I've tried various different setups, I customize my gun for whatever Im playing.
Right now ive got a collapsible stock, proteam xchamber (just for the improved tank positioning it really doesn't change the performance of the gun), 12" barrel, tactical riser mount, offset hopper adapter, and a red dot. I am actually on my second
A5 and I have used many different setups including RT, Egrip, flatline, flatline of 98c modded for use on the A5, gas through stock kits, xchambers regulators ect... havent used low pressure though.
Any accessory really will make it more fun, but I'm really big on upgrading the barrel. Flatline works good for the most part, but right now im using a Lapco 12" Bigshot. You will find that accuracy vs distance is the choice that your making when deciding to use a flatline or a straight barrel.
Its totally customizable. You can mod to improve performance or make your marker look MilSim.
Accuracy, rate of fire.
A5s are great for beginners; but the gradual progression of any paintball player is toward high end markers. You just cant compete. I still use my A5 because I like it for woodsball and ive grown attatched to it.
If you want to know more about the rate of fire read tippmanns website. Its pretty plain and simple, the cyclone feed rate is 17BPS period. The firing rate is 8BPS, which you can improve with an RT or Egrip, but your not going to get past 17BPS with the cyclone. Ive seen some outrageous claims about 25 BPS out of an A5 and I have to wonder why anyone would believe that. That being said it is possible to achieve really high rates of fire with a qloader and an egrip but i have no experience with that setup because I cant justify spending that much. At that point your just trying to turn a tippmann into something its not meant to be anyway.
My experience with accuracy is mixed. As a beginner at paintball i am still learning what I can and cannot expect from a paintball gun. I am a firm believer that your barrel matters probably more than anything else on your A5. Using a good barrel will improve your accuracy. So will practice because you need to get used to the feel of shooting an A5. It doesnt really recoil, but it isnt smooth either. My biggest issue with accuracy comes at higher rates of fire. It works fine taking a single shot or snapshooting, but when your firing quickly it can be a challenge to shoot accurately.
A word about flatlines. You have the distance to hit people without flatlines before you are in they're range. In theory you should own, but i cant tell you how many times i've shot about 100 balls to hit something like at a hopper or a barrel or a leg or whatever it was that was sticking out. Sometimes you just cant hit your target with the flatline. The distance you will achieve is impressive; but accuracy at those distances is unpredictable even with the best paint. Also, if you break a ball, you may have to stop using it until it has been properly cleaned. Im at the point where i just want an accurate barrel.
A word about the cyclone. My first A5 worked better for some reason. I do believe people have ball chopping problems with the cyclone because my new A5 has chopped marbs and i dont know why.
This is a decent gun for anyone, but great for begginers. Experiment with different barrels. A flatline will put a smile on your face! I have had alot fun using an A5.
The biggest thing i wanted to bring up is that in paintball fire superiority is the name of the game. If your bunkered down you dont have time for accurate, consistent shots that we woodsballers like to claim we are capable of. You dont have a whole lot of time to do anything and you need to react before the opposition gets position on you. You need a HIGH RATE OF FIRE marker if you want the best chances of eliminating your enemies, so get the best gun you can afford. That being said I can count the number of speedball games ive played on two hands. I love woodsball and my tippmann, If this is you then you will be happy with an A5.
5 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 at 5:10 am PST
5 out of 10 seems a bit harsh considering you seem to like the gun. Why would you ever need the 17 bps in the first place? Even if it is far-fetched(it probably is) thats still going to be more than enough bps to play in the woods. You seem like a candidate for an ion or something like that so if your into thespeedball scene you shouldn't rip on the greatest woodsball gun ever made.
Last edited on Friday, April 21st, 2006 at 2:08 pm PST
LOL if the cyclone reach 20bps it's gonna be VERY mean to the balls. The cylcone blades are gonna spinn so fast that when it hits a ball or so it's gonna break. If you want to reach 20bps with the cyclon without breaking balls you have to use kvalito balls.
I have one problem with your review. Were you expecting the A-5 to give you 15bps stock? It's a mechanical gun, and the buyer knows that. Review a product based on what it's supposed to do, not criticize it on what it isn't designed for.