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vtTaco Monday, May 15th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
6 months12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
Stock Vertical Grip
Marker Setup: Tippmann A5 R/T
SpecOps A2-A5 Pro Foregrip
PMI Remote w/ Slide Check
Ricochet R5 Hopper
Crossfire 68/4500
Aka Sidwinder
Opsgear AK47 Folding Stock
J&J 12" S2 Ceramic
Strengths: Different models for different needs.
For me, feels more natural than vert grip.
Weaknesses: Can't really get a full grip.
Review: I bought this grip because I wanted it to feel more like my rifles. I didn't realize that because of the cyclone feed, your palm never really touches the bottom of the grip. Also, the edge of your hand will hit the bottom line or regulator. The front "fin" of the receiver pokes out of the front of the grip as well and gets in the way. This all annoyed the crap ou of me at first. I spent a weekend just walking around the house (getting strange looks from the wife) trying to get used to it, but decided to go back to the vert grip. When I did, the vert grip felt strange. Back went the foregrip. Some backyard testing revealed that I could get my first shots closer to the target (no sights) than before even though the grip bugged me. I sent the grip back to SpecOps paintball and exchanged it for the Pro version. The Pro version required me to cut off the front "fin" and cut a large hole in the bottom of the grip for my Sidewinder regulator. My wife though I was crazy for taking my Dremel to a $230 marker but it was worth it. My A5 now feels much better since the rib isn't poking into my index finger. I can grab the reg or the foregrip as my body position dictates. I need to remove it with an allen wrench to pull out the tombstone though. No more no-tools field striping.

The grip itself is made of a dense high strength plastic and is very durable and solidly locks onto the marker.

Shooting it left-handed, I can get my whole hand under it. It almost makes me wish I was a south paw.

This is not for everyone, especially if you don't want to hack up your marker to use the Pro version. Unfortunately, the Pro version feels better than all the others. The grip stil feels weird to me since I can't get my entire hand under it but it inexplicably "works". I wish it was a little thicker to facilitate a fuller grip, but It would look odd and might disrupt the perfect ergonomics it gives me.
Conclusion: All this grip does is change the look and feel of the marker. There's no way I or anyone else can tell you if you'll like this so handle an A5 with one first if you can. If that's not possible ,and you still think this might be for you, Spec Ops Paintball has great customer service.

For me: 10
For you: ?
10 out of 10Last edited on Monday, May 15th, 2006 at 10:13 pm PST

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