Tippman A-5 (Only tested)
Tippman 98 custom
electronic Us 5 with 6 stage expansion chamber about to switch to hpa so that will come off
J&J S2 ceramic barrel/ Apex barrel
ruffus dawg venturi bolt
cyclone feed (like an A-5)
rear velocity adjuster (havent installed yet)
Replace the stock barrel
If your stuck using CO2 use an expansion chamber
not having an anti-chop bolt you need to use a battery hopper or put a cyclone feed on. (see below for info on that)
it's an A-5 only cheaper
cyclone can fit
most upgrades have to be tweeked to fit
Went to my local paintball store and told him the way i like to play, and asked him what marker he would recomend. He said it came down to two the A-5, or the US-5. Since the US-5 was cheaper and I wondered how much extra gas the cyclone feeder would use I left with the US-5. For a little less than the price of a mechanical A-5 I left with the electronic US-5. I'll admit this was the first marker I owned, but since I have shot several others including: A-5, custom 98, spyder pilot, and a few others.
I must say that I am very impressed with this gun, it shoots very well, is fairly fast, and is extremely reliable. The gun gets more shots per fill than my 98 custom or the spyder. Freeze ups seem to not cause any damage, it's very rugged and reliable.It's nice that you can change out the e grip for the mechanical just by pulling two quick release pins. I love that it uses spyder threads as this makes it easy to find barrels cheap. Even with no anti-chop bolt or eyes this gun chops very few balls (with a good hopper).
i have added a rufus dawg venturi bolt and have adapted a cyclone feed onto it. these two mods made the gun 100% better.
the cyclone was very easy to adapt all you have to do is to buy a cyclone feed for a 98 custom and grind the lip off where it mounts to the side of the marker so it will sit flush. the pin spacing on the two feed necks is the same. take out your power tube and drill a hole thru the little nub on it, then carefully cut the threaded nub off the 98 power tube thats included in the kit and epoxy it over the nub on your power tube (it is just the right size) then drill the hole in the side of the marker big enough to fit the new threaded nub and put it back together. go enjoy not needing an electronic hopper.
the new bolt just required cutting four short slots in the end of my power tube then it slid right in. after this mod. the gun isn't nearly as picky about what paintballs you shoot. (in fairness though it still wont shoot the wal-mart balls that my 98 will shoot, but o well i like it much better lol)
you won't use it much but the apex barrel is good to have as a second barrel, it comes in handy if you run up against someone with a flatline. it will shoot just as far plus can be adjusted to shoot up and then drop (to get someone behind a log) or even to get them behind a tree.
I must admit that before the expansion chamber full auto was unusable (with CO2), but after adding it i can run the hopper dry and not freeze up. Without a cyclone feeder you must use an electronic hopper if you like to shoot fast. When you do break a ball you must strip and clean the gun or you won't hit anything. To clean the bolt you have to take the whole gun apart. Doesn't like cheap balls.
I would highly recomend this gun. It's a very good marker and should give years of reliable service. As some have pointed out it is based on an A-5 but that is a strength as the A-5 is a proven reliable design. If you want an electronic A-5 you should really consider the US-5. You get most of the features of the A-5 for $80.00 to $100.00 less. the main advantage to the A-5 is the cyclone and that can be put on this gun and still be cheaper than the A-5. I really think that anyone who buys this will like it. In my opinion woodsball guns don't get any better than this (for the money).
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, May 25th, 2008 at 11:18 pm PST
Good review, and you definantly are considering a lot of points that people overlook in blind bias. I may be a Tippmann lover, but I love all paintball guns if they work well, and this one certainly has yet to disappoint myself or my friend who owns it. A lot of companies are catching on that a main buying point is having cheap electronic upgrades available, and while Tippmann's is expensive, just remember they were one of the first woodsball companies to have interchangable mechanical/electric grips, so it's not going to be perfect. Since then, other companies have done it for cheaper and arguably better, which I could agree with easily. Since I don't need to fire more than semi-auto, I don't really need to worry about it. People need to definantly consider everything about the product before buying and not buy by namesake alone. Keep up the reviews!