TIPPMANN A-5 W/ WAS E-BOARD
SP EPIPHANY W/ 48/3000 HPA (AN ATTEMPT TO CROSSOVER TO SPEEDBALL)
TIPPMANN 98 CUSTOM
JCS BLUE TUBE W/ DELRIN FORWARD BOLT
J&J 14"-16"-20" BARREL
20 OZ C02
TIPPMANN SSL-200 TRIUMPH LOADER
EASE OF USE AND INSTALLATION
Chops (DEPENDING SOLEY ON ROF AND LOADER)
OK....FIRST OFF...ITS OBVIOUS THAT I HAVE SOME UPGRADES ON THIS MARKER...YOU MIGHT EVEN SAY SOME OF THESE AREN'T NECESSARY. IN DEFENSE....I MUST SAY THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE A TIPPMANN A VIABLE SPEEDBALL MARKER IN ANY SENSE WILL REQUIRE SOME UPGRADES. SO, WITH THAT KNOWLEDGE, NOW CONSIDER THAT THIS MARKER IS 90% WOODSBALL AND 10 % SPEEDBALL. FURTHER....LET'S BEGIN THE REVIEW.
The response trigger was designed by Tippmann for one reason and one reason only.....to increase your rate of fire(ROF//BPS). With that said....Tippmann....as usual...has provided a very dependable product that performs as promised.
Furthermore, your ROF will drastically increase upon the installation of your RT kit.
In reality, you can only achieve between 13-15 balls per second with a properly installed and tuned RT on your marker. Keep in mind, that 13-15 balls per second can only be achieved with dependable results when in use with an assisted loader. I would recommend an electronic loader with a feed rate of at least 10 BPS. As for choosing the power assisted loader, that is up to you. The purchase of your loader should be based on its ROF and dependablity. Don't make the mistake of buying poor loader, if you do, you are eliminating the advantage of your RT kit. I personnally use a Tippmann Triumph ssl-200.(made by Tippmann, 13-15 BPS, and is very dependable//user friendly) For all of you Tippmann owners with Cyclone Feed Systems, congratulations. All you need to do is install your RT kit. (IF YOU UPGRADE YOUR MARKER WITH EITHER SYSTEM IN PLACE YOU WILL NEED TO BUY THE ADAPTER) However, try to avoid the use of an RT kit in conjuction with the Cyclone Feed System. The main reason being that your RT and your CFS operate off of air consumption. This will decrease air efficiency and velocity consistence when in use. By the way...that is factual...not opinion based. Moving on, installation is a very simple process. It is important that you are familiar with the internals of your marker and that you have the necessary tools. The only tools needed are the standard allen wrenches that come with your Tippmann, and a punch. The punch is needed to create the hole to accept the RT kit. Don't worry, the hole is pre-stamped and is clearly marked in the instruction manual that comes with your RT kit. The whole process will take 10 minutes if you are familiar with the marker, 25 minutes for the beginners. Once installation is complete, I recommend that you turn your ROF adjuster(a small flat head screw on the right side of your marker) nearly all the way in. I suggest that you do this with your fingernail, this way you do not overtighten. Last but definitely not least.......throw a few drops of marker oil in your tank adapter to ensure that the piston in the RT kit is properly lubricated. Next, throw your C02 or HPA on and cock your marker...give the trigger a squeeze and you will immediately feel the piston behind the trigger resist your pull after the very first shot. With that ROF screw tightened, you are restricting air to your RT piston, creating a lot of resistance and a very slow ROF. Then...have some fun and loosen your adjuster about two full turns....then pull the trigger. If done properly....you will instantly feel the advantage of pure firepower. For most of you...the last few steps will vary...some of you will have some difficulty learning the feel of the trigger pull, others will be flat out shocked at the first burst of air the marker throws. (DONT DO ANY OF THE ABOVE WITH PAINT IN YOUR MARKER.......TRUST ME....OUCH.....) You may have to adjust the velocity of your marker to achieve the proper level of air flow to really get your RT rolling, but don't worry...you will figure it out. With that said, it will take some time to fine tune your RT....have patience and enjoy the process.
I have used this set up in speedball and in woodsball. Of course...it is far more effective in woodsball. Woodsball play will allow you the freedom of movement, since a Tippmann is large marker that is difficult to play tight with. I have played speedball many times with this set up. I happen to play backman so it's not too difficult to manage the marker. I can throw just as much paint as the x-ball markers, as long as were playing SPPL rules(with the RT abiding by those rules also). If you lift that ban...watch out, tourney markers can ruin your day. As far as accuracy is concerned, a decent barrel and paint will help your cause. The Tippmann's bolt set up provides somewhat consistent velocity considering it doesn't have a regulator. In short....the RT kit will throw lots of paint, with a good barrel, you'll shoot ropes and control the field...whether it's woodsball or speedball.
Because the RT kit operates off of your air system, it will decrease your tank efficiency. This weakness applies to HPA and C02. However, with HPA you avoid frosting your hoses and adapters. For all of you C02 users, don't fret....the RT was originally designed to run on C02......and it does that beautifully.
FINALLY....the RT kit will not make you a speedballer or a better paintball player. It will do the job it was designed to do....throw lots of paint.
PS...for all of you speedballers who happen to catch this review....I finally crossed over and put down my trusty Tippmann and bought a SP Epiphany....I'm still learning some things on the x-ball course and I've been having a lot of fun with it....And of course you know that my lovely Tippmann wasn't doing the job I had so ambitiously hoped it would do on the x-ball course.....so it pretty much forced me into the purchase of that Epiphany...which works great I might add. But I will never ever put down my Tippmann.
Buy it...it will increase your ROF and maybe even your ability....if you learn during the process. If you make the decision to upgrade your marker with the RT kit, you will find this review strikingly accurate. I did the best I could to tell the facts...good and bad.....I hoped it helped. PS...Tippmann Rules!!!
9 out of 10
Last edited on Sunday, January 28th, 2007 at 11:52 pm PST