APE Board modded w/longer wires
Pulls up on your target quickly
Open barrel area can be a paintball catcher
Can't use stock Apex
I've watched the developement of the mod on the web for a while now, and have been extremely excited since I first laid eyes on it. My tax return was a nice surprise, so I decided to order it.
First off, the look of the B-5 is incredible and very functional. The stock A-5 is very long and the B-5 shortens is tremendously.
The installation is very easy. ICP says you can either cut the tip off of the A-5 or cut a small section out of the B-5 to fit the receivers in the B-5 setup. I recommend cutting the A-5. If you leave the tip and cut the B-5, you will have the A-5's tip digging into your hand while you hold the marker. The installation manual is extremely easy to follow and breaks everything down step by step. The hardest part of the installation is moving the pins from the trigger assy from the A-5 to the B-5.
It comes with the best A-5 board available with the Rampage. ICP have modded all the boards with longer wires to reach from the trigger to the board stationed in the butt of the gun. The button to change the modes is on the right sight of the butt. It can be a little akward changing modes on the fly, but it's still easier that having it under the trigger.
Many people have claimed the price is a weakness. It is manufactured from MILITARY GRADE BALLISTICS NYLON, so the quality of the materials is definatly worth $350. This stuff is crazy tough. Go to ICP's website to see them drop, smash, throw, and run the B-5 over with an SUV. Yes, they ran it over with a full-size SUV. And it still worked. And it comes with an $80 board.
The grip on the B-5 is a .45 style grip so you can go out and grab almost any grip you want. You can finally put those crazy Hybrid grips on an A-5!!
The barrel shroud is designed to accept all barrels, including the Flatline. It's great if you use a Flatline, if not, you have an area around your barrel that is a cage waiting for paintballs to come flying in. I haven't had it happen to me yet, it just seems like it could be a pain to clean out if it did. Speaking of barrels, the stock Apex is about 1/2" to short use on the B-5. You can go the hard way and take a dremmel to the front of your B-5 to grind out an area for the tip, or you can do what I did and get a 12" barrel and put the Apex tip on it. It really isn't long at all becuase of how short the B-5 is.
Even though, it has nothing to do with the actaul B-5, the guys at ICP are incredible. The cust. service they give is second-to-none. They truly care about each and every one of their customers.
The guys at ICP have really taken their years of research and developement and created the best mod out there for A-5.
I never thought I'd give anything a 10, but the B-5 has really blown my expectations about paintball products away.