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Ravenwulfe Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
3 months5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
N/A
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5 Basic, Black Finish
Smart Parts Tactical 20" barrel
Opsgear MP5 PDW stock
Brass Eagle 20oz Co2 tank
Opsgear UMP Shroud
Opsgear UMP Mag
Opsgear UMP front sight
Ricochet R5 hopper
Strengths: -Solid
-mounts easily
-Sturdy
-Looks great
-Can use as vertical grip
Weaknesses: -Basically only cosmetic
-Weight
-Temporary Trigger assembly issue
-Costs
Review: Let's be honest, you'll only be buying this product for looks. Even though I've found some creative uses for it, it was never my intent to buy it for anything other than looks. In that regard, it is wonderful, but don't expect it to enhance the performance of your marker.

That out of the way, I feel that the UMP mag kit is perfect for that submachine-gun milsim look.

Installation: It goes over the tomb stone and replaces a screw and a push pin with a longer screw and a large screw in place of the push pin. Seriously, it really couldn't be any more simple. One thing I do really like about it is if you still want your stock vertical grip, you can keep it, and it covers the front of the gas hose, so that way it looks a bit more realistic. Make sure you put the removed pin and screw somewhere safe, I keep all my hardware in a small zip lock bag in a bike bag. My only real installation issue which proved to be an annoyance was getting the trigger assembly on properly with it, because if it's not all the way on tightly, it may press down on the front of the trigger assembly and make the push pin have difficulty going in. My push pins are pretty easy in and out, and I'm starting to wear it down a bit so it's getting easier. The first couple times were very tough to do and I needed a pair of pliers and a hammer to get it through. Now I don't need the pliers or a hammer to get it in or out, though it helps to use the pliers to remove the one pin.

Looks: This mag kit is VERY sexy. It is one solid piece, but it is cut and styled in a way to make it look like it is a magazine slid into a feed port from a distance. In my opinion, because of the layered cutting, it looks a lot better than the Special Ops mag kits that replace the tomb stone. The thicker top cuts are so it can go over the tomb stone, and to make it look like a magazine well. It is a bit thicker than the trigger guard, but from a side view, they line up very well and it looks very much like a part of the gun. My magazine is kind of an odd colour. It is a tad lighter than the A-5's black colour, and it looks almost like it's slightly, very slightly, purple.

Construction: This thing is solid. And heavy. Although it's marketed as 'Light aluminum', it will add significant weight to your gun since it's not hollow like a real magazine, other than the slit for the gas line to feed through it. This isn't an issue for me, but it's pretty solid. The plus to that is that is that it is VERY sturdy and you can bash it around without worrying about breaking anything. I would probably bet it's even more durable than the A-5's metal body itself. This is a good thing, especially for the roughness of scenario play.

Other uses: Other than looking pretty, I've found a couple other decent uses for it. If you play sniper, it makes a decent monopod in the prone position, and can help you rest your gun when you are in prolonged waiting positions. Don't rely on it to stabilize your aim, but it will help a bit if you still use your arms primarily as support. More often than not, you may find yourself using it as a vertical grip. It's comfortable and more stable than the stock one, surprisingly. People with larger hands will probably like it a lot more than the stock grip.

Cost: This is where this hurts the wallet. Expect to pay about 70-80 Canadian for it. If you're on a tight budget, wait until you have some money to spend. You can get a good day of paintball in for that much.
Conclusion: If you have the money and are looking for a stable, solid, and great looking magazine for your milsim guns, the UMP mag doesn't disappoint. I'm very impressed with Opsgear's quality, and along with the UMP shroud and sights, it makes the most accurate looking replication of a real UMP on the paintball market yet. You can also save some money on other vertical grips and possibly bipods if you play that way with it, as well, so that adds to it's use, but this product is intended to be cosmetic so keep that in mind if you are in the market for something like this.
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

Review Comments
diegoballa Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 | 1:07 pm PST
good honest review
   

Donster 125 Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 | 4:29 pm PST
nice review as always. lately, i have been going back to my old reviews and editing them to make them easier to read and to give them a fairer rating. your rating is very fair and accurate, and i no that once i go back and edit my review, it will be closer, if not the same as yours. keep the great reviews coming!
P.S: lets see some more pics of your gun with that 20" barrel =)
   

Ravenwulfe Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 | 2:36 pm PST
Gentlemen, you're far too kind. I take pride in keeping honest. It actually kind of baffles me how someone found my UMP shroud review unhelpful, as my A-5 flatline review. If I could find out, I'd ask what they didn't find helpful about it so I could improve in the future. Check my other reviews, I'm sure there'll be something you'd like.

And don't worry so much about editing! It's also your opinion, so remember that people like to hear multiple opinions. Keep 'em unique, but feel free to follow how I rate things. I know I took my newer formats from how you do them because it's much more logical. Well, the next two reviews down the pipeline are the Ricochet R5 hopper and the RAP4 offset hopper mount.

Hope to hear more feedback from you guys!
   

OpsP8ntballer Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 | 3:19 pm PST
Dispute:
The weight is hardly noticable.
And ther is no trigger assembly issue what so ever as long as you follow the Installation instruction video on Opsgears website.
Last edited on Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 at 3:20 pm PST
   

Ravenwulfe Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 | 12:45 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by OpsP8ntballer
The weight is hardly noticable.
And ther is no trigger assembly issue what so ever as long as you follow the Installation instruction video on Opsgears website.


Regardless of your own personal strength, it still adds significant heft to your gun for some people. Hate to say it, but it's still a fairly heavy slab of aluminum. It isn't a hollow piece of metal like other magazine kits.

As for assembly, speak for your own experiences not others. I found that for the first few times assembling it, it skewed the trigger assembly enough to make the front most push-pin have difficulty going in when I have them worn down enough to take little effort with my fingers. If anyone has to go on a web site to figure out how to attach two screws can't be the sharpest knife in the drawer.

I consider your dispute to be poor and unfounded, especially since you cannot speak for anyone else's experiences but your own. I'm guessing you want everyone to write perfect reviews for products you like and want to argue anything you view as a problem. That isn't proper reviewing, that's bias mentality. I aim to be as fair and honest as possible with all products I review so people can read something that isn't "omg the best thing ever, buy it!" or "omg it sucks! A blade is better!"
Last edited on Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 at 9:07 am PST
   

Camaro2000SS Saturday, December 29th, 2007 | 11:27 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by OpsP8ntballer
The weight is hardly noticable.
And ther is no trigger assembly issue what so ever as long as you follow the Installation instruction video on Opsgears website.


I will agree with you. The weight is not a factor for me but could possibly be for other people. (I am used to carrying rifles and lift a lot of weights so it might just be me.)

That being said, you DO have to remove the trigger assembly to get this mag kit to install properly. That may be the issue he was referring to in his review. In the video, the trigger assembly is removed before the mag kit is installed. I even just installed my own. I do not think that you should dispute the accuracy of his review just because of his own personal experience. Not everyone will have the same experience with this mag kit and if they did, there would be no need for product reviews.
Last edited on Saturday, December 29th, 2007 at 1:08 pm PST
   

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