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reb cpl Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month38 of 41 people found this review helpful.

More than 5 years
Products Used:
tippmann 68 carbine, A5, 98, 98C, SL68II
Strengths: Weight, adaptability, aesthetic value, performance
Weaknesses: Hopper, air line.
Review: Pros:

The weight. The X7 is a larger piece, but the lightweight receivers make the marker a lot lighter than it would seem to be based on its size.

Stripping: It is as effectively simple as the A5 in breakdown and field stripping. The magazine well, while being a new addition, is also simple to remove.

Cyclone: Cycles faster than the old A5 model, excellent addition.

Select Switch safety: a beautiful addition that will make milsim players very happy. Simple in operation, and ‘real world’ design makes this a very desirable feature.

Adaptability: The coming upgrades and modifications for this marker make it extremely flexible in terms of aesthetic marker setup, again very pleasing for milsim and scenario players.

Barrel shroud/sight rails: VERY simple to add modifications without having to dismantle the marker. The shroud can also be removed quickly and easily via two pins. This piece can be removed with modifications still attached, adding speed to the breakdown process.


Sight system: Completely useless. The rear sight provides no real usability. The notch in the pin is too shallow to be helpful when used in conjunction with the front sight post, and the system itself, while being neat to look at, doesn’t do much for the aiming of the marker. I found myself ‘spot sighting’ when firing, which is shooting one or two rounds for placement, than correcting the marker visually and without the use of the sights.

Fixed Gas Line: With the addition of the magazine well, the gas line has limited ability to be altered. Where the tombstone adaptor connects to the power tube, with the well there, there is no standard connection fitting there that would allow for the use of something like a LP adaptor or an expansion chamber. It looks as though the only practical adaptation for the air system is the X7 tailored gas thru stock. Without the magazine well, customization of the air system would be easier. Even running a remote line would be tough, unless run first from the tank adaptor.

Barrel shroud/ported barrel combination: While easy to remove, the barrel shroud is difficult to actually take apart should it need to be cleaned. With a ported barrel being stock, if a ball breaks within the barrel and paint makes its way through the ports and into the shroud, the only way to tear it down is to remove it and dismantle the shroud via the 4 screws.

Hopper: Despite being lower profile, the hopper is somewhat difficult to work with. In order to lower the profile, the hopper has been elongated with the feed neck no longer centered. If shooting at a flat angle, this is no problem, but if shooting at even a remotely downward angle, the rounds within the hopper will stack toward the front. The only way to fix this is to tip the maker up in an attempt to refill the cyclone feeder housing. If the hopper is full, there isn’t much of a problem since the rounds at the rear of the hopper will fall into the housing, but with the cyclone’s rate of operation, keeping a full hopper all the time will be difficult. My initial tests of the marker with resulted in several blank firings because the cyclone chamber was empty, as I was shooting downhill.

Mixed feelings:

Magazine/toolkit: While the toolkit is a good idea, many regulated games won’t allow for tools to be carried onto the field. This could eliminate the entire practical purpose of having this feature. It is, however a good effect for those who play scenario games or milsim who are looking for that ‘real feel’ in their markers. Overall, I’m leaning more toward this being a ‘pro’ than a ‘con’ Its practical use in an outlaw or pickup game will be invaluable, and the visual presentation of the marker is enhanced by it.

Barrel Shroud/Barrel combination: The shroud itself will only allow for certain barrels to be used with it. Thick barrels will not fit inside of the shroud, dictating that it be removed in order to utilize some after market barrel.

Conclusion: Overall Rating:

I love the thing! This marker is an excellent addition to the Tippmann line. The versatility of this piece is undeniably in line with all of the company’s other products. The rugged design is also standard with for Tippmann. The ease of use, coupled with many new and useful modifications will make this one a smash hit with anyone who takes their milsim or scenario games seriously. Shooting it is a blast, with a decent trigger pull and the enhanced cyclone system. Its drawbacks are outweighed by its advantages. New and practical features coupled with its excellent performance completely outnumber any of its faults. Kudos to Tippmann and SpecOps on this one.
9 out of 10

Review Comments
Donster 125 Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 | 10:49 am PST
Fantastic review! very informative and helpful. i would probably get this gun in the future. Keep the great reviews coming!

D_Ronin Friday, January 5th, 2007 | 5:52 am PST
The only slight detail I have a problem with is the part about thick barrels not being able to be used.

Barrel Shroud/Barrel combination: The shroud itself will only allow for certain barrels to be used with it. Thick barrels will not fit inside of the shroud, dictating that it be removed in order to utilize some after market barrel.

I have bought an X-7 and there is a way to use thick barrels such as a Dye Ultralight. If you look at the manual you will see the shroud can come apart and that there is a 7/8" plastic spacer ring which can be removed in order to allow slightly bigger barrels. It does work as I have removed the spacer on my shroud and my Dye UL now fits perfectly.

Aside from this very small detail which can be a bit misleading as people might not want to buy a new bunch of barrels if they think their old ones won't fit, the review is accurate enough.

Little Jon Saturday, January 6th, 2007 | 3:59 pm PST
That gas line doesn't need to be altered. The marker is set to go as it is or set to go remote.

GEAR414 Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 | 3:00 pm PST
Does that really require a dispute?

Little Jon Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 | 2:34 pm PST
Yes. Someone who is not familiar with this marker would take that as truth, which is appears, it isn't.

sanky Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 | 9:32 am PST
actually the tippmann a5 cyclone can reach 20bps with the TechT QEPH Mod

Little Jon Friday, April 20th, 2007 | 1:39 pm PST
Why would you need an A-5 to go that fast?

jambolin123 Saturday, October 13th, 2007 | 8:22 am PST
because it's sick

utterslax Sunday, March 9th, 2008 | 9:07 pm PST
word. just cuz its not a tourney gun doesnt mean it cant shoot fast

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