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cjpomeroy Monday, January 1st, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested9 of 11 people found this review helpful.

3 years
Products Used:
Tippman 98
Tippman A-5
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5
WAS Egrip
J&J Edge Barrel Kit
Flatline Barrel Kit
Vortex Cyclone Feed
Red Dot Scope
Carbine Stock
88ci/4500psi Carbon Fiber Pure Energy HPA on remote
My rating scale defined
10- Oh my god this thing is awsome, drop what every you are doing and go buy one
7 - Good piece of gear
5 - Does what it is suppose to do
3 - Doesn't live up to advertised features
1- If you insist on buying this item, you should just send it to my paypal account either way your are waisting your money
New Barrel
Strengths: Existing A-5 barrels will work
Hopper design
Looks Milsim
Feels great in hand
Weaknesses: Price Ebay 265
No signficant upgrades to performance compared to A-5
Hopper 2-piece

Review: My local pro shop let me take on home to demo it and here is my impression of this marker: The intent of this review is to compare the A-5 to the X-7.

For Milsim this is an awsome looking marker, but you can tell that from the pictures can't you.

Here are the PROs as I see them:
1) The marker has the same threads as the A-5. So is you are considering upgrading from your A-5 you can keep you existing barrels.
2) The hopper is a great design, much lower profile than the A-5.
3) Not sure about the actual weight of this marker, but it does seem lighter than the A-5
4) Modular design allows for easy upgrades
5) Firing mode selector level. I like this especically once the Egrip comes out you can easily switch firing modes.
6) Seems as though the have modified the cyclone feed to make it stronger.
7) No need for offset hopper if you use a scope or red dot.
8) Preplanned MODS by tippmann.
Here are the cons:

1) Zero noticible performace enhancements. Accuracy is the same as the A-5 and since the Egip isn't available yet it is hard to verify 20 bps that Tippmann claims. Besides with the vortex cyclone feed upgrade I can get 20 bps. So no real advantage to the X-7 here.
2) Trigger seems a little tight. Probably would loosen up with more use. I would hope the egrip trigger is a lighter pull as with the A-5.
3) The hopper is two pieces held together by screws seems like it would break fairly easily.

Conclusion: So after demoing this thing here is my final verdict:

If I had no marker at all and had the choice of the A-5 or the X-7, I would choose the X-7.
If you are like me and considering rushing out and selling your A-5 and buying the X-7 don't bother unless you absolutely have to have the looks of the X-7. It took me a lot of time to get my A-5 right where I want as far as performance and accuracy and since there no real ehancements to the X-7 I can't justify the swap. One thing I will be doing is buying the hopper for the X-7 an putting on my A-5. The low profile hopper is the best thing on this marker. I put it on my A-5 was able to get a clear sightline out of my scope. NO MORE STOVE PIPE!! I am giving this marker a 7 based upon it looks, feel and overall performace.
7 out of 10Last edited on Monday, January 1st, 2007 at 4:14 pm PST

Review Comments
Little Jon Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 | 9:37 am PST
Good review. The weight is actually more on this marker than the A-5. I thought it was lighter too (maybe the balance is wayyyy better or something).
This marker also is capable of going remote without much fuss.

X7 Assassin Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 | 12:13 pm PST
Good review. The comparisons to the A5 are well put. The A5 was a marker I looked into, but thought it would have been smart of me to spend alittle bit more and get the "2007" model if you will. Thats why I went for the X7.

marmot Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 | 3:40 pm PST
Good review, even if I disagree with your rating.

cjpomeroy Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 | 5:26 pm PST
Originally posted by marmot
Good review, even if I disagree with your rating.

Thanks, for your comments. Just for everyone's clarification, my rating is based alot on my experience with Tippmann markers. Much of the 7 rating is derived from good experience with Tippmannand the appearance of the marker and for folks who love milsim/scenario ball that means alot. This marker is so new there really is no way to do a really good review without playing with it for some time.

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