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FPS_Tony Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Only tested11 of 13 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Similar
Products Used:
Stock Tippmann A-5, Modded 98 Custom.
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5
E-Grip
A-5A2 Commando Stock
A-5A2 EZ Air-Thru Foregrip
14" J&J Ceramic Barrel
Remote with Slide Check
48/3000 Nitrogen
Recommended
Upgrades:
You definitely need a remote for the stock A-5A2. Nitrogen is a must. Later, try a red dot sight.
Strengths: See review for full details.
Weaknesses: The stock barrel. 14" J&J will do fine.
Review: I love this gun.

I bought me a Tippmann A-5 last Summer, and I had that 6-position CAR Stock and a Flatline, and I thought it was the best paintball gun ever. And that was until I saw an A-5A2 on the internet.

PROS:
- Feels very, very natural to hold (unlike awkwardly-shaped or badly-balanced tourney guns)
- Excellent balance (With a remote, like you SHOULD be using with this setup, the gun balances right in front of the trigger)
- It's built on a Tippmann A-5.
-Stock is very solid on the gun

One of the most important reasons that an A-5A2 is superior to a regular A-5 without the stock and foregrip is ergonomics, which is the science of making things conform to the body.
The stock is the absolute perfect length to rest on your shoulder, and holding the gun by its foregrip with the left hand feels much more natural and comfortable than holding any tourney gun. The gun is balanced near-perfectly in front of your trigger, so it makes holding the gun much easier.
As I've said above, the reason why the A-5A2 is so much better than any other gun on the market is because it's comfortable to hold and aim. If you have a gun that is balanced well and that you can rest on your shoulder with a stock, you can aim at a target faster. And if you can aim at your target faster, you're more likely to paint him first than he is to paint you.
One of the OTHER best things the A-5A2 has over the stock A-5 is solidness. The stock comes with gaskets you can put between the stock and where the stock fits in the gun. And when you puts one in, you don't get any of the wobble you might get with a cheap 6-position CAR Stock. The foregrip screws into the same nut that the old vertical grip screws into, and when the grip is in, it's very solid too. So there will be absolutely NO falling apart of an A-5A2.

As for durability and cleaning and speed and whatnot, it's the same as the stock A-5, so go see that review for info on that.


Special Ops says it themselves, that the A-5A2 is MEANT to feel comfortable.

Now, let me put down some of the nastier myths out there.
#1: You have to drill nasty holes in your A-5.
NO YOU DON'T. If you buy the A-5A2 fully assembled from Special Ops (specialopspaintball.com), they already drilled the hole and did everything for you. And if you don't fancy spending the money on that, you can buy everything you need to turn an A-5 into an A-5A2 for $110. Or, if you want an A-5A2 and don't have an A-5, it's about $310. Plus: You don't have to drill any holes. Here's how.
Buy the EZ Air-Thru foregrip and a non-air-through stock. Or, if you want an air-through stock, get the EZ Air-Thru kit. No holes necessary.

The EZ Air-Thru foregrip ($20-30 at Special Ops) is made with a hole in the bottom already. That way, even though you don't have an air-through stock, you can put a remote in perfectly through the hole in the grip. And, the EZ grip is larger than the other ones.
#2: The gun is heavy.
I don't know why people think the gun is heavy. I've held much-more unbalanced and heavy electro guns and no one seems to care about a huge nitro tank on the gun. This gun is as heavy as it is gold-plated.
#3: It's unbalanced.
No it's not. The only reason someone might say this is because they don't use a remote LIKE THEY SHOULD BE DOING.


And now, here are the cons.

CONS:
-Stock barrel.


The only thing that I find wrong with the actual description of the A-5A2 is the carved-out part of the stock allowing you to see down the gun's sights. The carve is perfect for laying your face on, but it (like most other stocks except the Dogleg) still doesn't let you look down the sights with a mask on.

I would prefer my A-5A2 to ANY other gun in the world. Even an Angel.
End of story.
Conclusion: I highly recommend a fully-assembled A-5A2 from Special Ops, and if you don't want to spend the money, buy an A-5 for $200 and the stock and foregrip for $105. No drilling required if you're fine without the air-through stock.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, April 19th, 2007 at 7:03 am PST
 

Review Comments
wakewarrior7 Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 | 1:43 pm PST
Not a bad review, but you didn't put any cons in other than the barrel. Get some more use on the marker with the kit, use a few more markers for extended periods of time (not just a game), and edit your review with objectivity, and I think you will have a top review.

You had me up until you try to disprove the nastier myths. Keep it up, you have a great base.
   

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