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Rattenfanger Friday, January 5th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month16 of 16 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
A-5, 98's, SP8's, IONs, you name it
Marker Setup: A5, remote, Vortex mod, Howitzer bolt, e-grip, 92" tank, OPSgear UPM kit, rickochet hopper, tons of paint
Recommended
Upgrades:
Barrell, E-grip, air thru stock, double trigger.
Strengths: Good platform, Light, Solid feel, gets better with time
Weaknesses: Lack of accessories ( for now), Price, Goofy mag/toolkit thing
Review: I got one yesterday and played with it thru the day
It's a hell of a lot lighter than my A-5, especially when you count all the mods I have done to the a5
When I first got it and hooked it up to my remote line it sounded like it had an internal air leak. I killed the air via my slide check and tried again. The air leak was gone. I think it was bone dry inside and pressurizing the marker for the first time pushed oil to all the seals in the marker. The first few paintballs chrono'ed in the low 300's so I cranked it down.
The new safety is great, more like the real thing again.
It's been a long time since I had a pure mech trigger so this took a bit to get used to. I like the feel of trigger, it takes about 3lbs of pressure to get a pull, which is fairly realistic, when compared to a real gun. This is a good thing, because it helps to conserve paint.
Usually with an e-grip or my Ion or sp8 I can blow thru 600-800 rounds per game.
It's fairly accurate, but being a brand spankin' new marker it needs to be worked it over time.
The offset hopper is nice but the lid kept on popping up, again it needs to be worked in and no problem there.
I'll probably loose the stock sights and up on a red-dot site, that's just my preference.
Off the field observations:
When I got it home I stripped it down and here is what I found...
Barrel: Stock -ka-ka what one would expect from a stock barrel. I tried to replace it but the smart parts linear barrel is too large to fit thu the forstock. The coke bottle shape won't fit thru the front or back of the forstock. you can rmove the spacer ftom the front of the grip, but I wasn't going that route yet...
The X-7 does accept A-5 threads, so I guess I need a new barrel. Definitely have to replace.
Forstock: heavy gauge plastic, secured by two locking pins. Rail City! i slapped my forgrip on it and now it looks evil.
Main body: Nice and light, I have a later serial number 000267xx, so this wasn't the first batch that were rushed to market.
There were some complaints about burring and poorly machined internals, I didn't see any thing like that so I will probably polish the internals, as usual.
The New Cyclone: other than the piston tube (which are vented) and the new cyclone paddles, it looks pretty much the same as an a-5.
Internally it's different but I didn't want to yank it apart, just yet.
The Trigger group assembly: totally different from an A-5, much sexier, due to the new safety switch and other things not cross compatable with the A-5.

Conclusion: On the whole, I like it.
I wil be selling my a-5 and replacing it with the X-7 as my primary woodball marker.
Just need some mods and aftermarket stuff for this platform.
A-5's will probably become phased out over time.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Monday, January 8th, 2007 at 6:51 am PST
 

Review Comments
Little Jon Saturday, January 6th, 2007 | 4:19 pm PST
600-800 shots in a round. Jeez.......and I do like 200 tops.....
   

drg1138 Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 | 3:07 pm PST
I can not imagine the A-5 being phased out anytime soon.

We will have to wait and see how well the X7 does.
   

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