A-5, Flatline Barrel, Response Trigger, Soon to have Crossfire 68/4500
Flatline, Response Trigger, HPA/N2
Duribility, Consistency, Accuracy, Customize very easily, the abilitiy to keep up with high end markers
Uses a lot more air than other markers.
I have had this marker for over 2 years now and shot god knows how many paintballs throught it. I have played mainly woodsball but some speedball with it.
Let me start with how the marker feels in ones hands: 10/10
STURDY. This isn't some cheap plastic marker like some believe. It feels like you are holding an actual SMG in your hands. If you shake it, it doesn't rattle at all and it doesn't feel like pieces are gonna fall off if you drop it or bang it around in the woods, and yes i have dropped it and banged it around in the woods with no problems at all.
Next how it shoots: Accuracy: Stock: 7/10 Upgraded barrel: 10/10
Accuracy: The stock barrel sucks bad. Make this your first upgrade. I would suggest the flatline. A lot of people say that it isn't accurate or the balls don't break at long distances. Let me put this to rest. That is all rumor!!!! You have to tune your marker to obtain the most accuracy, so yes that means grabbin some paintballs and a chrono and spending some time figuring out your optimum fps for accuracy. You should do this with any barrel not just the flatline!!!! Also remember CO2 effects your accuracy as well, so upgrading to HPA/N2 will make you more accurate due to the fact that there is no fluctuation in your psi going into the marker like CO2 does. And lastly the quality of paint is always a big factor. Suck it up and buy some decent paint. My fav is RPS Marbilizers, they are awesome in the flatline.
Speed: This marker will blaze if you can make it. As fast as you pull the trigger it will shoot, and without chopping balls due to the cyclone feed. A response trigger (15bps) or E-grip is definately an awesome upgrade if you want to throw some paint down range. I have never had a single chop in my cyclone feed system and I have had it over 2 years and played countless games. Also a plus is no need to buy an expensive electronic hopper due to the cyclone feed.
Overall stock it shoots great for the price you pay. Spend a little extra money and you have yourselves a marker that can out shoot any marker. I say this knowing that angels and the sort can fire 25+ bps, but thats not everything. You need distance and accuracy and the flatline definately gives you that. You will reach out and touch those angels and other high end electro markers before they can even think about getting an accurate shot at you. Trust me I've played against them.
Reliability: 15/10 Maintainence money: $4
Like I said I have had this marker for over 2 years now and the amount of money I have spent maintaining it: $4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bought a 4 dollar bottle of paintball marker oil. That is it. No O-rings, No parts whatsoever. You may say that I never play with it, but this is my only paintball marker. I play all the time and I'm rough with it. I am probably going to change all of the o-rings this spring before I play, and that is only b/c I feel I should, not b/c it is required. This marker shoots like it did the day that I first bought it. Awesome.
This marker is easy to take care of. After every game, I take it apart, wipe it down, and oil everything up. All in all it takes about 20 minutes. In the field if you break a ball there is no problem. Field stripping is a cinch. The only thing about field stripping is you have to remove the velocity screw to take out the bolt. Other than that no prob. I have never broken a ball inside of the a-5. I have broken a couple balls in the stock barrel though. As far as breaking balls in the flatline, it has never happened to me. I accredit this to the quality of paintballs. Like I said I use Marbilizers. Never a break inside the marker, never in the flatline. Only a couple in the stock barrel.
You can do about anything to this marker. You can make it full auto, you can make it shoot 100 feet further than any other paintball marker, and accurately too. You can make it look like a real MP5 or M4. You can do soooo much to this marker it is awesome. If you are into speedball or want to shoot crazy fast, get an egrip or RT. Response Trigger is easy to get 15 bps. The egrip you can get crazy bps too, but I haven't used it. If you want distance/accuracy. You have the flatline. If you are into mil/sim there are a ridiculous amount of add-ons/parts to make your a-5 look like a real assault rifle/smg. I believe this marker has the most upgradability out of any marker.
Overall Looks: 9.5/10
The a-5 looks beautiful in my opinion. The only reason I gave it a 9.5 and not a 10 is that there are those guys out there that like there markers chromed out and all shiny. Can't do that to this marker. Thats not my style though. I love how it looks like an mp5 and with a couple of add-ons it looks even better. Go to ops gear's website and look at some of the a-5's that they have for examples. Absolutely amazing looking.
This is a contraversial issue. Some say that it is an air hog, some say its not. I found out that it is an air hog compared to other markers, but its not ridiculously bad. Most fields have free air refills anyways. I would have rated it lower but this marker runs awesome on either CO2 or HPA/N2, so I bumped the rating to an 8. Many say that it doesn't like HPA/N2. You have to use a HP regulator, or if it is an adjustable regulator, keep it around 800/850 psi. That is unless you convert it to low pressure. I believe that is why some people have bad experiences with HPA/N2, they simply don't have the right psi flowing through the marker. After all HPA/N2 is better than CO2 for the reason that it is more consistent and doesn't put liquid into the marker. It also won't freeze the marker like CO2. Theres more but thats a different forum. People also say that the Response Trigger doesn't like HPA/N2, well thats the same issue as I just stated. Gotta have the right psi flowing through the marker. So overall its kind of an airhog, but it performs awesome with CO2 and HPA/N2. Not many markers can do that.
Feeding system: 9.5/10
The cyclone feeding system is just plain awesome. In over 2 years never chopped a single ball. Thats all I have to say, just plain awesome. Some complain about the hopper. I have not had any problems with it and I don't find it to be a problem, but I do prefer the TAC CAP. It holds 30, 40, or 50 balls. I like it for the reason that when in woods you can hide and not worry about the enemy seeing your hopper. You can cut it down to which ever size you like. Note: that isnt' good for speedballers.
Overall I give this marker a 10/10. It has some great features that comes with the marker stock. When upgraded (barrel mainly) it is untouchable and you can look awesome when playing (opsgear cosmetic parts). Add in the fact that it is basicly a tank, in terms of the durability and the ease of cleaning, and you have yourself a frickin awesome marker.
I was reading some reviews that others have written on the a-5. Many have said how it is heavy. I am in the Army Infantry and a SAW Gunner. The SAW weighs in at 18 lbs, so to me the a-5 isn't heavy at all. It feels like a feather. If you are really gonna wine about a couple pounds then I suggest you check your manhood, no offense to any ladies, and hit the gym. I would rather have a little weight to my marker and know that its built sturdy then carry around a flimsy light marker that will break if I fall with it. So if you are crying about the weight of the a-5 then you shouldn't be playing paintball at all or else you might wine during a review of a certain brand of paintballs b/c they hurt too bad when they hit you. In other words, don't be a softy and toughen up. IT'S ONLY 3.5 LBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (look at tippmann's website for specs)
If you are only remotely thinking about getting an a-5, just do it. You will not regret it at all. It is the best paintball marker in my eyes for those above reasons. Don't let the guys who have never played with the a-5, who talk smack on it b/c they spent way to much for their marker, talk you out of it. They are just jealous b/c we bought a marker that can perform in their realm, and even out perform them in some areas for 1000 dollars less then their marker.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, March 6th, 2006 at 9:00 am PST
Loved this review. Rlly helped me make up my mind, you covered everything. Im still looking into hte flatline because i have heard both good and bad about it, may jsut go for it and see what happens. Thanks for the review