port and polish is an absolute necessity (see below)
air thru stock
e grip or r.t.
Reliable. Accurate. Durable. Air thru. Low profile hopper. Great feel. Looks.
Hopper jiggles. Port and Polish required. No upgrades (yet)
Right, I've had my x-7 for a few days now and want to share my initial opinion in light of all these biased and surprisingly terrible reviews. First off, I've used my LP Spyder forever and always said the next gun i get will be a Tippmann, and so this is the first I have purchased. I happen to like the stuff Special Ops does and I strictly play woodsball only. Indoor, x-ball, all the junk is for kids whose parents have way too much money and the wannabes who dream of being in the spotlight. So, when the two made a baby i had to give it a shot.
Off the bat I give it a test shoot and dry fired it once. Damn was it loud. I immediately brought it back inside to open it up. I must say the magnesium casing has a really nice look and feel to it. I was worried about it being too light but it still has good weight without the tank, which I prefer. Something too light feels like a toy. Having never touched a Tippmann before, tear down was a snap and i noticed some quality inner workings. However I did notice a glaring problem. Because of the magnesium manufacturing process there was a sandpaper like feel to the entire inner casing. To anyone who does not know about moving parts, thats bad...real bad. This gun HAS to be ported and polished out of the box. If you cant do that or dont know anyone who can i would not recommend it. I dont know if all Tippys are like that but the x-7 is. I was very relieved to find the case and bolt is easy to sand and polish by hand compared to other things i have done. The whole marker took a little while to do but there is alot of ground to cover. That being said i was going to port and polish regardless because all markers should be. After lubing everything (out of the box all the o-rings are dry) I put it back together in no time. I really was surprised how easy Tippys are to work on.
I take it out for a real test drive and was impressed with the marker completely. It is accurate out of the box, built like a tank, and relatively quiet for a high pressure gun. With the shroud/foregrip attached and using the tank as a stock it has a much more natural feel than any of the regular electro toys running around most fields can imagine. Once the air thru stock is available it is mine. This marker is generated for outdoor, low profile on the run play. Not staying behind bunkers wasting 10 hoppers of paint. With a stock attached you can accurately fire on the run which is a crucial advantage. The weight balance also allows you to sight in alot faster from a relaxed position. If you just hold your marker up and fire as fast as possible, use something else to waste paint with. This is a marker for those who only need a few shots to take someone out.
The slender, low profile and offset hopper gives you much greater field of vision and almost eliminates the possibility of a straight on hopper hit. The cyclone gives you 20 bps without the loud, battery mongering, easy target electro hoppers of the world. Once the hopper is attached it does jiggle, I noticed when opening it. This might create a problem of keeping it attached once its used alot.
I personally like the feel of a mechanical trigger versus electro. The x-7 trigger doesnt feel cheap like its made a 2 pieces, well, because its not. Its well made with just enough pull. Can't wait for the R.T. to come out. Even though the grip is hard plastic i like the feel of it. I wear gloves anyway.
I dont like how the stock shroud feels as a foregrip. I think the side rails are a bit too much. They do come off though which is a plus and makes it feel better to grip.
I also didn't like the magazine/storage compartment which is made of cheap plastic. It is useful for a couple allens and a small thing of oil, but i noticed it to get in the way specifically hitting against my long legs when i ran or crouched. I also think the look of it is too Mil-Sim so i took it off along with the piece it clips into covering the airline. It doesnt look great but the air thru kit will fix that.
Stock barrel is nothing great but name me a stock barrel that is.
I stress this review is done with compressed air. CO2 is not an option with any marker.
All in all this is a juiced up A-5 with maybe a little too much consumer appeal. If you are looking for one of the flashy electro toys this is not your marker. Now if you are into mil-sim or just want the feel and balance of an actual firearm this is a nice choice. I dont care about looks, I dont care you can make look like whatever gun on t.v., I care about FUNCTION. Tippmann is defiantly walking a thin line about realism. Take the cyclone off and some store clerk might believe its real...but thats another discussion. This marker has great weight balance and after a little work shoots as well as any other marker. If you own an A-5 dont bother unless you just have to have the new thing or like to spend money. The production process may have been rushed creating some minor issues, but this is still a quality marker with tons of cosmetic possibilities. If you like the Tippmann product I see no reason not to like this gun. Perhaps those people that have been bashing the x-7 either 1) had their hopes too high, 2) like to bash Spec Ops or Tippmann or 3) my favorite, are just plain ignorant.
Yeah, I held the X-7 today and the marker is nice, but that clip is made of cheap plastic and it really got me worried when it wouldn't stay still. Problem was I wasn't pushing it in far enough, but it still felt funny even when I pushed it in all the way.
Two Problems. #1. Tippmann specially designs all their guns to be Co2 and Air adaptable, get your facts straight.
#2. Speedballers and woodsballers are both playing the same game, just different styles. I've been playing both for years and never had an issue. If you want to flame speedball, try a different forum.
Well, people shouldn't flame speedball period. Speedballer's, you got the teamwork, communications and team skill......woodsballers, we got the INDIVIDUAL skill.....'nuf said. Now hopefully everyone will agree and maybe the war between speedballers and woodsballers will end. (as if) :P
For nOob 101:
CO2 is not an option because if you shoot a lot, you freeze the marker up which ruins the internals. CO2 also gives the marker more wear and tear.
Now before you think I'm against CO2 (which I am a little bit)......CO2 IS cheaper and more readily accessible for people.
But in the end, I would go with air - it's better for your marker.
first off i wasnt flaming speedballers, i was just tired of the "you can get this electro marker for the same price argument"... and i say co2 is not an option with any marker because unless you have a regulator it is completely unstable which causes poor accuracy and it creates more wear on your gun etc, etc. Also, Tippmann designs their markers to be co2 AND air adaptable??? Really??? Who would have thought...
Last edited on Saturday, February 3rd, 2007 at 1:48 am PST
If you know how to properly set up the tank and reg, you can use co2 on anything. Make fun if you want, but I've never used anything but co2 on all my markers, I've used my custom cocker (electro halfblock) on co2 for 3 years and it's never shown any signs of premature wear or freezing and ruining parts from the use of co2, and thats firing constant 18 bps ropes for long periods, the only thing that freezes up is the outside of the tank, and a simple neoprene cover keeps it from "burning" you. I have no problems with consistancy, or accuracy whatsoever, and my whole setup for modding 4 tanks and the regulation cost less than 1 high end nitro or ca tank.