1-unlike the high-performance speedball markers (Angel, DYE) the A-5 is constructed of die-cast aluminum that can survive a bomb strike. It is not touchy like those markers and takes a punishing while still operating at peak.
2-One of the coolest aspects of the A-5 is the upgrades. It is the most easily upgraded gun on the market. Some ups are purely aesthetic while others are useful. You can put rails, grips, guards, triggers, shrouds, scopes, sights, hoppers, barrels, stocks and gun kits on the A-5. It allows you to tailor the A-5 to EXACTLY your play preferences once you find your niche. Be you a sniper, heavy gunner, dagger, or what-have-you, whatever your play style, the A-5 delivers.
3-Another useful and revolutionary concept is the CYCLONE Feed-system. It eliminates the need for an expensive electric hopper system by having a wide mouth hopper that feeds paintballs into a housing with a sprocket that force-feeds paintballs into the breach. One of the best aspects of the gun, if you ask me.
4-Unlike the funny looking speedball guns, the A-5 is constructed to mimic the Heckler & Koch MP5K submachine gun. Not only does it look cool out-the-box, but with upgrades can be made to look like just like any rifle or SMG (Tommy gun, M16, M4A1, AK-47, UMP, M82A1, MP5, G36C, UZI, and more) you can think of, making it great for scenario games. It looks cool and tough and intimidating.
5- Like the iPod, Xbox 360 and AK-47, the A-5 is popular because it is very easy to use. Once paintballs and CO2 have been installed, firing is easy:
1) Pull back cocking handle to pull back bolt.
2) Press the loading switch to feed a ball into the chamber.
3) Turn of safety; fire.
There are no complex mechanisms that require a genius to operate. Unlike high-end speedball guns, it doesnít need to be tweaked. Just point and shoot.
6-The A-5 is not an expensive gun, but with the proper ups, can hold its own against nearly any gun on the market. If you want a great gun without a huge investment, itís an excellent choice. If you want a competitive marker that blows away the competition, and are willing to spend money on ups, itís great. The moderate price allows even entry-level players to get a great gun.
7-Lastly, the included hopper, built out of heavy duty plastic that snaps into the Cyclone housing, is a great value, since you do not need to buy an aftermarket one.
1- The myriad upgrades for the A-5 are cool, but some are expensive. Still, the expensive ones usually are purely aesthetic and the A-5 is still a great gun without it.
2- Because it accepts HPA, CO2, and NITRO, the A-5 is a bit of an air-hog. If you want, buy a 20 oz. tank and remote to remedy this.
3- In contrast to the amazing Cyclone-Feed and included hopper, the stock 8.5íí barrel is kind of dinky. My first recommended upgrade is a new barrel, preferably a Flatline or APEX.
4- A tiny problem with the A-5 is the lack of standard Picatinny/Weaver scope mounts. You can get one cheaply aftermarket, though.
5- My last qualm with the Tippmann A-5 is the shape of the stock hopper. It is a little blocky and makes a fine target for your opponent. A Ricochet barrel or TAC-CAP can fix this.
This is the definitive and only choice for woodsball, and a pretty good speedball gun, too. All around good for beginners and experienced alike. I give it 9 out of 10 because pothing is nerfect. You won't be disappointed.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, June 22nd, 2006 at 1:48 pm PST