have much more consistant shots firing at around the same FPS all day.
-Quick target aquisition
-good stable feel
-keeps tank off marker.
-Impossible to see down sights
-marker has a piece cut
Special ops is one of the companies that caters specifically to people who like to play scenario ball and woods ball. This company is about ergonomics, feel, balance, and quality.
The a5/a2 is probably the most well known of their A-5 products. The following is a review based on my experience with the product and opinions from seasoned players who have used it that I have played with.
The a5/a2 is a great setup. By having a stock on the marker, it makes picking up a target very quick and easy. Also, by having the stock, it gives the player a very nice shooting platform much like how a rifle. This is an air through stock which means that you DO NOT have the tank on the marker and this does reduce a significant amount of weight, but the weight of the stock is about the same so they negate each other.
The foregrip is possibly my favorite piece on the package. The factory foregrip isn't comfortable to me. That could just be me, but that factory handle gives my hand a cramp after extended usage. The A5/a2 foregrip feels natural to hold and I think it gives an even better shooting stance because of the ergonomic and natural angle that your hand is in. I guess the last positive thing is the look. It gives the a-5 a unique and mil-simish look for those guys who are into that.
For the durability, I don't think there is anything else out there that is stronger for the weight, maybe minus something metal, but that would be VERY heavy. Both the stock and foregrip are made of a heavy plastic that blows away the 6-position car stock. I have seen and goofed around with the Ops Gear equipment as well. They seem to be made of a similar material, but the thing I don't like is how after LOTS of usage, the push pins become worn and the stock becomes loose.
Now for the negative:
The marker is back heavy. Without the stock the gun is fairly balanced. This is assuming you don't have the tank on. Wtih the stock, the gun becomes very back heavy. It balances roughly near the middle of the trigger frame.
The biggest gripe I have against this upgrade is how you can no longer use the iron sights. The stock has a curve molded into it, but it is not large enough to accommodate your goggle system (except maybe outside of the flex series by JT.) A sight can be an easy remedy to this if you want one. Be sure to get on offset rail though as the hopper kind of hinders the ability to put a sight on the stock rail.
If you are used to the A-5, you should not have any problems with weight, but it does add a little to it. The main weight gain is to the back of the marker as the fore grips weigh about the same.
Lastly, the stock barrel sucks so get a new one. I listed a few up near the top if you don't know what to get.
The positives far offset the negatives as those are very nit-picky things I put in. This is a great marker upgrade that for a-5 users should be a priority.
What to Expect:
If you order this marker and take off the foregrip, you will notice that a small piece has been cut out of the marker. This is so the macro line can run to the stock. It really isn't a negative, just a heads up.
You get the A-5 with the stock and foregrip already attached. The hopper and stock barrel are also included like you would expect, and Spec Ops does include everything else that comes factory with the A-5, since they are taking it out of the box, attaching the stock and foregrip, and send it your way.
I recommend that you clean all markers after everyday of play, but the A-5 can go for a while without cleaning. Take off the foregrip. Take out the tombstone, then the stock. When re-assembling, insert the tombstone, then the stock again. It can be difficult for a person new to the sport (I bent the crap out of the main spring putting the stock back on my first time).
I like it. I would probably spend the extra money and get the one with the dogleg instead of the a5/a2 stock. the dogleg was not yet out though when I made my purchase. I like the quick target aquistion, feel, and I like how it looks. I don't like having to get down a new way to aim. Also, cleaning it the first few times was one of the most problematic things I have ever done.
I give the a-5 a 6 rating. I give it that rating because the autococker, and AGD tac-one blow it out of the water when it comes to accuracy, noise, and weight. It is better in my opinion than the JT Tac, and BT model equivilants. I still have not been able to play on a PCS yet, but from what I have heard, they are almost equal. The kit does improve the stability of the shooter and makes a long day much more comfortable. I think it is worth giving a full 1 point boost. 7 out of 10.
7 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 at 1:29 pm PST
I used the cocker and mag (ha ha love those names) because on the special ops forum, those seem to be the main competition when the newbies ask which gat to get.
Also, especially now, the mag and cocker are in around the same price range used. If you are in the market for a pro stock, that is not a bad thing as that is the only way to get them now.
I will do an edit sometime in the near future and see if I can use some mech in the same range for comparison. I will probably use something like the bt, pcs, and maybe the jt tac as comparisons.
Just as a notice, I sold the a-5 to a buddy of mine, but I still have access to it and I can do the comparrisons still. I just have to get a little free time as my final year of college is kicking my butt.
I can agree with that, however, I do not think it was worth it to bring up a dispute about it. His review is accurate as it states that the stock allows for a person to quickly and easily pick up the target fast. The gun can easily be back heavy on this condition: stock weight. Some stocks are ABS with rubber and there are others that use metal components. The weight he was feeling was probly the remote becoming tangled and causing that feeling like there is more weight. No offense here Shadow, but there are many people on this site (not you) who prefer speedball but write a review on a scenario-based gun. You do not see A-5's on the speedball field (at least very often). It was never designed for that purpose. Over the years the gun has become more adapted to both fields of play, with the introduction of the E-Grip as well as the cyclone, it is obvious that they began to appeal to speedball or at least a faster paced game.
quote:Originally posted by HellcatCommando I can agree with that, however, I do not think it was worth it to bring up a dispute about it. His review is accurate as it states that the stock allows for a person to quickly and easily pick up the target fast. The gun can easily be back heavy on this condition: stock weight. Some stocks are ABS with rubber and there are others that use metal components. The weight he was feeling was probly the remote becoming tangled and causing that feeling like there is more weight. No offense here Shadow, but there are many people on this site (not you) who prefer speedball but write a review on a scenario-based gun. You do not see A-5's on the speedball field (at least very often). It was never designed for that purpose. Over the years the gun has become more adapted to both fields of play, with the introduction of the E-Grip as well as the cyclone, it is obvious that they began to appeal to speedball or at least a faster paced game.