Tippmann A5 with ICP B-5
X7 Cyclone (Faster Feed Rate)
JCS Redhot Powertube and Bolt
Palmers Male Stabilizer
Excellent Electronic Board (APE Rampage)
Designed for Customization
Very Strong Material and Design
Unable to shoulder the marker left handed (A5 Hopper Gets in the Way)
Having just gotten this a week or so ago I have actually used it enough I feel to post an accurate review. First I will start with the installation. The unit comes bolted together and somewhat pre assembled the only real assembly needed is to mount the A5 into the unit. Make sure you read the directions slowly and carefully as I was too excited and skipped over some small yet important steps. The directions are usually very clear and walk you through the installation pretty easily, the unit comes with everything you need to assemble the unit except a dremel. Yes this modification does require you to either modify the B5 itself or the A5. The front lip on the A5 either needs to be removed or a hole needs to be cut through the shroud. This was the most difficult part and may not be suitable for customers not lucky enough to own a dremel. After the install however I got the unit bolted together and went out for a test run.
The APE board allows you to customize everything! It also has 8 modes to choose from....This is by far the best board available to the A5 and is used and mounted very well. The backside of the B5 allows you to with a tool change modes and customize each mode. It also allows you to change the rate of fire. The APE Rampage board allows 15-25 BPS and the stock A5 Cyclone is rated at around 17 BPS. There are many mods for the cyclone to increase the feed rate (QEV) I however, used a cyclone off of an X7 (Rated for 20 BPS) and can fire at higher rates of speed.
Now onto an actual field use of the B5. I played last weekend at Command Decisions Paintball in NC. I hadnt played in a few months due to school but had to try my new toy out. The B5 really does offer a compact design...compared to you regular sized milsim markers I was able to hug bunkers and do a lot more things with my marker that I usually couldnt do. I was able to fire over logs while prone without the need of blind firing. I ended up with a good Kill:Death Ratio (5:1) and Im almost postive the B5 did aide in that. Like I said the unit allowed me to tighten my profile up against bunkers, resulting in a drastic decrease in my profile.
This modification was definitely designed well. ICP spent many months perfecting the design and it shows. The only downfalls is the actual installation. However, if the user reads the manual carefully and has access to a dremel they should be ok. If the user doesnt have a dremel Im sure ICP could pre cut the B5 to allow the A5 to fit properly.
Overall I would say this unit is an excellent upgrade/modification
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, March 16th, 2007 at 6:28 pm PST