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ykwak Saturday, March 4th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months53 of 54 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
Tippmann A-5, Flatline Barrel, Low-Pressure Chamber, E-Trigger, and Response Trigger setups. - You can't really compare them!! The Tippmann A-5, in my opinion, is in a Different class...why? Because it is more expensive, and has a cyclone feed.
Marker Setup: Tippmann SL-68 II w/ Sniper Barrel, Red Dot
PMI PCS US-5, Apex Barrel, Tippman A-5 Expansion Chamber Kit
Recommended
Upgrades:
New Barrel - A MUST! Get rid of the Stock ASAP
Faster Hopper (Ricochet AK or Faster)
New Bolt when available - The stock bolt is plastic...and if you chop a ball on the paint, you're accuracy SUCKS until cleaned.
Red Dot Sight - Remove Iron Sights
Remove the Circular Crown in front of the rear sight...this is paintball, and a range
adjustment knob is pointless LOL...also, it just blocks the view
Strengths: Look In Review
Weaknesses: Key Weakness - Chop a Ball, and you MUST disassemble to clean
Look In Review
Review: Being an avid WoodsBaller, i was becoming tired of being Underpowered. So, i went to look for a Tippmann A-5 with flatline.
Well, after doing some research, i noticed that PMI PCS had introducted the US-5.

Yeh Yeh, many say "Tippmann A-5 copy" but so what?

It's a MUCH cheaper gun and has good accuracy, distance, and velocity with a BT Apex Barrel.

Great with a Progressive Barrel or J&J Ceramic

More Stated BELOW
Conclusion: [STRENGTHS]

- Very Sturdy Construction
= this thing is built solid...I feel that it will last quite a while
= the basic build is a 2 piece frame casing which encases ALL the internals
= the trigger assembly is within its OWN housing, and so you dont have to worry
about those tiny trigger springs and parts going everywhere... : )

- Excellent Customer support (thanks brian)
= the one thing about PMI that i really respect is their warranty service

- Easy to switch from Mechanical to Electrical
= you only need to remove 2 allen bolts, and either "clip" slides into the handle
so...you can easily change to a mechanical trigger if your battery dies OR if it
starts to rain...unlike on Spyder Imagines or high end electronics

- Electronic Trigger is VERY easy to operate.
= although its not Programmable, it is GOOD for the money.
= you get semi-auto, three round burst, and full auto at the touch of a button

- Feed Neck flips down
= this makes it MUCH easter to squeegee because the feed neck can actually be
moved out of the way since it is on a hinge.
= Even Better, You can KEEP the hopper ON the gun and simply unlatch the
Feed Neck, and swing the Feed Neck and Hopper down, so that the paintballs
dont fall out when cleaning the gun while upright

- Reliable thus far (this will be updated as necessary)
= only 2 recocks needed during a 5 hour scenario, and primarily due to broken paint
shells which got caught behind the bolt and powertube area, causing excess
friction (Do Not Use a Non-Motorized Hopper if shooting full auto...durrr lol)

- SPYDER THREADS and Possible Change of Threading
= just about every barrel is offered in spyder threading, and if it is offered in spyder
threading, it can be used on this gun...unlike Tippmanns
= if you currently have a spyder, you can switch barrels between guns - SWEET
= The BT Apex barrel is Phenominal thus far
EDIT: Got rid of the APEX barrel...not very useful in speedball. Upgraded to a 14in J&J

- Apprently CHANGEABLE Barrel Threading
= the barrel threading is actually set by a REMOVABLE cylindrical piece that is fitted
into the gun - Called a Thread Adapter

- Trigger Assembly is ENCASED in its OWN casing, away from the other internals
= When opening the gun for stripping, you DONT have to worry about trigger
components flying everywhere. The springs, etc are all encased in a small case
WITHIN the gun

- Very Simple layout and Design
= Removable Iron Sights, Removable Front Grip, Simple Layout, ONLY 1 Spring-
loaded component to worry about when field stripping, and this is the Rear Spring,
which is Very easily removed via 2 clips

- Shoots Hard...this means use Good balls. Nothing too brittle (ie Big Balls)

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[WEAKNESSES]

- cannot increase the ROF on the e-trigger

- Stock Barrel is terrible, and the inside is not honed very well...MUST REPLACE

- Gas Efficiency with CO2 is SUBPAR...HPA works MUCH better
= I suggest a decent expansion chamber, and removal of the front grip

- DO NOT field strip this in the woods...UNLESS you have a reliable area that will not
hide any pieces. Also, it has Many Screws to Undo
= since all the internals are held together by 2 casing plates, opening the gun in
conjunction with clumsiness can result in spilling many of the parts.

- The bolt does NOT SIMPLY come out - Bad if you need to clean the bolt during a game
= you must OPEN the Entire Marker Casing to clean the bolt, striker, etc...
= Not as easy as a spyder, but not as many SURPRISES to worry about either
EDIT: If you chop paint, you MUST clean the bolt. It will NOT fire accurately if there is paint on the bolt. That's right, you have to disassemble the WHOLE marker and clean the bolt. --- I cant wait for a NEW Anti-Chop bolt ---

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I bought this gun with much skepticism and feable amounts of hope...I really just
wanted to give PMI a chance...and try it out.

First thing I noticed was that the gun is JAM PACKED with Features...for a modest price. For Under $170 in some places, you can get an AUTOMATIC that has more features than a spyder imagine. (I picked it up for $130 shipped off ebay)

Also, ALL MAINTENANCE for the gun can be accomplished with ONLY 4 tools.

1) Phillips Screw Driver
2) Pball Gun Oil
3) Allen Wrench
4) smaller Allen Wrench
allen wrenches are provided, and the screw driver is simply for opening up the
trigger casing - on the rare occasions which would force you to

[WARNING] Do NOT do maintenance if you lack some mechanical skill. Putting the gun back together can be rather frustrating without a 3rd hand if you are new to such endeavors.
But, after stripping the gun a couple times, just about ANYONE can get it down pat.
(i.e. marines and army guys can strip an m-16 with eyes closed..with enough practice)

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- Field Test: 5 hr scenario.

I went through about a 1/2 case of paint during a scenario match.
Combined with an APEX barrel, the gun was holding up VERY WELL against Tippmann A-5's with Flatline Barrels. Although I received a few chuckels and unkind gestures from some Tippmann Lovers, they had to admit that this gun was shooting at a good speed with its e-trigger WITHOUT having to spend more than $200!

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Overall, the gun performs well. And I MEAN it. I am naturally a Tippmann Fan, but i am NOT displeased by PMI PCS's introduction scenario marker. Yes, it is somewhat unoriginal, but they make up for such transgressions with Excellent Customer Service, a CHEAP Automatic, Easy to Maintain gun, and other useful features.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO GET A TIPPMANN 98 Custom or A-5 with Flatline / E-Trigger, just take into consideration a PCS US-5 electronic. So far, I am impressed, and can outshoot quite a few tippy owners. With a BT Apex Barrel, you can be shooting on par with most Flatline setups, and with a Faster Hopper like a Ricochet AK, you will hold up great as long as your skill is up to par.

Basically, Buy this gun OVER a Tippmann A-5 if you want to have an AUTOMATIC and FLATLINE-TYPE setup for UNDER $300. (by purchasing the BT Apex Barrel)

FOR NOW, i give this marker a 10 rating...why? Because it has so much potential...lets give PMI PCS some time, and see what goodies they release for it...programmable trigger? Lighter hammer? Lighter, metal internals? hmmm.
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Just added a Universal Expansion Chamber, 3 stage Kit.

I refuse to go HPA LOL!!! thats right...i only refuse because i got the x-chamber for so cheap. Anyhow, most Tippmann A-5 External Upgrades and Standard Fitting upgrades will fit onto the PCS US-5
The x-chamber works great. Consistency has improved a fairly noticeable amount, and i no longer have serious worries of freezing snow flakes getting into the gun's internals. Also, I have seen about 20 to 30 shots more on avg on a 9 oz.

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EDIT: April, 10, 2006

Been playing with it every weekend at local fields.
Well, the Apex barrel is NOT meant for speed ball. So, I sold it and got a J&J, which works VERY well on this gun.

One thing that is bugging me real bad so far...if you chop paint on the bolt, you are going to shoot like crap until you disassemble the whole thing and clean the bolt.
I HOPE there will be an Anti-Chop bolt for this gun soon.

Took the x-chamber off and changed over to HPA. With a replacement spring, my velocity was very stable.

After a few months of play, i still love this gun...even with some of the headaches...I guess I learned to AVOID chopping a ball very well with this gun : p
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 at 9:48 pm PST
 

Review Comments
UnluckyDiablo Sunday, March 5th, 2006 | 1:09 pm PST
Very good review. I don't really like this marker, but you gave a very good review. Thank you!
   

Byder Saturday, March 11th, 2006 | 3:44 pm PST
Yeah I'll say this is a very informative review and it probably will help a lot of people out, but I still don't like this gun very much. This is practically an exact copy of an A-5 except no cyclone. I'm not too sure about internals. Also, after the purchase of a decent auto-hopper, and an Apex this would probably be over 300. I go agree that PMI does have excellent customer service though
   

ykwak Monday, March 13th, 2006 | 2:54 pm PST
quote:
Originally posted by Byder
Yeah I'll say this is a very informative review and it probably will help a lot of people out, but I still don't like this gun very much. This is practically an exact copy of an A-5 except no cyclone. I'm not too sure about internals. Also, after the purchase of a decent auto-hopper, and an Apex this would probably be over 300. I go agree that PMI does have excellent customer service though

I would say to find this gun USED and to find the Apex Barrel and Ricochet Hopper on Ebay.

I paid:

$130 - PMI PCS US-5 Electronic - Brand New off Ebay, Shipped
$80 - BT Apex Barrel - Brand New off Ebay, Shipped
$40 - Ricochet AK - Brand New off Ebay, Shipped
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$250 TOTAL spent for this package.
   

War3245 Tuesday, March 14th, 2006 | 9:16 am PST
Yeah I am Loving my US-5 so far. That was a great review. I have a JCS Combat stock with RVA and it helped allot with gas efficency. You may want to look into that. I also put a macdev Reg on mine and that I am sure will also help with gas and shoot consistency. I will post a reveiw soon. I have my first scenario this weekend. I will try and put up a reveiw next week. I realy liked the revew you did. It was honest and to the point. My friends that have A-5 realy liked the trigger the US-5 has and how easy it was to go from single to full auto with the silver button. You dont have to pull out a wrench every time you want to change the fire mode.

I posted a pic of it on the cover page.
Last edited on Tuesday, March 14th, 2006 at 9:38 am PST
   

War3245 Wednesday, April 26th, 2006 | 6:46 am PST
Hey I got rid of the MacDev Reg WAY to much maintain. I got the trinity 6 stage Expansion instead. I know exactly what you are saying about the choping paint. It happened to me because I went to a new feild and they used ORIGIN Paint. That stuff is JUNK. Even the Signature line "shot decent" but was no where near many of the mid grad balls that I have used. That stuff would break on every other shoot that wold come out of my barrel.
   

bullet sheild Friday, May 5th, 2006 | 4:24 pm PST
hey ykwak if your ever lookin to sell that SL 68 LET ME KNOW!!!!!! ive been lookin forever for one ever since my friend borrowed one from one of his friends.
   

ranman154744 Saturday, October 25th, 2008 | 9:05 am PST
you did really good on this review but when you said that if you chop a paintball that you have to disasemble the gun well i choped and then i poped the lach down and took off the barrelran a squeege in there and reasembled and then worked fine. ( when got home disasemble the whole thing and then man it squeeky clean)
   

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