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Curben Saturday, February 17th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month17 of 18 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
98c
PGP
PMI Pirahna
Marker Setup: PGP - Speedloader, Site Rail, Quick Change co2 knob, Laser, Velocity adjuster
98c basic with random accessories
X7 with Laser sight, Tac Light, Sling, Dot Sight
Recommended
Upgrades:
Remote Air, Dot Site, Better Barrel
Strengths: Durable, Modular, Higly Upgradable, Cyclone, And of course Looks Great
Weaknesses: Weight, Price, Cyclone
Review: I researched this gun alot before I bought it. It has now seen a bit of abuse So I can say what I need to with some more knowledge.

It has a few good points and a few not so great ones. Now really this is a number of different things on an a5. It has a slightly improved cyclone, modular design Milsim look, A number of modifications already designed for it by the manufacturer(s) and a bit more.

It also has some weaknesses,
So a point by point.
Cyclone: Revamped a bit with some improvements over th A5 Design, Still iable to chop certain paints under certain conditions. Any thin shelled or weak/cheap paint will not be liked. this does remove some versatility in your paint choices, but you dont want to be shooting none of that anyways :) . It is however a good forcefeed system that doesnt need power. However, it feeds on the air, so cold weather, fast shooting will start starving the feed system. Almost needs HPA

Barrell: Its a stock tippmann barrel, yeah, it will work but it could be better. not unique to this marker.

Modular Design: Excellent for a few reasons, You can actually feild strip this at the feild on any reasonably flat serface if need be down to a point you can clean it inside and out to a reasonable degree. full strip will still be needed, but you can get this back on the field quicker, and in better condition then alot of other markers i have seen played with.
Also with the Modular designs things can be switched out on a whim. want to go sleek simple? It has mods for that, want to go rugged and threatening? It has mods for that (mods sold seperatly). And looking at it the triggers can be easily alternated between stock/RT/Electro with just a few clicks and a swap

Air Through Setup: Since the stock is not released yet, I am not 100% sure exactly how it will run, but I can see the concept. First the Hose will run through the gun to the stock, I can see some of the channels for routing this, The great thing about the setup is it will quickly and easily eliminate the the stock hose and If I am correct this will be a quick Swap as well. It looks like 4 push pins removed, 1 screw removed and the hose is gone. Pop in the new hose replace the pins and swap the back plate with the stock.

Magazine: I dont know completely how i feel about this one. Its is a cute feature having the tools with you. But most feilds wont allow that. Mine was OK with it and it was handy having it there. It is also a resin(composit plastic) and as it doubles as a "Handle" by myself and others who use it. Or also a "stand/Tripod" it is a small concern. Also It is a little tough to lock into place, this could cause it to drop/be more fragile if someone isnt aware. I heard of a mag exploding from a shot, this i can only see if its not locked in properly. Also, I have heard that a Mod Mag will not have the tool storage.

Body: this is a hard one, The body is a magnesium alloy, since its millsim there is more to it then a normal body would have the magnesium is lighter, but more expensive, which is likely the factor driving the cost up. Beyond that it is quite durable and does prevent the gun from being TOO heavy, I will say it has a descent weight already, but any morwe would be too much. and all in all it still seems lighter then many Mil Sim modded guns i have held.

Internals: Well, Its a tippmann, same internals, not much improved though the powertube is pre-ported for later mods. Never liked the plastic powertube in the 98 either, but too cheap to change it for now.

Feild Stripping (Assembly Dissassembly): Clamshell design tipman , but w/o the annoying flying spring clip for the feed tube. The other issue is the spring for the cocking lever is just a bit longer then its channel and once you put the halves together you need to reach in and push the spring back. Those allen wrenches in the magazine work well for that.

Hopper: Hopper is low profile but will twist INTO a carrying handle. A better way could be done, Its is a nice hopper overall. with descent capacity 200+ rounds

Other, Misc: It has plenty of rails for toys thios is good. Clips for a sling (sling is useless with a tank on however). If a ball does break there are Ports in the foregrip that spit paint INTO the foregrip and that foregrip uses really small screw to come apart and clean (Just dunk it in water). Trigger is a descent pull not too much not too small, I personally got up to 9 bps though i average 5


Conclusion: It is a decent and solid piece with only a few drawbacks. If you have an A5 its not worth upgrading in most cases, but if choosing between the two, The small improvements better be enough for you Or you need to want a mil sim gun in order to justify the price.

It is worthwhile as a milsim gun and will be easy to take care of. It is a specialized marker however and you need to be sure that its intention is is matched to your playstyle or you will be quite dissapointed.
If you wnat a non electro Milsim that does the look well, and will be durable. Then this is the gun for you.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, February 17th, 2007 at 6:20 pm PST
 

Review Comments
SpyderPaintz Saturday, February 17th, 2007 | 6:27 pm PST
Nice Review, Seems like a fairly nice gun if I were more into woodsball
   

Curben Sunday, February 18th, 2007 | 4:06 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by SpyderPaintz
Nice Review, Seems like a fairly nice gun if I were more into woodsball

Yes for woodsball it is. Or if its not a super fast paced game and you want an intimidation factor. It fits a niche and does so nicely. Unfortunately if you fall out of the niche there are plenty of other options.
   

marmot Monday, March 5th, 2007 | 9:40 pm PST
A well considered review sir. All I would add is that there's ten times more mil-sim cosmetic add-ons for the A-5, which is largely functionally the same. So the "small improvements" comment, in the grander scheme of things is lost on me.

But while I may disagree with some details - and certainly the score - your review is well laid out and informative.

Kudos.

   

Ravenwulfe Sunday, March 11th, 2007 | 10:17 am PST
Very well laid out and honest review. I'm curious, have you actually chopped balls in the cyclone? I've played in just about any weather condition imaginable with my A-5 over the last five years (muddy indoor, below freezing snow cover, rainy days [both humid and cold], scorchers, et cetera) and I have never chopped a ball in the cyclone or the gun (ball breaks are an entirely different matter). The only thing I worry about with the X-7 cyclone is the porting. I imagine getting mud and paint in there will screw up the performance.
   

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