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Lil' C Thursday, April 13th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

6 months
Products Used:
Lapco Air-Cooled Machine Gun Shroud
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5 with E-Grip
Dead On Products Delrin front bolt and power tube
BT Paintball rear velocity adjuster
Empire 7-pc barrel kit
Opsgear Fast On Target post sight
Ricochet R-5 hopper
Dye Throttle 70CI 4500PSI HPA tank
Strengths: 100% free-floating
100% secure
Easy on/off without tools
Tough as nails
Weaknesses: Kind of heavy
Incompatible with some accessories (e.g., Special Ops A-5A2 foregrip)
Review: I got the Opsgear SR10 shroud to protect the barrels on my Tippmann A-5 during intense woodsball play. Unlike a lot of the mods marketed to the paintball mil-sim set, this accessory is truly functional and "battlefield tough".

The shroud's initial installation takes a couple of minutes with two Allen wrenches. The two forward receiver screws and the screw that holds the Cyclone feed are loosened enough to allow the stock barrel receiver to be removed. A threaded barrel receiver that comes with the SR10 replaces the original Tippmann part, and the screws are retightened. From that point, a slim knurled lockring is threaded onto the barrel receiver, followed by the shroud itself. The shroud and lockring are tightened against one another, and the shroud is secured! It can now go on or off in a matter of seconds with no tools, and yet it stays in place through all-day shooting and the roughest woodsball play.

The SR10 shroud is free-floating. It makes no contact with the actual barrel and completely obviates the need for set screws or any other primitive methods that other barrel shrouds use to attach themselves directly to the barrel. This means any barrel 10" or longer can be installed or removed without fiddling with the shroud! Just leave it in place. That makes for very convenient barrel changes.

In the field, the Shroud provides a surprisingly useful long-reach hand position, for more stretch than you get with the A-5's stock foregrip. It's a great way to hold the gun steady for prone shooting and sniping, even when using a relatively short barrel. The shroud also provides excellent protection for your barrel. You can run your gun along rocks or tree trunks with no fear of damaging your expensive/delicate barrel. I use my SR10 to protect my carbon fiber St!ffi -- and I want to get an SR14 for complete coverage!

Did I mention that this thing looks amazing?

The only cons are the weight and the price -- both a bit hefty...
Conclusion: A great product for protecting your barrel conveniently and adding a mil-sim look and feel to your A-5.
10 out of 10

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